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Weekend review: October 20 & 21, 2012

by Editor
Monday 22nd October 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shock Absorber Women Only Run

The beautiful setting of Richmond Park was made even more atmospheric by an early morning mist. 5k and 10k runners mingled with the stags, deer and cyclists for the 2nd Shock Absorber WomenOnly run.

The start was well organised, with easy parking and a warm up led by a fitness instructor. Both races were started by Margaret Adeoye, Team GB 200m runner fresh from the Olympics. Margaret also handed out the medals at the finish and greeted every runner.

Highlights of the 5k included somebody hula hooping the whole way round (with a broken arm!), and a human caterpillar. The 5k was won by Sue Smith in 20.10, with Nicky Hornzee and Vanessa Kettner in second and third.

The winner of the 10k was Helen Ward, who was running her first 10k. Having only recently joined a running club (Serpentine), Helen is reaping the rewards and was over the moon with her win. She was a very worthy winner, hanging around at the finish line for some time to congratulate all the runners. Gemma Farrell and Lisa Rooney completed the 10k podium.

This is a great wheelchair and buggy friendly race for all abilities, with closed roads, a beautiful park and a very friendly atmosphere. A women’s only field seemed to make it a very welcoming environment for first time racers.

Shock Absorber Women Only Run

Photos: The 10k start, the hula hooping runner and 10km winner Helen Warf with Margaret Adeoye

5k results

1 Sue Smith 0:20:10
2 Nicky Hornzee 0:20:20
3 Vanessa Kettner 0:20:22


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10k results

1 Helen Ward Serpentine 0:39:04
2 Gemma Farrell Serpentine 0:39:47
3 Lisa Rooney Kingfisher Triathletes 0:40:50


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Brutal 10 - Woolmer

Brutal 10 - Woolmer

Dane Blomquist won the Brutal 10 at Woolmer in 48:28, well clear of Paul Edwards who took second place in 50:55. Jason Hill was third in 51:47

Monita Scullard was the first woman across the line 57:27. Sarah Thomas (59:16) and Lisa Hale (1:02:19) took second and third place respectively.

Brutal 10 - Woolmer

Photo © Sussex Sport Photography .com

Men's results

1 Dane Blomquist 48:28
2 Paul Edwards 50:55
3 Jason Hill 51:47


Women's results

1 Monita Scullard 57:27
2 Sarah Thomas 59:16
3 Lisa Hale 1:02:19


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6th annual Burnham Beeches 10k

Set in the magnificent woodland of Burnham Beeches, the 6th Annual Burnham Beeches 10K, organised by the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches and with proceeds from the race going to local charities and Burnham Beeches NNR, took place on Saturday the 20th of October 2012.

Six miles (10K) of testing cross-country terrain challenged the runners – approximately 200 registered, with 184 finishing the race.

Men's results

1 Greg McGivern 37:46
2 Tim Seddon 41:44
3 Barney Whitfield 42:32


Women's results

1 Susanne Enhard 44:27
2 Christine Meek 47:06
3 Alice Hearne 49:03


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

30th Babyjogger.com Abingdon Marathon

30th Babyjogger.com Abingdon Marathon

Photos: The world record setters and third placed Bolton (223) of Woodstock Harriers with Mohammed Ismail (993) of Herne Hill Harriers © The Race Photographer

The 30th Babyjogger.com Abingdon Marathon was as popular as ever with competitors, at least until the hot water in the showers ran out. A bit of a foggy start made for cool running and slightly chilly spectating. This super fast course always produces lots of good times and this year was no exception.

The route is very flat and takes in Abingdon town centre, then two loops of a route taking in picturesque villages, before finishing with a lap of the track at Tilsley Park Stadium. There was good support for almost the whole way round and the marshals did a fantastic job.

Runners enjoyed the scenic route through the town centre and along the Thames, as well as the enthusiastic support of an army of marshalls and other volunteers (special mention to the air cadets and the Fetchies running drinks stations) who were still applauding the tail enders hours after the leaders had been through. 732 runners completed the event, which will surely retain its place among the most popular (and well-organised) Marathons in the country.

Local man Paul Fernandes won in perfect running conditions with a PB of 2:32:02, with Mark Greenwood (Army) second and James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) third a couple of minutes behind.

First woman was Liz Hartney (Reading Road Runners) in 2:52:14 with Alex Gounelas (Eton) not far behind and Kay Walsha third.

She was closely followed by Darrell Bellinger and Julian Richardson (Oxford City AC) and Les Newell and Chris Bedford (Abingdon) - all on 2:57:06, as in the unending search for new world records they were tied together with a rope. A new world record was set and the previous mark of 3.01 was smashed. Congratulations to Les Newell and his runners.

30th Babyjogger.com Abingdon Marathon

Photos: The Abingdon Marathon comes to town © The Race Photographer. PEDZIK, Marcin Pedik (613) of Didcot Runners leads , Stuart Judd of New Forest Runners, Aaron Chappell (328) of Bracknell Forest Runners and Dawn Drake (327) of Bitton Road Runners © Kirsty Reade

Men's results

1 Paul FERNANDEZ Abingdon Amblers AC 02:32:02
2 Mark GREENWOOD Army Athletic Association 02:33:53
3 James BOLTON Woodstock Harriers 02:34:06


Women's results

1 Liz HARTNEY Reading Road Runners 02:52:14
2 Alex GOUNELAS Eton Manor 02:52:59
3 Kay WALSHA   02:57:00


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Alf Shrubb Memorial 5 Cross Country Race

The original date of this race was 2 weeks ago but was cancelled due to a river bursting its banks after days of persistant rain. The new race date still supplied testing condititions but no water wings were required on this occasion.

The small field was due to many athletes who had entered the original race having other race committments.

Neil Boniface finished in first place in 27:37, followed five seconds later by Andrew Robinson. Adrian Haine took third place in 30:41.

In the women's competition FV40 Angela Carpenter won convincingly in 34:37, ahead of Lucinda Potten in 36:48 in second and FV50 Dawn Piechoczek, third in 38:12.

2012 Alf Shrubb Memorial 5 Cross Country Race

Photo: Neil Bonniface (44) and Andrew Robinson (49) battle it out for the win

Men's results

1 Neil Boniface 27:37
2 Andrew Robinson 27:42
3 Adrian Haines 30:41

Women's results

1 Angela Carpenter 34:37
2 Lucinda Potten 36:48
3 Dawn Piechoczek 38:12


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Bupa Great Birmingham Run

Kenyan Micah Kogo won a thrilling sprint for the line ahead of Abera Kuma to set a new course record at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday.

Kogo who dominated the race almost from the start, breasted the tape in a time of one hour and 17 seconds to deny his Ethiopian rival victory by two seconds, with World record holder and pre-race favourite Zersenay Tadese third in 1:01:06.

On a very misty morning, Kogo - after losing in last month's Bupa Great North Run by a second - made amends by smashing the course record of 1:01:29 set a year ago by the legendary Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie.

Despite that defeat the 26-year-old former Olympic 10,000 metres bronze medallist's confidence was sky high after a posting a World class time of 59:07 in the Tyneside race and it clearly showed as he took up the pace after the first mile passed in a speedy 4:30.

In the women's race Sara Moreira took total control in the last three miles to notch a runaway victory ahead of Ethiopia's former World Half Marathon champion Berhane Adere. Moreira breaking clear after the nine mile mark finished in a time of 1:12:49.

The Portugese athlete, after a very slow start to the competition, missed Gemma Steel's course record by 28sec as she finished well ahead of Adere who clocked 1:15:02 with Kenya's Irene Mogaka third in 1:15:40.

Men's results

1 MICAH KOGO KEN 01:00:17
2 ABERA KUMA ETH 01:00:19
4 YUSEI NAKAO JAP 01:03:16


Women's results



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Milltown to Moors Oldham Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Andi Jones Salford H 1:08:07
2 Joe Bailey Salford H 1:13:58
3 Gareth Raven Sale Harriers 1:14:29


Women's results

1 Jacqui Khoueiry Holmfirth 1:34:31
2 Steff Ilsey Belper 1:35:35
3 Gaynor Keane Saddleworth 1:37:46


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Green Drive 5

Glorious autumn sunshine was the order of the day for the thirteenth running of Lytham St. Anne’s RRC’s ever-popular five miler. The dry day was touched with irony as the course had of necessity been rerouted only a few days earlier due to road works and persistent flooding on part of the route.

First by a clear margin was local resident and outstanding middle-distance runner Antony Ford. Competing for Sale Harriers Manchester, the 2009 winner finished in a very quick 24m 17s to lead second-placed Luke Minns of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde by over a minute. James Kevan of Horwich in 26m 15s and Marc Tillotson of Bolton United Harriers, 27m 09s, also recorded excellent times to finish third and fourth respectively.

Ford and Minns also collected gold and silver medals in the incorporated Lancashire Championships while Minns, along with James Mulvany and Steven Waterhouse, won the double of race and County team champions for the Blackpool club.

Helen Booth of Lancaster and Morecambe, 31m 10s, was the women’s race winner and Lancashire gold-medallist. While Wesham’s Joanna Goorney finished second in 31m 29s and Emma Lund third in 32m 10s, Lancaster and Morecambe were victorious in the team competition with Booth, Lauren Gora 4th and Louise Goddard 8th, took both the Green Drive Five and County Championships.

Men's results

1 Anthony Ford Sale Harriers 24:17
2 Luke Minns Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 25:41
3 James Kevan Horwich RMI Harriers 26:15


Women's results

1 Helen Booth Lancaster & Morecam 31:10
2 Joanna Goorney Wesham Road Runnersbe AC 31:29
3 Emma Lund Wesham Road Runners 32:10


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Jill Oliver 10k

Poor weather conditions did not detract from the annual Jill Oliver 10K race, organised by Edmonton Running club, much to the credit of all runners and volunteers at the event.

The fun runners started the day with two laps of the athletic track. Congratulations to the winners, Oscar Dowling and Sophia Aricoet!

Over 160 runners entered the 10km race. They followed the River Lee for 3.5 k before turning off for a scenic jaunt around the Lee Valley Park, rejoining the towpath and crossing the river at Stonebridge Lock, before finally heading back home to finish with a lap of the athletics track.

Julian Lings of Enfield Harriers soared through the puddles to win in an eye catching 33:54. Second place went to Paul Quinton (36:34), who was followed home in third by Liam Proudlock (36:53).

First lady was Lisa Webb of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers who crossed the line in 41:33 with Alison Ball (44:25) and Jinaka Ugochuwu (44:32) second and third respectively.

Age category prizes went to Herbert Buvira (MV40), Chris Elliot (MV50), Chas Taylor (MV60), Zoe Welch (FV35), Alison Goodlad (FV45) and Elaine Christodolou (FV55).

The race has been described as a "Hidden gem with an uplifting final lap of the track." It is hoped that the 160 runners who have now 'found' it will all be back next year!

Jill Oliver 10k

Photos: The start and race winner Julian Lings

More photos can be found in the club gallery: www.edmontonrc.co.uk

Men's results

1 Julian Lings Enfield Harriers 33:54
2 Paul Quinton   36:34
3 Liam Proudlock   36:53


Women's results

1 Lisa Webb Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 41:33
2 Alison Ball   44:25
3 Jinaka Ugochuwu   44:32


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Tunnel 2 Towers - London 2012

The inaugural Tunnel 2 Towers Run (T2T) London 2012 (approx 5 Km) takes its inspiration from the FDNY Tunnel to Towers Run, organised by the Stephen Siller Foundation (www.tunneltotowersrun.org)

The event began at Southwark Park in Bermondsey with the run itself starting in the aptley named Brunel Road. The run then went from South to North under the River Thames through the Rotherhithe Tunnel to wapping and Finished in London's Docklands in Billingsgate Market in the shadow of Canary Wharf's Towers. Where organisers held a street party that lasted till late afternoon.

Every Service - Emergency and Armed was represented, with a huge turn out and this took various forms - be it in uniform, protective equipment or running wear. Money was raised for hundreds of charties including the Firefighters Charity, the Blue Lamp Foundation, Katie Pipers Burns Charity, The Bomb Disposal Charity 'Felix', The London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund to name a few.

This inaugural T2T event was a huge success thanks to the massive turnout and the positive emotions displayed throughout the day, so thanks go to everyone that either helped put the T2T London on, partnered with the event or took part.

For news on the 2013 event - Bigger and Bolder and with even more Pride in what you do. Check out www.tunnel2towersrun.org for more information.

Men's results

1 Mauro Morales 17:45
2 Karl Doy 18:26
3 Liam Redmond 18:30


Women's results

1 Rosalind Kieran 17:27
2 Jasmine Kerry 19:12
3 Laura Dowsing 19:12


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Accrington 10k

Sunday saw the 27th running of the Accrington 10K race organised by Accrington Road Runners.

The warm autumnal day probably prevented a fast race but Rossendale Tri's Jonathon Ferguson won in a commendable 34:44 with Ilkley Harrier Mark Hall just 12 seconds adrift. Andrew Stubbs won the race to be first local runner home with the Clayton Harrier finishing third, beating fourth placed Blackburn Harrier Chris Barnes by 55 seconds.

Barnes' Blackburn team mate, Beckie Taylor, was the leading woman, finishing 22nd overall in a time of 40:12. In similar fashion to the mens result second in the womens race was also an Ilkley Harrier, namely Beth Massey, with Astley & Tyldesley's Josie Maley in third.

This years event was brought forward by one week to avoid clashing with the first ever Preston Guild marathon. Unfortunately numbers were down on last years race, but 189 runners did complete the undulating semi-rural route. The majority of runners were from clubs in the North West but competitors did travel from as far afield as Barnsley and Warrington.

Accrington 10k

Photos: All smiles - Joanne McIntosh (81) & Susan Paterson (82). Race winners Beckie Taylor and Jon Ferguson

Men's results

1 Jonathan Ferguson Rossendale Tri 34:44
2 Mark Hall Ilkley Harriers 34:56
3 Andrew Stubbs Clayton le Moors Harriers 35:12


Women's results

1 Beckie Taylor Blackburn Harriers AC 40:12
2 Beth Massey Ilkley Harriers 40:42
3 Josie Maley Astley & Tyldesley RR 41:30


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Chilham Castle Duathlon

Downpours and high winds failed to dampen spirits at the Chilham Castle Duathlons on Sunday, with a record field taking part in two of the toughest duathlons in the UK.

The course, staged in the beautiful surroundings of the 300-acre Chilham Park, saw competitors struggle through a very muddy 10k x-country run, a 40k road bike, and then back into the park to complete the event with a 5k run. This year for the first time there was also a sprint distance event, comprising a 5k run, 27k road bike and a 2.5k run over parts of the same course.

First home for the men on the standard distance was Jim Burdett, South London Harriers in an impressive 2.10.18, followed by James Coleman, Cadence RT in 2.13.55 and Jon Bond, Ocean Lake Tri in 2.14.12. The ladies in the standard distance saw Victoria Kenny of Tri Spirit Team take the title by nearly five minutes ahead of her nearest rival in 2.35.55, followed by Christine Costiff, South London Harriers in 2.40.44, and Erica Martin, Brighton Phoenix AC in 2.44.57.

In the sprint distance event, the men’s winner was Stuart Mcleod racing for The Tri Life.com in a blistering 1.23.40. Mcleod had been overtaken by David Wheeler of PM Racing, one of the UK’s leading time trialists, on the bike section of the course, but managed to catch him on the second run. Wheeler held onto second place though, finishing in 1.24.07, ahead of Benjamin Tickner, Brighton Phoenix AC in 1.24.24.

The women’s event was won by Pip Jenkins of AIS – Fitness in 1.42.04, followed by Catriona Tuplin in 1.44.03, with Julie Bradford of Tri Spirit Team placing third overall in 1.44.50.

Other members from Tri Spirit taking part for the first time in the Standard distance Amber King in 3.44.59 and seasoned duathlete Trevor Meadway who said: "The event is harder than the Ballbuster Duathlon." Meadway crossed the finish line in 2.52.36. In the sprint distance and despite a puncture Hazel Fulkner battled onto finish in 2.13.37.

Liz King, event director of Tri Spirit Events which organises the duathlons, said: “The conditions for these events were atrocious, and it is a credit to so many people for turning up and taking part. The weather did not stop people enjoying themselves though, and there were still many smiling faces despite the cold, wet and muddy conditions.

“This is getting a deserved reputation for being one of the hardest duathlon courses there is, and we are so grateful to the marshals and volunteers including the 305 (Ashford) Squadron Air Cadets who braved the cold and wet to cheer on the competitors and help us run the event so successfully.”

Entries will be opening soon for the Chilham Castle Duathlons for 2013.

Chilham Castle Duathlon 2012

Men's standard distance results

1 Jim Burdett 02:10:18
2 James Coleman 02:13:55
3 Jon Bond 02:14:12


Women's standard distance results

1 Victoria Kenny 02:35:55
2 Christine Costiff 02:40:44
3 Erica Martin 02:44:57


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Men's sprint distance results

1 Stuart Mcleod The Tri Life.com 01:23:40
2 David Wheeler PM Racing 01:24:07
3 Benjamin Tickner Brighton Phonenix AC 01:24:24


Women's sprint distance results

1 Pip Jenkins AIS - Fitness 01:42:04
2 Catriona Tuplin   01:44:03
3 Julie Bradford Tri Spirit Team 01:44:50


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TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Both course records were broken at the 37th TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Kenyan Wilson Chebet took three seconds off the old record to finish in 2:05:41.

Meseret Hailu beat the record by almost a minute to 2:21:09. Britain's Gemma Rankin set a new PB to finish in seventh place in 2:41:57

Men's results

1 Wilson Chebet KEN 2:05:41
2 Abrha Gebretsadik ETH 2:06:21
3 Bentayehu Assefa ETH 2:06:22
4 Feyisa Bekele ETH 2:06:26
5 Abraham Girma ETH 2:06:48
6 Mulugeta Wami ETH 2:07:11
7 Gideon Kipketer KEN 2:08:14
8 Elias Kemboi KEN 2:08:51
9 Henri Sugut KEN 2:09:07
10 Peter Kirui KEN 2:09:15


Women's results

1 Meseret Hailu ETH 2:21:08
2 Eunice Kirwa KEN 2:21:41
3 Genet Getaneh ETH 2:25:38
4 Diane Chepkemoi KEN 2:27:32
5 Goitetum Haftu ETH 2:33:57
6 Leila Luik EST 2:40:12
7 Gemma Rankin GBR 2:41:57
8 Liina Luik EST 2:45:04
9 Jessica Gunnarsson NOR 2:49:25
10 Mariska Dute NED 2:49:39


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Martlesham 10km

Large numbers turned out on Sunday to see the 20th Martlesham 10km Run. On a glorious October morning the race conditions were excellent and organisers, Lions Club of Woodbridge & District, were delighted with a record entry of over 360 in the main 10km and over 150 in the 2.5km Fun Run.

Race Director Chris Woods said “A tremendous amount of hard work goes in to organising the race which is now an established event on the UK Athletics calendar. This year it was held in partnership with Macmillan Nurses so it was very encouraging we should have a record entry.”

The winners of the 10KM were Lewis Chalk in a time 33mins 9 secs, closely followed by Brad Jones. For the ladies Zoe Ashe won in a time of 43mins 57 secs well ahead of second place Laura Ridge. Ipswich Jaffa took the team prize.

Men's results

1 Lewis Chalk Stubbington Green 33:09
2 Brad Jones Ipswich Jaffa 33:18
3 Wilfred Campbell Ipswich Jaffa 35:48


Women's results

1 Zoe Ashe   44:00
2 Laura Ridge Stubbington Green 45:28
3 Emma Mortimer Ipswich Jaffa 46:06


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Over the Edge Challenge 2012

145 people took up the challenge of either walking or running the 17.5 mile (approx course) along the length of Wenlock Edge, organised by the National Trust.

The walkers set off first from Craven Arms Community Centre, around 8.15am with the sun trying hard to break through the morning fog. Then hot on their heals, the runners set off at 10am.

By the time everyone had reached Wilderhope for tea, coffee and flapjack, the fog had lifted and the participants could really enjoy the views. Then it was off to the finish at the National Trust car park in Much Wenlock, where soup and roll awaited every participant.

The fastest runner completed the course in 2 hours 30 minutes, which was great going considering the terrain and a lot of mud! All in all it was a lovely day, with fantastic marshals at each checkpoint spurring everyone on.

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