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Weekend review: October 8 & 9 2011

by Editor
Monday 10th October 2011

Saturday October 8, 2011

The Major Series South

Saturday 8 October saw the first ever Major Series take place in the South. The Major is a series of cross-country adventure races which feature unique military themed obstacles and challenges. Similar to the atmosphere of a BMF park class, the event has a friendly, motivating and fun feel, and while challenging, the help of BMF instructors (the Major’s troops) around the course make it an achievable experience for everyone.

The Major Series South 2011

800 runners came along to the event on Saturday, and put themselves through their paces on the 11km(ish!) course, littered with obstacles ranging from horse jumps to muddy bogs. ‘I take part in all sorts of races, from marathons to 5k runs, and this was by far the most entertaining and friendly – I loved the atmosphere the instructors around the course created and it kept me smiling and laughing!’ said Leila, one of the event participants. ‘Awesome, awesome!! Loved going over the horse jumps... the camo net over a wet (& muddy!) ditch...I was covered head to toe!! The camaraderie was fab,

Kit hosed off, brilliant event..buzzing!!’ said Ian, another runner.

Winning times were 54 mins 24 seconds from Keith Brewster in the male category, and 1hr 06mins from Patricia Salamanca in the female category.

The Major Series South 2011

Sarah King, Event Manager at BMF, believes that the event offers something a bit different in a market that is full of 5k and 10k fun runs, marathons, and triathlons. ‘The overwhelming feedback we get from all our events is about the fun, banter and camaraderie between participants and instructors, and we wanted to create an event that focused on this. The Major Series is a tough challenge but we believe that we have made it achievable and fun for all fitness levels by posting our fantastic instructors around the course to encourage runners and make it an enjoyable and different experience from them. There are no other runs on the market that have this level of camaraderie and we believe that it offers our runners a unique experience, allowing them to truly enjoy a tough physical challenge.’

The Major Series will be running throughout October, in the North (Leeds, 15 October) and the Midlands (Staffs, 22 October). The Series will then take place again in March and October 2012.

More information can be found at www.majorseries.com and www.facebook.com/TheMajorSeries

The Major Series South 2011

Men's results

1 Keith Brewster 00:54:24
2 Ian Parry 00:55:22
3 Gavin Bonner 00:55:41


Women's results

1 Patricia Salamanca 01:06:41
2 Rachel Newstead 01:07:10
3 Barford Teresa 01:07:57


Click here for further results



Brueton parkrun - Event number 64

This week there were 91 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.

Brueton parkrun started on 24th July 2010, and since then 1,163 different runners, including participants from 92 athletics clubs, have completed 5,650 runs covering a total distance of 28,250 km, and there have been 1,527 new Personal Bests.

Douglas Talbot of Centurion RC, was first in 17:31, Stuart Underwood of Sparkhill Harriers, was second in 17:50 and Joshua John Fullard of Centurion RC, was third in 18:15.

In the women's competition Corinne Fox was first (20th overall) in 22:07, Lucy Greswell of Centurion RC, was second (21st overall) in 22:10 and Nicole Beard of Solihull & Small Heath AC, was third (39th overall) in 23:56.

Men's results

1 Douglas TALBOT Centurion RC 17:31
2 Stuart UNDERWOOD Sparkhill Harriers 17:50
3 Joshua John FULLARD Centurion RC 18:15


Women's results

1 Corinne FOX Unattached 22:07
2 Lucy GRESWELL Centurion RC 22:10
3 Nicole BEARD Solihull & Small Heath AC 23:56

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brueton parkrun Results Page



Sunday October 9, 2011

Perkins Great Eastern Run

Today's Perkins Great Eastern Run saw record numbers of runners take part in the half marathon and 4km fun run. The race saw people of all ages - from 3 months to 105 years - compete, many in aid of charities across the country.

Among the elite athletes, Edwin Kiptoo grabbed the male first place with a time of just 1.02:28, while Commonwealth star Liz Yelling won the female race with a time of 1.12:14

The first wheelchair competitor across the line was Phil Hogg in an incredible time of 59 minutes and 44 seconds, and the first female wheelchair racer was Nikki Emerson in 1.25:26

Twins Glen and Dan Watts took fourth and fifth places overall.

The top placed men's team was Ely Runners and the top female team was Gravesend RR & AC.

In the fun run, Sam Hunt took the top spot in just 13.41. The highest place girl was Leigh-Anne Rose, who came home in 16.49

The 2012 Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on October 14th.

Men's half marathon results

1 Edwin Kiptoo 1.02:28

Edwin Kipkorir

3 Simon Koros Arusei 1.05:42
4 Glen Watts 1.06:21
5 Dan Watts 1.09:36


Women's half marathon results

1 Liz Yelling 1.12:14
2 Jessica Petersson 1.13:45
3 Edinah Kwambai 1.15:01
4 Emma Pallant 1.15:44
5 Dorcus Chesang 1.15:58


Click here for full results and further information



MBNA Chester Marathon

MBNA Chester Marathon 2011

First male was Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers who crossed the line in an impressive time of 2:27:25, followed by John Clarke of Newham & Essex Beagles (2:31:57), with Timothy Hawkins of Wells City Harriers third in 2:36:25.

First lady was Debbie Mason of Rotherham Harriers who finished in 2:48:11 followed by Liz Hartney of Reading Road runners (2:52:48) and Sarah Lomas of Stockport Harriers came third in 2:54:34.

“Except for some blustery wind in places, the conditions were perfect for racing,” said Race Director Andy White. “Feedback from the runners so far indicates the new venue and course have been a resounding success!”

MBNA Chester Marathon 2011

2012 dates for your diary: Chester Half Marathon - 13th May 2012 and Chester Marathon - 7th October 2012. Find out more at www.chestermarathon.co.uk

Men's results

1 Ben Fish Blackburn Harriers 2:27:25
2 John Clarke Newham & Essex Beagles 2:31:57
3 Timothy Hawkins Wells City Harriers 2:36:25


Women's results

1 Debbie Mason Rotherham Harriers 2:48:11
2 Liz Hartney Reading Road 2:52:48
3 Sarah Lomas Stockport Harriers 2:54:34


Click here for full results



Solent Half Marathon

On a windy but sunny morning Andy Greenleaf won in 1:09:57 over 3 1/2 minutes clear of 2nd place Julian Manning and that after running in the London Cross Country League race yesterday.

The ladies race was much closer with Laura Allen winning by only only 25 seconds from Emma Patel. For some of the course runners enjoyed the spectacle of a stampeding herd of New Forest ponies which added to the atmosphere!

As usual Hardley Runners marshalled enthusiastically and there was much positive feedback from the competitors after the race.

Men's results

1 Andy Greenleaf Winchester and District AC 1:09:57.40
2 Julian Manning Denmead Striders 1:13:33.70
3 Matthew West Winchester and District AC 1:15:06.45


Women's results

1 Laura Allen Denmead Striders 1:31:49.00
2 Emma Patel Winchester & District Athletics Club 1:32:09.60
3 Susie Macgregor STUBBINGTON GREEN RUNNERS 1:32:18.35


Team results - Men: 1st Winchester, 2nd Overton, 3rd Stubbington Green; Women: 1st Winchester, 2nd Denmead Striders, 3rd Totton RC

Click here for full results



Neil McCover Memorial half marathon

The inaugural Neil McCover Memorial half marathon held on Sunday in Kirkintilloch, Scotland saw nearly 400 runners join in an event to celebrate different levels of athletic ability. Many took part to celebrate the life of Neil McCover, chair of organisers Kirkintilloch Olympians and police superintendent who was killed the previous year. Fast times were the order of day, with many setting personal best times. This annual event next year will be the culmination of the Run Kirkintilloch year-long series.

First home was Twelde Mengisteab (Shettleston) who set a very creditable time of 1hr 9mins, winning the overall race prize less than a minute ahead of Conor McNulty (Kilbarchan) and Robert Gilroy (Cambuslang) and. In the female categories, Katie White (Garscube) was a clear winner ahead of Rebecca Johnson (Bellahouston) and local athlete Alex Lamond (Kirkintilloch Olympians) competing in her first half marathon.

There was a special cheer at end for the winner of the McCover Trophy. Presented by Margaret McCover and Chief Superintendent Alan Gall (himself competing) this trophy was for the first police officer to cross the finish line. Cameron Wilson won this a time of 1hr 18mins.

Men's results

1 Twelde Mengisteab Shettleston 01:10:20
2 Conor McNulty Kilbarchan 01:10:37
3 Robert Gilroy Cambuslang 01:10:46


Women's results

1 Katie White Garscube Harriers 01:24:04
2 Rebecca Johnson Bellahouston Road Runners 01:27:56
3 Alex Lamond Kirkintilloch Olympians 01:29:51


Click here for full results



Jog Shop Jog

A field of 195 entrants took on the Jog Shop Jog, an off-road 20 miler in near perfect running conditions.

Warm, dry and with a slight westerly breeze, they set off across the cliffs to the east of Brighton before heading inland and over the rugged South Downs course. The route, which is familiar to many of the runners who return each year to this well-organised event, includes five challenging climbs, including the infamous Big W which marks the half way point.

Now in its 19th year, the men’s race was won for the fourth time by James Baker who again used his local knowledge to great effect over the hilly course. He recorded his second best ever time for the race although it was almost three minutes down on last year. He lead from the start with South African athlete Ziestman always close behind.

In the women’s race, again knowing what was coming up was invaluable to local Natasha Swan who often trains on the hills at the back of Brighton. She won for the first time and finished 20th overall, just 90 seconds ahead of second-place Lotte Carritt.

Men's results

1 James Baker Chichester Runners 2:06:31
2 Hendrik Ziestman Serpentine 2:12:11
3 Tom Farsides Phoenix AC 2:35:15


Women's results

1 Natasha Swan Seaford Striders 2:53:28
2 Lotte Carritt Tri London 2:55:02
3 Karen Kennedy TBC 3:01:03


Full results will apear here in due course



Gold Hill 10k

Weather was kind to runners in the Gold Hill race, organised by Gillingham Trotters, yesterday. With a record turnout of 258 the race will raise valuable funds for the Shaftesbury YC and Toby’s.

This year the race was made even more special with the addition of some Nordic Walkers and a crew of firemen and woman raising money along the course. They completed the course in uniform whilst carrying a stretcher.

Gold Hill 10k

Men's results



Women's results



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Petts Wood 10k

Despite the horrendous downpour early in the morning it turned out to be a perfect day with the sun shining as hundreds of Petts Wood residents and runners gathered for the 5th annual Petts Wood 10k. A great community event, this race sells out every year, attracting both serious and fun runners alike to take on the challenging course. At 10.30am the Mayor of Bromley gave his address and sounded the horn to start the race.

Anne Dunstan, PWR Chairperson commented that “it was a real compliment to the success of the club and the event that the Mayor came along to start the race, we hope next year to see him running the race!”

Feedback from runners after they crossed the finish line was fantastic with many commenting on the encouragement they received from marshals on the course and an impressive medal to all finishers – many have vowed to be back next year so looks like it will be a sell-out once again.

2011 Petts Wood 10k

Taking into account all the families that come along to support, the Petts Wood Runners this year added a series of children’s races for those aged between 5 and 11 where all participants were awarded a chocolate medal by club mascot Woody the Gorilla.

Race Director and long time runner, Martin Cunningham stated that “for all the hard work and planning that goes into these events its great to see everyone pull together on the day and make the race so successful and enjoyable for not only the runners but the marshals as well.” He continued “long may the success of the Petts Wood 10k continue”.

Men's results

1 Ben Louch Unattached 0:35:22
2 James Addison BECKENHAM RUNNING CLUB 0:36:28
3 Robbie Britton Unattached 0:37:45


Women's results

1 Clare Reeves BEXLEY AC 0:41:03
3 Carole Penlington Unattached 0:42:46


Click here for full results



Apel Elain – Aberystwyth Twin Peaks 2011

The dull, autumnal weather did nothing to dampen the spirit if the ruuners of the 6th Aberystwyth Twin Peaks.

Seventy one runners set of along Aberystwyth Promenade in relative calm before making their climb of the first hill at Pen Dinas . Reports reached us of extremely high winds making the going really tough at the top and slippery footing following the overnight rains.

Glyn Price from Sarn Helen had the lead at this point and held a good advantage over second placed Gwynant Jones of Maldwyn Harriers as they returned past the start on their way towards Constitution Hill. News from the top of the hill told that Glyn was still holding on as the bulk of the remaining runners now making their way towards the second climb.

Finally on the steep descent from Constitution Hill Gwynant made his move to pass Glyn and take first place in 47:23 with Glyn second at 47:30 and John Battrick in third place at 48:38.
16yr old Gwynant’s time lies 3 mins off the course record held by last year’s winner Andre Jones – but he shows huge promise and with time on his side he is definitely one to watch.

The ladies race was led from start to finish by Aileen Fox of Durham City runners who with a finish time of 53:11 was just over minute behind the course record. Second place was taken by local runner Rebecca Ansell in 1:00:58 whilst third place went to Susanna Ditton of the Aberystwyth University Harriers in 1:02:57.

The team prize was taken by Sarn Helen runners Glyn Price, Michael Davis and Gethin Jones who with a combined time of 2:28:16 were nearly 45 minutes ahead of the second placed Cerist Tri team.
In the Town v Gown competition Aberystwyth University Harriers wrestled the Dolphin Trophy from Aberystwyth AC by the narrowest of margins. With both teams equal on points the decision was made on the sum of the team times. The Harriers pipped it by 1 minute 15 seconds.

The 2 mile Junior race over Constitution Hill produced some outstanding times. Under 16 boys was won by Dylan Jones 15:13. Under 13 Boys went to Aled Sion Jones of Aberystwyth AC – 17:08. The Under 13 Girls was won by Kiera Ellis in 18:27

All proceeds of this year’s race will go to local charity ApelElain 2011 which aims to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal; Ronald McDonald House Bristol; Children's Heart Unit for Wales and the Wales Air Ambulance. For more information on this important appeal see www.ApelElain.com

Men's results

1 Gwynant Jones Maldwyn Harriers 00:47:23
2 Glyn Price Sarn Helen 00:47:30
3 John Battrick Unattached 00:48:38


Women's results

1 Aileen Fox Durham City Runners 00:53:11
2 Rebecca Ansell Unattached 01:00:58
3 Susanna Ditton University Harriers 01:02:57


Click here for full results



The Moreton 10k

The inaugural The Moreton 10k was sponsored by Cotswold Zumba and held as a fundraiser for Moreton Rangers Football Club. All entry fee's will go to the club to support local kids and youth football teams.

The course was created by Mr David Toon, sponsored by Tracey Walton (Cotswold Zumba and Dekomte - Moreton in Marsh). Every entrant completed the race and recieved a goody bag at the end of the race. The course was very hilly and challenging but all the feedback was that the course was very picturesque.

Hopefully there will be a bigger event next year!

The Moreton 10k winners

Photos: The Moreton 10k winners David Bell and Jill McGee

Men's results

1 David Bell 35:24
2 Bill Leggette 36:07
3 Mike Smith 36:50


Women's results

1 Jill McGee 45:15
2 Emma Denton 46:08
3 Niamh Shoemark 46:38


Click here for full results



RunKingston 2011

RunKingston 2011Perfect conditions greeted the runners taking part in the 21st running of RunKingston, with over one thousand taking to the streets of one of London’s most picturesque boroughs over 8.2 and 16 mile distances.

The 8 milers set of first at 8am for one lap of the course, with John Lewis winning in a time of 44 minutes 33 seconds. Second place went to Darren Treadaway (Tri-Force) in 46.49 with Hugh Mackenzie (Pro Vo2) completing the podium in 47.04. In the women’s event, Felicity Cole (One Triathlon) took the win in 55.01 with Louisa Vere (Thames Turbo) second in 55.47 and Clare Miller third in 57.16.

Those taking part in the 16 mile event set off at 8.30am with Neil Smith (Anster Haddies) forging a big lead right from the gun and bringing it home with a negative split for the win and a time of 1.33.35. Second place went to Ben Wickham of Victoria Park Harriers in 1.37.25 with Tony Lashmar making it two places on the podium for the east London club in a time of 1.37.40.

Over the longer distance Isobel Rea (West 4 Harriers) ran a well paced race to come from behind to take the win in 1.49.39 with Kate Brown hanging on to second after a flying first lap in a time of 1.51.33. Third place went to Jennifer Armson of Serpentine RC in 1.53.40.

RunKingston 2011

Men's 16 mile results

1 Neil Smith Anster Haddies 1:33:38
2 Ben Wickham VP Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC 1:37:28
3 Tony Lashmar VP Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC 1:37:42


Women's 16 mile results

1 Isobel Rea West 4 Harriers 1:49:41
2 Kate Brown Unattached 1:51:34
3 Jennifer Armson Serpentine RC 1:53:44


Men's 8 mile results

1 Justin West Unattached 0:44:33
2 Darren Treadaway Tri-Force 0:46:48
3 Hugh Mackenzie Pro-Vo2 Racing Team 0:47:03


Women's 8 mile results

1 Felicity Cole ONE Triathlon 0:54:59
2 Louisa Vere Thames Turbo Female 0:55:47
3 Clare Miller Unattached 0:57:11


Click here for full results



City of Salisbury Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Ross Nickerson Unattached 01:17:12
2 Daniel Doherty Basingstoke & Mid Hants 01:18:10
3 Christopher Southern City Of Salisbury AC 01:21:42


Women's results

1 Sarah Jordan-Whittaker Gillingham Trotters 01:38:06
2 Sinead Mchale Iif Group 01:40:24
3 Catherine Swinson Unattached 01:41:35


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Lytham Hall Autumn 5k

Men's results

1 Jon Fletcher Border Harriers 00:15:57
2 Philip Leybourn Salford Harriers & AC 00:16:10
3 Luke Minns Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 00:16:15


Women's results

1 Caroline Betmead Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 00:18:01
2 Susan Samme Lytham St Annes RR 00:18:20
3 Lisa Gawthorne Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 00:20:28


Click here for full results



100% 10km

Men's results

1 Andrew Buchan 37:48
2 Ben Watts 39:16
3 Alex Thakore 39:46


Women's results

1 Juliet Bernays 43:58
2 Andrea Thomas 47:03
3 Jo Obertell 47:08


Click here for further information and full results



Lewisham Fun Run

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham joined over 250 fun runners for this year’s Lewisham Fun Run in Beckenham Place Park.

Organised by Lewisham Council, the run raised almost £2,000 for the Mayor of Lewisham’s chosen charity, the Lavender Trust, which raises money to support younger women affected by breast cancer.

Cheering the runners on was one of Britain’s fastest sprinters, James Ellington who last month competed against Usain Bolt at the World Championships in the 200m.

There was a run to suit everyone: the 1km race for under 11s, a 3km race for under 16s and the 5km race for anyone over 16.

British sprinter James Ellington said: “There is a lot of sporting talent in the borough and events like the Lewisham Fun Run give people a great opportunity to discover their own ability. It’s fantastic to see so many people taking part and all for a good cause.”

Sir Steve Bullock said: “This has been a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause and get fit at the same time. I’m happy to have been involved in this event, and it’s been a fun day out for both children and adults. Thanks to everyone who took part.”

Photo: From left to right, second placed Lukasz Nowak, James Ellington, winner Andy Bond, third placed Lloyd Mcleod and Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham

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Mud and Mayhem 10K

Competitors at the second Mud & Mayhem trail race in Swinley Forest were in for a treat as the race started in near perfect conditions. The course is a delightful mix of forest running and gravel trails initially skirting the banks of Rapley lake before heading South through some beautiful trails towards Bagshot.

On a day when there was a wide range of events in the race calendar locally more than 50 runners chose to hit the trails and were rewarded with some stunning scenery.

Chris Bradfield from local running club Datchet Dashers set a strong pace to win the race by almost 3 minutes in 34:55 beating the previous course record in the process with Mark Dunbar and Paddy Wilkinson in second and third respectively.

Mud and Mayhem 10K - Swinley Forest, Bracknell; October 9, 2011

Fifth home was the ladies winner Sandra Bowers also in a course record time of 41:06 finishing ahead of Karen Miller and Shay Tousi.

Men's results

2 Mark Dunbar 00:37:43
3 Paddy Wilkinson 00:37:58


Women's results

1 Sandra Bowers 00:41:06
2 Karen Miller 00:45:27
3 Shay Tousi 00:46:30


Click here for full results


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