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Weekend review: March 2 & 3, 2013

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Monday 4th March 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Merseyvend Halewood 5k

Spring sunshine made for perfect running conditions and produced a new record number of runners and this race has now doubled in size over the last couple of months.

It was good to see a lot of new faces trying out the course for the first time, both club runners and unattached.

Merseyvend Halewood 5k

This race, with its flat straight tarmac course, is just getting faster and faster. Last month the top 10 finishers all broke 18 minutes and this month, the top 10 all broke 17 minutes with over half of all returning runners setting new course PB’s on Saturday

First home in the male race was Liverpool Harriers Jonny Mellor in 15:07 followed by team mates Dave Mountford and Ben Russell. It was also a clean sweep for Liverpool Harriers in the ladies race. First lady Home was once again Sophie Whiteside in 18:31 just missing out on breaking her own course record by 5 seconds. Sophie was followed by Rachael Burns and Charlotte Wilson.

A race within a race is now being tried in this event –The Merseyvend North West 5k Grand Prix series. It will be held over the 10 monthly races this year and is open to teams of 5 male or 3 female.

After each race, depending on finishing positions, the results will place club runners into A, B, C, .. teams for their clubs and also do the same for unattached runners. It will be interesting to see how the better unattached compare with clubs B, C or even A sides. At the end of the year awards will go to individuals and best A, B and C sides for both male and female runners.

After the first race in this new competition, the top 3 in the male A team were Liverpool Harriers, Knowsley Harriers and Penny Lane Striders. It was the same order in the B race and the C race had just 2 teams with Knowsley Harriers ahead of Liverpool Harriers.

In the female A team race the top 3 positions went to Liverpool Harriers, St Helens Striders and Knowsley Harriers and, in the B race, it was St Helens Striders followed by Liverpool Harriers.

For more information on the next event on April 6 check out www.knowsleyharriers.com/events/merseyvend-5k/

Men's results

1 Johnny Mellor Liverpool Harriers 15:07
2 Dave Mountford Liverpool Harriers 15:20
3 Ben Russell Liverpool Harriers 15:27


Women's results

1 Sophie Whiteside Liverpool Harriers 18:31
2 Rachael Burns Liverpool Harriers 19:02
3 Charlotte Wilson Liverpool Harriers 20:22


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Runners Need G3

Runners Need G3

The final of the three runners need G3 cross country running races took place on Saturday.

Men's results

1 Rory Atkins 41:18
2 Anthony Haynes 42:09
3 Luke Penney 42:30


Women's results

1 Tish Jones 45:04
2 Bel Levene 50:26
3 Caroline Pleasence (Exmouth Harrier) 51:45


Click here for full results



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Roding Valley Half Marathon

The alchemy of the Roding Valley Half Marathon transformed the atmosphere at Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies clubhouse from one of quiet bustle and apprehension in the build up to the 9.00 a.m. start time to one of cheerful and leisurely celebration as the 679 runners who completed the race stopped by to swap stories and gather their belongings before wending their way home. All had had to cope with starting in chilly, but thankfully still, conditions before warming up, and continuing to warm up, along the 13.1 miles of the undulating course.

It was John Franklin (Met Police AC), though, who made the lightest work of the strength-sapping hills. He had established a clear lead in completing a small circuit around Woodford before lapping many runners on the two long loops through Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. His time of 70 mins 16 secs was a personal best according to British Athletics' records. The women's title went to Victoria Carter (V40, Serpentine RC) in a time of 88 mins 13 secs.

Roding Valley Half Marathon

Photos © Sussex Sport Photography

Harold Wyber, like John Franklin, had little company in racing to second place. However, Bertie Powell was only narrowly beaten to third place by Sam Pictor (unattached), with just 5 seconds separating them at the finish line. Lorcan Murphy (U20) soon followed and will be encouraged by his time of 76 mins 11 secs on stepping up to the half marathon distance. Gareth Cavell won the men's V40 category by finishing in eighth place (77 mins 4 secs). Metropolitan League regular, Alun Evans (V50), also had an age group win.

Nicola Froud (V40, Barnet & District AC) was second in the women's race with a time of 91 mins 23 secs. Lucy Owen (Trent Park RC) came in third a little more than a minute later. Clare Leckie was the 29th woman home in a time of 1hr 45 mins 46 secs.

Roding Valley Half Marathon

Photos © Sussex Sport Photography

The host club was also represented by Neil Millington, Steve Lambert, Simon Seigar, Tom Spanyol, Stuart Phillips, James Wright and Kevin Diedrick. According to our on-course reporter, Spanyol, although in cracking form, is clearly understudying Lambert when it comes to hamming it up on hills.

As usual, the participants in the race came from far and wide, with many looking for a testing warm up for the Virgin London Marathon next month. In particular, though, the home club's marshals were impressed by the number of men and women competing for both East London Runners and Ware Joggers. There will doubtless be much comparing of notes in those clubhouses this week. A number of those notes may include details of the free jelly baby feeding station that was being run by two tiny girls at their garden gate in Buckhurst Hill.

Men's results

1 John Franklin Metropolitan Police AC 01:10:16
2 Harold Wyber Woodford Green Ac With El 01:13:51
3 Sam Pictor   01:15:41


Women's results

1 Victoria Carter Serpentine 01:28:13
2 Nicola Froud Barnet & District AC 01:31:23
3 Lucy Owen Trent Park Running Club 01:32:37


Click here for full results



Island Race

Almost 800 runners today embarked on the second, with weather and racing only matched by the stunning scenery for this iconic North Wales half marathon.

Island Race 2013

With very little wind and pleasant March sunshine, fast times and personal bests were to be the order of the day for many of the runners, and as wave after wave of runners crossed the finish line there was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from participants once again, signalling that this race has now become a firm favourite amongst runners. The race starts on the Menai Suspension Bridge and takes in the World Heritage site of Beaumaris Castle making it one most scenic races in the UK road running calendar.

As the race was waved-off at 9am by Menai Bridge Mayoress Mora Barton and Councillor Keith Evans it was Welsh international and Eryri Harrier Alun Vaughan who started as a firm favourite for this race. So it transpired for the Llanberis man, as he romped around the 13.1 mile route in a new course record of 1:09:56 and also bagged the £150 cash prize for the win.

Island Race 2013

In a great demonstration of front-running Vaughan was very pleased with the win and his time, as he prepares for the London Marathon in a little over a month's time. He was even more effusive about the course calling it "stunning" in his post-race interview. Completing the top 3 were local Menai Track and Field runners Andy Walling (1:16:59) and Steffan Sayer (1:17:35).

In the women's race there was a tremendous battle between Oswestry Olympian Ali Lavender and Sarah Caskey. Bangor University student Caskey managed to overtake Lavender at the 9 mile marker, however the Oswestry runner was not to be denied as she caught and passed Caskey, and went on to break the 2012 course record by almost ten minutes in 1:21:59. Caskey finished a close second in 1:22:16, with 2012 Island Race winner Siobhan Evans taking almost 7 minutes off last year's time in an excellent 1:24:35 for the Eryri Harrier.

Island Race

Photo: 'Leading ladies' Ali Lavender (no. 3) and Sarah Caskey racing together, with the beautiful Menai Suspension Bridge in backdrop ©Mel Parry Photography

Event organisers Always Aim High Events once again put on a memorable event, with additional attractions such as the Menai Bridge Brass Band, bouncy castle and a locally sourced BBQ adding to the occasion. However AAHE's Tim Lloyd was keen to stress that it was the support of the event partners which really made the event possible: "It was great to see the local communities embrace the event, with the Menai Bridge Brass Band playing and bouncy castles for the kids on the day and the Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon / Anglesey Council Sport Development Team helping to facilitate over 120 youngsters taking part in the Dragon's Dash kids races.

"However, we really couldn't have put the event on this weekend without the support of Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon / Anglesey Council, they have been extremely supportive of the event and share our vision that this race will become one of the most important fixtures on the North Wales sporting calendar. The list of partners and support staff and organisations for the Island Race is endless, but principally we are very grateful to Kinetica Sports Nutrition and Scott Sports for their valued contribution once again this year."

Island Race 2013

Full race results are now online at TDL Event Services, with race images online via the Always Aim High Events Facebook page.

Men's results

1 Alun Vaughan Eryri Harriers 01:09:56
2 Andy Walling Menai Track and Field 01:16:59
3 Steffan Sayer Menai Track and Field 01:17:35


Women's results

1 Ali Lavender Oswestry Olympians 01:21:59
2 Sarah Caskey Bangor University Athletics 01:22:14
3 Siobhan Evans Eryri Harriers 01:24:34


Click here for full results



Steyning Stinger

Conditions improved dramatically in the week leading up to the Stinger as the flooding subsided.. Generally the conditions were good with a slight springiness and slippiness in the lower parts of the course. Up on the Downs (Sussex Speech) the tracks were dry and firm. The last two miles were different from previous years but still using a bostal track requiring good technical skills and balance to return to the finish.Weather was cold and the wind was biting, but as usual enjoyed by all even if some had a few extra layers on.

The course change did not have any significant effect on the amount of climb and the times should be comparable with previous years. The entry limit of 500 was reached and about 440 finished. A couple of signs had mysteriously moved overnight and an agricultural vehicle parked in front of a turn right sign. Both issues were dealt with quickly and by 2:00pm all the starters had been accounted for and St Johns had only reported one very minor. Steyning runners were well up in both the mens and womens half marathon

See what the competitors say on www.steyningac.co.uk tab Stinger, tab comments

Half Marathon Men

Simon Turk Steyning AC 1:30:56
Matt Hales Steyning AC 1:32:34
Alan Tomlinson Unattached 1:34:11


Half Marathon Women

Mersa Pitt Haywards Heath Harriers 1:46:42
Ruth Saunders Steyning AC 1:52:24
Natalie Glover South London Harriers 1:54:38


Full Marathon Men

Stuart Mills Brighton and Hove 3:03:36
Jonny Muir Herne Hill Harriers 3:04:18
Rory Spicer Viceroys Tri Club 3:10:42


Full Marathon Women

Edwina Sutton Lingfield Running Club 3:35:24
Lisa Hale Sandhurst Joggers 3:54:48
Louise Faherty Highgate Harriers 3:55:45


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High Legh Robert Moffat Memorial 10k

High Legh Robert Moffat Memorial 10k

Photo: First woman, Tracey Entwistle, wearing the 2013 technical shirt standing beside prize presenter Malcolm Moffat

The 10k race was held at High Legh, Cheshire in excellent running conditions, sunny with virtually no wind and a temperature of about 7 C at midday. Nearly 400 runners from the 500 entrants completed the course that winds around the lanes of High Legh finishing inside the playground of High Legh Primary School. It is a popular local event with most of the runners coming from within a radius of about 20 miles that has been organised by High Legh Community Association for the last 6 years, latterly in partnership with Lymm Runners with many volunteers from both organisations marshalling or manning HQ at the local Primary School. Our reputation for friendly marshals increases each year.

It is a comparatively flat course, mainly between hedgerows encouraging fast times. The first man, Dean Richardson, came home in just under 33 minutes, a few seconds slower than the record time of 32:43 set last year. The first lady home, Tracey Entwistle of Warrington Road Runners, clocked just over 38 minutes. Both received a voucher from Decathlon and a trophy from Abbey Less Farm. The voucher prizes for veterans and runners from High Legh itself will be announced shortly after the results have been verified.

Our main sponsor was the local Costcutter (several of whom also ran) and the school PTA offered refreshments, home made cakes and freshly made bacon or sausage butties. This year’s goody bag included a stunning technical shirt, a bag of mini-gingerbread men donated by Roberts Bakery, a granola bar donated by Kelloggs and water donated by Booths Supermarket, not forgetting a voucher for a free ride on High Legh’s mini-railway and a discount voucher from Decathlon (sent separately) and good read by Tony Horne.

The race is named as a memorial to Robert Moffat the famous Methodist Missionary whose exploits included being the first to translate the bible into the local language in Bechuanaland, a truly massive undertaking. Though Robert was born in Scotland, he came to High Legh 200 years ago this year as a teenager to work as a gardener for the East Hall. His interest in religion grew as he studied the bible with the local Methodist congregation, and became convinced that he was called to serve others as a missionary. After training in London he was sent out to Southern Africa, spending over 50 years working there, many of them at Kuruman near the Botswana border. This year over 20 of Robert’s descendants came from all parts of Great Britain to take part in the race or to support their runners and to see a bicentenary commemorative panel unveiled at Norwood (Methodist) Centre nearby. We were delighted that Malcolm Moffat, the oldest descendant of Robert Moffat, being his great great grandson came all the way from Edinburgh to present the prizes.

Men's results

1 Dean Richardson City of Stoke 32.59
2 Rob Downs Wilmslow 33.56
3 Simon Marwood Altrincham & District AC 34.38


Women's results

1 Tracey Entwistle Warrington Road Runners 38.07
2 Rebecca Shuttleworth Unattached 41.15
3 Julie Adams Unattached 41.51


Click here for full results in due course



Cloud Nine Hill Race

A sunny and dry day for the 26th Cloud 9 Hill Race which attracted a record number of entries.

Simon Bailey of Mercia FR returned to claim his sixth win in 54:54 but was closely followed in by Jack Ross of SMAC, the Young Pretender and last year’s winner, in 55:46. Third was the ever improving Julian Goodwin of Boalloy RC in 56:55.

With regular Olivia Walwyn resting in preparation for next week’s Inter-Counties, the ladies race was fairly wide open. Kerry Marchant of SMAC prevailed in 66:50,with birthday girl Sharon Johnstone of Wilmslow RC in second place and first V40 in 67:42. Late entrant Diane McVey of Wilmslow was third in 68:36.

Men’s teams prize went to SMAC and Wilmslow RC retained the ladies team prize. 421 finished and then enjoyed excellent DV8 Bar & Grill home-made soup and a range of cakes after the race.

Cloud Nine Hill Race 2013

Photo: Simon Bailey takes an early lead from Jack Ross and stiles near the Cloud summit

Men's results

1 Simon Bailey Mercia Fell Runners 00:54:54
2 Jack Ross SMAC 00:55:46
3 Julian Goodwin Boalloy RC 00:56:55


Women's results

1 Kerry Marchant SMAC 01:06:50
2 Sharon Johnstone Wilmslow RC 01:07:42
3 Diane McVey Wilmslow RC 01:08:36


Click here for full results



Boundary Run

Boundary Run 2013

Photos: Half marathon winners Rebecca Moore and Alexander Young

Over 650 runners congregated outside the Holiday Inn Express, eagerly awaiting the start of this year's Boundary Run. The race, organised by Cambridge University Hare & Hounds, sees participants running either a half or full marathon along a mix of paths and trails around the scenic city boundary.

The dry, still weather conditions made for some great running and at the half-marathon finish, it became apparent that the club can not only put on a great race but also produce great runners. Cambridge student Alexander Young won the race in a time of 72:58, close behind him, Cambridge alumnus Tom Stecher finished in second place with another Cambridge student Gareth Anderson taking third place.

The first woman to complete the 13.1 mile course was Cambridge student Rebecca Moore who completed the course in an impressive time of 80:20.

The full marathon was won by Alex Tate of Muddy Mucky Munkeys Athletic Club who broke the course record in a time of 2:50:06. In second place was Alan Darby who finished in a time of 2:51:51 with Alun Myers of Victoria Park Harriers taking third place in a time of 2:53:19. The first woman to complete the course was Rebecca White of Saffron Striders who finished in a time of 3:35:33.

Despite the inevitable aches and pains, the friendly marshals and superbly stocked water stations kept a smile on the runners' faces and it seems an enjoyable day was had by all involved.

For more information on the Cambridge Hare & Hounds and to see full race results, visit www.cuhh.org.uk. @CUHandH

Men's marathon results

1 Alex Tate Muddy Mucky Munkeys 02:50:06
2 Alan Darby   02:51:51
3 Alun Myers Victoria Park Harriers 02:53:19

Women's marathon results

1 Rebecca White Saffron Striders 03:35:33
2 Jane Crossley   03:36:26
3 Helen Smith   03:42:30


Men's half marathon results

1 Alex Young CUHH 01:12:51
2 Tom Stecher   01:16:35
3 Gareth Anderson CUHH 01:17:27


Women's half marathon results

1 Rebecca Moore Worthing & District Harriers 01:20:06
2 Sharon Howley   01:22:17
3 George Schwiening   01:25:18


Click here for full results in due course



Goring 10k

The 2013 Goring 10k on Sunday, March 3, was a huge success. This year, the race was started by Clive Wiltshire. Clive was a local postman who was responsible for starting the Goring 10k. 10 years ago he gifted it to the Primary school and the race has been run by the school since.

To mark the occasion and acting on the feedback received from last year, a dry day had been organised to the delight of runners, spectators and helpers alike.

2013 Goring 10k

More photos here

First to go this year was Humprey the Camel, raising money for WaterAid. Hot on his heels were the circa 1000 participants, a mixture of club and fun runners. To add to the celebrations a new course record was set. Gareth Watkins, last year’s winner set another course record (beating his previous record set last year) with an outstanding time of 33:14 (smashing the previous record by half a minute).

It was a truly great day, one of the best in the Goring claendar. Not only did the race raise circa £9k for Goring Primary School buts it was great to see so many people enjoy the occasion. Funds this year are going towards the refurbishment of the school pool.

On behalf of the Goring 10k Committee, Paul Scott would like to thank everyone for making it a truly exceptional event.  In particular, the event's sponsors (Warminghams, the Leatherne Bottel, Richard Wilson Long Solicitors, Huntswood, Swift Clik, Moti and of course Pierreponts and Mappledurham Gym, for the delicious flapjacks and the bananas respectively. Also, a huge thank you this year goes to the marshals.

Men's results

1 Gareth Watkins Royal Engineers RC 00:33:14
2 Lewis Chalk Stubbington Gree 00:33:59
3 Will Cullen - 00:35:21


Women's results

1 Kay Walsha - 00:38:52
2 KarolSzor - 00:41:34
3 Tara Wood - 00:41:58


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Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon IX

The Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon is one of the toughest ‘all road’ half marathons in the UK? Course record is 76.04!! Now in its ninth year and always in March, when finding a suitable date (as race directors know) is difficult.

On a bright, sunny, but cold day in the South Cotswolds a smaller than usual field of 166 novice and experienced runners competed in this very scenic running experience. No PB’s in this one… Perhaps the toughness of the course and runners who have trained hard all winter and need a fast time in their Spring Half opt for the flatter courses.

Men's results

1 Lee Rankin Stroud AC 79:41
2 Jaroslav Motyka Hogweed Trotters 84:18
3 Chris Offer Unattached 84:30


Women's results

1 Kate Britten North Somerset AC 96:08
2 Jill MCgee B.R.A.T 96:31
3 Rebecca Topham Dursely & District AC 97:46


Click here for full results in due course



Eastbourne Half Marathon

The Eastbourne Half celebrated it's ninth year with perfect running weather, a great atmosphere and arguably the best race to date – with 1,582 smiling faces crossing the line.

The course takes in some of Eastbourne's landmark sites, including near to the start, the killer climb up towards the South Downs. The hill, which is almost a mile long is done and dusted by just over three miles, leaving runners to enjoy a decline onto Eastbourne’s glorious seafront.

The 3.5 mile prom once again forced runners to face a challenging run into the wind – which though tough wasn’t as harsh as previous years. Once off the prom runners are taken through Sovereign Harbour, a few twists and turns, but generally a nice flat run that allows runners to pick up the pace, returning to the seafront and into Princess Park for the finish.

Find out more on Twitter at @EastbourneHalf #EBHalf or Facebook: www.facebook.com/EBHalfMarathon

Men's results

1 Mark Dooley Herne Hill Harriers 1.18.22
2 Christopher Larkin Hastings AC 1.19.02
3 Matt Nowell   1.19.17


Women's results

1 Emily Proto Arena 80 AC 1.28.06
2 Jo Bryce Burgess Hill Runners 1.29.18
3 Julia Armstrong Brighton and Hove 1.33.38


Click here for full results



The March Hair Raiser

The weather was very kind and participants experienced a dry and at times sunny day although quite cold. There were 132 entries in total with 124 finishers.

First man in and overall winner over the 6.5 mile course was Ross Jones from Wolves & Bilston AC in a time of 35 mins 14 secs. Second man was Dave Smith, Wolves & Bilston AC in 36:18, while Robin Sedman-Smith, Newport & District RC took third with a time of 37:25.

First Lady was Tess Parkinson, Wolves & Bilston AC 39mins 9secs, second Audrey Wilson, Wolves & Bilston AC 41.48, third Lady Helen Russell, Bromsgrove & Redditch 44.29.

Men's results

1 Ross Jones Wolves & Bilston AC 35:14
2 Dave Smith Wolves & Bilston AC 36:18
3 Robin Sedman-Smith Newport & District RC 37:25


Women's results

1 Tess Parkinson Wolves & Bilston AC 39:09
2 Audrey Wilson Wolves & Bilston AC 41:48
3 Lady Helen Russell Bromsgrove & Redditch 44:29


Click here for full results


Bath Half Marathon

The streets of Bath were flooded with tens of thousands of people today (Sunday 3 March) as runners from across the country took part in the 2013 Bath Half Marathon (BATHALF). From those striving to achieve a personal or charity challenge, to elite athletes aiming for a new course record and world record attempts, the streets were filled with ambition this morning. Over 30,000 people came to support the 12,000 taking part in the BATHALF.

In the elite race, there was an exhilarating sprint finish between former course record holder Tewodros Shiferaw (Ethopia) and Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai (Kenya). Only four seconds separated the pair, with Shiferaw crossing the line first in 63minutes 26seconds. Peter Emase finished in third place with a time of 64m 05s.

In the women’s elite race, Polline Wanjiru from Kenya had a narrow victory over Brit Susan Partridge, who ran a personal best of 70minutes 32seconds. Wanjiru, who is a 10k specialist, did well to overcome the cold conditions and gave everything to hold on in the final stages of the race, finishing in 70minutes and 28seconds. In third place was Alyson Dixon, crossing the line in 71minutes 21seconds, also achieving a personal best out on the course today.

60 year old veteran runner, Martin Rees, from Cwmavon set out today to attempt to beat the over-60s half marathon world record of 74minutes and 12 seconds, which he smashed in a time of just 71minutes, 32seconds.

Among the 12,000 running the BATHALF was X-Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary. After running the BATHALF last year, Dermot was back again to support lead charity, CoppaFeel!, by running alongside a sea of 200 Hooters – runners with giant boobs strapped to their backs.

Radio 1 DJ Greg James, who was also running for CoppaFeel!, had his first experience of the BATHALF today. Greg signed up to run after meeting CoppaFeel!’s founders, Kris and Maren Hallenga, and follows in the footsteps of his Radio 1 colleague Fearne Cotton, who ran in 2011.

Despite the cold conditions, spirits were high and the charity runners in fancy dress were out in force. Now in its 32nd year, the Bath Half Marathon is the biggest single day fundraising event in the South West, with this year’s event expected to raise over £1.5 million.

This year, runners from across the UK raced to raise money for eighty different official charities and the Bath Half Marathon Fund, which helps raise money for local community projects in and around the City.

Almost 1,000 people took part in the 1.5 mile Family Fun Run, raising money for the children’s communication charity, I CAN. The event was a complete sell-out, with entries closing in January this year. First to finish was James Peppercorn who finished just ahead of his team mates James Elmo and Louis Gillow, both aged 14.

Entries for the 2014 BATHALF will open on Monday 4 March, 2013. For more information, go to www.bathhalf.co.uk.

Men's results

1 Tewodros Shiferaw ETH 63:26
2 Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai KEN 63:30
3 Peter Emase   64:05


Women's results

1 Polline Wanjiru KEN 70:28
2 Susan Partridge GBR 70:32
3 Alyson Dixon GBR 71:21


Click here for full results



adidas Silverstone Half Marathon

Paralympic champion David Weir was part of a field of 6224 competitors taking part in the eleventh adidas Silverstone half marathon today. Iwan Thomas – Olympic silver medallist, former European and Commonwealth record holder and British record holder at 400m – dropped the chequered flag at the world famous Silverstone track then quickly joined the competitor field in his attempt to break his half marathon personal best of 1:39:01.

In the wheelchair race, David Weir soon took an impressive lead, going through two miles in 12:06. In the able-bodied race, defending champion Scott Overall, running for Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, went through the first mile in 4:56 with a lead of 16 seconds – ahead of his closest rival by more then 300 yards.

Overall ran the New Orleans Half Marathon last weekend but was fresh enough to put time into the rest of the men’s field, going through three miles in 9:55. His consistent sub-five-minute miles saw him cruise through seven miles in 34:53 and continue to extend his lead to take the win in 65:41.

Overall was delighted with his win, saying afterwards: “I planned to run a tempo effort as part of my build up to the London Marathon in April so today gave me a lot of confidence. The conditions were tough, but it seems to be windy everywhere I race at the moment. There were some long, hard drags but I’m pleased that everything went to plan today.”

Tom Atkinson of Leicester, who finished second in a time of 72:40, said: “I came second two years ago so I’m really happy to repeat that this year. I was never going to beat Scott today but I’ll be back to go for the win next year.”

Steve Gallienne of Bideford AAC and St Mary’s University College finished in third place in a time of 72:53. He said afterwards: “The atmosphere was great but the wind made the race a real mental test. My time today was six minutes faster than the last time I ran here so I’m thrilled. And coming third is amazing; I was aiming for top 20.”

Sarah Ivory won the women’s race by an impressive margin to finish in 72:34. “I felt great today and went for it,” she said afterwards. “The race was really well supported too, which helped to push me on. It feels really good to have won; I’ve been trying to break 75 minutes for two years, so to knock more than two minutes off my previous best is brilliant.”

Second-place Jessica Bloom, who finished in 76:02, was stunned by her run; the adidas Half Marathon was her first ever race. “I feel really emotional to have come second and I’d obviously like to take my running further after this.”

Susannah Evans of Wimbledon Windmilers finished third in 76:14. She said afterwards: “I’m really happy to come third today. I’m running for the Stroke Association in memory of my Grandma so that spurred me on. I started this race three years ago but had to drop out as I had a chest infection so I’m really happy to finish.”

Chek out the race website for further information: adidashalfmarathon.co.uk

Men's results

1 Scott Overall Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 65:43
2 Tom Atkinson Leicester 72:40
3 Steve Gallienne Bideford AAC 72:53


Women's results


Sarah Ivory

Colchester Harriers 82:34
2 Jessica Bloom   86:02
3 Susannah Evans Wimbledon Windmilers 86:14


Click here for full results



Powerbar 10k

Powerbar 10k

The Powerbar 10k took place at the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park this Sunday.

Men's results

1 David Bruce 31:52
2 Dave Mitchinson 31:55
3 James Bellward 33:04


Women's results

1 Tish Jones 35:52
2 Danielle Stewart 37:06
3 Beckie Chapman 37:36


Click here for full results



Pitsford Marathon

It was a cold start to the Pitsford Marathon and Relay, but the runners all seemed to warm up once they got into their stride. The sun came out later and it stayed dry.

Hywel Davies was the winner of the marathon with a time of 2:41:29. Paula Downing was the first woman in 3:40:46, and Kettering Hockey A were the winning team in the relay with a joint time of 3:14:45.

All profits from of this event go to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton, helping people to over-come the terms of Cancer

Men's marathon results

1 Hywel Davies 02:41:29
2 Eamon Twomey 03:11:03
3 Gary Wade 03:25:19


Women's marathon results

1 Paula Downing 03:40:46
2 Hayley Wilson-Potter 04:08:17
3 Karen Roberts 04:15:45


Relay results

1 Kettering Hockey A 03:14:45
2 Team GB 03:20:14
3 Fat and Rubbish 03:21:16

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