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Weekend review: September 14 & 15, 2013

by Editor
Monday 16th September 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Will Bolton Relay

Men's 4 x 4km results

1 Tonbridge AC Mens 2 Tonbridge AC 52:03
2 Tonbridge AC Mens 1 Tonbridge AC 52:36
3 Tonbridge AC Mens 3 Tonbridge AC 54:11


Women's 4 x 4km results

1 Tonbridge AC Ladies 1 Tonbridge AC 61:50
2 BB Ladies Dream team Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 67:43
3 Ladies B&B U17 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 68:50


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bristol Half Marathon

Cool autumnal conditions greeted the 11,000 entrants for this year’s race. Bernard Rotich (Kenya) 63:56 scored a thrillingly exciting victory as he outsprinted fellow Kenyans Matthew Kiprotich (Kenya) 63:57 and Nicholas Kirui (Kenya) 63:57 with just one second covering the first three.

In the women’s event, there was a 1-2-3 for GB as Emma Stepto timed her race to perfection passing Lorna Russell in the last mile. A 1-2-3 for British athletes ahead of Kenya’s Gladys Jebet made it a good anniversary day in Bristol. 

Men's results

1 Bernard Rotich Kenya 63:56
2 Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai Run Fast/Kenya 63:57
3 Nicholas Kirui Run Fast/Kenya 63:57


Women's results

1 Emma Stepto Cornwall 73:40
2 Lorna Russell Winchester/Enfield & Haringey 73:57
3 Tish Jones Belgrave 74:07


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Cheltenham's Half Marathon

Cheltenham's Half Marathon

Coventry Godiva Harriers runner Toby Spencer raced home to victory at Cheltenham's Half Marathon, sponsored by Cotswold Cheltenham BMW, with a time of one hour and seven minutes exactly, in good running conditions. In second place came David Roper from Cheltenham Harriers in one hour eight minutes and 53 seconds followed by teammate John Parker, also from Cheltenham in one hour nine minutes and 56 seconds.

Talking about the race, Toby Spencer said "Cheltenham was a great course to run, and the fantastic atmosphere certainly helped me to achieve not only a personal best time, but also my first top placing in a half marathon distance. I’m currently training for the New York marathon, my first full, so winning at Cheltenham has certainly given me a confidence boost!”

Best women's performances were Sue Harrison, from Leamington Cycling & Athletics in one hour 20 minutes and twenty four seconds, with Shona Crombie-Hicks from Bourton Roadrunners finishing in second in one hour 26 minutes and five seconds, and Alice Johnston, from CLC Striders in one hour 27 minutes and 27 seconds taking third.

1,872 runners completed the 13.1 mile race, which is a new event for the town this year. Cheltenham’s Half Marathon is sponsored by Cotswold Cheltenham BMW, who also had several team members and customers taking part in the event.

Cheltenham residents came out in their thousands to cheer on the runners, who embraced the event wholeheartedly and contributed hugely to the fantastic atmosphere that the participants experienced throughout the route.

In addition to the main race, over 100 school children ran a mile as part of the Schools' Challenge. This race was won by James Findlay from St Edwards Junior School, helping to raise money for Winston’s Wish.  

Official charity partners for the race, the British Heart Foundation and Winston’s Wish, thanked everyone who took part and who donated to their runners.

Around 200 volunteers helped to make the day, including Midlands Bike Marshals, 15th Gloucester St Peters Sea Scouts, Boys Brigade, The 10th Cheltenham Scout Group, Gloucester District Scouting Active Support Team and The Aston Project. Commercial partners for the race were Cotswold Cheltenham BMW, Up & Running, Virgin Active, Silver Business Accelerator, Spirax Sarco, Full Potential, UCAS, Brooks and USN.  Media Partners for the event were Gloucestershire Echo and Heart FM.

Pre-registration is now open for next year’s race at www.cheltenhamhalf.co.uk. Runners can sign up to be first to hear when entries open.

Cheltenham's Half Marathon

Photos: Women's winner Sue Harrison and the top three men David Roper, Toby Spencer and John Parker

Men's results

1 Toby Spencer Coventry Godiva Harriers 01:07:00
2 David Roper Cheltenham and County Harriers 01:08:53
3 John Parker Cheltenham and County Harriers 01:09:56


Women's results

1 Sue Harrison Leamington Cycling & Athletics 01:20:24
2 Shona Crombie-Hicks Bourton Roadrunners 01:26:05
3 Alice Johnston CLC Striders 01:27:27


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Cransley Hospice Road Race

The weather was not so  kind for the 13th Cransley Hospice Road Race held in Cranford on Sunday 15th September 2013 but all the runners – over 600 ran their challenge and returned to Cranford Village safely

Over 55 children aged 9 -14 and approaching 600 adults aged 15 upwards registered for the event and ran round Cranford Village with the adults running further a field in support of the local hospice in Kettering.

All entrants enter the event for their own special reason – as a personal challenge, in memory of a loved one or as part of a weight loss and fitness regime. A few runners, now with very familiar faces were running for the 13th consecutive year, having entered every year since the outset of the event.

In addition, scores of marshals gave up their precious Sunday morning to ensure their safe along the route of the runners and provide them with welcome water stops. Hundreds of spectators cheered them along the way and welcomed them safely home. Bacon rolls, tea and cakes were available in the field and Village Hall, making the day a good family day out.

A comment emailed to the Fundraising Team immediately after the event reads: "My first 1/2 marathon .Very well planned event. Plenty of support and water stations. It is hilly but adds to the challenge. "

A most successful of days albeit cooler than we have been used to, enjoyed by many for the benefit of those who will be cared for by the highly specialized staff based at Cransley Hospice. 

The organizers and all at Cransley Hospice would like to thank everyone who helped in the planning stages and on the day, all who entered and their generous sponsors. A special thanks to all the habitants of Cranford, Grafton Underwood and Brigstock for their support of the event and tolerance of the road closure. In addition, the endorsement and generosity of local businesses this year was exceptional and we thank them all wholeheartedly.

If anyone has any comments as to how the event may be altered or improved, please contact Di Patrick at Cransley Hospice on 01536 527407

Please note that next year's event is planned for Sunday 21st September 2014 and we very much looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Men's 10km results

1 Russell Parkin Derby/Midland Masters 36:59
2 Adrian Maidment Marshall Milton Keynes 37:32
3 Josh Coles Corby 37:37


Women's 10km results

1 Rebecca Hall Corby 37:48
2 Jane Ovington Marshall Milton Keynes 42:29
3 Kara Luck Jeans Team 43:35


Men's half-marathon results

1 Damian Carr Coventry/Kettering 74:43
2 Matthew Howes Wootton RR 76:05
3 Greg Spellman Wellingborough/Eastern Vets 78:16


Women's half-marathon results

1 Rachel Cave Team Balancise/Beds Uni 85:42
2 Rosanna Andrews Northampton RR 86:39
3 Karen Sinkinson Holmfirth 94:44


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Farnham Pilgrim Marathon & Half-Marathon

Nearly 800 runners from as far afield as Hong Kong and Wisconsin braved some windy and wet conditions on 15th September at The Sands Recreation Ground, near Farnham, for the fourth running of the award-winning Farnham Pilgrim Marathon and Half Marathon.

The Full Marathon covers a distance of over 26 miles and follows a roughly easterly route that that follows much of the North Downs Way and Pilgrims’ Way,  turning back westwards after a challenging climb up St. Martha’s Hill south-east of Guildford, to return along a roughly parallel route. The runners had to cope with a variety of surfaces underfoot, including loose sand and mud after the rain, negotiate many stiles and gates, and ascend a total of well over 2000 feet.

This year’s winner of the Full Marathon was Paul Navesey  (Crawley AC) in 3:01:32, second was Ben Evans (Guildford & Godalming AC) in 3.03.16, and third was Paul Sargent (Burgess Hill Runners) in 3:10:18. The first two runners broke the previous course record of 3:09:00  set by in 2012. The fastest lady was previous winner, Sarah Hill (Farnham Runners) in 3:16:31, second was Edwina Sutton (Lingfield RC) in 3:19:59, and third was Lucy Zirbser (Sandhurst Joggers) in 3:35:48. The winning team was from Sandhurst Joggers.

The winner of the Half-Marathon was James Hood (Cambridge University Hare & Hounds) in 1:21:11, beating the previous course record of 1:22:13 set by Dave Rollins in 2012. Second was Andrew Moreton (Kent AC) in 1:23:34 and third was Andre Mouton in 1:23:47. The fastest lady was Sarah Rollins, wife of lasy year’s winner, in 1:34:15. Second was Philippa May (Fleet & Crookham AC) in 1:41:35, and third was Sharon Walker (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) in 1:41:42. There was a tie for the team prize between the Farnham Runners and Basingstoke & Mid-Hants AC.

The event was managed by the Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside, who organise the event to raise money for charity; this year’s main beneficiary is the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The Event Organiser and Race Director, David Holdford said: “In the previous three years, the event has raised well over £150,000 for a variety of good causes and we hope that the 2013 Pilgrim event will add significantly to this. We are also pleased to have established a major sporting event in the area which attracts around 1000 applicants and which has become a ‘must-do’ race for serious distance runners”.  “We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors, and to over 200 volunteer marshals who gave up their Sunday to make the event enjoyable for the runners, and in support of a most worthy cause”.

Men's results

1 Paul Navesey Crawley AC 03:01:28
2 Ben Evans Guildford & Godalming AC 03:03:16
3 Paul Sargent Burgess Hill Runners 03:10:15


Women's results

1 Sarah Hill Farnham Runners 03:16:31
2 Edwina Sutton Lingfield RC 03:19:55
3 Lucy Zirbser Sandhurst Joggers 03:35:43


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Men's results

1 James Hoad Cambridge Univ Hare & Hounds 01:21:10
2 Andrew Moreton Kent AC 01:23:32
3 Andre Mouton Unattached 01:23:46


Women's results

1 Sarah Rollins Unattached 01:34:13
2 Philippa May Fleet & Crookham AC 01:41:31
3 Sharon Walker Dorking & Mole Valley AC 01:41:35


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Firle Half Marathon, 10km Trail Run & 5km Fun Run

Firle Place near Lewes in East Sussex is a stunning setting in the shadow of the South Downs National Park.  400 runners signed up and benefited from an early start to miss the first of the autumnal storms which arrived later in the afternoon.   Sunshine and strong SW winds made the going tough especially for the Half Marathon & 10km. The off road trail run follows the historic Coach Road before a tough 680ft climb to the top of the South Downs National Park, either at Bo-Peep or Alfriston.  Breath-taking views await runners as they traverse the Downs before the descending back to the historic village of Firle.

Charlton Rudwick from Arena 80 and Sue Fry from Hailsham Harriers won the Half Marathon in 1.26.00 and 1.36.23 respectively.

The 10km Trail Run was won by Frederick Tasker from North Devon RRC in 39:19 and the ladies were led home by Amanda Scott from Ripe in 52:03. 

Supervet Andrew Sharp from Brighton won the 5km Fun Run in 23:28 and Lucinda Wright from Hailsham Harriers took the honours in 25:05 for 2nd overall.  A special mention should be made for Junior Ziggy Henry who finished third overall just pipping his dad to the line in 26:02.

Men's half marathon results

1 Charlton Rudwick Arena 80 01:26:00
2 Paul Leak Brighton 01:26:53
3 Kevin Tourle Hassocks 01:27:20


Women's half marathon results

1 Sue Fry Hailsham Harriers 01:36:23
2 Kelly Clark Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC 01:37:08
3 Jo Hesketh Steyning AC 01:37:52


Men's 10km trail run results

1 Frederick Tasker North Devon RRC 00:39:19
2 Toby Haddock Flow Swimming 00:42:21
3 Joe Pascoe Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club 00:43:27


Women's 10km trail run results

1 Amanda Scott Ripe 00:52:03
2 Briar Harvie Brighton 00:52:17
3 Laura O'Grady Serrut Hurstpierpoint 00:54:27


Men's 5km fun run results

1 Andrew Sharp Brighton 00:23:38
2 Ziggy Henry Wadhurst 00:26:02
3 David Henry Wadhurst 00:26:03


Women's 5km fun run results

1 Lucinda Wright Hailsham Harriers 00:25:05
2 Suzannah Lamb Hove 00:30:38
3 Ella Sargent London 00:31:33


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Gawsworth 10k and 5k Fun Run

Now in its 12th year this family friendly village event attracted over 300 10k runners and nearly 100 5k runners.

The local Scouts and WI provided refreshments and cakes and villagers helped with friendly marshalling. The race starts and finishes in Nineacre Field, Gawsworth. It's an interesting multi-terrain route that takes you across fields, footpaths and tracks, along the canal tow path and over a foot bridge and through Danes Moss Nature Reserve. The scenery is stunning.

Local MP Mr David Rutley was present to start the race. The forecast of heavy rain and gales held off for the race leaving ideal conditions for the runners.

Gawsworth 10k and 5k Fun Run

Men's 10km results

1 Scott Wilson Macclesfield Harriers 37:20
2 Gareth Griffiths Unattached 38:23
3 Mike Harrington Vale Royal AC 39:25


Women's 10km results

1 Sarah Harris Unattached  41:10
2 Hollie Williams Unattached 42:05
3 Helen Evans Macclesfield Harriers 42:40


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Men's 5km results

1 Kearyn Hopley (U15) Mow Cop Runners 21:18
2 Jack Finney    (U13) Trentham AC  24:55
3 Jack Farrall   (U11) Unattached 25:33


Women's 5km results

1 Shona Williams (L13) Macclesfield Harriers 29:20
2 Louisa Whittingham (L15) Unattached 30:22
3 Martha Townend (L11) Unattached 30:41


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Hospice in the Weald’s 10K

Hospice in the Weald’s 10K

Photos (clockwise from left): The start, the winner William Levett and the pre-race warm-up

Despite the weather forecast the sun wasn’t the only thing that came out for Hospice in the Weald’s 10K run.  Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark (also a Patron of the Charity) put on his running shoes and ran alongside many of his constituents - everyone joining in to raise money for a very worthwhile cause. 

He commented “As a local citizen as well as an MP, supporting the work of Hospice in the Weald and the services it provides within the local community is very important.  Being involved, in this case by running in the 10K, is not just about giving time and energy; it’s also about having fun – joining with others and working together for the good of our community makes everything worthwhile”.

The event was a tremendous success with over 700 runners taking part (plus another 200 in the 1K Fun Run) and the Hospice hopes to beat the £47,000 raised last year. Four times cancer survivor Sarah Dow managed to get over £1,000 in sponsorship – “I am stunned by the support and encouragement I’ve had from friends, family and neighbours. One should never underestimate the importance of charities like Hospice in the Weald”.

Actor Philip Martin Brown (appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas) took to the stage again by introducing the proceedings and sounding the klaxon to start the race.  This family friendly event also saw a children’s fun run and a hilarious panto horse race - there was a definite carnival atmosphere with refreshments, hot food, ice creams and face-painting available for everyone!

Hospice in the Weald’s 10K

Photos (l-r): Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark and the top male finishers Craig Chapman (2nd), William Levett (1st) and Theo Bately (3rd)

Men's results

1 William Levett  Unattached 00:34:20
2 Craig Chapman Unattached 00:36:26
3 Theo Bately Unattached 00:36:52


Women's results

1 Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC 00:38:48
2 Alice Heather-Hayes Unattached 00:39:40
3 Helen Kiley Unattached 00:41:47


Click here for full results             



Hove Prom 10k

Hove Prom 10k

The day dawned sunny, bright and calm but alas as the race started the wind picked up considerably and it was horrendous on the two west bound straights.

193 brave souls battled the hurricane. The winner was John Kettle of Herne Hill Harriers in a time of 34:45, with Matthew Bristow of Brighton & Hove AC second in 35:26 and Graham Godden third in 35:56.

Rebecca Moore of Worthing & District Harriers, the ladies winner and 11th overall, broke the course record by two seconds with a time of 37:31. Amazing in these conditions. Julie Briggs of Arena 80 was second in 38:31 and Camilla Bishop of Brighton & Hove AC was third in 41:31.

Men's results

1 John Kettle Herne Hill Harriers 34:45
2 Matthew Bristow Brighton & Hove AC 35:26
3 Graham Godden   35:56


Women's results

1 Rebecca Moore Worthing & District Harriers 37:31
2 Julie Briggs Arena 80 38:31
3 Camilla Bishop Brighton & Hove AC 41:31


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Hoylake 10k Coastal Run

Hoylake 10k Coastal Run

Photos: The start and race winners Sarah Roberts and James Scott-Buccleuch

Firstly the Wednesday Special Needs Club who organise the 10k, and which each year raises funds for the Soft Play Sensory Resource for special needs in Hoylake Community Centre would like to give a ‘Massive Thank You’ to all the runners who turned out on Sunday morning to run in pretty horrendous conditions, wind and rain battering them throughout the coastal run from Hoylake to Leasowe and back

There were 670 entries and all the runners who took part deserved a medal (although a T-Shirt had to do this year!!) from the young to the old. The runners, spectators, volunteers on the day were fantastic and remained a cheerful bunch!

The winner was James Scott-Buccleuch aged 35 from Stockport Harriers in the time of 33.41, and the first female winner over the line was Sarah Roberts aged 33 from Pensby Runners, her time being 42.06.

A special mention goes to Eddie Mountford who is 90 years young! He was determined to complete the 10k this year after recovering from illness, and his time was 88.22 and in terrible conditions – what a star!

Thanks go to all the club's volunteers and friends who helped on the day, to St Johns (Wallasey and Birkenhead Branch), Heart FM Angels who helped with the great atmosphere and to Esther MvVey (Wirral West MP) who started the run and presented the winners cups at the end

The 10k is terribly important to the WSNC as it is their major fundraiser and all the funds raised from the event go towards the Sensory Resource’s upkeep and maintenance, which is maintained by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers. Visit www.wsnc.co.uk for more information about the WSNC

Men's results

1 James Scott-Buccleuch Stockport Harriers 33:41
2 Phillip Langan Wirral AC 33:58
3 Greg Jones Wallasey AC 35:51


Women's results

1 Sarah Roberts Pensby Runners 42:06
2 Ellen Darroch   43:13
3 Kirsty Seddon City of Chester TRI 43:17


Click here for full results from late Wednesday, September 18



Longworth 10K

Joshua Entwistle was the first across the line of the 105 participants, finishing in a time of 35:46. Ben Granger followed next in 36:12 and Paul Wilemen took third place in 36:58.

Michelle Bartlett came out on top in the women's competition, finishing 38th overall in a time of 45.38. Lucia Singer, 46.09 and Vicky Richardson, 47.16 took second and third place respectively.

There was no rain, but the course was very wet!

Men's results

1 Joshua Entwistle St Edwards 35:46
2 Ben Granger St Edwards 36:12
3 Paul Wilemen White Horse Harriers 36:58


Women's results

1 3Michelle Bartlett Banbury Harriers 45.38
2 Lucia Singer White Horse Harriers 46.09
3 Vicky Richardson Longworth Runners 47.16


Click here for full results in due course



Medmenham 10 mile race and fun run

Medmenham 10 mile race and fun run

This year’s race was plagued in the lead up by the most terrible weather report. On the day though, the weather was about as good as it could be for a nice run in the countryside. The event saw a good turn out with numbers only down by 18 on the best year ever.

The 10 mile runners set off on time and headed down Ferry Lane and on to the river bank. Just near Mill End they circled back through the middle of the fields before heading up Kill Down Bank, opposite Westfield. At this point the air turned a little blue as the runners headed up the steep hill. The route then went via Rotten Row, Huttons Farm, Pheasants Hill and Hambleden before heading back to the common moor.

The Fun runners set of ten minutes after the main race and followed the same route initially and just did the flat 3.5 mile circuit, leaving out the hills. It was wonderful to see the family mix of entrants to the fun run. The youngest entrant was only 7 years old.

A big thank you from the organisers goes out to all of the marshals and volunteers on the day and in the lead up for making it a very successful day. It is hoped that the event has raised just over £2,000.

The money is going to Invest in ME, an independent UK charity campaigning for bio-medical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). M.E. is often denied or discredited by doctors, policy-makers and the general public. It is important to have M.E. taken seriously as a neurological disease that the WHO recognises it as such (more info here).

Medmenham 10 mile race and fun run

Men's results

1 Mateusz Sliwinski 01:03:23
2 Laurence Miles 01:04:40
3 Keith Miller 01:05:55


Women's results

1 Katy Cherry 01:13:45
2 Emma Curtis-Smith 01:16:12
3 Morgane Lesenne 01:20:27


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Newton Abbot Ladies 10K

On Sunday, South Devon based club Teignbridge Trotters staged The Dornafield Ladies 10k. The race is run from Dornafield Touring Park by kind permission of park owner Peter Dewhirst and follows an undulating rural course around quiet and picturesque country lanes. Two pounds from every entry is donated to Mr Dewhirst’s nominated charity ‘Bowel Cancer UK’ and he was presented with a cheque for £368 after the race. This was the 16th running of this race at the venue and over this period over £26,000 has been raised for the charity.

With a forecast of high winds and heavy rain for the second consecutive year there was a collective sigh of relief as the heavy rain did not make an appearance until long after the last runner had crossed the line and all of the race equipment was safely back in storage.

The high winds did however make for difficult running conditions over the undulating course and the winning time of exactly 40 minutes was a highly respectable clocking on the day.

The winning team was Teignbridge Trotters (Helen Anthony, Melanie Dunn, Jacki Woon and Sarah Shutte).

Dornafield Ladies 10k

Photos (l-r): 2013 winners after a dry but windy Ladies 10K - from left to right, Emma Lake (3rd), Serane Stone (1st), Karen Cook (5th), Hannah Blair (4th), Cathy Newman (2nd)


1 Serane Stone Tiverton Harriers 40.00
2 Cathy Newman Exmouth Harrriers 41.05
3 Emma Lake Erme Valley Harriers  41.29


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Nutcombe Duathlon

The competitors of the first ever Nutcombe Duathlon faced a very challenging course in the heart of one of the West Country’s best known beauty spots in West Somerset at Nutcombe Bottom. Despite a forecast of heavy rain, the weather held off and it was near perfect conditions of cool temperatures and just a little drizzle for competitors to cope with.

However, some of those taking part described the course as “brutal” on account of the very hilly terrain which can be very high impact on knees and limbs. The course was wet and stony in places but all competitors completed the course without any notable injuries.

The race was organised in partnership with 1610 leisure trust, the Crown Estate, the Forestry Commission, and Raynet. There was strong support from local runners and it was two locals, Janet Hewlett from Minehead and Russell Cowlin from Wimbleball who won the women’s and men’s events respectively. Although veterans Ann Harrison and Adrian Virgin finished their races with very good times.

The Manager of West Somerset Leisure Centre, Jayne Lethaby said that the first Nutcombe Duathlon has proved to be a great success and hopes it will be an annual event: “The first ever Nutcombe Duathlon proved to be very challenging for all the competitors with a lot of ground and hills to cover. But it was a great Duathlon as the weather held off and it is situated in such a beautiful and inspiring location. We hope it will become a regular event in the future and we would like to thank our partners for their help in organising such a successful Duathlon."

Men's results

1 Russell Cowlin 01:19:23
2 Julian Ridgely 01:25:20
3 Adrian Virgin 01:26:44


Women's results

1 Janet Hewlett  01:40:16
2 Sarah Hayes 01:46:53
3 Ann Harrison 01:53:38


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Preston Pacer 5k and 10k Cross-Country runs

Despite starting under light rain and finishing under a heavy shower, there was a great atmosphere at the Preston Pacer 5k and 10k Cross-Country runs, held in the grounds of Princess Helena College.

The course was described as “tough” “challenging” and “a really good race – definitely not boring!” by the runners, who enjoyed their goodie bags and the massage station at the end of the race.

The 5k race was won by Richard Harry in 21:36 in the men’s category. The junior boys’ race was won by Lucas Schreiber in 27:10 and the women’s and junior girls’ category was won by Princess Helena College’s Olivia Bennett, from Year 8.

In the 10k Terry Fowler won the men’s in 41:05 and Jo Harbon won the women’s in 55:24.




Purbeck Marathon

Photos © Purbeck Marathon

The second Purbeck Marathon was held on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Steve Way won the race for the second year running and Rhiannon Shepherd was the first woman across the line.           

Men's results

1 Steven Way Bournemouth AC 03:06:08
2 Pete Roper  Dorset Doddlers  03:11:37
3 Anthony Clark  Poole Runners 03:12:34


Women's results

1 Rhiannon Shepherd Southampton AC 03:42:21
2 Lynda Faulkner Dorset Doddlers 03:56:42
3 Carole Loader  Bournemouth Joggers 04:04:27


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Richmond Imperial 5 mile and 10 mile races

Richmond Imperial 5 mile and 10 mile races

Photos: The start and 10 mile race winner Huw Lobb © Lewis Cousins

The inaugural Richmond Imperial 5 mile and 10 mile races saw 27 runners complete the 5 mile course and 104 complete the 10 mile course in glorious sunshine. They were warmly welcomed at the venue and collection of race numbers and race timing chips was easy, with everything being really well organised.

The race started promptly at 8.30am; a bit of an early start but as the route was along the Thames Path, it was good to finish the race before it became too crowded. It was an out and back route, with the first leg up towards Kew making up the 5 mile route and the 10 milers continuing on for the second leg down the river towards Twickenham. The race was really well organised and all the marshals were incredibly encouraging.

With such a small number of runners the route didn’t get congested but everyone was in good spirits and there was a lot of support from the other runners and good camaraderie. At the end of the race, runners were cheered through the finish and although there were no goodie bags, they were rewarded with water, bananas, flapjack and some of the best tasting chocolate brownies!

Overall this was a well organised, scenic, flat and fast route, and a race which is recommended.

Richmond Imperial 5 mile and 10 mile races

Photos © Lewis Cousins

Men's 5 mile results

1 Martin Shore  Thames Hare and Hounds 26:52
2 Jose Pfeifer  Unattached   31:19
3 Matthew Copp Ranelagh Harriers 32:41


Women's 5 mile results

1 Annalise Pesa Unattached 38:32
2 Sara Glassman Unattached 38:56
3 Julie Holmes The Stragglers 39:18


Men's 10 mile results

1 Huw Lobb Richmond Imperial 55:34
2 Sam Blanshard Blackline London    1:00:47
3 Edward Rees  Ed and Jenn 1:02:05


Women's 10 mile results

1 Kate Carter Wimbledon Windmilers  1:11:02
2 Polly Adams RMP AC 1:13:48
3 Aida Kenny Unattached  1:15:03


Click here for full results



Salfest 9

This Sunday saw the return of Droitwich AC’s  Salfest 9, a challenging 9 mile cross-country course across the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. The race starts with a four mile route along the Droitwich to Birmingham canal tow paths, followed by an undulating three miles of spectacular countryside, awarding views from Hanbury Church of the Malverns and Cotswolds, before descending through the grounds of Hanbury Hall and returning via the canal path to the finish post at Vines Park, Droitwich. 

Despite the predicted weather report, the rain held off and a record 96 runners completed the course relatively dry, if not a bit muddy.

The winner was Dan Cleary from Halesowen A&CC with an impressive time of 54.34.  The ladies winner was Amanda Bowden 1.06.31. 

A well-deserved plate of ‘Bangers & Mash’ was awarded to every runner courtesy of the Gardeners Arms and the event raised £550 for Murrays Muscles a local muscular dystrophy charity supported by Droitwich AC.                                                         

Men's results

1 Dan Cleary  Halesowen A&CC 54.34
2 Adam Jackson  Black Pears 55.59
3 Jason Rowley Clevedon 58.27


Women's results

1 Amanda Bowden  Unattached 1.06.31
2 Amy Sheppard  Cobra RC 1.07.19
3 Samantha Morton Halesowen A&CC 1.10.01


Click here for full results



South Cheshire 20M

Sunday saw a record field assemble in Shavington near Crewe for the annual South Cheshire 20 road race - and a course record to go with it, as Tipton Harriers' Ben Gamble clocked 1:46:44 to take nearly four minutes off the previous best figures, set by clubmate Martin Williams in 2009.

Gamble was pushed hard to 15 miles by Coventry Godiva's Ben Jones (1:52:10) but powered away in the later stages to win with plenty to spare. The pair headed a quality field as the first five men all broke two hours on a hilly course in windy conditions - in an event won in over 2:10 last year. In fact defending champion Nick Hackett took eight minutes off that time, and found it only good enough for seventh this time round. 

The field of over 200 included athletes from up and down the country - many in the latter stages of autumn marathon preparation - as evidenced by ladies' winner Lucy Hodgson (2:18:06), who had travelled up from Newquay to compete. 

Host club South Cheshire Harriers were well represented too, with more than 20 runners - Matt Smith (1:57:29) the first of them in fifth place.

South Cheshire 20M

Photos: The start and race winner Ben Gamble with one of his goody bag souvenirs © BryanDale

Men's results

1 Ben GAMBLE Tipton Harriers 1:46:44
2 Benjamin JONES Coventry Godiva 1:52:10
3 Stuart SPENCER Notts AC 1:53:08


Women's results

1 Lucy HODGSON Newquay Road Runners 2:18:06
2 Michelle BUCKLE Newcastle (Staffs) AC 2:20:15
3 Alison DRASDO Trafford AC 2:23:00


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Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run

Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run

Runners battled tough conditions as wind and rain swept the Suffolk and Essex countryside, at the inaugural Stour Valley Path 100km ultra run.

Trails and fields that had been firm underfoot weeks earlier, suddenly became extremely challenging for the 84 brave runners, who started in Newmarket with the aim of running 62 miles to Cattawade, near Manningtree.

A total of 54 runners managed to complete the full route, earning themselves 2 qualifying points for the UTMB if they had completed the race in 15 hours or under. Despite everything, all the successful runners completed the course with a smile on their face and many stories to tell.

Men’s results

1 Chris Spurling N/A 10hrs17
2 Simon Booth N/A 10hrs35
3 Chris Seymour Stowmarket Striders 10hrs36


Women’s results

1 Michelle Double N/A 13hrs34
2 Rachael Claxton N/A 15hrs07
3 Kate Stannett Ipswich triathlon club 15hrs45


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Victory 5

Victory 5

Photos © Ian Burnett

The club have been promoting a 5 mile race since 1946 and last year celebrated its 65th anniversary. Over this time, the course has changed several times and currently enjoys a single lap course comprising of Stamshaw Promenade & 1000 Lakeside.

The race has become one of the top 5 mile races in Europe, attracting many leading runner from the UK and overseas. The outright race records are held by Rob Denmark in 22.43 and Nnenna Lynch (USA) in 25.35. The current course records are held by Peter Emase (Kenya) in 22.57 and Agnes Chebet (Kenya) in 26.43

This year the race hosted the Hampshire 5 mile championship and was a Hampshire Road Race League event. For information on the Hampshire Road Race League click Here

The men’s race was won by Boniface Kiprop Kongin of Kenya in 23.51 and the women’s race by Perendis Lekapana also of Kenya in 27.34.

Victory 5

Photos © Ian Burnett

Men's results

1 Boniface Kiprop Kongin Kenya 00:23:51
2 Tom Wade Aldershot Farnham & District AC 00:25:27
3 Ian Habgood Bournemouth AC 00:25:44


Women's results

1 Perendis Lekapana Kenya 00:27:33
2 Lucy Elliott Winchester & District AC 00:28:58
3 Erica Fogg New Forest Runners 00:30:03


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Walford Timber Ross 10k and Fun Run

Photo: Fun Run winner Joseph Gilkes, just returned from Canada after representing England in the high jump, long jump and 4 x 100m relay in the International Children's Games.

Walford Timber Ross 10k and Fun Run

Blue skies, bright sushine and a large crowd set the scene for the 3rd Walford Timber Ross 10k and Fun Run held in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Ross Mayor, Councillor Chris Bartram, accompanied by the Mayoress Jane roberts,was on hand to start both runs and and hand out medals to the finishers.

The Fun Run, a 1K course around the Rowing Club field, started at 10.15 am, and was won by 14 year old Joseph Gilkes, from Coventry, who had just returned from Canada after representing England in the high jump, long jump and 4 x 100m relay in the International Children’s Games.

The 10K commenced at 11.00 am and was won by Thomas Symonds in 34 minutes, 02 seconds; 2nd and 3rd were, respectively, local boys Gavin Jones and Barry Davies, and in 4th position was main sponsor George Smith of Walford Timber.

The first lady home was Sarah Hassall in 9th position in 42 minutes 28 seconds, and in 10th place was another local lad, Dave Knapper. General Sherman, who was the initial canine winner in 2011, regained his title after losing out last year to the dog who accompanied his runner, Kim Mazzuka to first place, and , despite an injured ankle, dragged his runner, Jon Goulding, round to finish in 40th place.

The climax of the afternoon, however, came nearly an hour and a half after the start of the 10K when 82 year old George Horder crossed the finish line to cheers and a great round of applause from the large crowd that had stayed on to welcome him home.

Many of the new 10K runners expressed delight at the beauty of the course, and there were at least three requests that Ross hosts a half marathon.

Preparations now start for the 2014 Runs. Details of Sunday’s runs can be obtained by visiting www.rossonwye4acorns.co.uk

Walford Timber Ross 10k and Fun Run

Photos: 10k winner Thomas Symonds, second placed Gavin Jones and third placed Barry Davies

Men's results

1 Thomas Symonds 00:34:02
2 Gavin Jones 00:38:17
3 Barry Davies 00:39:37


Women's results

1 Sarah Hassall 00:42:28
2 Janet Dimmer 00:46:54
3 Teresa Tranter 00:48:46


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