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Weekend review: May 31 & June 1, 2014

by Editor
Monday 2nd June 2014
 
 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fairline Abersoch 10k

The sun shone brightly for this year’s Fairline Abersoch 10k as runners galore once again donned their gear and hit the course. The race saw its most successful year yet, with an electric atmosphere, glorious sunshine and well over 600 entrants.

The fun started early in the day with the Abersoch Holiday Homes 3k race taking place on the beach. This shorter race is popular with youngsters and prizes are awarded to the top boys and girls in both the under 14s category and under 16s. The winners this year were Ryan Cain and Barney Wright for the boys under 16s and under  14s categories respectively, and Zara Thompson and Ella Catrin Jones crossing the finish line first for the girls.

With the 3k warming the atmosphere up effectively, it was time for the main event itself. The race, sponsored by Fairline, takes place over a challenging yet beautifully scenic course, encompassing panoramic views and varied terrains. Starting off just past Manana, the athletes must first run through the village itself before heading into Sarn Bach and turning left down towards the beach. At the end of this glorious country lane, the runners take a right and loop back on themselves before hitting the country lane again. Before this though, the entrants must face the dreaded and infamous gravel hill! The hill, dubbed “Tocyn Brutal” covers 0.4 miles of rocky terrain with a 140 foot gain and is certainly, for many the climax of the 10k challenge.

After this obstacle comes another amble down the country lanes before finally, the runners head down to the beach to finish the race- but not before facing one last set of obstacles- the groynes! Runners have little choice but to hurdle over these before finally meeting the very welcome finish line and grabbing their medals! This year’s tide meant that some of these hurdles were particularly high!

There are attractive medals available for all runners who successfully finish the race as well as bananas and water aplenty! With numerous marshals placed all over the course, and crowds of spectators there is plenty of support as well as a lot of cheering to spur the runners on. Many turn out each year to give their time and effort in support of the event and 2014’s race was no different in this respect.

Both the men’s and women’s winners for this year were already familiar with the race, with the men’s winner taking to the podium for the second year running and the women’s winner managing it for the third! Alun Vaughan was the first in for the men, coming in with a superb time of 33 minutes and 4 seconds and grabbing himself a £200 cash prize as well as a Henri Lloyd jacket. Alun runs for the Eryri running club and is something like a machine to watch- his sheer momentum was enough to sweep many a marshal into the hedge! Alun says that he really enjoys running in Abersoch thanks to the “great support around the course and the superb location- especially the finish on the beach”. He is looking forward to returning in October to defend his half marathon title! John Heap and Steffan Sager were the next men over the finish line with respectable times of 34.49 and 35.03.

Coming in first for the women was Jane Evans with an outstanding time of 37 minutes and 14 seconds. Jane managed the hat trick for this was the third year running she had topped the women’s podium. Jane was delighted to win her hat trick and says that her time was slower than last year because of “the dreaded groynes” which she had to contend with. In the four years she’s ran the race this was the first time she’d literally had to jump over them and in her own words: “the last two were HUGE!!” It wasn’t all negative though, with Jane saying that the perfect weather and brilliant support along the route more than made up for the challenges of the course. The second and third women over the line were Vicky Bryant, finishing at 39.49 and Charlotte Finch, managing it in 41.13.

Prizes were also available for the first 35+ female and 40+ male over the line. The prize winners for these categories were Tracey Llewelyn with a time of 45.08 and Dylan Jones, who finished in 36.23. Indeed, it is the true diversity of the 10k which makes it an event that attracts such a wide audience of people. Jane’s mother ran the race for the first time this year and her eldest daughter will be signing up for next year’s 3k. Jane says that the 10k is an event which is firmly on the family calendar. It is a race for all ages of all backgrounds. This was highlighted in the particularly loud cheers which welcomed the last racer, Einion over the finish line. Einion was a hugely popular runner who received support from many marshals and stewards and was thrilled to finish the race- but didn’t take much time to stop and rest before signing up for the up and coming Sprint Triathlon!

There are more events to come from the organisers, with the aforementioned Sprint Triathlon coming up on the 14th of June, and the Half Marathon finishing off the Triple Crown on the 4th of October. It’s not too late- get signed up now!

Men's 10km results

1 Alun Vaughan Unattached 00:33:04
2 John Heap Unattached 00:34:49
3 Steffan Sayer Menai Track and Field 00:35:03

 

Women's 10km results

1 Jane Evans Unattached 00:37:14
2 Vicky Bryant Wigan Phoenix 00:39:49
3 Charlotte Finch Wigan Phoenix 00:41:13

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Fuddy Mud Sucker Run

Fuddy Mud Sucker Run

A mix of hardened obstacle veteran’s, first timers, and fancy dress runners ran Offbeat Events inaugural Fuddy Mud Sucker at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, near Botley. 

Offbeat Events were supporting The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign charity and managed to raise hundreds of pounds thanks in part to generous contributions from the entrants and from donations to teams such as Jagger’s Journey who managed to bring along a team of 10 runners!

The 9km race was won by local man Sam Skinner along with his girlfriend Amanda Fisher being first female home.

Fuddy Mud Sucker Run

Photos: A mix of hardened obstacle veteran’s, first timers, and fancy dress runners. The pink ladies taking the mud slide over the finish line!

The 4.5km race was won by Jaggers Journey team captain James Curtis with Charlotte Austin being first female home.

Ex Southampton FC Defender, Francis Benali showed he had lost none of his form by completing the 9km event in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Offbeat Events are already in talks with the YMCA for a possible return this autumn.  With more obstacles and more mud being planned!

Pictures of the event can be found online at www.offbeat-events.com

Fuddy Mud Sucker Run

Photos: Embracing the challenge. Local man Sam Skinner with girlfriend Amanda Fisher, 1st male and 1st female 9km winners

Men's 9km results

1 Sam Skinner Unattached 37:37
2 Shaun Bucknole Unattached 39:01
3 Alex (The Frog) Bosc Unattached 39:33

 

Women's 9km results

1 Amanda Fisher Unattached 48:48
2 Emma Haywood Bournemouth Joggers 52:36
3 Flavia Sorop Unattached 53:19

 

Men's 4.5km results

1 James Curtis Jaggers Journey 18:45
2 Richard Worley Jaggers Journey 21:32
3 Matt Gilling Unattached 23:59

 

Women's 4.5km results

1 Charlotte Austin Unattached 25:36
2 Garbrielle Dearling Unattached 25:37
3 Claire Gay Jaggers Journey 25:40

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Harbour Walbanger 7K Beach Race

Harbour Walbanger 7K Beach Race

A bright sunny morning with a softening cool breeze welcomed the runners for the Airport Connections Harbour Wallbanger 7K beach race that took place on Saturday 31st May 2014.  The event, held between the picturesque coastline of Broadstairs and Ramsgate was organised by Thanet Roadrunners AC and saw its largest amount of finishers since the race was re-established in the Kent racing calendar four years ago. 

Over 119 runners complete the course with Thanet Roadrunners AC men taking the main honours.  Owen Mitchell impressively won the men’s race, leading from the start and finishing in 26:16. Victoria Talbot Rosner from Invicta East Kent won the women’s race in 33:54 with Paul Patton of Thanet close behind in second place.  The Thanet men’s team comprising Owen, Chris Brenchley, and John Hunt won the men’s team trophy.The Youngest Male Finisher was Thant Roadrunner, Alfie Grafton with a time of 31.44.  The youngest female finisher was Alice Price with a time of 37:35

Owen Mitchell said, ‘The conditions were perfect, sunny and the sand wasn't too soft. I planned to stay behind the front runner but as no one went off hard from the start this soon changed.’
He added, ‘I am over the moon with my race win and so pleased there were so many successes from Thanet Roadrunners.’

Spencer Hoult, Race Director for the Wallbanger said, ’every year this race gets more popular and I would like to thank our headline Sponsors 'Airport Connections' for supporting this event.  I would like to thank our other supporters Tesco and to the Pavilion in Broadstairs for allowing us to set up our Headquarters on their premises.  I also would like to thank Margate Ambulance for their assistance and all the club volunteers who made it such a great day for the runners.’

The club will now be drawing its attention to organising the Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon that takes place on the 7th September 2014 (HERE).

Web: www.thanetroadrunners.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thanetroadrunnersac
Twitter: twitter.com/ThanetrunnersAC

Men's results

1 Owen MITCHELL Thanet Roadrunners AC 26:16
2 Andrew FLETCHER Folkestone Running Club 26:41
3 Matthew KENDELL South Kent Harriers 26:53

 

Women's results

1 Victoria TALBOT ROSNER Invicta East Kent  33:54
2 Paula PATTON Thanet Roadrunners AC 34:11
3 Wendy SMITH Canterbury Harriers 36:33

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Jengana 10K

For the second year in a row the weather was beautiful as the 120 10k entrants and 30 fun runners assembled in the beautiful grounds of Shane’s Castle for this charity event. The crowd took advantage of the sunshine and most arrived very early, relaxing or warming up at the Old Station Building.

Last years runner up, Dennis Scott (North Down AC), clinched victory (in 34:12) from Brendan Grew (North Belfast Harriers) who followed just over thirty seconds later. Kevin O'Boyle (Ballymena Runners), was the third podium place, crossing the line in 35:58.

It was a very close ladies race. North Belfast Harriers Claire Connor had the edge on Lagan Valley AC's Suzanne Higgins, passing her in the finishing straight to win in 39:55. Suzanne followed closely in 40:10 while visitor, Hannah Oldroyd (Airdale Dodgers), finished third in her second event of the day with a time of 40.38.

Most of the competitors and spectators stayed afterwards for refreshments, provided by the organisers, and enjoyed the scenic grounds and the glorious sunshine.

The organizers wish to thank Shane O’Neil of Shane’s Castle Estates for the use of the ground along with Glen Grant of Champion Chips Ireland and the girls from Ambutran for all their help. Looking forward to next years event!

Men's results

1 Dennis Scott North Down AC 34:12
2 Brendan Grew North Belfast Harriers 34:43
3 Kevin O'Boyle Ballymena Runners 35:57

 

Women's results

1 Claire Connor North Belfast Harriers 39:55
2 Suzanne Higgins Lagan Valley 40:10
3 Hannah Oldroyd Airdale Dodgers 40:38

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Kent Roadrunner Marathon

The third annual Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos: On their way to earning the UK’s biggest finisher’s medal. The showboating competition adds some fun for runners and spectators alike

Race day was a glorious day for the record attendance of runners participating in the third annual Kent Roadrunner Marathon.

Organised by the tzruns team and held at Cyclopark in Gravesend, Kent, this marathon is rapidly earning a reputation as the “must do” event of the year for avid marathon runners.  Precision perfect organisation and with phenomenal attention to detail, the tzruns team certainly know how to host a running event for runners.  Personalised race numbers, free photos, inspirationally designed medals and t-shirts as well as free showers, WIFI and a brilliant onsite café are just some of the reasons why this marathon is getting more and more popular every year.  Another speciality of this event is the showboating competition – rewarding runners for some outlandish jumping, leaping and dancing during the race. This year runners were competing to win a trip to the Frankfurt Marathon courtesy of 209:Events.

Running 17 laps of the sooth tarmac racing circuit was all that was required to earn the right to wear the UK’s biggest finisher’s medal with pride, something that 355 people successfully did.

At the front end it was Adam Holland that set the pace early in the race.  Following on from his recent victory in Brathay 10 in 10  he led the runners around the course, with Adam Stokes and Simon Sikora hot on his heels.

Ultimately it was Adam Stokes that paced his race to perfection and was the first to cross the finish line in a personal best time of 2:42:13, setting a new course record in the process.  He was followed over the line by Simon Sikora (2:47:21) with Adam Holland securing the final podium position (2:48:09). 

The third annual Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos (clockwise top l-r): Race winner Adam Stokes. The men's podium. Adam Stokes and race director Ian Berry

Runners throughout the field were complimenting the leaders for the never-ending encouragement and support that they offered their fellow runners as they lapped them.  This is sportsmanship at its best.

In the ladies’ race Sally Ford led the race from start to finish and looked comfortable as she negotiated each lap.  She crossed the line in 3:17:39 followed by Helen James (3:25:59) and Rebecca Bryant (3:36:21).

The third annual Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos (clockwise top l-r): Race winner Sally Ford. The women's podium. Sally Ford and race director Ian Berry

The race was generously supported by CLIF Bar, Southern Running Guide and Scott Sports.

tzruns was formed by Ian J Berry and Sandra Bowers with over 200 marathons experience, to be the best and most fun event for all participants and helpers.  Their events have become as famous for their slick organisation as they have for their fan-friendly touches and enormous medals!

Their 2015 Kent Roadrunner Marathon is already open for entries at kentroadrunner.com

The third annual Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos: Andrew Clark celebrates his finish. Anna Hatton receives a trophy for finishing her 100th marathon

Men's results

1 Adam Stokes Canterbury Harriers 2:42:13
2 Simon Sikora Marlow Striders 2:47:21
3 Adam Holland Votwo 2:48:09

 

Women's results

1 Sally Ford UKnetrunner 3:17:39
2 Helen James Barrow Runners 3:25:59
3 Rebecca Bryant Unattached 3:36:21

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fishbourne Flat Five

Fishbourne Flat Five

The 10th Annual Fishbourne Flat Five was a huge success yet again. This year, 180 runners and around 50 walkers took part including many familiar faces and also quite a few new ones. They all followed the same route around the harbour taking in kissing gates, harbour walls and boardwalks. This event feels like a real village event.

Yet again the sun shone and conditions were close to perfect as the ground was firm underfoot. It was pretty hot though and the rounds of applause and cup of water at the finishing line were much appreciated.

Over the years this race, which takes place in memory of Beckie and Lucy Hassell, has raised money for a variety of local causes. This year, the race raised money to buy staging for Fishbourne Primary School. In total in ecess of £2500 have been raised for the new school stage (this is without the sponsorship from the event which will be commented in the coming weeks!)

Particular thanks are due to all the marshals and helpers, to Game, Set and Match, to Chichester Runners, The Woolpack Inn and the Fishbourne Club for their generosity and support.

Fishbourne Flat Five

Men's results

1 James Baker Chichester Runners 29:06
2 Charles Rodmell Chi Runners 32:55
3 Jamie Hillsden Unattached 33:14

 

Women's results

1 Jennifer Harley Chi Runners 35:48
2 Annabell Parker Unattached 38:06
3 Fiona Holden Unattached 39:4

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Humber Bridge 10k

Men's results

1 Alec Gibson East Hull Harriers 34:08
2 Gregan Clarkson Kingston Upon Hull AC 34:24
3 Gareth Young City of Hull AC 35:10

 

Women's results

1 Charlotte Ward City of Hull AC 39:19
2 Sarah Rookyard East Hull Harriers 41:10
3 Cheryl Oakshott City of Hull AC 41:55

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

Hundreds of people braved high temperatures in Keswick yesterday at the third staging of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge. The event saw trail running champions and charity fundraisers run, jog and walk the 11km and 22km distances, which started in Station Field near Greta Bank Farm. Participants were officially set on their way by Councillor Lorraine Taylor, Mayor of Keswick.

The route started out along the Keswick railway line, climbed the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, before travelling down Cumbria Way to the finish line.  Runners had an extra challenge as they took on the King of the Mountain and Demon Descent, in which timing mats on the course recorded how long it took runners to ascend Latrigg Fell and descend Cumbria Way to the finish line.

The day got underway with the Home Countries International race, which saw senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland competing in a team competition.

Taking charge of the senior men’s race over a testing 11km, Stockport Harriers’ Andi Jones immediately stamped his authority before going on to post an impressive winning time of 40:17, seven seconds ahead of Ireland’s Brian MacMahon. Tom Addison, of Helm Hill Runners in Kendal took fifth place with a time of 41:16.

English mountain runner Katie Walshaw won the senior women’s race over 10km. She clocked a time of 40:40, with Megan Crawford of Scotland finishing second in 40:43 and England’s Jayne Joy taking the third spot in 41:19.

The event village was packed with spectators and participants enjoying music and race commentary throughout the day. North West Air Ambulance, the nominated local charity for the event welcomed their runners over the finish line which included paramedics and families of ex-patients.

Peter Riley, Project Director at organisers Nova, said: “This is the third year we’ve staged the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in Keswick, and yet again it was a fantastic day. The heat was an extra challenge for the participants, but everyone did exceptionally well and the hundreds of spectators added to the brilliant atmosphere.”

Find out more at www.greattrailchallenge.org

Men's Home Countries International 11km results

1 Andi Jones 40:17
2 Brian MacMahon 40:24
3 Andrew Douglas 40:48

 

Women's Home Countries International 11km results

1 Katie Walshaw 40:40
2 Megan Crawford 40:43
3 Jayne Joy 41:19

 

Men's 22km results

1 David Beech 1:32:17
2 Scott Newton 1:35:47
3 Mark Walsh 1:37:40

 

Women's 22km results

1 Molly Ralphson 1:54:26
2 Naomi Wrigglesworth 2:01:32
3 Michelle Liddle 02:03:14

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Northants Ultra 35 " Shire & Spires"

What a fabulous day - beautiful weather, super heroes, new course records, stunning scenery and new friendships forged. All of this sums up the 6th running of Northamptonshire’s Ultra race which was again hosted in the stunning grounds of Lamport Hall.

The race started with the field of nearly 200 entering the rolling countryside of the county and heading off to visit its first country home, Cottesbrooke Hall. Superior navigating skills had Andrew Pace lead the field at the first three check points in close company with Dave Smithers and Jonathan Albon. However two ridiculously fast sub 44 minute splits for the last two stages put Jonathan into a commanding lead and he won in a new course record of 4:14:47. Andrew faded a bit between the last check point and the finish which allowed Dave to ease through to take second.

In the ladies race Kate Whitfield was having a good day and was the first lady on the course pretty much from the start, going on to win in a time of 5:38:45. The race for the other two podium positions however was a much closer affair, with Mary Ann Devally and Emma David in pretty close company until between check points 3 and 4, where Mary Ann opened a bit of a gap which she held to the finish despite a late charge from Emma.

This was the first year the event saw some real team competition, with many clubs fielding the required four runners, including at least one lady. In the end the fairly comfortable winners were Evesham Vale RC with Ned Lammas, David Mitchell, Sheila Barbour and Roy Betts. Second team were Northampton Road Runners and third Wellingborough & District AC.

There was also good spread in the age categories. In the men Dave Smithers won the M40, Paul Dickens was the M50 winner and Richard Beard taking the M60.

In the ladies there was, unusually, no competitor in the W60 category but Kate Whitefield won the W40 and Patricia Keene W50.

As always the Go Beyond crew were fantastic, over 4000 bottles were being moved around the course to ensure that nobody went without the liquid there needed as well as the energy drink, energy drink tabs, gels, savoury snacks and of course the famous fruit cake. The estate team at Lamport have again been very supportive and organisers Go Beyond Ultra feel privileged that they get to base the race there.

Men's results

1 Jonathan Albon Unattached 04:14:47
2 David Smithers Unattached 04:39:18
3 Andrew Pace Unattached 04:41:20

 

Women's results

1 Kate Whitfield Mercia Fell Runners 05:38:45
2 Maryann Devally Serpentine 05:46:18
3 Emma David Nidd Valley Road Runner 05:52:19

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Poole Festival of Running 'Run for Cancer' 10k

Kenyan Boniface Kiprop (Team Run-fast) notched up back-to-back victories in the Poole Festival of Running 'Run for Cancer' 10k this weekend. He headed home a field of over 800 runners in glorious sunny weather on this fast seaside course.

The only man who could run him close was England's Steve Way who finished 2nd as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games marathon in a few weeks time. Steve's Bournemouth AC club mate Jacek Cieluszecki rounded out the podium.

It was a double win for Team Run-fast as Joan Chelimo Melly (Kenya) dominated the Women's event, winning in 34:35. She was chased home by runners from the host club Poole Runners, with Abigail Jones and Caroline Stanzel mounting the podium on home roads.

A full day of events was held at the festival with a competitive  5k race and well attended 8-14 age group minithons for local junior runners.

Now in it's 33rd year, the Poole 10 attracted runners from all local clubs, as well as charity runners, with the headline nominated charity the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PooleRunners

Men's 10k results

1 Boniface KIPROP KONGIN Kenya Run-fast 00:30:33
2 Steven WAY Bournemouth AC 00:31:33
3 Jacek CIELUSZECKI Bournemouth AC 00:32:21

 

Women's 10k results

1 Joan Chelimo MELLY Kenya Run-fast 00:34:35
2 Abigail JONES Poole Runners 00:38:54
3 Caroline STANZEL Poole Runners 00:39:35

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Purbrook Ladies 5

Photos: The Purbrook Ladies 5 was lead from the off by Hannah Howard (100) and Emma Montiel (104) © www.MustRunForTheCamera.com

Straight from the off Emma Montiel and Hannah Howard were determined to set a strong pace even though conditions were very warm. By the time we had reached the top of the first climb and the barn, the Portsmouth AC and Eastleigh runner had pulled clear of the rest of the field.

They raced side by side over the climb and down the first descent before turning left into Sheepwash Lane and through the first mile, the traffic was quite heavy but very courteous on Newlands Lane and slowed down as the two ladies raced by. Neither runner was letting up as they headed out into the country past Sheepwash Farm heading up the slight incline before turning left into Belney Lane. As the two ladies passed the two mile marker, Emma had forged in front, only by a few strides but she was now in the lead.

Belney lane is approx one kilometre in length before it turns into Pigeon House Lane. At 2.5 miles the race passed by the farm, with Emma holding a five metre advantage over Hannah. The road then bends left and heads down past Pitymoor Lane. On the left team PJC, led by Tony Conway, had set up the water station. Emma did not slow to drink but Hannah did, which may have cost her as she slipped another few seconds behind Emma.

At this point Emma was cruising as the gentle descent allowed her to take in some much needed air to prepare for the two final climbs towards the finish. The first of those climbs started at 2.8 miles and is approx 500m long, with a maximum gradient of 7.1%. Emma looked relaxed and climbed this with ease before heading down towards the final left turn into Mill Lane.

3.5 miles gone and just final climb to go. Hannah was about twenty metres behind at this point and showed no signs of catching the strong running Emma. Mill Lane is 1.2km long with a max gradient of 8.2%, at 1km it changes into Purbrook Heath Road and the descent towards the finish.

The race took a right into a side track, passing the tennis courts before heading down towards the finish, which was set up on the field. Emma was clear, with a good 20 second gap over Hannah. Both ladies had run strong throughout the race and showed it by finishing three minutes ahead of the third place lady Daisy Hall from Stubbington Green.

Hannah though must be wondering what she has to do to win this race because this was her fourth second place finish.

The race itself was well organised and race director Claire Fleming had managed to get the right number of marshals at the necessary points on the course. There was a record number of finishers - 162 and some first time runners as well. 

Catherine Durkin was first Portsmouth Jogger home in 4th place and the Portsmouth Joggers won the team event. Lacie-Ellen Kemp running her first race was first U20 to finish. 

Meranda Winter and Davina 'Pollyanna' Glading made sure all runners finished by taking up the back markers positions.

A well done goes to each and everyone involved in the organisation of this event, to all the marshals stood out on the course and to all the support crew at the start and finish, including the lovely ladies keeping the tea and cake safe. Put it in your diaries everyone, this is an event not to be missed. 

Results

1 Emma Montiel City of Portsmouth AC 30:32
2 Hannah Howard Eastleigh Running Club 30:52
3 aisy Hall Stubbington Green Runners 33:53

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Riverbank Challenge

After no race in 2013, Sunday saw the return of Goole’s famous Riverbank Challenge.

The race is one third of a marathon from Westfield Banks through to Goole and back.  As such it doesn’t represent much of a challenge to the seasoned runner, but the name is a throwback to the days when it was 15 miles in length, which was certainly an ordeal.  Whatever the distance, running the bank is hard work, especially in Sunday’s sweltering temperatures.

On paper Sunday’s race had everything going for it.  More than generous sponsorship from Howdens Joinery and Drax Power, a willing band of Striders’ marshals and helpers, invaluable support from St Johns Ambulance, and that glorious weather.

What it didn’t have was people.  Not as many as the race deserved anyway.  The absence of the race from last year’s calendar, coupled with competition from other races in the region, notably the Humber Bridge 10k, meant that entries fell to a record low of 118 compared to the norm of well in excess of 200.

However, for those who did run, a good time was had by all.  Tim Midgley of Bingley Harriers won the race in 50.24, followed by Pete Baker and Chris Adams, both of City of Hull.  The ladies race was won by the proverbial street by Goole Youth’s Sian Edwards in 54.19, with Chloe Wood of Rothwell and Elizbieta Lisowska in second and third.

Ryan Hamilton was first Strider home and therefore the winner of the Jack and Kath Hopton Memorial Shield.

Men's results

1 Tim Midgley Bingley Harriers 50:24
2 Pete Baker City of Hull  
3 Chris Adams City of Hull  

 

Women's results

1 Sian Edwards Goole Youths 54:19
2 Chloe Wood Rothwell  
3 Elizbieta Lisowska    

 

Click here for full results in due course

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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