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Weekend review: July 20 & 21, 2013

by Editor
Monday 22nd July 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bourton One Mile Challenge

The Bourton One Mile Challenge attracted a record number of 168 entries on a perfect evening.

Masses of supporters, locals and tourists lined Rissington Road to see the mix of ages, from over 75 year old Veterans to children, race against each other over the One Mile flat course to cross the line, lungs bursting in the centre of the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

The race has steadily grown in popularity over its 13 year history and is now an acclaimed part of the County Race Calendar, being the County One Mile Championship and a specified race in the Gloucestershire County Road Race Series.  This being the case, it always attracts a number of good quality competitors, but also gives Fun Runners the chance to compete in the same race.

Winner, Cal Winwood of home club, Bourton Roadrunners, planned his race to perfection, staying with the leading group to half way, edging ahead to the 3/4 mile mark and then blasting through to the finish 15 seconds ahead of second place runner, Mark James of Severn AC, who also ran an excellent tactical race to pass Class runner, Mike Smith, also of Bourton Roadrunners, in the finishing stage and opening a four second gap.

The top three male times were:  Cal Winwood 4.39, Mark James, 4.54, Mike Smith 4.58

Ladies Winner, Shona Crombie-Hicks, again from Bourton Roadrunners, was delighted to finish in front of regular rival, Haley Winters of Gloucester AC, coming through strongly in the second half of the race to finish 6 seconds ahead.  Future Star, Niamh Powell of Bourton, just 12 years of age took third Lady Prize.

The top three female times were:  Shona Crombie-Hicks 5.30, Haley Winters 5.36, Niamh Powell 5.53

The following were first prize winners in their respective age groups:   MV40 Dave Rantell, Cheltenham & Co. 5.06, MV45 Derek Gardner, Swindon Harriers 5.09, MV50, Kevin Pye, Charnwood AC 5.22, MV55 Ed Munro, Almost Athletes 5.56,  MV60 John Peacock, Evesham Vale 5.37, MV65 Dave Spackman, Gloucester AC 6.32, MV70, Ken Buckle, Cheltenham & Co. 6.58, MU20 Jacob Pickering, Cheltenham & Co. 5.21.

The corresponding ladies were:  LV35 Claire Harrison, Bourton Roadrunners 6.12, LV40 Kate Browning, Dursley & District 6.17, LV45 Miranda Foster, Almost Athletes 6.08, LV50 Karen Galpin, Almost Athletes 6.21, LV55 Alison Lane, Bourton Roadrunners 6.28, LV60 Liz Hulcup, Bourton Roadrunners 6.41, LU20 Rachel See, Cheltenham & Co. 6.00.

A huge thank you to Travis Perkins for their sponsorship.

Men's results

1 Cal WINWOOD Bourton Roadrunners 04:39
2 Mark JAMES Severn AC 04:54
3 Mike SMITH Bourton Roadrunners 04:58


Women's results

1 Shona CROMBIE-HICKS Bourton Roadrunners 05:30
2 Haley WINTERS Gloucester AC 05:36
3 Niamh POWELL Bourton Roadrunners 05:53


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Haytor Heller

The latest running of the Haytor Heller 6 mile moorland race took place on Dartmoor in the heart of beautiful Devon. The race starts just below  the imposing Haytor Rock and follows a hilly route across open moorland, through ancient woodland crossing brooks and taking in rocky ascents and descents culminating in a fast downhill finish by Haytor Visitor Centre. The race is organised by Newton Abbot based running club Teignbridge Trotters and takes place by kind permission of the Dartmoor National Park Association.

Weather for the 6.30pm start was hot but on the higher sections of the course there was a welcome breeze. Following the recent spell of hot weather conditions underfoot were dry and fast and some runners returned with minor cuts and bruises having taken a tumble on some of the more technical sections. One runner had to be taken off of the moor by Land Rover and was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The race fills up quicker each year and this year was proclaimed another great success by runners and organisers alike. After the race there is a barbeque and entertainment by a camp fire into the night and there is the opportunity for runners and their families to camp overnight. Members of Teignbridge Trotters are back on duty early Sunday morning to provide a fried breakfast for the campers before they all go their separate ways.

The race this year was won by Jamie Parkinson an unattached runner in 39.58. Berihu Tesfay of Exmouth Harriers was second in 41.08 and Tim Lenton of AxeValley Runners was third in 41.48.

The Ladies race was won by Jane Allison of Plymouth Harriers in 51.39. Unattached runner Keren Watkins was second in 51.54 and Lucy Goodman of South Molton Strugglers was third in 53 27. There were 235 finishers.

Haytor Heller

Photos: Women's winner Jane Allison (273) of Plymouth Harriers. The runners as they pass around Haytor Rock after a tricky uphill start and Jamie Parkinson (233) on his way to victory © Nigel Penwarden

Men's results

1 Jamie PARKINSON Unattached 0:39:58
2 Berihu TESFAY Exmouth Harriers 0:41:08
3 Tim LENTON Axe Valley Runners 0:41:48


Women's results

1 Jane ALLISON Plymouth Harriers 0:51:39
2 Karen WATKINS Unattached 0:51:54
3 Lucy GOODMAN South Molton Strugglers 0:53:27


Click here for full results



Musselburgh Festival 10K

Hundreds of competitors from across the globe descended upon Musselburgh to take part in the Musselburgh Festival 10K. The sold out event had reached its cap of 400 runners several weeks before the event was due to take place.

For one runner in particular, there was a chance to seal a place in the race's history books.  Andrew Douglas of Inverclyde AC not only holds the course record of (30:18) but was looking to make it a fourth consecutive victory at the race.  With club runners from the length and breadth of Scotland, England, Europe and America all toeing the start line and making up a very strong field, he faced stiff competition.

The weather forecast had been for a cloudy start to the day with no wind and temperatures conducive to running, but as in the days that preceded the race there was  not a cloud in the sky and the sun was out in full force.  It was very hot!

Starting on the grounds of Loretto School's playing fields, at the bang of the gun the athletes were off! Running along the promenade towards Fisherrow harbour before doubling back and returning to the mouth of the River Esk.  It was at this point the lead pack had broken away from the mass runners.  Within the lead pack there were so many familiar faces known within running circles as being more than capable of putting in some incredible performances.  This meant that this race was still wide open.

Musselburgh Festival 10K

Photos: Winners Nicola Duncan and Andrew Douglas

Running adjacent to the River Esk before peeling off the footbridge at Goose Green Road the course follows the John Muir Way before looping round Musselburgh Racecourse towards the finish in the grounds of Loretto playing fields.  It was here, the latter stages of the course, that Andrew Douglas and Callum Reid of Haddington & East Lothian Pacemakers peeled away from the lead pack both, as it turns out, banging out an impressive negative split. Coming back into the grounds of Loretto there was just no catching either of them and Andrew Douglas claimed his fourth consecutive win in a time of 31mins 25secs followed closely by Callum in a time of 34mins 23secs.

Andrew said of the event: " Yeah I was very pleased with how yesterday went, I felt conditions were tough with that strong breeze but other than that, again a great day for it! Have to admit started off a bit too quick but that was my first race in over 2 months so I think the adrenaline just got the better of me. Despite that I felt I ran strongly in the 2nd half and the time is definitely something and build on and take forward from there. Once again, support on the course was great and each and every marshal offered encouragement which is always good to hear. I enjoy as well the variety the course offers from running on the promenade, to coastal paths and across the racecourse on the grass, so always happy to come back year on year."

The first lady home was Nicola Duncan from Portobello Running Club.  Finishing 7th overall, she managed to break the female course record time in 35mins 11 secs.  Not only was she delighted with her time and to learn that she now holds a new record she said “It was a fantastic course – very flat with a great mix of terrain.  The race was really well marshaled and there was superb support along the way too.  I loved every minute of it – especially the ice-cream finish at the end! Definitely been one of the races that I enjoyed the most.”

In addition to the club runners there were a number of runners who ran the race for local charities raising hundreds of pounds.

Following the prize giving ceremony, there was a 1K fun run open to children of any age (up to the age of 16) which was free to enter.  With the emphasis being on fun, a large number of families attended the Festival Race to watch (and in some cases run with) their children run the free timed event.  With the promise of a free ice cream and a goody bag at the finish line for each and every one of them it was an absolute joy to watch them all have so much fun run around the playing fields.

Next year's Festival Race has been scheduled to take place on Saturday July 19th.

Full results and more information can be found on the club website at:  www.musselburghac.com/

Men's results

1 Andrew Douglas Inverclyde AC 31:25
2 Callum Reid Haddington East Lothian Pacema 34:23
3 Ross Clark Hunters Bogtrotters 34:26


Women's results

1 Nicola Duncan Portobello RC 35:11
2 Julie Malko Corstophine AAC 38:04
3 Jessica Wilson-Young Edinburgh AC 40:06


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dinosaur 10K

Perfect running conditions, still with a sea mist, saw Mike Coleman (South Kent Harriers) victorious in 32:46, Darrell Smith (Tonbridge) second in 34:06 and Sam Rigby (South Kent Harriers) third in 34:44. They were closely followed by 285 keen athletes.

First lady was Elspeth Storrar from London Heathside in 40:51, Catherine Harvey was second in 42:40 and Sarah Gruber third in 43:00. A special mention goes to Helen Chan from Hong Kong who raised £250 for the events Skin Cancer Charity.

There was also a great effort from the junior runners. There were 85 in the 10&U and 23 in the 11-14 category. It was fantastic to see so many budding Olympians trying their hearts out and so fast.

The event would not have been possible without the help of the grand band of marshals.

Men's results

2 Darrell SMITH TONBRIDGE 34:06


Women's results

2 Catherine HARVEY Unattached 42:40
3 Sarah GRUBER Unattached 43:00


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11-14 category results 10&U results



7th Annual Sherwood Pines Trail Races

7th Annual Sherwood Pines Trail Races

Almost 500 club, amateur and fun run runners took part in the 10k and 5k races which were organised by Retford Athletic & Running club, and are run on the scenic trails through Sherwood Pines Forest Park.

In first place in the 10k was Shane Robinson of Lincoln Wellington who finished in a time of 33mins 51 seconds, almost a minute ahead of the second placed runner. Alice Venkatesan of Mansfield Harriers was the first lady home in a time of 40mins 59secs.

In the 5k race a brilliant performance by Retford Athletic & Running club youngster Sam Roberts saw him arrive back at the finish in first place with an excellent time of 18mins 55 seconds. First lady home in the 5k was Emily Venkatesan in a time of 23mins 44 seconds, making it a great family double for the Venkatesan’s.

There was also a good turnout in the family fun runs with many youngsters taking part in the 1k and 2k runs.

Results for the 10k and 5k are now available on the Retford Athletic & Running club website www.retfordac.co.uk/spines-c40.html and event Facebook site www.facebook.com/sherwood10k

David Corbett from Retford Athletic & Running Club who was the Race Director and co-organiser of the event said: "It’s been an excellent day and a great atmosphere. The cooler temperatures made the race conditions much better and we saw some really impressive times posted. We’ve already had lots of really positive feedback from participants. Sherwood Pines has once again proven to be a great venue for the race, which is part of the reason the race attracts so many runners from the local area and from much further afield.

"We had over 50 volunteers helping out with the race, including friends and family, members of Retford Athletic Club and many volunteers from Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice who were our chosen charity for the event.

"Thanks go to all the runners, supporters, volunteers and to those involved in organising the event, particularly to co-organiser Charmian Heaton.  Our thanks also go to our official starter District Councillor Ian Campbell, and to all our sponsors, including Cooke & Mason, Blizard Physiotherapy, The Lincolnshire Runner, Councillor Alan Chambers, Go-Ape, the Retford Times, Greencore, Wilkinson/Brecon Mineral Water,  and to all our event partners”.  

Men's 10km results

1 Shane Robinson Lincoln Wellington 33:51
2 Darren King Clowne Road Runners 34:45
3 Jason Holberry Unattached 36:01


Women's 10km results

1 Alice Venkatesan Mansfield Harriers 40:59
2 Amber Torrington Askern & District RC 46:03
3 Karen Waterhouse Unattached 46:39


Men's 5km results

1 Sam Roberts Retford AC 18:55
2 Llyr Roberts Retford AC 18:56
3 Robert Shoreson Unattached 18:58


Women's 5km results

1 Emily Venkatesan Mansfield Harriers 23:44
2 Alison McClintock Killamarsh Kestrels 26:48
3 Nadia Butt Unattached 27:42


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Speyside Duathlon

Speyside Duathlon

This was the inaugural Speyside Duathlon and there were just 41 competitors - with 40 finishing, due to a fall on the run - although this event looks certain to grow!

The route starts with a challenging run on a hilly 4.6 mile loop on trails from Glen Rothes Distillery. This is followed by a 16 mile road section on the bike which was well marshalled and signposted and also had its fair share of steep hills. There were water stations at 2 miles on the run and at the transition. 

After the event a BBQ with plenty of food provided finished off this friendly event.

For more information on this event please go to www.speyside-duathlon.com

Men’s Results

1 Ewan McDougal Elgin Cycling Club 1:18:22
2 Douglas Cowie Forres Harriers 1:25:09
3 David Weir Forres Harriers 1:26:46

Women’s Results

1 Moira Davie Forres Harriers 1:27:18
2 Melanie Macrae East Sutherland Wheelers 1:40:10
3 Lynne Farquharson Moray Firth Triathlon 1:46:27


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St Ives Dairy Crest 10k & 3k Fun Run

On a much cooler day than recently, Huntingdonshire AC hosted its 21st annual running of the St Ives 10k race with supporting 3k fun run.

The 10k saw 426 runners complete the race with Tom Bracegirdle of Muddy Muckey Munkeys finishing first overall in 33:01 and Jane Khan of Hayle Runners who hails from the other St Ives (in Cornwall) who was timed at 36:32.

Team prizes went to Cambridge & Coleridge in the women's event and Nene Valley Harriers in the men's competition. In the accompanying 3k fun run, around 130 runners entered the race with Hunts AC runner Andrew Worrall leaving everyone in his wake as he sped to the finish line.

The Dairy Crest ?cow? (Diane Gannon) started both races, supported the last 10k runner through to the line and made the presentations. Supported by Dairy Crest, Jencol , Kier and Cambridge Water, these races help raise funds to support Huntingdonshire AC in promoting athletics in St. Ives and the surrounding area as well as supporting local charities.

Men's results

1 Tom Bracegirdle Muddy Muckey Munkeys 33:01
2 Tristan Windley Springfield Striders 33:09
3 3 Paul Halford Werrington Joggers 33:35


Women's results

1 Jane Khan Hale Runners 36:32
2 Julia Zakrzewski Bedford & County 39:35
3 Claire Somerton Cambridge & Coleridge 40:00


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Tunnel 2 Towers London 5k

Over 500 runners took part in the 2013 Tunnel 2 Towers London 5k, from Southwark Park, via Rotherhithe Tunnel to Canary Wharf Towers and Billingsgate Market. For more information check out the race website at www.tunnel2towersrun.org

Men's results

1 Graeme Taylor 16:10
2   Brendan McMillan 17:09
3 Jason Hall  18:00


Women's results

1 Shannon Kohliz 19:44
2 Emanuela Pagan  20:00
3 Lotte Wubben-Moye 21:26


Wheelchair results

1 Ashley Archer 15:29
2 Mustapha Mohammed 19:06


Assisted runners' results

1 Karl Sadil 29:32
2 Gemma Bailey 1:30:52
3 Nicole Evans 1:33:40


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Wycombe Half Marathon and 10k

Under cloud cover and with temperatures a lot lower than in recent weeks, the Grant & Stone Wycombe Half Marathon and 10k were run in almost perfect conditions for running.  As last year the half marathon was won by local runner Anuradha Cooray who runs for the Vale of Aylesbury AC.  Anuradha is a Sri Lankan international and his winning time of 1hr 08min 56secs on a very testing course was over 7 minutes quicker than second place Fabian Downs (1hr 16min 00secs) and 8 minutes quicker than third place Eddie O’Gorman (1hr 17min 00secs) both of Chiltern Harriers AC.

In the women’s race Shona Crombie-Hicks of Bourton Road Runners won in a time of 1hr 27min 38secs and she was nearly two minutes ahead of second place Jo Singer of Victoria Park Harriers (!hr 29min 29secs).  Third was Susanne Enhard of Compton Harriers who finished in 1hr 30min 15secs.

The 10k was a much closer race for the men with the first three finishing within 17secs of each other.  The winner was Ben Sutherland of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers in a time of 35min 31secs who managed to hold off team-mate Mateusz Sliwinski who finished in 35min 42secs.  Only 6secs behind in third place was Ben Martin-Dye of Bracknell Forest Runners.

In the ladies race in the 10k Pippa Woolven made it a clean-sweep for Wycombe Phoenix Harriers when she won in 39min 33secs.  Second was Ellie Gosling of Reading Road Runners and third was Tina Poulson

Men's results

1 Ben Sutherland Wycombe Phoenix Harriers 35:31
2 Mateus Sliwinski Wycombe Phoenix Harriers 35:42

Ben Martin-Dye

Bracknell Forest 35:48


Women's results

1 Pippa Woolven Wycombe Phoenix Harriers 39:33
2 Ellie Gosling Reading Road Runners 40:34
3 Tina Pouson Unattached 42:02


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Men's results

1 Anuradha Cooray Vale of Aylesbury 1:08:56
2 Fabian Down Chiltern Harriers AC 1:16:00
3 Eddie O'Gorman Chiltern Harriers AC 1:17:00


Women's results

1 Shona Crombie-Hicks Bourton Road Runners 1:27:38
2 Jo Singer Victoria Park Harriers 1:29:29
3 Susanne Enhard Compton Harriers 1:30:15


Click here for full results


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