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Weekend review: May 25 to 27, 2013

by Editor
Tuesday 28th May 2013
 
 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Egdon Easy 10K

Egdon Easy 10K

Photos © Paul Beare

The Egdon Easy was a very competitive race this year with the lead swapping regularly within the front group of runners. Ben Pitman (Lordshill Road Runners 35:43) just finished the stronger in the last hundred metres to pip John Towner (Poole Runners 35:46) with Steve Claxton (Poole Runners 36:08) just holding off Niall Laming (RMPAC 36:14) for third place.

Becky Griffiths (Poole Runners 40:39) took the honours for the ladies with Jill Harrison (Yeovil Town 41:10) and Lesley Moore (Poole AC 41:14) in hot pursuit.

The weather was kind and the breeze next to the seafront had dropped from earlier in the day. There were some notable performances in the V70 category where Roberto Panter (Egdon Heath 48:44) and Joan Royal (Dorset Doddlers 53:33) appreciated the flat course.

Poole Runners took both men’s and ladies’ team prizes.

Photos © Paul Beare

Men's results

1 Ben Pitman Lordshill Road Runners 35:43
2 John Towner Poole Runners 35:46
3 Steve Claxton Poole Runners 36:08

 

Women's results

1 Becky Griffiths Poole Runners 40:39
2 Jill Harrison Yeovil Town 41:10
3 Lesley Moore Poole AC 41:14

 

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Jengana 10K and Fun Run

Jengana 10K and Fun Run

Photos © Stuart Macrory Photography

The weather was kind on Saturday as the 103, 10k entrants and 35 fun runners gathered in the beautiful grounds of Shane’s Castle. The crowd took advantage of the sunshine and most arrived very early, relaxing or warming up at the Old Station Building.

There was a very friendly atmosphere at this “first time” charity event which attracted some familiar names from the local 10k circuit. The race got under way at 2pm sharp and by the first water station it was clear there were three men battling for podium places, Stephen Prentice and Dennis Scott were inseparable with Vilius Pakalniskis not far behind. Oliver cook, Ian Gillespie and Chris Heath followed closely.

It was a similar story for the Women, Gemma Turley leading the way with Janice White and Rhonda Brady giving chase.

By the 5K marker the shade provided by the Randalstown Forest and the cooling breeze from the river Main were welcomed by most runners, the heat didn’t seem to affect finish times too much but there were some tired faces crossing the line.

Jengana 10K and Fun Run

Photos © Stuart Macrory Photography

Stephen Prentice (Enniskillen RC)  clinched victory in 34:33, just ahead of Dennis Scott (North Down AC) in 34:40. Vilius Pakalniskis (Unattached) took third with a time of 38:22.

Gemma Turley (Springwell Running Club) was the first lady home in 41:14, Janice White (Forge Harriers) was second in 42:18 and Rhonda Brady (Larne AC) third in 45:54.

The organizers wish to thank Shane O’Neil of Shane’s Castle Estates and Glen and Aaron of Champion Chips Ireland for their help. Hopefully this event will become a regular fixture on the local calendar!

Jengana 10K and Fun Run

Photos © Stuart Macrory Photography

Men's results

1 Stephen Prentice Enniskillen RC 34:33
2 Dennis Scott North Down AC 34:40
3 Vilius Pakalniskis Unattached 38:22

 

Women's results

1 Gemma Turley Springwell Running Club 41:14
2 Janice White Forge Harriers 42:18
3 Rhonda Brady Larne AC 45:54

 

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Trowbridge "Chocoholics" 5K

Trowbridge "Chocoholics" 5K

Photos: Umpa Loompas from Devizes Running Club were well to the fore; Simon Nott heading towards victory

The promise of chocolate drew 150 runners to the start line for the Trowbridge “Chocoholics” 5K organised by Stampede Sports. With the temperatures heading towards twenty degrees the race was on to complete the course before the chocolate medals that were presented to all finishers melted!

First around the course in a very impressive 15:49 was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who received a chocolate trophy to commemorate his achievement. Fifteen seconds adrift was Mark Harris of Enfield & Harringey and third Ewen Malloch of Team Bath.

In the ladies race Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runners had to set a new club record of 17:51 to secure her chocolate trophy with Denise Grech of Calne SMaRTT second and third placed Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners who had been crowned Wiltshire 3000m champion the previous day.

With Team Bath runners Stephen Rose and Garry Hughes taking the MV40/MV50 titles and Jackie Rockliffe and Tina Towler of Avon Valley Runners the FV40/FV50 titles, the team race was going to be tight, however superior numbers in the field ensured that Avon Valley Runners maintained their 100% record at the top of the Wiltshire Road Race League.

Devizes Running Club who embraced the chocoholics spirit of the race and lined up dressed as Willy Wonka and the umpa loompas.

The next race from Stampede Sports will be the very fast Melksham 5K on Tuesday 4th June. Full results at www.stampedesports.co.uk

Trowbridge "Chocoholics" 5K

Photo: Avon Valley Runners taste success

Men's results

1 Simon Nott Calne Running Club 15:49
2 Mark Harris Enfield & Harringey 16:05
3 Ewen Malloch Team Bath AC 16:18

 

Women's results

1 Ruth Barnes Avon Valley Runners 17:51
2 Denise Grech Calne SMaRTT 19:40
3 Fiona Price Avon Valley Runners 20:01

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Schools’ Fun Run

This year’s School’s Fun Run took place on a hot Saturday morning in Mary Stevens Park. There were separate runs for 5-8 yrs, 9-10 yrs and 11-12 years.  The event was free to enter. Its aim was to encourage healthy outdoor activity.

The Fun Run proved a huge success, with over 60 local children running round the marked route. The event was organized by Elmfield School. Pupils, parents and staff all got involved. Many of the schools’ teachers and parents acted as marshals. Pupils designed all the pre-event publicity in art classes, made the medals in craft classes and learned about Olympic running in their studies of Ancient Greece.  

The event was a collaboration between Elmfield School, Dudley Council, Mary Stevens Healthy Hub, West Mercia Police, Design 2 Print and St John’s Ambulance.  

“It was just great to see over 60 kids having a run around in the park. The local community came together on the day to support the event” said Ben Arnold, Elmfield’s Business Manager.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lomas Distribution Buxton Half Marathon

Lomas Distribution Buxton Half Marathon

The 32nd Buxton Half Marathon took place at the weekend in glorious spring sunshine, ideal conditions for the event which travels through some of the Peak District’s most scenic countryside around the outskirts of Buxton.
Attracting a sizeable field of 240 athletes from all over the country, and known as one of the toughest and testing half marathons, the event was started by Race Director Bev Golden. The drama of a competitive race soon unfolded when Buxton AC’s Steve Watson, a former winner and a pre-race favourite, was forced to retire around the three mile mark with an ankle injury, leaving the field wide open. 

The eventual winner, Dale Annable from Heanor RC, ran away from the rest of the field to finish in a respectable time of one hour sixteen minutes and 58 seconds, over two minutes ahead of the second placed runner Darren King, from Clowne RR (1.19.03).  Darren was also first Over 40 Male in the race.  In third place was Chris Patterson from Ashbourne RC (1.21.51). 

First home in the ladies’ race was Deborah Thomas from Trentham RC in a time of 1.31.48, followed by Miriam Apsley in 1.36.59 in second place, while third home was Steph Isley from Ripley RC in 1.37.51.  Steph was also first Over 50 Female.

Buxton AC’s lead male runner home was Jason Bennett, running his first race for the Club, with an excellent time of 1.31.58 in 21st place, making this an impressive debut.  Angela Bent, one of the original founder members of the Club over 35 years ago and recently returned to the area, was first Buxton AC Lady back and also 1st Over 60 Female in a time of 2 hours 14 seconds.  Breaking his recent Club Over 70 Male Half Marathon record, evergreen Bill Allsop was first home in the category, in a time of 2.08.34.

Race Director Bev Golden would like to thank sponsor Lomas Distribution for their generosity, Buxton Police for their invaluable support and advice, Buxton Mountain Rescue, Nestle Water, Running Bear Sports Shop, and everyone who very kindly helped on the day, without whose support the race could not be the success it was.  Race photography was by Bryan Dale, racephotos.org.uk.

Lomas Distribution Buxton Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Dale Annable Heanor RC 1:16:58
2 Darren King Clowne RR 1:19:03
3 Chris Patterson Ashbourne RC 1:21:51

 

Women's results

1 Deborah Thomas Trentham RC 1:31:48
2 Miriam Apsley   1:36:59
3 Steph Isley Ripley RC 1:37:51

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Dunvegan 10k

It was good to see Hugh Campbell back to competitive running after a long absence due to an injury. He made quite a return, breaking the course record (set by himself) by three seconds! As well as first home, Hugh took prizes for 1st Male & 1st Local Male, welcome back Hugh...

Wilma MacRuary took prizes for 1st Female/1st Local Female and Female Veteran, Robert Lindsay, at age 74, took prize for Oldest Competitor and the Kenneth Munro Team Trophy went to Dunvegan Medics- Debbie Marston, Morag MacDonald, Brendan Clancy and Chris James. Weather on the day made for ideal running conditions. 39 runners took part, which is half the normal entry and with 2014 being the 15th anniversary of the race, the organisers are looking forward to a higher number of entries.

There were 3 ladies who walked the course together in a time of 2 hrs 1min 07.

Janet Clarke, from Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the main sponsor of the 10K, presented the prizes.

The Committee would like to remind runners that, for Health and Safety reasons, to take part in the 10K runners must be 16 +.                 

Men's 10km results

1 Hugh Campbell 33.18
2 Andy Birnie 38.26
3 Russell Ingham 39.16

 

Women's 10km results

1 Wilma MacRuary 48.21
2 Fiona Weir 53.02
3 Lorna MacKinnon 53.02

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Folkstone Coastal 10k

Folkstone Coastal 10k © Sussex Sport Photography

Photos © Sussex Sport Photography

The Folkstone Coastal 10k Race Director commented: "I am pleased to report we had a very successful day with over 650 registrations which was a terrific result, with an increase on last year. Weather conditions were ideal and there was a superb atmosphere at the event with many spectators lining the route. "

The course record was broken by Michael Coleman of South Kent Harriers, the winner in a time of 0:32:09. The first female home was Maria Heslop, from the Paddock Wood Athletic Club, who achieved a commendable time of 0:36:49, beating the previous course record set by herself last year. The male team prize went to Ashford & District RRC, while Paddock Wood AC took the ladies’ team prize.

Many Kent clubs participated and runners came from London, Scotland and as far as the US. There was a good team turnout in addition to running clubs, including Folkestone Rugby Club, Saga Charitable Trust, Gurkhas and First Early Learners. Over 30 children enjoyed the first children’s race.

The objectives of the race were to encourage participation, assist charities, visit our district and promote good health, as well as increasing the profile of sport and I am particularly delighted that there were many more runners and spectators than last year.

It was especially pleasing that there were so many spectators along the whole route which gave tremendous encouragement to the runners – there must have been hundreds providing support!

First indications are that the event has raised in excess of £20,000 which is a terrific start for many worthwhile causes. Last year’s event raised £42,000 and this year's event is set to beat this, providing vital support for various projects including the Gurkha Memorial Fund, Home Farm Trust, Folkestone Youth Project and local Rotary Clubs for distribution to local causes.

The event went extremely well and help was received with sincere thanks from over 80 marshals and assistants including, Folkestone Running Club, Rotary Clubs, Folkestone Harbour and Gurkha Services Link Ltd, B J Scaffolding and the team from Shepway Glass. I would also like to thank Shepway District Council, Folkestone Police and St John Ambulance for their valuable support.

Further feedback / information can be viewed by going to: www.runnersworld.co.uk/events and www.folkestonecoastal10k.co.uk  This year’s event photographers were Sussex Sport Photography and runners can visit their website to have a look at the race pictures which are available to purchase.

Next year’s race will be on Sunday 25th May 2014 and we have already received a few entries!!                                       

Men's results

1 Michael Coleman South Kent Harriers 0:32:09
2 Julian Lings Enfield Harriers 0:33:45  
3 Matthew Britton Ashford AC 0:34:57

 

Women's results

1 Maria Heslop  Paddock Wood AC 0:36:49
2 Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC 0:37:40
3 Clare Reeves  Bexley 0:40:02

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Gt Eccleston Flat 4 miler

It was a record turn out for this years event with a good quality field of club runners and non club runners.

The race set of on time at 10.30am at a blistering pace with a group of four runners well out in front, but after two miles one runner fell of the pack and after three miles it was down to just two runners to battle it out for the finish line and what a finish it was by Jon Fletcher of Border Harriers in a time of 21mins just 8 seconds ahead of Tom Cunningham in 21:18secs and Jason Parker of Preston Harriers who is about to become a vet 40 in 21:58secs.

First lady was Diane McVey from Wilmslow RC in 12th place overall in 24:22secs and Tracey Dutton of Wigan Harriers placed 22nd in 25:33secs and Bev Wright of Blackpool Wyre& Fylde in 29th place in 26:02secs.

There was a total of 117 runners with 114 finishers. Alan Taylor, race director, are hopes to attract more Unattached runners or people who are just starting out in running as it is a friendly atmosphere and you get fed and watered after.

Men's results

1 Jon Fletcher Border Harriers 21:00
2 Tom Cunningham   21:18
3 Jason Parker Preston Harriers 21:58

 

Women's results

1 Diane McVey Wilmslow RC 00:24:22
2 Tracey Dutton Wigan Harriers 00:25:33
3 Bev Wright Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 00:26:02

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Treforest 10km Road Race

The first staging of the Treforest 10km road race was a huge success, in perfect sunshine 120 runners turned out for the race and after the race the feedback received from the runners was extremely positive with loads of good comments on the organisation, the enthusiasm of the marshalls and the low entry price which seemed to go down well with all entrants as the club has a policy of pricing their races at £1 per mile for affiliated runners.
 
The first man home was Dan Bodman from Aberdare in 35.17 followed by Matthew Thomas from Swansea in 36.06 and third was Stephen Thomas also from Aberdare in 36.13.
 
The first lady home was Carol Bridge from the Rhondda Tri Club in 39.40 followed by Suzanne Bulpin from San Domenico in 40.35 and third was Nicola Gethin from Parc Bryn Bach in 41.41.
 
The men team prizw was won by Aberdare whilst the ladies team prize was won by San Domenico.

Men's results

1 Dan Bodman Aberdare 35.17
2 Matthew Thomas Swansea 36.06
3 Stephen Thomas Aberdare 36.13

 

Women's results

1 Carol Bridge Rhondda Tri Club 39.40
2 Suzanne Bulpin San Domenico 40.35
3 Nicola Gethin Parc Bryn Bach 41.41

 

Click here for full results

 

 

 

Overground Trail Race 12M

Overground Trail Race 12M

Photos: Jonathan (winner) and Finish Line (Jonathan and Chris) © James Kirby Photography

Sunday saw the first 12 mile Haglofs Overground Trail Run as part of the Overground Underground Festival in Ingleton, a weekend of outdoor activities for the family. 

The race started at a civilised hour of 11am in the glorious sunshine and headed out of the village on to Twistleton Scar. This was a brutal climb for two miles, but the runners were rewarded as most of the ascent was done.  The race pace speeded up for the crossing over Scales Moor and great views of the infamous Ribblehead Viaduct were enjoyed by the runners.  Just after six miles at Philpin farm,  a feed station had been provided and many of the racers were glad for the chance to refuel and rehydrate for the return leg.

The six miles back to Ingleton took the runners past Great Douk Cave and a number of Pot Holes. The run over Lead Mine Moss was on a little frequented  path which weaved through the spectacular limestone pavement in the shadow of the highest mountain in the Dales, Ingleborough, with far stretching views towards the sea at Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains.  This was followed by a fast descent down Fell Lane to the village centre.

The 12 miles was given short shrift by Jonathon Duncan and Chris Shelton as they raced to finish in 1hr 19 mins – Jonathan just pipping Chris to the line in the last 100m sprint. Third place was taken by local runner Mark McGoldrich of Wharfedale Harriers.  First male vet over the line was Steve McClean of Southport.

The ladies put on a spirited race with Julia Leventon of Valley Striders taking the first place in 1hr 34 and second place went to Carol Evans in 1hr  37 who also took 1st female vet.  Jennie Guard was not far behind in third with a 1hr 44.

Haglofs supported the event with nearly £1000 worth of prizes going to first to fifth.  Spot prizes were also given out to the those at the back of the pack for getting best value for money and making the best of the day.

Check out the event website to found out more.

Men's results

1st Jonathan Duncan Cosmic Hill Bashers 01:19:46
2nd Chris Shelton   01:19:49
3rd Mark McGoldrick Wharfedale Harriers 01:22:53
4th Edward Evans   01:28:20
5th Thomas Durcan   01:28:40

 

Women's results

1 Julia Leventon Valley Striders

01:34:55

2 Carol Evans                          01:37:03
3 Jennie Guard   01:44:24
4 Rachel Hill   01:46:36
5 Katy Islip Craven Energy 01:52:25

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ilkley trail race

The 6th running of the race took place in good sunshine with a sneaky wind blowing on the moor top. A good turnout of local runners were not enough to stop Ilkley’s Tom Adams running away to his 5th consecutive win in the race. Despite running for England in the home international two days earlier, Tom was fresh enough to finish 10 seconds outside his own race record – 39mins 41seconds.

Second and third place prizes were fought out by Otley’s Scott Harrington and Saltaire’s Will Kerr with the Otley man leading his nearest rival by 10 seconds. Good performances in the veteran categories from Neil Armitage Vet 40 (P+B), Ian Rowbotham Vet 45 (Ilkley), John Sinclair Vet 50 (Ilkley), Steve Brown Vet 55 (Wharfedale), Nick Pearce Vet 60 (Ilkley), Frank Reilly Vet 65 (Stockport). Alex Sinclair was first under 23 to give the family two category wins with his dad winning the Vet 50 prize.

Men’s team winners were Ilkley Harriers, four runners to count race winner Tom Adams, Alex Sinclair,Ben Shephard and Rob Cunningham.

The ladies race was a closer affair with Louisa Pickles from Wharfedale winning the race, pipping the 2012 winner Lucy Thompson into second place. Ilkley’s Emma Barclay was third. The under 23 winner was Rachel Ullah.
Veteran category wins by Sally Malir Vet 40 (Ilkley), Amanda Fox Vet 45, Val Kerr Vet 50 (ilkley), Debbie Bland Vet 55 (Baildon), Aileen Baldwin Vet 60m (Baildon), Shirley Walker Vet 65 (Horsforth), Hilary Wharam Vet 70 (Horsforth).

Ladies team winners were home club Ilkley with 3 finishers to count Emma Barclay, Sally Malir and Beth Massey.

Thanks to all who helped marshall the race, looking forward to next year.

Men's results

1 Tom Adams Ilkley Harriers 39.41
2 Scott Harrington Otley AC 43.48
3 Will Kerr Saltaire Striders 43.58

 

Women's results

1 Louisa Pickles Wharfedale Harriers 49.45
2 Lucy Thompson Stainland Lions 50.46
3 Emma Barclay Ilkley Harriers 51.08

 

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