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Weekend review: September 19 & 20, 2015

by Editor
Monday 21st September 2015
 
 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hell in the Chilts

Stuart Nelson was the winner of the Hell in the Chilts, an event labelled “The Toughest 10 miler in the UK”. Stuart finished the course at West Wycombe Park, one of the most stunning National Trust venues in the UK, in a time of 1:15:09. Adam Morris was second in 1:18:10 and Dominic Reed third in 1:21:19.

Clare Miller was the winning woman in a time of 1:27:46, followed in second place by Rebecca Garvey in 1:42:01 and Jessica Grantham in third.

Men's results

1 Stuart Nelson 1:15:09
2 Adam Morris 1:18:10
3 Dominic Reed 1:21:19

 

Women's results

1 Clare Miller 1:27:46
2 Rebecca Garvey 1:42:01
3 Jessica Grantham 1:42:01

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Saturday Night Marathon

Saturday Night Marathon

This was the second running of the Saturday Night Marathon events which offers runners the chance to enjoy a late-summer evening to night trail run along the Thames Path.

After a week of wet and miserable weather in Reading, the sun shone for the event and participants enjoyed a lovely late summers evening at first. The Marathon runners were due to set off at 5pm in the light, with the Half Marathon runners starting at 8pm in the dark, with both races finishing at the 11pm closing time.

32 marathon runners set off along their four and a half laps of the course. Matt Dunn was the early leader followed by a few other runners although previous winner Brian Grieves was pacing himself well early on.

The runners completed the first lap or two in the light in warm conditions on this late summer's evening. After the first couple of laps it started to get dark and head torches were necessary and the race descended into a procession of lights running up and down the course through some cool misty fields.

There was some great camaraderie along the route with runners wishing each other well as they passed each other along the ‘out and back’ course. Hosting the event at night was well received by runners who enjoyed ‘doing something different’ although Jon Heil commented that running a trail race at night is ‘… hard work!’

Saturday Night Marathon

Previous winner, Reading Roadrunner Brian Grieves, followed up with another win with a strong last leg in a time of 3:12:09, followed by second Man Matt Dunn in 3:22:10.

The pairing of Jane Mayes (1st lady) and David Rose (3rd man) finished together in 3:34:55 with Jo Summers second Lady in a time of 4:00:49 and Alex Portwine third Lady in a time of 4:05:53..

At the other end of the field, Carla Cashley who ran in fancy dress in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation charity put in a ‘super-woman’ effort to complete the race after suffering a slight IT band issue at mile 15. Martin Bush was the final finisher in 5:45:44 but looked completely relaxed during this run and finished this with his usual good humour.

29 Half-Marathon runners set off into gloomy conditions at the start of the race along their two and a half laps. The pack stuck together for the bonus loop before some race spread started to occur over the next couple of laps.

Within half an hour of the race start, the evening had descended into pitch black conditions and the brightness and quality of head torches were tested, as runners made their way along the fields and paths running parallel to the Thames River.

Tom Pinder looked strong and was the eventual winner in a time of 1:34:10 closely followed by Julian Hough in 1:34:50. Tom’s narrow margin of victory just prevented a Reading Roadrunners double win of both events. Ben Gillam finished a few minutes later as third Man in a time of 1:37:39.

Terry Griffiths and Ana Maria Wilson from Redway Runners ran and finished together in a time of 1:45:10 making Ana Maria the first lady finisher. Natalie Baker was second lady in a time of 1:52:22, followed by third lady Marina Bullivant in 1:54:34.

Despite the dark and cooling conditions, most of the runners had big smiles on their faces as they ran past the checkpoints and had even bigger grins on their faces when they finished! Quite a few of the runners once again commented that they enjoyed the evening run and the whole event was run in a good spirits.

After the runners had finished the race, there were some welcome hot drinks and snacks at Race HQ. This gave the runners the opportunity to have some refreshments, warm up and get changed before their onward trip home. A number of runners mentioned how friendly and supportive the volunteers were and the organisers would like offer a huge thank you to their marshaling team.

Finally, the winners of the prizes courtesy of Saturday Night Marathon and their sponsor, the ULTRA Marathon Running Store, were Tom Pinder, Philip Rand and Richard Boese. These names were drawn randomly drawn from the list of starters.

Saturday Night Marathon

Next years events will once again be held around the July and September time and will be announced on the www.saturdaynightmarathon.com website in November. Twitter: @SatNightRun

Men's marathon results

1 Brian Grieves Reading Roadrunners 3:12:09
2 Matt Dunn UK Net Runner 3:22:10
3 David Rose Unattached 3:34:35

                                                    

Women's marathon results

1 Jane Mayes  Unattached 3:34:35
2 Jo Summers Unattached 4:00:49
3 Alex Portwine  Unattached 4:05:53 

 

Men's half marathon results

1 Tom Pinder Stragglers 1:34:10
2 Julian Hough  Unattached 1:34:50
3 Ben Gillam Unattached 1:37:39

 

Women's half marathon results

1 Ana Maria Wilson Redway Runners 1:45:10
2 Natalie Baker Unattached 1:52:22
3 Marina Bullivant Unattached 1:54:34

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Scottish Half Marathon

Scottish Half Marathon

Around 4,000 runners took part in the second Scottish Half Marathon on Saturday, further building on the huge success achieved at the event’s debut last year.

Thousands packed the streets to support runners in bright and sunny conditions. An estimated £500,000 was raised for charity by runners, in particular for official race charity Cancer Research UK.

The race was won by Bryan Mackie from Edinburgh Athletics Club in a speedy 1 hour 11 mins and 33 seconds, just missing out on beating the previous record he set last year by 11 seconds. He was chased home by Leon Johnson and Matthew Jones in times of 1 hour 13 mins and 20 seconds and 1 hour 13 mins and 40 seconds respectively to complete the top three.

Afterwards, Mackie said: “It was a fast start, we went through first mile in 5 min 5 secs but I didn’t panic and got my rhythm by mile 3. At half way I was thinking I’m on for a really good time here, but the wind caught up with me at 8-9 miles. I’m over the moon. I’ve had a bit of an up and down season and I was a wee bit slower today if I’m honest, but I’m absolutely delighted.”

The first woman home was Jennifer Forbes from Gala Harriers with a new course record of 1 hour 24 minutes and 41 seconds, beating last year’s inaugural record by 1 minute and 30 seconds. Catriona Probert and Tanya Shields completed the top three females, clocking 1 hour 25 mins and 3 seconds and 1 hour 27 minutes and 11 seconds.

Scottish Half Marathon

Afterwards Forbes said “I’m really surprised - it was a major PB for me! This is the first time I’ve ran in the Scottish Half Marathon and it’s only my third half actually. I loved the route, an amazing guy from Portobello paced a lot of it for me so big thanks to him. Fantastic, loads of support.”

Among those who completed Saturday’s race was Daniel Webb. The Scottish Half Marathon marked the beginning of Daniel’s six half-marathons in six consecutive weeks challenge, in aid of his younger sister Kirsty, who suffered from an eating disorder for over 10 years. He hopes to raise awareness of eating disorders and for the charity, Beat and who were particularly helpful to his family.

Joining Daniel as another inspiring Scottish Half Marathon success story was Cal Inglis. Having overcome testicular cancer, Cal showed his resilience once again to battle through 13.1 tough miles and earn his finishers medal on Saturday. He cited his young daughter as a main driving force behind his recovery. And she was on hand once again, supporting from the sidelines to lift Cal through a tough final few miles. Cal raised a great amount for Cancer Research UK.

Race Director, Sandra Scott said “Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the Scottish Half Marathon today.  It was amazing to see so many runners enjoying the beautiful East Lothian sunshine and proudly wearing their medal after victoriously crossing the finish line at Musselburgh Racecourse.  A special thanks goes out to our amazing race crew, if it wasn’t for them, this event simply wouldn’t happen. Come and see us again next year!”

More information and full results will be available via the website www.scottishhalfmarathon.com

Scottish Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Bryan Mackie 1:11:33
2 Leon Johnson 1:13:19
3 Matthew Jones 1:13:37

 

Women's results

1 Jennifer Forbes 1:24:22
2 Catriona Probert 1:25:01
3 Tanya Shields 1:26:35

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Tod Anstee Valley Challenge

Tod Anstee Valley Challenge

Photos © Laura Carter Worthing Striders and Sharon McLean

Over 100 runners turned out to take part in the Tod Anstee Valley Challenge, a tough but stunning eight mile race through the beautiful Lavant Valley to the north of Chichester. The run, which is famous for its beautiful views but painfully challenging hills, uses the tracks and trails of the Goodwood Estate and climbs three of the steepest hills in the South Downs National Park.

Now in its third year and well established on the local race calendar, the event is sponsored by local property agents Tod Anstee. With the support of Tod Anstee and those who paid to take part, the race raised over £2,500 for Singleton Primary School. Christopher Todd, head teacher says, “we are so grateful to all the runners, who come from all over the south of England, for supporting the school in this way, and we would particularly like to thank Tod Anstee for supporting a great local cause with their sponsorship”.

Winner of the men’s race was Matt Jolly of Portsmouth Triathletes who conquered the gruelling hills in an impressive 55 minutes. Shortly behind him were Valley residents Damian Crawford and Sam Adams who both broke the finish line under the hour. Linda Tombs of the Fittleworth Flyers came in first for the women for the second year running, shortly followed by Miranda Angelides of Bognor Rotary AC and Sam Hook, also a Valley resident, who is a member of Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club.

Local running clubs were out in force with a great turn out from Chichester Runners and AC, Stubbington Green Runners, Portsmouth Joggers and the Worthing Striders.

Once the run was over, participants relaxed in the sun with coffee and cake provided by families of Singleton Primary School. It was agreed that the race was once again an enormous success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback such as “What a lovely race! Thank you, route was beautiful, support great and a really nice medal (and cakes). It's on my calendar for next year”. – Jane Adlard. “It was a very challenging but great run. Really lovely friendly atmosphere too, Thank you” – Karen Isted, and cannicross runner Jenny Barragan adds, “Thank you for another amazing event today. It's such a lovely atmosphere. We really enjoyed it, and so did our dogs! See you next year!” – Jenny Barragan.

The organisers would like to thank all of those who took part and supported the event and hope to make Valley Challenge 2016 as great a success. The Tod Anstee Valley Challenge 2016 will take place on Saturday 17 September. For those who can’t wait that long, entry for the Chichester Half Marathon on Sunday 11 October is now open.

Photos © Laura Carter Worthing Striders and Sharon McLean

Men's results

1 Matt Jolly Portsmouth TC 54:56
2 Damian Crawford Strabane 57:33
3 Sam Adams Unattached 58:14

 

Women's results

1 Linda Tombs Unattached 66:05
2 Miranda Angelides Unattached 67:04
3 Sam Hook Unattached 68:09

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: The starting Line Out! A game of rugby breaks out down the Avenue; Jason Scott heads for home; new JW10 record holder Hannah Blundy - rugby ball included for scale!
 
After the start of Rugby World Cup in England, it seemed only right to have a bit of a rugby theme this week (especially as England won on Friday!), and there were 206 runners taking part this week, of whom 24 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests.
 
There was a good run from Jason Scott of Crewkerne RC, who was first over the line in a time of 17m58 – this is the 19th time in his 42 appearances that he’s been first to finish, ahead of Reuben Morris who has slipped down the Points competition standings as he got 99 points for his second place and 18m45. Tim Thorner was third to finish in 19m27.
 
The performance of the day was undoubtedly that of first lady, young Hannah Blundy, who smashed the JW10 course record as she finished first girl in 20th place overall, overtaking a couple of older ladies on the way round to finish in 21m38. Hannah topped the age-graded standings with 78.89%. Kirsty Norman of Gillingham Trotters RC was second lady (22nd overall) over the line in 21m41 and third place went to Holly Bigger (who’s obviously much older, being in the JW11-14 category!) of Langport Runners in 22m02.
 
Of the personal bests, Aiden Morris whose 21m04 was a PB in his 15th parkrun, whilst Nick Cardnell ran 21m10. A very well done to Rachel Holmes who finally broke the 30 minute barrier as she was paced to the line by Jane Mills to finish in 29m58. Rebecca England ran well for her 30m38, with Andrew Sayfritz bringing his best time down further to 31m35 and Yasmin Rayner ran 31m44.
 
Of the parkrun tourists here this week, Andy Smith was down from Leamington as he finished in 26th place, and S Mooney was over from our neighbours at Taunton’s Longrun Meadow & finished in 32m35. Kevin Jones (in his 226th parkrun) and Michelle Rivell (in her 178th) were over from Wales – it is always impressive to see just how many parkrun venues people have been too, and the two of them have taken part in about 70 different places, including some in Poland.

Men's results

1 Jason SCOTT Crewkerne RC 17:58
2 Reuben MORRIS   18:45
3 Timothy THORNER   19:27

 

Women's results

1 Hannah BLUNDY   21:38
2 Kirsty NORMAN Gillingham Trotters RC 21:41
3 Holly BIGGER Langport Runners 22:02

 

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

 

 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

10kforCrohns

The 10k forCrohns was a great success today taking place in the sunshine in Hyde Park, London. The route takes in the whole of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and is one of the most picturesque runs across London.

Participants enjoyed an energetic race warm up and Les Ferdinand, the charity's patron opened the race. Runners relaxed afterwards with a well-earned lunch whilst listening to a live band in the sun.  All money raised goes to fund awareness of and funds for research into Crohn’s disease.  

The first three male runners were Juan Jose Soria Chinchilla 39:22, Hayo Van Houten 40:55, Tom Bowman 41:55.  The first three female runners were Rebecca Ferbuyt 46:27, Jenni Friar 46:53, Sandra Marie 47:03.  

A record profit of £44,144 was raised on the day. 

More information at www.forCrohns.org

Men's results

1 Juan Jose Soria Chinchilla 39:22
2 Hayo Van Houten 40:55
3 Tom Bowman 41:55

 

Women's results

1 Rebecca Ferbuyt 46:27
2 Jenni Friar 46:53
3 Sandra Marie 47:03

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Baldock 10k

Baldock 10k took placein glorious sunshine with a small group of runners this year. 88 entered and all bar one completed.

I hope everyone enjoyed this race which takes in some beautiful countryside in North Herts.

Baldock 10k

Photos: First male Andrew Mynott and first female Kerry Kitchener with race director James Lunnon

Men's results

1 Andrew Mynott Saffron Striders RC 35:45
2 Alex Cumming Unattached 37:20
3 Nick Mingo Unattached 39:45

 

Women's results

1 Kerry Kitchener Unattached 46:19
2 Joscelyn Attenborough-Jones Unattached 47:06
3 Yuko Gordon North Herts Road Runners 47:39

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Bexhill to Hastings Link Road 10K

Bexhill to Hastings Link Road 10K

'A one off' Run to see the New Link Road and actually run it! On a Beautiful Day, from an entry of 1200, 1021 Runners started and finished this unique Event,covering the 10,000 metres and 10,000 years of History.

All standards were taking part, from top athletes to walkers taking in the experience. The organisers, Bexhill and Hastings Lions Clubs, hope to see in excess of £12,000 raise from The Event. The money to be used in our Community to help those in need.

The organisers would like to thank all the army of helpers and sponsors who made the event go so well.

An other unique happening also took place, The event was filmed by a Drone, and pictures and film from the Drone will be on the event website soon. www.hastings-half.co.uk.

Runners all received a special minted 'Brass' to commemorate the event. These 'Brasses' can be mounted on a leather Martingale,which can be purchased from the event website as above.

T-shirts and Sweat/Hoodies, I Tabs, Photos, and souvenir items are also on sale on the website.

The Lions Club also launched their New Product called 'No Pins', which replaces safety pins to affix race numbers. Voted the best new product for 2015 and also available on website www.hastings-half.co.uk

Next up the 32nd Hastings Half Marathon,Sunday 20th March 2016.Entries NOW Open.

Men's results

1 Daniel Anderson Hastings AC 33:40
2 Rhys Boorman Hastings AC 35:13
3 Gary Foster Unattached 36:39

 

Women's results

1 Isobel Muir Arena 80 AC 42:50
2 Natalie Cullen Hastings AC 42:57
3 Nicola Morris Tunbridge Wells Harriers 43:47

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at Aintree

Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at Aintree

Hundreds of runners took part in the Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse. The race saw runners follow a route within the grounds of Aintree Racecourse, home to the famous Grand National.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Claire House Children’s Hospice, the Merseyside based charities dedicated to caring for seriously ill children and their families were the official partners of this year’s race, with runners raising money for the charities as well as their own causes. 

Sports Tours International Race Director Graham Jackson said: “We would like to thank everyone for taking part in the Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse and making it a great success. The atmosphere, the supporting crowd and volunteers were all fantastic.”

First to cross the finish line for the third consecutive year was Tesfaye Debele of Leeds City Running Club in an impressive time of 31 minutes and 58 seconds. In second place was Adam Slodowicz of Salford Harriers who finished the race in 34 minutes and seven seconds, followed by Paul Sankey of Liverpool Harriers in 34 minutes and 11 seconds.

There was a new female champion, as Kirsty Longley was the first female to cross the line in 37 minutes and 8 seconds, followed by Vicky Unsworth of Liverpool Harriers in 40 minutes 36 seconds, and Sarah Corroll of Olham and Royton Harriers took third place finishing in 42 minutes 42 seconds.

The race welcomed the Club La Santa Toddler Trot, which saw youngsters take part in a 400m race within the inner section of the course.

Sixt rent a car, one of the leading vehicle rental companies in the North-West were the official vehicle supplier for the race.

The race was organised by Sports Tours International, the UK’s leading independent sport tour operator for more information about their events visit www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk.  

Men's results

1 Tesfaye Debele Leeds City 31:58
2 Adam Slodowicz Salford Harriers 34:07
3 Paul Sankey Liverpool Harriers 34:11

 

Women's results

1 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 37:08
2 Vicky Unsworth Liverpool Harriers 40:36
3 Sarah Carroll Oldham & Royton Harriers 42:42

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Doone Run 2015

For this year's Doone run the weather was on the runner's (and marshall's) side, with no rain, and at times a little cloudy.

Course conditions were good, at times challenging with a number of hills, and the majority being off - road, but nonetheless the Doone held up to it's reputation of being tough but beautiful.

Arran Tocknell of Torbay Athletics Club was the first of the 115 runners to cross the line, finishing in a time of 1:09:00. He was followed by Steve Abell of South Molten Strugglers in 1:12:56 and James Pugsley of Bideford AC in 1:14:47

Joanne Bedlar of Bideford AC was the first woman in 1:30:59. Beccy Williamson of Ilfracombe Running Club was second in 1:33:45 and Lilia Gorbatenko third in 1:40:25.

Doone Run 2015

Photos: Race winners Arran Tocknell (94) and Joanne Bedlar (104)

Men's results

1 Arran Tocknell Torbay Athletics Club 1:09:00
2 Steve Abell South Molten Strugglers 1:12:56
3 James Pugsley Bideford AC 1:14:47

 

Women's results

1 Joanne Bedlar Bideford AC 1:30:59
2 Beccy Williamson Ilfracombe Running Club 1:33:45
3 Lilia Gorbatenko   1:40:25

 

Click here for full results

 

 

English Half Marathon

A sell out year, with 5,000 entrants saw a brand new route and Golden Gates finish for the 7th annual English Half Marathon.

The organiser of The English Half Marathon pledges to continue the record growth of 2015. Rob Griffiths, race director, says: “It’s been a fantastic day. It’s the culmination of a lot of training for the runners, and a lot of hard work from the team. The Golden Gates finish has been something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, and it was really worth the wait. I hope the runners agree, this year was really something memorable.”

Starting at 9am, the Half Marathon and 10k races took in all the landmarks of Warrington, ending in a spectacular finish through the iconic Golden Gates. 70% of runners came to the race from outside of Warrington, with 5% of those coming from overseas to participate. The English Half Marathon formed part of the month-long Warrington Festival.

Warrington runner, Daniel Cliffe bought home the win for the men in the Half Marathon in a time of 01:07:44. Felicity Milton, of German Running Club – Team Memmert, clinched the win for the ladies in an impressive 01:21:06.

Having sold out in the days leading up to the race, demand for the race is high, with English Half Marathon showing continued growth in recent years.

“The journey we have taken over the last few years has been staggering. In 2012 we were a 1,200 entrant race within the local calendar. Today we had over 3 times that amount, with over 5 languages being spoken on the start line; just incredible!’

Men's half marathon results

1 Daniel Cliffe 1:07:44
2 Degene Gezimu 1:09:29
3 Matt Cullen 1:13:56

 

Women's half marathon results

1 Felicity Milton 1:21:06
2 Louise Blizzard 1:25:25
3 Victoria Walls 1:25:34

 

Click here for full results

 

Men's 10k results

1 Philip Eccleston 0:34:08
2 Colin Bishop 0:35:02
3 Charlie Batho 0:36:04

 

Women's 10k results

1 Julia Trayhorn 0:42:49
2 Jane Mitchell 0:43:14
3 Kelly Crossley 0:43:14

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Fishbourne Flat Five

Fishbourne Flat Five

The 11th annual Fishbourne Flat Five was another huge success. The sun shone and over 150 runners and walkers took part in this popular South Coast event. The recent wet weather meant the route was muddy in places and no records were broken this year. However there were some strong performances from local runners and those from further afield.

The top three runners were Paul Mitchinson of Victory AC in first place in a tome of 31.04, Mike Houston of Chichester Runners in second in 31.50 and Hamish Roper of Chichester Triathlon in third in 32.03.

Nicky Hill of Chichester Runners was first woman in a time of 39.43, Persephone Hagan of Chichester Runners was second in 41.17 and Sarah Haig was third in 42.48.

This was a great family event for the walkers and an enjoyable run for the runners. The organisers are grateful for all the volunteers who help to make this such an enjoyable event which this year has raised a considerable sum of £1,226.80 for the children of Fishbourne Pre-School. 

Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/fishbourne.flatfive or Twitter @FishbourneFlat5

Men's results

1 Paul Mitchinson Victory AC 31:04
2 Mike Houston Chichester Runners 31:50
3 Hamish Roper Chichester Triathlon 32:03

 

Women's results

1 Nicky Hill Chichester Runners 39:43
2 Persephone Hagan Chichester Runners 41:17
3 Sarah Haig Unattached 42:48

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Forest of Dean Duathlon

There was a brand new venue for this year's Duathlon, which proved to be a very popular success.

The run routes are on tarmac and gravel tracks that run around the inside and outside of the famous track. The bike is a very scenic but quite hilly route that goes through the Wye Valley and past Tintern Abbey before turning left and up through the forest to loop back to the racecourse.

The organisers will be holding the event at the same venue in 2016 on 18th September.

Men's shortcourse (5k/22k/2.5k) results

1 Wayne Beynon 01:11:01
2 Daniel Cannon  01:13:02 
3 Craig Morris 01:13:09

 

Women's shortcourse (5k/22k/2.5k) results

1 Kirsty Prior 01:20:23
2 Joanne Parker-Stirling 01:40:51
3 Fran Hitchen 01:50:25

 

Men's Middle distance (10k/44k/5k) results

1 James Cope 02:22:50
2 James Connolly 02:24:46
3 Richard Jackson  02:38:02 

    

Women's Middle distance (10k/44k/5k) results

1 Katia Knight 02:47:29
2 Sophie Gilbert  02:53:03
3 Laura Gush  03:04:48

 

Men's Long course (15k/66k/10k) results - No female entries

1 Martin Reed   03:34:18
2 James Nunn   04:03:59
3 Niall Foster   04:05:35

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Leighton 10

Leighton 10

The 282 runners of the 2015 Leighton 10 were greeted with perfect weather, with the early morning mist and fog clearing to create some fine and cool conditions as they took to the start line.

Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club organise the event and this year was the 34th race with the largest number of finishers on the new route. The challenging, but rewarding course starts in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire and follows the roads out into Heath and Reach, moves into Buckinghamshire and passes through Great Brickhill before returning back to Leighton Buzzard via Heath and Reach. While the runners may get to run along peaceful country roads, the route also includes some tough hills meaning that everybody who ran deserves a pat on the back, just for finishing!

The runners were led home by Luke Delderfield of Tring Running Club who won in a time of 56:20, followed closely by Tom Comerford and Gary Blaber, both of Marshall Milton Keynes.

Nicola Sykes of Bournville Harriers was the first lady to finish, with a time of 1:04:42 with Rachel Robinson (1:06:50) and Janice Brazier (1:10:50) finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Gade Valley Runners took home the team prize with their 8th runner finishing in 72nd place whilst Chris George (1:02:11) and Janice Brazier (1:10:50) took home the fastest local man and woman prizes.
A special mention should go to Liz Miller who, by finishing the course in 1:41:10, produced a new 10 miles Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club record for a V70 lady.

Provisional results are already available at www.leightonbuzzardac.co.uk with photos on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LeightonRunning.

The club can be found on twitter @LeightonRunning with a dedicated Twitter page for the race @TheLeighton10.

Men's results

1 Luke Delderfield Tring Running Club 56:20
2 Tom Comerford Marshall Milton Keynes 57:08
3 Gary Blaber Marshall Milton Keynes 58:55

 

Women's results

1 Nicola Sykes Bournville Harriers 1:04:42
2 Rachel Robinson Marshall Milton Keynes 1:06:50
3 Janice Brazier Leighton Fun Runners 1:10:50

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Longworth 10k

The Longworth 10k Run is an annual event organized by the Longworth Runners to raise money for the Hinton and Longworth Education Fund (HALF).

Held every year since 1998, this race is held on a multi-terrain course that starts at the east end of Longworth village, goes north to the river, follows the Thames Path National Trail westwards from new Newbridge to Shifford Lock before climbing back up to Hinton and then following a bridle way to finish in front of Longworth Manor.

Men's results

1 Ewan Gault 35:44
2 Jonty De La Harpe 36:44
3 Alex Miell-Ingram 36:41

 

Women's results

1 Sarah Lackman 42:28
2 Isabelle Rayner 45:12
3 Alexandra Widdern 45:54

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Melksham 10K

Melksham 10K

A record field of two hundred and fifty runners lined up in near perfect conditions for the third running of the Melksham 10K sponsored by the Melksham Independent News. From the start, Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners broke away from the field and by the start of the second of the two flat fast laps around the town had built up a significant lead over the second place runner and came home to finish in a time of thirty three minutes and fifty nine second with club mate Peter Slade in second and Mike Blackmore of Team Bath in third. In the ladies race, Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners continued her recent run of good form with an untroubled victory in thirty nine minutes and twenty seconds ahead of club mate Kate Hails and third placed Debbie Jones of Chippenham Harriers.

Age group prizes went to: 1st MV40 - Peter Larman of Frome Running Club; 1st MV50 - Peter Cusick of Chippenham Harriers; 1st MV60 - Anthony Sprules of Frome Running Club; 1st FV40 - Caroline Cotterell of Stroud & District AC; 1st FV50 - Diane Hier of Avon Valley Runners; 1st FV60 - Rosemary Barber of Avon Valley Runners.

Trowbridge based Avon Valley Runners landed both the Men's and Ladies team titles and took maximum points for the Wiltshire Road Race League which was being hosted as part of this event.

Men's results

1 MICHAEL TOWLER AVON VALLEY RUNNERS 33:59
2 PETE SLADE AVON VALLEY RUNNERS 35:25
3 MIKE BLACKMORE TEAM BATH ATHLETICS CLUB 35:47

 

Women's results

1 FIONA PRICE AVON VALLEY RUNNERS 39:20
2 KATE HAILS AVON VALLEY RUNNERS 42:15
3 DEBBIE JONES CHIPPENHAM HARRIERS 42:25

 

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Purbeck Marathon & Purbeck 16

The Purbeck Marathon

Photos: The Purbeck Marathon 2015 and The Purbeck 16 © Martin Payne

In its four years The Purbeck Marathon has improved every year and there is little doubt that the 2015 event was the best ever and it is certainly more than just a Marathon. The weather was almost ideal, a sunny day but with a light breeze to keep the runners cool. However, the rain of recent days meant that conditions were muddy underfoot in some places.

The winner of The Purbeck Marathon 2015 was Pete Roper from Poole AC in 3.18 followed by Gavin Pritchard in 3.27 and Scott Parfitt of Lytchett Manor Striders in 3.28. The women’s race was won by Jess Gray of Watford Joggers in 3.51, followed by Jennifer Ansell of East London Runners in 3.57 and Liz Goldsack in 4.11. The first local male was Kevin Watson and the first local female was Amy Grobbelaar. There were 299 finishers in the Marathon.

For 2015, the main Marathon was joined by The Purbeck 16, a shorter but no less challenging race. The men’s race was won by Chris Stockdale of Southville Running Club in 2.03 closely followed by Tomasz Mietki just 17 seconds slower and Sev Roberts of Stubbington Green Runners in 2.06. The women’s event was won by Olympic athlete Liz Yelling of Bedford & County in 2.16 followed by Helen Johnson of Bracknell Forest Runners in 2.36 and Paula Wright of Lytchett Striders in 2.37. The first local male was Tomasz Mietki and the first local female was Liz Yelling. There were 132 finishers in The Purbeck 16.

There was a great atmosphere at the finish area on Sandpit Field with plenty of runners and supporters staying long after the race for the presentations and to take in the wonderful atmosphere. As well as enjoying a beautiful day they were treated to great views of the historic paddle steamer Waverley arriving in Swanage.

Comments made by runners mentioned the beautiful scenery that made even such a difficult run a real pleasure. The 100+ volunteers around the course were far more important than just marking the route. Tired runners always appreciate encouragement and the support of the marshals is crucial to the runners’ performance and the success of the event.

Martin Payne, Race Director for The Purbeck Marathon, noted how the event had grown: “The Purbeck Marathon has improved each year and the addition of The Purbeck 16 has enabled more runners to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Purbeck. Many of the runners have completed the race several times and look forward to coming back. The runners have consistently praised the beauty and challenging nature of the course as well as the encouragement of the marshals around the course, many of whom are in position for several hours.”

The Purbeck Marathon 2016 and The Purbeck 16 2016 will take place on Sunday 18 September 2016. Entries should be open towards the end of October 2015. .

This marathon is a community event, put on by volunteers in order to share our favourite runs with you and to raise much needed funds for local charities and good causes. In 2014, we were able to donate £6,000 to these causes, a 50% increase on 2013. For 2015, volunteers have a direct say on how our funds are distributed to good causes. We will announce how much we have been able to distribute to local charities and good causes as soon as we have the final figures.

Men's marathon results

1 Pete Roper Unattached 3:18:39
2 Gavin Pritchard Unattached 3:27:06
3 Scott Parfitt Lytchett Manor Striders 3:28:45

 

Women's marathon results

1 Jess Gray Watford Joggers 3:51:17
2 Jennifer Ansell East London Runners 3:57:28
3 Liz Goldsack Unattached 4:11:00

 

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Men's 16 mile results

1 Chris Stockdale Southville Running Club 2:03:41
2 Tomasz Mietki Unattached 2:03:58
3 Sev Roberts Stubbington Green 2:06:08

 

Women's 16 mile results

1 Elizabeth Yelling Bedford and County AC 2:16:53
2 Helen Johnson Bracknell Forest Runners 2:36:00
3 Paula Wright Lytchett Striders 2:37:15

 

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Shardeloes 10k

Shardeloes 10k

Photos: Phillippa Keast, winning woman of the Shardeloes 10k, the start and winning man Owain Jones

Men's results

1 Owain Jones Bristol & West AC 34:59
2 Tim Haughian St Mary’s Richmond AC 37:53
3 Paul Gregory Vale of Aylesbury AC 38:17

 

Women's results

1 Phillippa Keast Newquay RR 43:04
2 Cath Holloway Chiltern Harriers AC 45:54
3 Helen Livingstone Unattached 45:55

 

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Waseley Wobbler

Waseley Wobbler

Once the fog lifted the sun was shining but it was cool enough for some potential impressive times although the course was muddy and slippery in places. Nearly 130 runners lined up ready for the challenging hilly 8.5m ahead.

The lead runner Mark Tanner set off leading the runners around the field and up the first set of hills and to the first field up the hills.  There was plenty of encouragement from the marshals along the course and Mark was passed towards the end by Matt who opened up a 50 second lead to win in a sub 1 hour time.

The winning team was Bromsgrove & Redditch AC with Mark Tanner, Matt Henney and Ian Keyte

It was a fine finish for all runners, including one runner who had turned his ankle on the final downhill but who limped to the finish to make sure he didn’t DNF. All the runners were cheered home to get an excellent medal and goody bag, as the home made cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Special thanks go to the organisers, marshals (nearly 40) and the runners for making this such a great day.

Join us next year at www.WaseleyWobbler.com

Men's results

1 Matt Biggs  Dudley Kingswinford 59:06
2 Mark Tanner  Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 59:56
3 Matt Henney Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 62:47

 

Women's results

1 Daisy Wilson BRAT 64:18
2 Danielle Bogue BRAT 71:47
3 Helen Pike Birchfield 71:14

 

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Wiggle London Duathlon

Wiggle London Duathlon - Sunday, September 20, 2015

More than 3,000 people have taken part in the Wiggle London Duathlon, the world’s largest run, bike, run event. Duathletes, runners, cyclists, fund raisers and elite athletes tackled the duathlon in the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park.

Alan Murchison won the men’s duathlon completing the course in a time of 02:01:27.  The women’s race was won by Emma Pallant in a time of 02:12:22. Alan Murchison, Multiple European & World AG Duathlon Champion commented, “It’s a great thrill to compete in the world’s biggest duathlon and an even greater thrill to win it.  The conditions were excellent and it was a pleasure to take part in such a well organised event”.  Emma Pallant who raced in preparation for the Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships, said “The atmosphere was incredible, the weather was perfect and all the competitors and spectators were having a great time”.

The course in Richmond Park, the host for all ten past editions of the event, is the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London, provided the perfect setting for the competitors.

The race began at 8:45am and the duathletes of all abilities took to the closed roads of the park to tackle one of the four run-bike-run challenges, either the Ultra distance (20K run, 77K cycle, 10K run), Duathlon (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run), Duathlon Relay (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run) or the  Half Duathlon (5K run, 11K cycle, 5K run). The event which started in 2005 has grown in popularity each year and public places for this year’s event sold out four months before race day. The final Ultra finisher crossed the finish line just after 5pm having run and cycled over 100km.

Wiggle London Duathlon - Sunday, September 20, 2015

For further information about London Duathlon please visit: www.londonduathlon.com

You can follow London Duathlon on Facebook and Twitter:  www.facebook.com/londonduathlon or @londonduathlon and  #LD15

Men's Duathlon (10km/44km/5km) results

1 Alan Murchison 02:01:27
2 Andrew Snook 02:04:26
3 James Kovacs 02:08:11

 

Women's Duathlon (10km/44km/5km) results

1 Emma Pallant 02:12:22
2 Mimi Hawley 02:20:39
3 Sam Aplin 02:21:48

 

Men's ultra duathlon (20km/77km/10km) results

1 Tom Marshall 04:22:43
2 John Mcavoy 04:28:54
3 Stuart Bosley 04:35:49

 

Women's ultra duathlon (20km/77km/10km) results

1 Vikki Sivertsen 05:04:27
2 Jessica Chamberlain 05:27:40
3 Simone Collins 06:03:06

 

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Worcester City 10K

Worcester City 10K

Photo: The start of the Worcester City 10K and the men’s winner of the Run-Bike-Run (10K run, 25K cycle, 5K run) Matthew Hallam

Sunshine greeted thousands of runners at the 2015 Worcester City Run events.  Over 2,500 competitors lined up for the Worcester City 10K, Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run, representing an increase of over 50% on last year’s field.  Alongside a big field of club and fun runners, the 10K featured elite runners such as European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey, local star Jenny Nesbitt, and veteran world record holders Anthony Whiteman and Angela Copson.

The overall winner of the Worcester City 10K was Victor Boit in 28 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by Jonah Chesum (31:02) and Andrew Savery of Leamington C and AC (32:23).  Jo Pavey won the women’s race in 33:11, with Hildah Cheboi in second (33:31) and Jenny Nesbitt of Worcester AC in third in 33:43, beating her time from last year.

Worcester City 10K

Photos: The women's podium; Jenny Nesbitt, Jo Pavey and Hildah Cheboi

The men’s Run-Bike-Run (10K run, 25K cycle, 5K run) was won by Matthew Hallam in 1:38:49, with Daniel Peabody in second (1:42:58) and Mike Griffiths in third (1:44:33).  The women’s race was won by Samantha Boswell (1:51:55), followed by Jacqui Phillips (1:52:04) and Alison Carr (2:01:06).

In the under 11 Young Athletes Run over one mile, first boy was Andrew Jeavons of Worcester Running Club in 7:03, followed by Benedict Clarke (7:22) and Joshua Sanders (8:05).  First girl was Louise Osborne in 7:50, with Lara O’Brien in second (8:16) and Lottie Bentley of Worcester AC third (8:30).   It was a clean sweep for Worcester AC in the boys’ under 16 race over 3K, with George Beardmore first (10:49), Ben Harle second (11:08) and Sam Davey third (11:20).  First girl was Jodie Ruane of Worcester Tri & Kiddi AC (11:06), followed by Elizabeth Marshall of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC (11:08) and Laura Mcpeake of Gloucester Athletics Club (11:32).

Event founder Steve Cram comments: “It’s been a fantastic day, really building on the success of last year.  Once again, the people of Worcester really got behind the event, with great support on the streets of the city and a real surge in the number of entries.  Well done to everyone who took part and many thanks to all of the volunteers and spectators who helped make the Worcester City 10K, Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run really successful and enjoyable events.  We’re already looking forward to another even bigger and better Worcester City Run weekend next year.”

To find out more about the Worcester City Run events, visit www.worcestercityrun.com.

Worcester City 10K

Photos: The men's podium; Andrew Savery, Victor Boit and Jonah Chesum

Men's results

1 Victor Boit 0:28:41
2 Jonah Chesum 0:31:02
3 Andrew Savery 0:32:23

 

Women's results

1 Jo Pavey 0:33:11
2 Hildah Cheboi 0:33:31
3 Jenny Nesbitt 0:33:43

 

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Men's Run-Bike-Run results

1 Matthew Hallam 1:38:49
2 Daniel Peabody 1:42:58
3 Mike Griffiths 1:44:33

 

Women's Run-Bike-Run results

1 Samantha Boswell 1:51:55
2 Jacqui Phillips 1:52:04
3 Alison Carr 2:01:06

 

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