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Weekend review: January 22 & 23

by Editor
Monday 24th January 2011

Saturday January 22, 2011

Bicton Elf 5k and 10k runs

Olympic athlete Jo Pavey stormed to victory in the Women’s Running Network 5 kilometre race at Bicton College.

She took time out from her serious training for this year’s London Marathon to enter the charity event and despite competing at less than full race pace, she crossed the finish line more than a minute ahead of her nearest rival.

Jo won in a time of 18min 18sec ahead of Lucy Commander from South West Road Runners, 17-year-old Anna Rust of Exeter Harriers and Exeter Tri Club’s double ironman competitor Kate Philp.

As well as a women-only 5K, there was a mixed 10k around the lanes and tracks of the East Devon course and there was a one-two for husband and wife Jay and Maddie Horton from Plymouth.

The couple, who were representing North Devon Road Runners, are no strangers to the area after organising mountain biking events on Woodbury Common. Jay was first home in 40:29 with Maddie just 33 seconds behind him and Daniel Rowe of Hillingdon AC third.

More than 250 runners took part in the event, which was raising money for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (www.elfcharity.org.uk) and the charity’s chief executive Dale Edwards said afterwards: “This has been a fantastic day and the funds raised are very welcome in these tough economic times as we continue to offer as much support as possible for patients who attend the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital from all over the South West.”

Jo, vice-patron of ELF and patron of the Women’s Running Network, added: “There was a great turnout today and it was lovely to see so many people getting out there, enjoying the race and raising money for such a great cause. “There was a brilliant atmosphere, the course was really enjoyable and the organisation was great.”

Many of the runners commented on how well the event was run, how much they enjoyed the course and there was plenty of praise for the work of the stewards and marshalls.

Women's 5k results

1 Jo Pavey Exeter Harriers 18:18
2 Lucy Commander South West Road Runners 19:41
3 Anna Rust Exeter Harriers 21:28


Mixed 10k results

1 Jay Horton North Devon Road Runners 40:29
2 Maddie Horton North Devon Road Runners 41:02
3 Daniel Rowe Hillingdon AC 42:40


Click here for full results




The third and penultimate event of the ASICS Off Road Race Series, IceMan took place at the army training ground at Frimley, Surrey

Over 600 athletes took part in the 12km trail run or duathlon in conditions which were cold, damp and grey. Nearly all of the previous winners of this season’s WildMan and MudMan events were competing, ensuring a strong field.


The 12k trail runners were first to set off, followed by another big turnout of canine runners. The 12k trail run was won convincingly by Matthew King (44:51) followed by Jim Thorne (48:02) and Guy Bowles (48:16)

The top female finishers were Claire Weldon (52:13), Rebecca Hoare (53:54) and Jennifer Heaney (56:03).

The duathlon was hard fought as always with a quality field and saw a new duathlon winner in the series. Colin Dixon (01:44:57) won convincingly, followed by MudMan duathlon winner Jim McConnel (01:50:12) and Sylvain Grade (01:50:35).

Fay Cripps repeated her success that she enjoyed at MudMan, by winning the female category (02:08:55) followed by Kate Robson (02:13:59) and Fiona Morehead-Lane (02:18:12).

The next and final race in the ASICS Off Road Race Series is TuffMan on 5th February at Pippingford Park Estate, East Sussex. Places are still available, log on to www.humanrace.co.uk for more information and to register.

Men's 12km Trail Run results

1 Matthew King 44:51
2 Jim Thorne 48:02
3 Guy Bowles 48:16


Women's 12km Trail Run results

1 Claire Weldon 52:13
2 Rebecca Hoare 53:54
3 Jennifer Heaney 56:03


Men's Duathlon results

1 Colin Dixon 01:44:57
2 Jim McConnel 01:50:12
3 Sylvain Grade 01:50:35


Women's Duathlon results

1 Fay Cripps 02:08:55
2 Kate Robson 02:13:59
3 Fiona Morehead-Lane 02:18:12


Full report here



Endurancelife CTS - Stage 5: Anglesey

The Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) moved to a new location for it's 5th event in 2010/2011 series. Anglesey, which boast some 125 miles of coastal trails provided a beautiful venue.

Endurancelife CTS - Stage 5: Anglesey

The 10k, half marathon and marathon events all started and finished at the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park. Holyhead Mountain provided a testing beginning and end to the scenic course. Stunning views provided a welcome ditraction from the tough climbs for those who dared to take them in whilst negotiating the narrow trails which wound along the coast line.

With it's emphasis on enjoying the trails and safety out on the course - ensured by mandatory kit and well marked trails - the CTS events provide a great opportunity for those venturing off road for the first time to get a taste for the joys of trail running, whilst providing a great challenge for even the most experienced.

Endurancelife CTS - Stage 5: Anglesey

Men's 10k results

1 Campbell Stephenson 00:53:24
2 Niall Riddell 00:54:21
3 David Jones 00:56:07


Women's 10k results

1 Becky Griffiths 01:06:44
2 Annie Bunn 01:07:48
3 Helen Morgan 01:09:30


Men's half marathon results

1 Ben Abdelnoor 01:52:12
2 James Luxmoore 01:59:20
3 Constandinos Michalakis 02:00:19


Women's half marathon results

1 Jessica Ward 02:24:25
2 Becki Law 02:25:13
3 Amanda Purves 02:30:43


Men's marathon results

1 Tim Higginbottom 03:31:03
2 Adrian Jones 03:36:14
3 Gareth Craft 03:42:41


Women's marathon results

1 Iona Robertson 04:16:29
2 Jay Hairsine 04:26:27
3 Viv Slack 04:29:08


Click here to find out more about the Endurancelife CTS, photos and full results



Sunday January 23, 2011

Shell Four Villages Half Marathon

The Helsby Half, as it is affectionately known, this year saw a 2000 entry running the scenic course around the Cheshire plain …although those struggling up the long drags between miles 8 and 11, would probably argue with that description! There is some payback for tired legs in a big downhill to the 12 mile marker and a fast, flat run in to the finish.

Shell Four Villages Half Marathon

Photo: Winner Neil Renault (1999), third placed Dave Norman (878) and Stuart Robinson (1789). © Mick Hall Photos www.mickhall-photos.com

Edinburgh AC runner Neil Renault came home first in a quick time of 1:05:55, closely followed by Tipton’s Michael Aspinall at 1:06:05 and Altrincham’s Dave Norman in 1:07:34. Several athlete’s came into the race strong and confident and there was some talk of the course record going. As it was Carl Warren’s 2002 time of 1:04:36 was safe for another year. Stoke’s Michelle Ross-Cope came in first woman, first F35 and 18th overall with a time of 1:14:31, followed by Sarah Harris (Long Eaton) 1:14:50 – another close battle – and Louise Gardener (Lancaster and Morecambe) with 1:16:52.

Shell Four Villages Half Marathon

Photo: Winning woman Michelle Ross-Cope (10). Runners on the course. © Mick Hall Photos www.mickhall-photos.com

Thanks as ever to our regular sponsors Shell, Asics and Running Bear and thanks also to our more recent backers Maxifuel and Northern Running Guide.

Men's results

1 Neil Renault Edinburgh AC 01:05:54
2 Michael Aspinall Tipton Harriers 01:06:05
3 Dave Norman Altrincham & District AC 01:07:34


Women's results

1 Michelle Ross-Cope City of Stoke AC 01:14:29
2 Sarah Harris Long Eaton RC 01:14:49
3 Louise Gardner Lancaster & Morecambe AC 01:16:51


Full race report here



Bath Run Series - 10K

The series has been organised by the University of Bath Triathlon Club and based at the University of Bath. It has been run over 3km, 5km, 8km and 10km distances with the progression providing a platform for athletes competing in the Bath Half to base their training around.

The Series has grown after each event and there were well over 100 runners for the final race. Each race has been multi terrain on fields, paths and trails around the University to provide an interesting and challenging course.

The race winners today fought through a very competitive field, recording some very fast times on a muddy course. The series winners were also annouced as the athletes who achieved the lowest score from their best 3 races.

Through out the series there have been some great prizes and thanks go to the sponsors; Running Bath, Cytomax Energy Drink and Muscle Milk Recovery Drink. Another big thank you to TEAMBath for hosting the event, St John's Ambulance and the many volunteers who helped out on the day.

Men's results

1 Robery Farley 35:30
2 Alec Woods 36:10
3 Anupam Das 37:01


Women's results

1 Amy Chalk 37:49
2 Rebecca Moore 39:47
3 Rachel Bown 43:46

The series winners, taking the best 3 results across the series

Men - Stephen Rose
Women - Carolyn Evans



Folksworth 15

Almost 500 runners took part in this popular 15 mile road race . Paul Halford from Werrington Joggers finished ahead of the rest on a windy but dry day.

Men's results



Women's results


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