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Weekend review: June 8 & 9, 2013

by Editor
Monday 10th June 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Barton Stacey Fun Run

On Sunday 9 June 2013, Cygnets playgroup in Barton Stacey held their annual Fun Run. The weather was perfect and it was a fantastic community event with many local people participating in the races or enjoying the other activities the Fun Run had to offer. Local organisations joined in the neighbourhood spirit too by generously providing sponsorship and raffle prizes for the event.

Barton Stacey Fun Run

The first race of the morning was the 10K race, which Caroline Noakes, MP kindly called the start of. This race attracted many serious runners. Matthew King was the first man to finish the 10K race with a speedy time of 34 minutes 45 seconds. The second man to finish was Ian Debnam (38 minutes, 9 seconds) and Chris Furness (38 minutes, 19 seconds).

The first women to finish was Sam Wilson (43 minutes, 21 seconds), followed by Alison James (45 minutes, 52 seconds) and Anna Burrows (45 minutes, 55 seconds). The runner noted for outstanding performance was Adam Woods, an 11 year old with a time of 49 minutes, 52 seconds.

Following the 10K race, the children’s races took part on the playing fields. A lot of enthusiastic children took part in the sack, bean bag balancing and hopping races. All that took part enjoyed their sweetie prizes.

The final race of the morning was the 3K all around the village of Barton Stacey. This was very well supported and included many school children and locals. The first man to cross the finish line was Billy Brindley, the first female was Kezia Poole. Also noted for his outstanding run was Archie Evenson-Goddard, aged 5, who completed the course in a time of 14 minuntes, 3 seconds.

Barton Stacey Fun Run

Volunteer marshals supported all the races and ensured everyone was safe and the runners ran in the right direction.

In addition to the races, spectators were able to enjoy a wide range of other entertainment. There was a delicious hog roast at the Swan Inn, musical treats from the local Jubilee Trad Jazz Band, an opportunity to win some fabulous raffle prizes, the chance to have your face painted and yummy treats of tea/coffee and cake from many helpers from the village. On the playing fields, there was also a bouncy castle, supplied by Pied Services, for children to bounce off all their energy.

The Fun Run raised approximately £2,500 for Cygnets Playgroup. The money will be spent on some new furniture for the playgroup.

Cygnets Playgroup would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to all those that took part in the Fun Run this year. They would particularly like to thank the local people and organisations that provided help, sponsorship, raffle prizes and made the event possible:- Fun Run sponsors – Toast, No 5 Bridge Street, Smiths Gore, Owls Lodge Shooting School, Raymond Brown, The Swan Inn, Jubilee Trad Jazz Band.

Organisations who provided raffle prizes – Lionel Hitchen, Wine Utopia, No 5 Bridge Street, The Hawk COnservancy, Helen’s Cakeshop, Karen Halls, Jane Bierling, Cann Do pre-school products, Catherine Skinner Photography, Peat Spade Inn and many others.

Cygnets Playgroup look forward to doing it all again next year and hope that you will join them!

Men's 10km results

1 Matthew King 34:45
2 Ian Debnam 38:09
3 Chris Furness 38:19


Women's 10km results

1 Sam Wilson 43:21
2 Alison James 45:52
3 Anna Burrows 45:55


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Chippenham Harriers 5 Mile Road Race and Family Fun Runs

It was a sunny but blustery day for the second running of the Chippenham Harriers 5 Mile Road Race and Family Fun days, Race#6 of the Wiltshire Road Race League.

Numbers were up on the previous year as 127 competitors lined up at Chippenham Rugby Club to run the 5 mile event, which followed a scenic route out towards Biddestone Village.

The £50 cash first male prize, sponsored by Norman E Webb Ltd, was claimed by Simon Nott from Calne Running Club in 25:54, breaking the old course record of 26:20 held by Allister Sheffield.  Nott also took the senior male prize ahead of second placed Ewen Malloch of Team Bath (27:47). Third overall and first male veteran was Chippenham Harriers’ own Gary Dunstone in a time of 29:04.

Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners claimed the £50 cash prize as first female in a time of 32:40, also claiming the female veteran prize. First senior female and second overall was Katie Ellis of Devizes Running Club (34:36), with Debbie Jones from the Chippenham Harriers in third position (35:12).

There was a good turnout from Avon Valley Runners who claimed both the men’s and ladies team prizes. The ladies team prize was won by Fiona Price (32:40), Jill Westwood (37:05), Juliet Coulson (37:58) and Tina Towler (40:45). Joby Hobbs (29:45), Paul Green (31:07), Thomas Coney (31:23) and Richard Morgetroyd (31:45) claimed the men’s prize.

There was a big turnout for the Family Fun Runs with 71 runners taking part in either the half or full mile races. In the half mile, first home was Lottie Brown (3:27), just ahead of Harry Maxwell (3:32) who were the first girl and boy in the Under 7s. In the Under 5 race Honor Coombs (5:27) was first girl and Fraser Threlfall (4:40) first boy.

First home in the mile race was the first Under 13 boy Henry Cox in a blistering 5:45, first girl home was Team Bath’s Katie Strange in the Under 13 category (6:19).  Luke Buck of Cirencester AC (6:08) and Jessica Wall (7:20) were first boy and girl in the Under 11 age group. The first Under 9 girl and boy were Grace Marshfield (7:59) and Alex Painter (6:38). Chippenham Harriers Youth’s Tara Collings claimed the girls Under 15 prize (7:06).

The next Chippenham Harriers is the Club’s annual 5k River Run and Fun Run which takes place on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.  See www.chippenhamharriers.co.uk for details. Entries also remain open for the Chippenham Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September 2013 for details see: www.chippenhamhalfmarathon.co.uk

Men's results

1 Simon Nott Calne Running Club 25:54
2 Ewen Malloch Team Bath 27:47
3 Gary Dunstone Chippenham Harriers 29:04


Women's results

1 Fiona Price Avon Valley Runners 32:40
2 Katie Ellis Devizes Running Club 34:36
3 Debbie Jones Chippenham Harriers 35:12


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D Day 10k Road Race

With last years winner and runner up entered the race was set for an intriguing battle between Jo Corbett of Newham & Essex Beagles and Chichester’s James Baker. Last year the Chichester runner suffered a rare defeat and had to concede to Corbett. This year, Baker should strong running from the start with Corbett in tow but Baker created a gap after the first kilometre and this increased to 50 seconds by the finish and Baker crossed the line in 32.10. The next three places were filled by the leading veterans, Mark LeGassick of Stubbington Green (M40), Ronnie Adams of Portsmouth Joggers (M50) and Aldershot, Farnham & District’s Tad Dicker (M45).

D Day 10k Road Race

Photos: The start and race winner James Baker

In the older age groups honours went to Roger Jones (Portsmouth Joggers) in the M55 category, Terry Avey (Phoenix A.C.) M60, Peter Young (Ryde Harriers) M65, Gordon Wilson (RNAC) M70, Roy Webb (Tone Zone Runners) M75 & in the oldest category M80 Brian Campbell of Midland Masters.

The men’s team was a close affair with host club City of Portsmouth A.C. and Stubbington Green tying on 45 points but Stubbington Green took the top spot as their 3rd placed runner fishing one place high than Portsmouth’s.

In the women’s competition, the absence of the City of Portsmouth pairing of Cassie Thorp and Jess Chen, the top two in 2012, left the door wide open and it was club mate Emma Montiel who stepped in to win this year’s race in 39.29. This was a slowish time for the Portsmouth athlete but not surprising as Montiel competed in two races for the club the previous day at Abingdon in the UK Women’s Track & Field League. Montiel had a 34 second advantage over second place Rachel Evans of Southampton A.C. with top veterans Jane Harrop (Chichester Runners) and Sian Hawkes (City of Portsmouth) filling the 3rd and 4th spot. Louise Wills of Stubbington Green completed the top five.

D Day 10k Road Race

Photos: Runners along the promenade and women's race winner Emma Montiel

Mandy Womack of Ryde Harriers took the W45 title, Jane Collins of Portsmouth Joggers the W65 and Sylvia Timms of Totton the W75.

Southampton A.C were comfortable winners of the team race packing their 3 scorers into the top seven finishers with City of Portsmouth in second & Stubbington Green in third.

Next year is the 25th anniversary of the race and hopes to return to a one lap course which was prevented this year due to work being undertaken on the race route.

Men's results

1 James Baker Chichester Runners & AC 32:10
2 Jo Corbett Newham & Essex Beagles 33:00
3 Mark Le Gassick Stubbington Green R & AC 34:08


Women's results

1 Emma Montiel City of Portsmouth AC 39:29
2 Rachel Evans Southampton AC 40:03
3 Jane Harrop Chichester Runners & AC 40:17


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Ninesprings 9km

The Ninesprings 9km is organised by Yeovil Town Road Running Club and raises funds for St Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil.

Ninesprings 9km

Photos: The mass start and winner Tris Cooper of Yeovil Olympiads

Men's results

1 Tristan COOPER Yeovil Olympiads AC 0:34:29
2 Chris BURTON   0:35:48
3 Lewis BARON Yeovil Town Road Running Club 0:36:22


Women's results

1 Sarah TRIM Yeovil Town Road Running Club 0:40:33
2 Rachel CLAY Yeovil Town Road Running Club 0:41:53
3 Sarah MAY   0:44:29


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Potters Arf Marathon

Potters Arf Marathon © www.racephotos.org.uk

Photos: Race winners Ben Gamble (2) and Jocelyn Payne (1769) and a couple of super heroes © www.racephotos.org.uk

A full house of 1750 was on the start line for this popular half marathon. With high temperatures and a tough course this was never going to be day for PBs.

Running a solo race from start to finish former winner Ben Gamble of Tipton made light work of the course, finishing in 68:38 to take his third Potts title. Second place went to Carl Moulton from Boalloy in 1:15:42.

Potters Arf Marathon © www.racephotos.org.uk

Photos: Some of the colourful participants of the Potters Arf Marathon © www.racephotos.org.uk

It was a similar story in the ladies race as Leeds Universitys Jocelyn Payne stormed into the lead and steadily increased this lead throughout to finish in 1:25:07 with former winner Mandy Vernon of Trentham finishing second in 1:27:50.

Men's results

1 Ben Gamble Tipton Harriers 1:08:38
2 Carl Moulton Boalloy 1:15:42
3 Matthew Smith South Ceshire Harriers 1:18:24


Women's results

1 Jocelyn Payne Leeds Uni 1:25:07
2 Mandy Vernon Trentham Running Club 1:27:50
3 Deborah Thomas Trentham Running Club 1:28:07


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Ruby Run Half Marathon

The day started bright but not sunny which would have been ideal for running, but as the start time came closer the sun came out to a 'normal' Ruby Run weather.

With the race alternating in the direction between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy this year there was more shade, although slightly more uphill. There was a good number of entries (approx 200) with some coming from London, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire.

This year's race saw a new course record set by Ian Gooding of Torrington, Devon who completed it in 1 hour 14 minutes and 49 seconds. First woman was Helen Heard in a time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 20 seconds. The relay race was won by Team Bude Rats

Full results are available on the website - www.rubyrun.co.uk and the date of the run in 2014 is Sunday 8th June.

Men's results

1 Ian Gooding 1:14:49
2 Roger Voaden 1:25:10
3 David Beckenkrager 1:25:27


Women's results

1 Helen Heard 1:41:20
2 Steph Olliffe 1:43:31
3 Jane Lockyer 1:50:13


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Seaford Half-Marathon

Seaford Half-Marathon

The weather was not too bad for running though there was a strong wind on the Downs for the 500runners who started the 2013 Seaford Half Marathon.

Daniel Vaughan was first across the line in a time of 1:29:58, while Isobel Muir was the winning woman in 1:41:05.

About £5000 were raised for use in the community and other projects. Recents grants from the Lions Charity Trust have been to the Breakout Centre in Newhaven for a new kitchen, to local youngsters to go and do voluntary work abroad and to the local Branch of St John Ambulance, as well as two minibuses for community use such as taking the elderly or disabled to club meetings and outings or the Nursery to their Forest School.


Men's results

1 Daniel Vaughan 1:29:58
2 Simon Fletcher 1:30:48
3 Daniel Cartledge 1:32:02


Women's results

1 Isobel Muir 1:41:05
2 Sarah Bailey 1:41:58
3 Sally Norris 1:42:39


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The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

Hundreds of runners and walkers braved the high temperatures to complete the most popular trail running event in the North of England.  The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge started and finished in Keswick, taking participants on a route that included spectacular Lakeland views.

The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

Club runners, charity fundraisers and soldiers from the British Army took part in the 11km and 22km distances which started in Station Field, near Greta Bank Farm.  The route started out along the Keswick railway line, climbed the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, before travelling down Cumbrian Way to the finish line. Participants were officially set on their way by the Mayor of Keswick, Councillor Martin Pugmire.

Elite runners competed in the Home Countries International race, with senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Steve Vernon, who will represent Great Britain at the European Mountain Running Championships this July won the senior men’s event in a time of 39:51.
Entertainment in the event village was provided by the Ambleside-based Fairly Famous Family and children could also experience the Keswick Adventure Centre climbing wall.

Peter Riley, Project Director at organisers Nova, who also organise the Bupa Great North Run said: “The heat brought an extra challenge to the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, but the participants did exceptionally well.  The atmosphere was great and it's fantastic to see the runners and walkers taking to the social media sites to say how enjoyable it was.  We've also had hundreds of spectators here today enjoying the family entertainment and food in the sunshine.

“This year's event has been a great success and we hope to make it even more enjoyable in 2014.”

Leanne Day, from the Calvert Trust charity in Keswick ran the 11km and said: “This was my first Karrimor Great Trail Challenge and I loved it. The course was fantastic and there was such a great atmosphere, with the runners giving each other lots of support on the course."

Anyone who wishes to take part in the event next year can sign up to the reminder service online at www.greattrailchallenge.org

Men's 11km results

1 STEVE VERNON Unattached 00:39:51
2 ANDREW DAVIES Maldwyn Harriers 00:40:36
3 BRIAN MCMAHON Clonliffe Harriers 00:41:24


Women's 11km results

1 JOANNE KENT Barnet & District AC 00:54:00
2 KATHERINE MARCH Barnet & District AC 00:56:29
3 KIRSTY MARSDEN Unattached 00:58:09


Men's 22km results

1 MIKE JEFFERIES Unattached 01:28:31
2 ADY WHITWAM Army Athletics Association 01:32:01
3 JOHN FRENCH Eden Runners Unattached 01:32:20


Women's 22km results

1 MARIE ATKINS Cheadle Running Club 01:53:24
2 DEBORAH FARRINGTON Unattached 01:58:28
3 MICHELLE HETHERINGTON Helensburgh AAC 01:58:39


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The Rotary Club of Kenilworth Two Castles 10km Run

Runners, weather, closed roads, good support and a max 4000 entry made the 31st Two castles Run (www.twocastlesrun.org.uk) another class event

The Rotary Club of Kenilworth Two Castles 10km Run

Sunday’s 31st  Two Castles Run - a ten kilometre run between two of England's most beautiful castles - enjoyed ideal running conditions. The Race, organised by the Kenilworth Rotary Club with the help of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, lived up to its reputation as one of the best and classic 10k runs in the country.

After warm up sessions open to all, the race started inside Warwick Castle spot on 9am. Some 33 minutes and 12 seconds later the winner Richard Harper, a member of Leamongton Cycling and Athletic Club, crossed the finish line in Kenilworth Castle.  

Richard has won the event 3 times before and said after the race: “As always plenty of support around the route which always helps. I enjoyed returning to the event”.

The first lady home was Eleanor Fowler from Nuneaton Harriers, in a time of 37 minutes and 33 seconds. She commented “The first time  I have run the event, a well organised start and finish area and a great route. Really enjoyed it. "

The first male juniorrunner was Guy Allen in 34.38 and the first female junior runner was Julie Emmerson 43.19.

The Rotary Club of Kenilworth Two Castles 10km Run

Representative of Main sponsors Blythe Liggins solicitors Richard Thornton stated that it was “Great to be sponsoring the event again “ In the perfect weather he had high hopes for their team of 36 runners. Rightly so as they won the non club team award!

Kenilworth’s MP Jeremy Wright  said he was pleased to support this well organised Rotary event that brings so much prestige  to Kenilworth and Warwick. Kenilworths Mayor Felicity Bunker was pleased The Rotary Club and Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club bring so many people together in organising the event both Young and Old.

Among the many groups running were: 60 Rotary Club Members who, organised by the district Govenor Steve Cartwright, were Running for Wheelpower a charity that provides sporting wheel chairs to disabled people. The CEO of the charity Martin Mcelhatton completed the event in his wheel chair .

Men's results

3 Chris McCarthy KENILWORTH RUNNERS 0:33:17


Women's results

2 Amanda Deavy NORTHBROOK AC 0:39:29
3 Joanne Finch   0:40:10


Click here for full results


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