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Weekend review: October 17-18, 2015

by Editor
Wednesday 21st October 2015
 
 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Clumber Park 10k

Clumber Park 10k

Adam Holland continued his winning streak at the OSB Midlands Trail 10K Series on with another gold medal performance at the Clumber Park 10k.

Now with a UK course certification for all events in the Midlands Series, the Clumber event attracted a record entry and enjoyed fantastic conditions in the beautiful National Trust park.

Holland won by a healthy margin over Chris Adams with his time of 33:42. Rachel Nathan was the only woman under 40 minutes with a winning time of 39:50 to finish ahead of Jo Walker.

The next event in the Series takes place on Saturday 7 November at Sherwood Pines, Nottingham and the final event is the Nottingham Dirty Dash 10K. Entries are still open for these, and both events are off road trail events with plenty of mud anticipated.

Clumber Park 10k

Men's results

1 Adam Holland Notfast 33:42
2 Chris Adams Rotherham Harriers 35:20
3 Wiliam Parkin Grantham running club 36:15

 

Women's results

1 Rachael Nathan Lincoln Wellington AC 39:50
2 Jo Walker   41:09
3 Juliet Grimwood   41:23

 

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Hell Up North

Men's results

1 Brent Nile Unattached 01:46:30
2 Juraj Gavura Unattached 01:48:50
3 Mike Metcalfe Warrington Running Club 01:49:38

 

Women's results

1 Suzanne Eccleston Unattached 02:11:08
2 Rachel Munday Unattached 02:15:13
3 Melissa Mcguire Unattached 02:19:10

 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ampthill Trophy Cross Country

Ampthill Trophy Cross Country

Photos: Race winners Christine Lathwell and Jamie Dee © Paul Holtom Photography

In the newly landscaped Ampthill Park, moderate overnight rain ensured this year’s Ampthill Trophy cross country running race, hosted by Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers, which was held in the historic Ampthill Great Park, was another fast but challenging one. 

The temperature was around average for this time of year and with very little wind, unlike last year, the run along the top of ridge gave a little bit of respite following the run up ‘The Hide’ Hill.  ‘Priestley Farm Push’ through the wooded section was solid underfoot and following the change to the cattle fencing the runners were directed across ‘Fidelity Field’ rather than around it. ‘Cooks Collection Copse’ rounded off the newly introduced sponsors sections

Attendance this year was slightly up on last year with 68 juniors and 149 seniors competing.

The junior races were started at 10am by Ampthill’s Mayor, Councillor Sue Hinkin. All of the junior races ran a shortened version of the Senior race, and dependent on age ran 1 or 2 laps. Bedford and County AC took top honours in 5 of the 8 categories.

The junior race winners were as follows: Zena Paco of Bedford and County AC (MU11); Harry West (MU13); Aiden Killeen of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers (MU15); Freddie Ayre of Bedford and County AC (MU17); Sophie Worrall of Bedford and County AC (FU11); Sofia Perusko of Bedford and County AC (FU13); Shannon Flockhart of Huntingdonshire AC (FU15) and Francesca Worrall of Bedford & County (FU17) .

At 11am, Mayor Sue Hinkin started the senior race. The seniors ran two 4km laps and for many, this was their opening race of the new cross country season.  The men’s race was won by Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Jamie Dee.  On the first lap Jonathan James (Bedford & County AC) and Jamie were neck and neck but Jamie opened a gap on the second lap and never looked back winning by nearly 50 secs.  Andrew Inskip, a former multiple winner of this race rounded off the podium with 3rd place. With last year’s winner Matt Leach currently abroad it was left to his father Andrew Leach of North Herts RC to represent the family which he duly did finishing 4th overall and winning the V40 prize.

In the women’s race Christine Lathwell from Luton Athletic Club led throughout to take 1st place.  Francesca Olivadoti came in just over two minutes behind with Polly Smith (Huntingdonshire AC) just behind in third.  

The men's age categories were won by Rhys Lewis of Luton Athletic Club (MU20); Andrew Leach of North Herts RC (MV40); Martin Beare of Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers (MV50) and Neil Lovesey of Bedford Harriers AC (MV60). The women's age categories were won by Freya Vafadari of Dunstable RC (FU20); Joanna Winfield of Luton Athletic Club (FV40); Debra Brent of Marshall Milton Keynes AC (FV50) and Diane Farmer of Marshall Milton Keynes AC (FV55).

Both the men’s and ladies' team prizes went to Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers, who fielded a strong team despite having many of their runners on enthusiastic marshalling duties around the course.

A venue which is admired by all visitors, Ampthill Great Park once again offered spectacular views across the local countryside.  Next year’s race is scheduled for the 16th October.

Men's results

1 Jamie Dee Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 27:05
2 Jonathan Janes Bedford & County AC 27:53
3 Andrew Inskip Bedford & County AC 28:38

 

Women's results

1 Christine Lathwell Luton Athletic Club 35:20
2 Francesca Olivadoti Unattached 37:39
3 Polly Smith Huntingdonshire AC 37:59

 

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Antonine Trail Race 13.8

In fantastic weather, race winner Del Young set the course record of 1:26:43. He and second placed James Stewart both set PBs with James chasing to finish in 1:29:22. In third place was Connel Drummond with a time of 1:29:47.

Fionnuala Ross of Shettleston Harriers was the winning woman in a time of 1:37:20. Elsie Dounham was second in 1:49:07 and Michelle Hetherington third in 1:51:05.

Antonine Trail Race 13.8

Photo: Second placed James Stewart (200) and race winner Del Young (247)

Men's results

1 Del Young Garscube 01:26:43
2 James Stewart Unattached 01:29:22
3 Connell Drummond Kilmarnock Harrier & AC 01:29:47

 

Women's results

1 Fionnuala Ross Shettleston Harriers 01:37:20
2 Elsie Dounham Bellahouston Road Runners 01:49:07
3 Michelle Hetherington Helensburgh AAC 01:51:05

 

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Charterhouse Club Trail Run

Charterhouse Club Trail Run

Hundreds of runners from across Surrey took part in the annual Charterhouse Club Trail Run. Many families entered the 1k Fun Run, with more regular runners taking part in the 5k, 10k and 15k races. The event, which was open to Club members and non-members, provided a challenging run around the woodland trails and grounds of Charterhouse School. The Tortoise and the Hare Running Specialists, based in Bramley, and New Balance sponsored the races.

A friendly crowd cheered as the fun runners set off at 10am. Nine-year-old Isabella Edgington was first across the finish line, followed by her best friend Isabella Newles-Swift, also aged nine. The 5k, 10k and 15k runners headed off at 10.30am, with Mark Hobbs coming first in the 5k in 20:28. Neil Moriarty, who came second in the 15k last year, returned to win the 10k in 45:23. James Thomas of Woking Athletics Club won the 15k with an impressive time of 1:03:39. 

Following the 15k race, James said: “I have only been taking part in endurance events for a year. I used to be a sprinter, but kept suffering injuries so I decided to try long distance running. The Trail Run is brilliant, well organised, with challenging hills. I kept a good pace throughout the race and was really pleased to win. I decided to take part to help me prepare for the Great South Run.”

Josie Tidbury, Operations Manager at Charterhouse Club, commented: “Now in its sixth year, the Trail Run has grown in popularity and this year we had more entrants than ever. Many runners take part year-on-year and recommend the races to their friends and family. The event provides people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to run in a beautiful and peaceful setting.

“There was a great atmosphere, with many spectators cheering the runners along the woodland trail. We would like to congratulate all those who took part. Our volunteer marshals were super and they helped to make the event a real success. We have received a lot of positive feedback from entrants who took part and we look forward to next year’s Trail Run.”

10k runner Keith Thomson, aged 68, added: “This was my first event at Charterhouse and it was fantastic. I had a few friends running with me and I really enjoyed taking part. It was an interesting route in a beautiful setting. It wasn’t at all crowded and I could keep to a nice pace. I recommend the Trail Run, it is a really super event.

Men's 5km results

1 Mark Hobbs Waverley Harriers 20:28
2 Henry Elston Unattached 20:55
3 Alex Bickmore Unattached 23:25

 

Women's 5km results

1 Megan Bannister Unattached 24:09
2 Amelie Attenborough Archer's Arrows 26:47
3 Mikaela Edgington Unattached 28:53

 

Men's 10km results

1 Neil Moriarty Unattached 45:23
2 Jamie Rushworth Cranleigh Tortoise and Hare 46:22
3 Andrew Waters Unattached 46:24

 

Women's 10km results

1 Hazel O'Connell Unattached 53:16
2 Sarah Hales Liss Runners 53:26
3 Jo Le Neve Foster Unattached 54:10

 

Men's 15km results

1 James Thomas Woking AC 01:03:39
2 Duncan Kerr   01:09:51
3 Phil Mason   01:12:47

 

Women's 15km results

1 Natasha Swan Seaford Striders 01:20:04
2 Gaenor Bagley   01:25:40
3 Joanna Hat   01:26:50

 

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Great Yarmouth Road Runners East Coast 10k

Great Yarmouth Road Runners East Coast 10k

The weather was almost perfect for running with the heavy winds of the previous days subsiding and the rain mostly holding off until after the race. The route started and finished at St Georges Park in the town centre and headed down Trafalgar Road to the seafront.  One and a half laps of the seafront later and the runners headed back down to Trafalgar Road to the finish line. 

At 10.30 the race was started by Shirley Weymouth the Mayor of Great Yarmouth.  The Mayor was also delighted to be present at the finish line with special cheers for the runners representing her chosen charity DIAL.

Over 540 athletes completed the course including two wheelchair competitors. Peter Downing was the first wheelchair athlete home crossing the line in 46:24 with John Watt completed the course in 1:34:36.

First Senior Male home was Piers Arnold of CONAC in a superb time of 31:45 winning the race by almost a minute.  First Female was Norwich Road Runner Amy Beck with a finishing time of 40:26.

First Junior Male was CONACs Ben Spratling in 34:04 finishing fourth overall.  Bure Valley Harriers Hannah Stone was the first Junior Female with a time of 50:03. CONAC won the male team prize with Piers Arnold, Dominic Oliver and Ben Spratling finishing first, third and fourth.  First female team went to Norwich Road Runners with Amy Beck, Sarah Peachy and Rachel Gillings taking the prize.

All runners were presented with a goody bag at the end of the race and many stayed for the presentations in St Georges Park.  As the presentations came to an end the rains that threatened the race finally came down.

Overall the race was a big success and Great Yarmouth Road Runners would like to thank the large turnout of runners, supporters and volunteers who helped to add to the atmosphere for the race and hope you look forward to doing it all again next year

For more infpormation and the full results list, please visit  www.gyrr.co.uk; Twitter - @GYRR1; Facebook - gyrr

Men's results

1 Piers Arnold CONAC 0:31:45
2 Michael Eccles Norfolk Gazelle 0:32:44
3 Dominic Oliver CONAC 0:33:44

 

Women's results

1 Amy Beck Norwich RR 0:40:26
2 Alexandra Smith Wymondham 0:41:33
3 Sharon Hurren Wymondham 0:41:58

 

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Green Drive 5

Sunday 18th October saw the 16th Green Drive Five and the 3rd Green Drive Junior 1 mile take place in Lytham attracting of runners of all levels including many from local running clubs and further afield. Weather conditions were perfect, cool and slightly overcast with no wind. With race headquarters at Lytham C of E Primary School, the start for both races was just across the road at the end of Green Drive, resplendent in its Autumn colours. The 5 mile course then headed over Saltcotes Bridge and on towards Warton coming back along country lanes.

Both races was excellently organised by race director Mark Selby who only took up the reins at the start of the year and was hosted by Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club whose members, friends and relatives provided race support and marshals. The club still also managed to field 12 runners as well in the senior race.

There were just over 300 finishers in the main race all rewarded with a souvenir T-shirt. The winner was Karl Billington from Blackburn Harriers in a time of 25:18 very closely followed by David Rigby of Preston Harriers just 2 seconds later, both runners over a minute clear of 3rd place Rob Affleck of Preston Harriers in 26:21. First lady was Emily Japp of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC in a time of 29:12 and 19th place overall. The race also incorporated the Lancashire 5 mile Championships with Karl and Emily both crowned Lancashire Champions. In the team results, Preston Harriers took the men's title with 4 out of 6 top place runners while Blackpool Wyre and Fylde won the ladies prize.

The Junior race was an accurately measured traffic free 1 mile out and back course along Green Drive itself. It was won by 15 year old Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club member Michael Hayes in his first ever road race in an excellent time of 5:12. He was closely followed by fellow club member 11 year old Zane Seddon in 5:16. Both lads smashed the previous course record for boys by over 20 seconds. First female was 13 year old Danielle Whipp from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde in a time of 5:43 and 3rd overall. Danielle also broke the course record for girls, knocking 7 seconds off the time recorded by Ella Moulding back in the inaugural race in 2013. There was a record number of 76 finishers.

Men's results

1 Karl Billington Blackburn Harriers 00:25:18
2 David Rigby Preston Harriers 00:25:20
3 Rob Affleck Preston Harriers 00:26:21

 

Women's results

1 Emily Japp Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 00:29:12
2 Hannah Oldroyd UKNetRunner 00:30:13
3 Alisha Johnson Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 00:30:54

 

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HemiHelp 10k Fun Run

HemiHelp 10k Fun Run

The HemiHelp 10K, held in aid of the national disability charity that supports hemiplegia, took place on Sunday in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets in East London. Conditions were perfect; it was dry and cool, and at some points the sun even shone!

More than 100 runners started the 10K. David McCormick won in 38 minutes, closely followed by Ben Jones who came home in 38.31 and Andy Grey was third in 39.53. The first lady across the line was Jess Howard in 47.32, Laura Elvin wasn’t far behind in 47.54 and Gaby Ellis-Bone was third in 48.19.

Over 50 children ran, walked or scooted the 3K route. Before they set off they provided lots of supper and high fives to the 10K runners as they completed their first lap of the course!

“It was a really brilliant morning, fun but with a healthy dose of competition and masses of amazing supporters! As ever HemiHelp owe a huge thank you to all the participants and our fabulous volunteers including Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club.” Nikki Twallin, Community Fundraiser

The HemiHelp Fun Run has raised £11,810 so far for young people affected by hemiplegia and their families, as well as much needed awareness of the condition. HemiHelp is hugely grateful to all the runners, supporters and volunteers who made the event such a success.

For more information please visit www.victoriapark10k.com

Men’s results:

1 David McCormick 00:38:00
2 Ben Jones 00:38:31
3 Andy Grey 00:39:53

 

Women’s results:

1 Jess Howard 00:47:32
2 Laura Elvin 00:47:54
3 Gabrielle Ellis-Bone 00:48:19

 

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Ponty Plod

Ponty Plod

The inaugural running of the Ponty Plod, the new race hosted by Pont-y-pwl & District Runners, was a great success.  99 runners travelled from as far afield as Yorkshire and Snowdownia to tackle the spectacular 11 mile multi-terrain course which started at Llandegfedd Reservoir and made its way through woodland, fields, over stiles and up a number of steep hills which seriously tested the athletes.  A true multi-terrain race, the route mixed up forestry fire roads, technical single tracks, grass and a little bit of tarmac, all through wonderful scenic countryside bursting with autumn colours.

First to beat the course was Mike Pfeiffer from Brecon AC, in a brilliant time of 1:13:01, ahead of Aberdare’s Simon Lewis in 1:14:31 and Samuel Ryall from Pontypridd Roadents in 1:15:34.  The first woman home was Emma Wookey from Lliswerry Runners in 1:21:38, followed by Angela Jones of Fairwater Cwmbran in 1:26:02 and Lubi Meciarova of Pont-y-pwl & District Runners in 1:33:52.  The men’s team race was won by Pont-y-pwl, and Lliswerry won the women’s team event.

The feedback from the competitors was overwhelmingly positive, with most saying that it was a really tough course but was great fun.  Alicia Thomas, one of six runners from Cwm Ogwr Running Club said it was ‘a brilliant run, well signposted, great marshals, friendly banter and great facilities’, and she would be back next year.  Rebecca Poole of Fairwater Cwmbran said that the course was ‘a good mix of everything, including hill after hill after hill!’

Race Director Paul Donovan was delighted at how well the event had been received.  ‘To have people coming from all over the country is a great achievement, and we hope that this race will put Pontypool on the map as a great destination for runners.  The standard of running was extremely high and with many people already saying that they’re coming back next year I’m already looking forward to planning Ponty Plod 2!’

Ponty Plod

Men's results

1 Mike Pfeiffer Brecon AC 1:13:01
2 Simon Lewis Aberdare 1:14:31
3 Samuel Ryall Pontypridd Roadents 1:15:34

 

Women's results

1 Emma Wookey Lliswerry Runners 1:21:38
2 Angela Jones Fairwater Cwmbran 1:26:02
3 Lubi Meciarova Pont-y-pwl & District Runners 1:33:52

 

Click here for full results in due course

 

 

River Thames Half Marathon

The race was run in perfect running conditions, both the men's and women's course records were broken and there was a record number of finishers with 1261 participants crossing the finish line.

First in the new course record time of 1.11.52 was Paul Martelletti. Paul Lowe was second in 1.12.45 and Simon Shaw third in 1.13.54

Rose Harvey was the winning woman in 1.23.51. In second place was Rebecca Coomber in a time of 1.25.42 and Lisa Rooney was third in 1.26.32. Ex-triathlete Annie Emmerson was first F45 in a time of 1.28.25.

River Thames Half Marathon

Photo: The first three men in the River Thames Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Paul Martelletti 1.11.52
2 Paul Lowe 1.12.45
3 Simon Shaw 1.13.54

 

Women's results

1 Rose Harvey 1.23.51
2 Rebecca Coomber 1.25.42
3 Lisa Rooney 1.26.32

 

Click here for full results

 

 

White Horse Gallop

One hundred and twenty runners took on the challenge of the White Horse Gallop trail run at Westbury in Wiltshire. The route pulls no punches as it climbs the escarpment onto Salisbury Plain where it meets the Imber Range perimeter path, which beyond was taking place a live firing exercise. The route then dropped down slightly and skirts around the feet of the White Horse before forcing runners to get up close and personal as they scramble up the slope to the horses ear. After a loop around Bratton hill fort with its wonderous views across Wiltshire as far as the Somerset Mendips, the Wessex Ridgeway is joined for the descent back into Westbury.

Heading the field was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who created a winning margin over the 8-mile course of nearly two minutes from Stuart Padget of Chippenham Harriers and Robert Farley of Bitton Road Runners. Charlotte Bowers of Chippenham Harriers led her club mates  Cordula Hurcum and Claire Francis to a 1-2-3 on the podium and the Ladies team prize, Chippenham Harriers also took the Men’s team prize.

White Horse Gallop

Photos: Women's winner Charlotte Bowers on the trail. Sarah Barker, Karen Jones and Sue Jeddi of Avon Valley Runners sport their finishers rosettes. Men's winner Simon Nott has an untroubled lead after just two miles

Men's results

1 SIMON NOTT CALNE RUNNING CLUB 48:36
2 STUART PADGET CHIPPENHAM HARRIERS 49:56
3 ROBERT FARLEY BITTON ROAD RUNNERS 50:53

 

Women's results

1 CHARLOTTE BOWERS CHIPPENHAM HARRIERS 57:26
2 CORDULA HURCUM CHIPPENHAM HARRIERS 58:26
3 CLAIRE FRANCES CHIPPENHAM HARRIERS 59:18

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Weymouth 10

Weymouth 10

On the morning of Sunday 18th October 2015, local running club, Egdon Heath Harriers organised the 54th annual Weymouth 10 road race. Some 300 runners from around the County completed this 10 mile event which took them across the Weymouth seafront and over the hills at Bowleaze. Aged between 17 and 70, all these amateur athletes showed tremendous strength and determination to conquer a very demanding course.

The Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Councillor Christine James started the race outside the Pavilion and a strong, chilly wind helped many of the runners to achieve some impressive results.

In a time of 58 mins and 16 seconds, John Bassinder of Poole AC crossed the line to take a well earned and decisive victory. He was followed by Scott Parfitt of Lytchett Manor Striders (58.51) and Robert Wood of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC (59.15) secured 3rd place.

First lady was Rachel Baker (65.58) of Clapham RC, followed by Heidi Tregenza (68.11) and Nikki Sandell (68.25).

Men's results

1 John Bassinder Poole AC 58.16
2 Scott Parfitt Lytchett Manor Striders 58.51
3 Robert Wood Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC 59.15

 

Women's results

1 Rachel Baker Clapham RC 65.58
2 Heidi Tregenza Bournemouth AC 68.11
3 Nikki Sandell Bournemouth AC 68.25

 

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