Results Round Up.
Reports – David Jones.
As the spring road running season gets in to full swing, many club members were out and about at the weekend competing in a variety of races over a variety of distances. In descending order of distance we first had Sarah Boundy competing in the Oundle 20 Mile Race.
This race is ideal for those training for London, Brighton or other Spring marathons and it follows a scenic course around the gently undulating wide, quiet country lanes in and around the pretty Northamptonshire villages of Fotheringay, Nassington, Yarwell and King’s Cliffe.
Sarah completed the race in a time of 3:44.15, finishing in 357th place and she was 40th in her age category.
The race was won by Phil Martin in a time of 1:58.14 and the first lady to finish, in 23rd place ,was Jennifer Austell with a time of 2:20.39.
Sarah’s comments on completing the race were “it was a hard day at the office. My hips, pelvis and lower back were tight and sore, so I got to perfect my walk/run technique. I saw a herd of deer running across a field, which was nice and the crowd helped me over the last mile. At least I got the chance to take plenty of photos on my various walk breaks!”
From a 20 mile race to a 15 miler. The local Banbury 15 Mile Race has always been popular with senior members, especially as it is part of the club’s Grand Prix competition.
This year, 6 members took part, with the first of these to finish being James Cusack.
The irrepressible Irishman decided to start St Patrick’s Day by competing in this challenging race as he prepares for the London marathon next month.
James finished in 54th place with a time of 1:48.43.
His comments on completing the race were “I thought it was a tough challenging course. Undulating throughout with some sharp climbs. It was windy in places where there was no cover but the sun was out while I was running so that helped.
I’d had some lower back pain this week, so I’m delighted that my body held out and happy with my time. It was great to some club members and yellow vests there today.
For me it was a nice way to start Saint Patrick’s day. Next up is the Coventry half”
Next to finish for the club was Yvonne Caswell in a time of 2:08.36. Yvonne was really pleased with her run and commented “It’s not an easy course and my aim was to run between 8/9 min miles and I managed 8.30s average. The last 5 miles were the quickest. There were a few cheeky hills, and great marshal support. I was really pleased I did it”
The other members to complete the race were Bev Bridgen (2:25.36), Rachel Spence (2:34.54) and Pippa Abrams (2:39.29 )
From 15 miles to 13.1 miles. In the Bath Half Marathon, some 6 members were competing. First of these to finish was Karl Harris in 1:42.08, an almost 7 minute improvement on his previous best time for this distance.
Next was Louise Stewart (2:06.50 ) followed by Annie Threadgill (2:34.39) who was followed by septuagenarian Richard Eden in 2:45.33.
Then it was Victoria Jeffs (2:48.25) competing in her first race for 3 years. Despite the windy conditions, Victoria really enjoyed the race. She thought the course was really fabulous, as were the live bands en route.
Finally, Karen Harris (3:13.44). Karen, who was part of the club’s Couch to 5k initiative, 18 months ago and was completing in her first half marathon.
I suspect that if someone had told her then that she would soon be running a half marathon, she would not have believed them.
The race was won by Christopher Thompson in a time of 1:03.09 and the first lady to finish, in 34th place, with a time of 1:12.44, was Kate Reed
In the Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, Malcolm Bowyer had a storming race as he prepares for the London Marathon next month. His time of 1:30.53 meant he finished in 106th place out of 3455 competitors. Malcolm also, somewhat impressively, came first out of 72 runners in his age group.
The race was won by Richard McDowell in a time of 1:10.08.
One of the finest performances of the day was that of Naomi Whittaker, who was competing in the Fleet Half Marathon.
Naomi last ran a half marathon 7 years ago. She completed that run in a time of 1:56.37, so her time this weekend of 2:02.41, was just 7 minutes slower. A minute per year. Naomi was quite rightly delighted with her run.
The race was won by James Bellward in 1:07.34 and the first lady finisher was Lesley Locks, in 87th place with a time of 1:18.27. 2700 runners completed the race