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Weekend review: February 1 & 2, 2014

by Editor
Monday 3rd February 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon

Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon

It was great to see the sun shining after several days of heavy rain at the opening round of the Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon Series. Despite a bitterly cold wind over 150 competitors took part, either completing the 5km/20km/5km Sprint or 2.5km/10km/2.5km Super Sprint distance.

At the sharp end bad luck struck top Team Freespeed age grouper Sam Baxter who was looking odds on for the win until he punctured and had to withdraw half way through the bike ride. This left the door open for Richard Winchester to take victory in the Sprint event with Junior athlete Kerry Straghan beating all comers in the female category.

There was a fantastic atmosphere at the race, helped by the sunshine and the enthusiasm of the marshals and staff who seemed to appreciate the fact that the storms that hit the venue during set up on the Friday before did not return!

“It was such a professional event from the moment we arrived. We travelled a long way from the Isle of Wight for this and absolutely loved it. We’ll definitely be back for the next one in March” said Sarah Woods from Wight Tri

The next event in the series is the Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon on March 1st details here.

Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon

Men's Sprint results

1 Richard Winchester   1:06:45
2 Richard Berry RAF Cycling 1:09:23
3 Charlie Passfield Walden Triathletes 1:10:29


Women's Sprint results

1 Kerry Straghan   1:18:28
2 Erica Golland Hampstead Tri 1:18:45
3 Charlotte Hanson Farnham Tri / Dassi Bikes 1:19:50


Men's Super Sprint results

1 Paul Leishman - 38:42
2 Theodore Patel - 39:30
3 William Reed Tri Team Wessex 40:03


Women's Super Sprint results

1 Victoria Garrad - 42:40
2 Gemma Fromage-Crawford - 46:18
3 Sophie Saunders - 48:04


Click here for full results



Merseyvend Halewood 5k

There is always a question mark over what kind of weather you are going to get for a race in February. The weather forecast had predicted a 45 % chance of rain but come 10:00 there was not a cloud to be seen and the bits of frost, that had been around, had gone. The temperature was definitely ‘shorts weather’ which is something you don’t often get in February.

The day saw 119 runners turn out to test themselves against the course and it was really good to see 48 runners paying their first to Halewood.

There was a good mix of runners out, with a large number of unattached runners plus runners from 19 different clubs. Those who had travelled furthest included one from La Cheile and another from Shaftsbury and Barnet. The ages of participants ranged from 7 to 73.

With perfect weather conditions for racing this totally flat superfast course did not disappoint and it was a day when, to get a top half finish, you would have had to hit 23 minutes.

In the men’s racethe winner was Liverpool Harriers’ James McNally in a time of 16:27. James had a good lead with a mile to go and was not going to be caught to take his second win at Halewood. In second place and from Shaftsbury and Barnet Harriers, aged just 16, was Greg Cooke in a time of 16:40. In third in a time of 17:02 in his first visit to Halewood was Warrington AC’s Nick Jones.

In the ladies race first home with a very good lead was Stockport Harriers’ Louise Rudd in a time of 17:53. In second place and completing her 10th race at Halewood was Liverpool Harriers’ Charlotte Wilson. In a time of 19:17 Charlotte’s record now stands at a very impressive 4 wins and 9 top 3 finishes. Third lady was her team mate Hannah Whiteside who has never been out of the top 3 in her 3 appearances in the Merseyvend.

Louise Rudd in winning the ladies race took a massive minute and a half off the previous best time for the Fv35 cat at Halewood. St Helens Sutton’s Dorothy Fairhurst became our most mature lady runner at Halewood setting a FV70 cat record at of just over 30 minutes. While Stan Erlam of St Helens Striders gave us a new Mv70 course record in a very impressive time of 25:24. And in a race for all ages we saw a new Mu9 record from Owen Preece in a time of just over 30 minutes.

The day also saw five runners take on the Parkvend challenge – run the local parkrun at 9:00 and then hot foot it over to Halewood for the Merseyvend at 10:00. Quickest of the day was Ian Roche of Mersey Tri with a combined time from the two 5k’s of 38:18.

As a race within a race the 12 Merseyvends of 2014 will be used to locate the top individuals, cat winners top club performances. Very early days yet but top lady is Liverpool Harriers Charlotte Wilson and top male is Ashley Crawford who runs as an unattached runner. In the club competition it is looking open at the moment.

A comprehensive race results website can be found at sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/

Further details of the race can be found at www.knowsleyharriers.com/merseyvend-north-west-5k/

The next race in the series is on Saturday 1st March and should see the total distance raced at Halewood in the Merseyvend go through the 10,000 km mark.

Photos: One hour before the start of the Merseyvend – the cones have been laid out and the marshalls are tucking into sausage sandwiches waiting for the first runners to arrive. Time to get the breath back. Setting course records is hard work

Men's results

1 McNally James Liverpool Harriers 00:16:27
2 Cooke Greg Shaftsbury and Barnet Harriers 00:16:40
3 Jones Nick Warrington AC 00:17:02


Women's results

1 Rudd Louise Stockport Harriers 00:17:53
2 Wilson Charlotte Liverpool Harriers 00:19:17
3 Whiteside Hannah Liverpool Harriers 00:19:52


Click here for full results



No Ego Challenge Dalby forest 5 mile Head torch event

The weather was good at time of race at the start and finish, although the quarry summit had sleet during the event.

First overall, of the 200 participants over the 5 mile route from the visitor centre at Dalby forest, that took the runners over 800+ feet of climb, with a fast decent back to visitor centre, was Chris Stringer from Scarborough. First female was Katy Rawnsley, also from Scarborough.

The next event, of six Winter races is the Preston head torch race on February 15, followed by the winter series finale in Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite, on March 1st. All race details can be found on our web site events page or the event facebook page.

Men's results

1 Chris Stringer 34:58
2 David Botterill 35:03
3 Mark Scoreby 36:33


Women's results

1 Katy Rawnsley 38:55
2 Hester Butterworth 39:02
3 Fiona Sedgley 45:04


Click here for full results



No Walk in the Park 5k

It took some effort by the marshals to get this race going as there were patches of ice on the course where overnight rain in Chesterfield had frozen. But their efforts paid off when the race got underway around 10 minutes late on a cold, fresh morning.

The race winner was frenchman Tristan Humblet and his time of 17:23 was comfortably ahead of former North Derbyshire RC (NDRC) man Lee Morris, now running for Sutton in Ashfield, finishing in 17:51. Lee was also well clear of third placed GB Triathlete Pete Shuttleworth who posted 18:29. 

In the ladies race it was Chesterfield AC's Lauren Davies-Beckett home first, and fourth place overall, in 18:38. It was close for second with two veteran athletes, Christine Howard, Matlock AC with a time of 20:07 just three seconds ahead of two NDRC runners in Debbie Lock 20:10 in third and Sam Iliffe 20:15 in fourth. 

A fantastic turnout with 109 finishers in the main 5k event but the Children's Fun Run also had a great turnout with 26 taking part, congratulations to Abbie Darnell who finished the 1500m course in 6:11 with Ollie Gratton second in 6:54 and Grace Fishleigh third in 7:16.

Photo from the event can be viewed on Facebook here

Men's results

1 Tristan HUMBLET - 0:17:23
2 Lee MORRIS Sutton in Ashfiled Harriers 0:17:51
3 Pete SHUTTLEWORTH Triathlon Coaching UK 0:18:29


Women's results

1 Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT Chesterfield AC 0:18:38
2 Christine HOWARD Matlock AC 0:20:07
3 Debbie LOCK North Derbyshire RC 0:20:10


Click here for full results



Peddars Way Ultra

Friday night the rain came down and the wind blew, adding to the organiser's worries for the inaugural Peddars Way Ultra which was due to start at 8:00 the next morning! He ‘promised’ runners decent weather (a bit rash of him) and as dawn broke it was mild, calm and most importantly there was no rain!  Latter on the sun would also make an appearance making conditions ideal! Yes the trail may have been wet in places but the sandy soil meant it soon drained too!   

Just over half of the 53 starters made their own way to the start at Knettishall Heath, the rest had chosen to park at Holme Nestt to the Sea the finish and catch the coach back to the start. Entrants were limited in order to control the logistical problems and impact on local communities, especially at the start and finish where parking was very limited.

The Peddars Way starts in Suffolk (just), but soon crosses into Norfolk, where it starts its journey to the coast at Holme Nest to the Sea, some 47 miles latter. On the whole navigation is easy after all its origins are roman and the route, especially  after Castle Acre, is almost straight. It is well marked with  finger posts and acorns.

Runners got off at 8:00 sharp and it soon became obvious that  this was going to be quick, the first runners going through the 13 mile CP in about 1hr 35, and on to Castle Acre (27 miles) in around 3.5 hours. The race lead had changed at this point, Simon Cole had made a navigational error and couldn’t make up the time, finishing in 9th place.

As runner arrived at Castle Acre it became apparent that part of the trail was flooded and runners were taking a dip - for many it was waist deep! Ian Thompson summed up the situation “I froze my conkers off wading waist high through a field of water which decimated my pace all the way to Castle Acre (CP2) and gave rise to calf cramps.” Like many runners at Castle Acre, Ian had a full change of clothes, and some hot soup, before setting off for the final 20 miles. The CP at castle Acre was being hosted by the Ostrich Pub who also provided the very welcomed soup.

After Castle Acre there was one more CP at Harpley then it was  head down and push on to the end. Colin Stark stormed home in a time of 6:14:13 to take top spot, shortly followed by Andy Kett in 6:16:12, Nick Greene came in 6:30:16 to take the final podium spot. A further five runners completed their journey across Norfolk in under 7 hours!

Karan Doak was first lady home in a time of 8:17:20, Sarah Walters was 2nd in 8:40:42 and third was  Charlotte Smith 8:52:36.

The last of the 46 finishers crossed the line in just over 10hrs, by which time conditions were  very cold and very windy.

Lots of positive comments and feedback confirms the day was a success and people are already looking forward to the second Peddars way Ultra in 2015. David Mould (9:49:57) summed up the race tweeting : “Inaugural #peddarswayultra was totally epic. Well done @positivestepspt you organised a great event”

Men's results

1 Colin Stark 06:14:13
2 Andy Kett 06:16:12
3 Nick Greene 06:30:16


Women's results

1 Karen Doak 08:17:20
2 Sarah Walters 08:40:42
3 Charlotte Smith 08:52:36


Click here for provisional results



Run Eton 5km, 10km & 20km

Run Eton 5km, 10km & 20km

Well over 500 runners turned out for the opening Run Eton event of this year, a record entry for the first votwo run of the year on a sunny but cold and blustery Saturday afternoon at the Olympic Rowing venue.

Competitors had the choice of a 1 lap 5km, 2 lap 10km or 4 lap 20km route on flat, fast paths around the lake. Times were perhaps a touch slower than some of the front runners would have expected due to the strong wind that buffeted the athletes on the back straight of the course, but it did not seem to bother most of the competitors, with many using the early season event as preparation for bigger ‘A’ races in the Spring and Summer.

“We were using it as training for London marathon and will be stepping up to a 20 miler in March before the main race in April” said Rachel Cassidy – winner women’s 20km.

Oxford University Cross Country Club who was joined by team mate Oliver Starkey who also did really well on the day grabbing second in the men’s 20km.

Scott Sports kindly supplied shoes for the men’s and women’s winners of the 5km, 10km and 20km races and huge amounts of Gatorade was given out on the route and at the finish to re-fuel and re-hydrate the thirsty runners after their exertions.

The next event in the series Run Eton on March 1st details here: www.votwo.co.uk/run_eton.htm


Men's 20km results

1 Karl Welborn BRAT Club 1:11:20
2 Oliver Starkey OUCCC 1:12:36
3 Gary Donald Velocity Wheelchair Racing Club 1:16:06


Women's 20km results

1 Rachel Cassidy OUCCC 1:23:38
2 Jen Green London Frontrunners 1:25:52
3 Laura Long   1:30:42


Men's 10km results

1 Pierre Baque Serpentine 34:57
2 Jonathan Donier - 34:57
3 Stuart Farmer Serpentine 35:30


Women's 10km results

1 Jessica Lawson - 43:15
2 Alexandra Mcandie - 43:21
3 Amanda Ruks Staines Strollers 43:55


Men's 5km results

1 Paul Rodgers Manx Fell Runners 18:24
2 Paul Lambert B2P Tri Club 20:12
3 Peter Longworth Team Dillon 20:33


Women's 5km results

1 Deborah Smith - 19:51
2 Carol Jones Ealing Southall Middlesex AC 22:30
3 Isla Cuthbert - 25:01


Click here for full results



Silva 10 Trail Race, Surrey

Saturday saw the first in the Silva 10km night trail run series. The Surrey town of Cranleigh was the starting point, but runners were rapidly heading uphill along the way-marked course, towards the Greensand Ridge via a calf-busting direct climb which suited the fell runners to a T.

Course conditions were very soggy underfoot, which made running traction a little tricky. Combined with lots of natural hazards, including fallen trees, the route was always going to be a challenge.

Runners continued along the ridge via Ewhurst Windmill and on to Pitch Hill. There wasn't much time to admire the view though, as almost immediately they headed straight downhill back towards.

First lady Izzy Coomber came home in a time of 53 minutes 21 seconds, 2 minutes 22 seconds ahead of second placed lady Zayne Crow. third place was taken by Sam Stretch, who also won the 40+ category.

In the mens race, there was a very close battle for first place, with Ryan Evans (44:55) just pipping Richard Phillips (45:00) to the post, with only a few seconds separating them. Not far behind them was third place runner David Rollins (45:29).

The first three men and women received great Silva head torches as prizes. Age category prize winners also won Silva head torches.

The next Silva10 race is at Cannock Chase on the 1st March.

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Men's results

1 Ryan Evans - 00:44:55
2 Richard Phillips - 00:45:00
3 David Rollins Tri-Adventure 00:45:29


Women's results

1 Izzy Coomber - 00:53:21
2 Zayne Crow - 00:55:53
3 Sam Stretch - 01:06:21


Click here for full results



Thames Trot 50

2014 Thames Trot 50

Photos © Tom Barnett

The course and flooding conditions in the week leading up to the race were changing as fast as Jenson Button on a good day.

With everyday seeing another chunk of the Thames Path going under water the race was on to find as many alternatives as possible without resorting to the road. It did make the race something of an urban adventure but enough trail was found or retained to at least give the race a decent mix of terrain and at 46 miles it proved to be a tough Ultra challenge.

For once the weather gods had smiled on us and for race day, other than being a bit breezy, it was really good for distance running and kept dry for the whole day – a blessing for both runners and crew alike. The sun shone on the runners as they headed out of the Prince of Wales pub in Iffley heading north past the Iffley Blue Restaurant who kindly sponsored the race tops this year.

Country to Capital’s recent winner Ed Cutmur shot off from the start at close to 6 minute mile pace. A bit quick? Well maybe, because between the first and second checkpoints he was easing back, allowing Craig Holgate to catch and pass him. Ed wasn’t giving up though and closed the gap between 3 and 4. From then in though, Craig was into a rhythm and finished around 18 minutes ahead in 5:23:16. Dan Western and Mark Perkins also finished strongly in third and fourth respectively.

Although not running together Sarah Perkins and Emily Canvin eventually closed down on Mark Perkins with all three crossing the line in 6:38:05.

So not only were Sarah and Emily equal top placed ladies but also the highest placed ladies in the history of the event in equal fifth. Bonnie van Wilgenburg, who was a top three finisher at Country to Capital, earned a place on the podium again in 7:04:49.


2014 Thames Trot 50

Photos © Tom Barnett

The organisers Thanks go to all of the runners for their patience as they tried to find a track that they could run rather than swim; their amazing crew who did a fantastic job from the last minute marshalling of the start route to the slick baggage reclaim at the finish as well as the shirt sponsors, Iffley Blue, Apex Sports and Scott Running.


They hope next year you get to run the Thames Path!

2014 Thames Trot 50

Photos © Tom Barnett

Men's results

1 Craig Holgate 05:23:16
2 Edward Catmur 05:41:45
3 Daniel Weston 06:10:31


Women's results

1 Sarah Perkins 06:38:05
2 Emily Canvin 06:38:05
3 Bonnie van Wilgenburg 07:04:49


Click here for full results



Sunday, February 2, 2014

22nd Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon

22nd Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon

The 22nd Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon, organised by the Blackmore Vale Lions Club, was run on Sunday 2nd February 2014. Having endured flood and tempest for the past few months those who braved the weather (not as many as recent years) woke up to find a balmy day with one runner suffering from heat exhaustion (too many clothes).

After doubts as to whether the race could take place the weather turned out to be ideal for running with just the odd pond on the course.

The good citizens of Bishops Caundle once more endured there village being turned into a parking lot but will be pleased that the Lions were able to donate£1500 to Julias House, the hospice for children with life limiting illnesses. Other good causes will also benefit from the £4000 proceeds from the event.

There were 500 entrants from all over the south of England and even Portugal and Ireland with 428 finishing the half marathon and a further 12 completing the Fun Run.

The famous finish (1.25 miles uphill) was much talked about by the athletes but they all seemed to enjoy the pain!!

Stephen Way of Bournemouth Athletic Club returned again to dominate the men’s race with a time of  1:11:17. Second was Jacek Ceiluszeki also of Bournemouth Athletic Club in a time of 1:15:03. To complete the clean sweep Jon Sharkey - Bournemouth Athletic Club was third in a time of  1:17:06 

Helen Dyke of Poole Runners repeated last year effort as first lady in a time 1:26:43. Joanne Carritt of Running Forever Club came second in a time of 1:28:05. Third was Hannah Bridger (unattached) in a time of 1:28:26

Photos: Race winner Stevphen Way and his club mates Jacek Ceiluszeki and Jon Sharkey. Poole Runners' winning women Helen Dyke, Janice Palmer and Kelly Frampton

The Men’s Team Race was dominated by Bournemouth Athletics Club comprising Stephen Way, Jacek Ceiluszeki and Jon Sharkey. The Ladies Team Race was won by Poole Runners - comprised of Helen Dyke,  Janice Palmer and Kelly Frampton.

The Fun Run was won by Ryan Walbridge with Hannah Cook being the first lady.

As usual the race was well supported by an army of marshals, drink providers, recorders, referees, and most importantly the Blackmore Vale Lions Ladies led by Sgt Liz Marks who made sure the army marched on a full stomach!

Men's results

1 Stephen Way Bournemouth Athletic Club 1:11:17
2 Jacek Ceiluszeki Bournemouth Athletic Club 1:15:03
3 Jon Sharkey Bournemouth Athletic Club 1:17:06 


Women's results

1 Helen Dyke Poole Runners 1:26:43
2 Joanne Carritt Running Forever Club 1:28:05
3 Hannah Bridger - 1:28:26


Click here for full results



Open5 North Downs

Open5 North Downs

The last time Open Adventure brought an adventure race to the North Downs it was cold, windy & very wet. This time was a complete contrast - although there had clearly been rain in abundance prior to the event.

Course planners Sophie Moore & Ed Clifford had made good use of their local knowledge, taking racers up the hills, with more ascent and descent than might have been anticipated in Surrey. The higher trails were not so wet, but mud was a major feature lower down, and the phrase "Bambi on ice" was used to describe some of the descents. Racers certainly returned with evidence of mud on bikes, shoes, clothes, & faces.

But the weather was glorious, and the sun shone all day to take the edge off a cold wind. A number of competitors had yesterday's night trail 10km in their legs, but still managed to achieve podium places.
Lucy Harris and Rosemary Byde had planned to major on the bike, and ended up leaving only 32 mins for the run course. They were not hopeful about their results, but still achieved first place - and gaine the place of series leaders in the female pairs.

It was also a good day for Bruce Duncan, receiving his champagne for achieving over 5000 points in the Open5 series, and, paired with Tobias Mews, he also won the male pairs category, with the highest points in the event overall.

Sarah Davies also made a convincing return to the Open5 format, achieving 2nd place in the female solo category, beating Catriona Sutherland by just 2 points.

Open5 North Downs

The next, and penultimate race in this winter season is on the 2nd March, at Cannock Chase.

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Female Pairs results

1 Rosemary Byde/Lucy Harris 355
2 Rachel MacKinney/Rebecca Westall 265
3 Zayne Crow/Melanie Hilton 250


Women's solo results

1 Carys Holloway 363
2 Sarah Davies 343
3 Catriona Sutherland 341


Male Pairs results

1 Bruce Duncan/Tobias Mews 475
2 Tom Davies/Mark Humphrey 466
3 Matt Unsworth/James Brown  454


Men's solo results

1 Adam Marcinowicz 464
2 Anthony Emmet 435
3 Stuart Pigg 423


Mixed Pairs results

1 Ben Turner/Sabrina Verjee 429
2 Sarah Ivory/Chris Sellens 422
3 Andrew Cawthorne/Stefanie Kohl 390


Click here for full results



Wellingborough Multi Terrain Dirt Run: Race 2

Wellingborough Multi Terrain Dirt Run: Race 2

It was another muddy day at Irchester Country Park this weekend, for the second installment of the Wellingborough, Multi Terrain Dirt Run.

Athletes were able to choose one of three race distances – 5km, 10km or 15km, consisting of between one and three laps. The course is made up of a mixture of paths, fields, trails and mud; making it a tough course of varied terrain. But the weather could not have been better, and athletes were able to enjoy a crisp sunny winters morning, with hardly a cloud in the sky.

Thomas Phelps dominated the 5km men’s event, finishing in a time of 17:45, nearly two minutes ahead of second place. And there was a sprint finish for the women’s podium withSarah Vigrow taking first place in 23:34, closely followed by Anya Galletta only four seconds later in 23:39.
In the 10km race, Mark Popple was the clear men’s winner, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of second place in a time of 38:35. And in the women’s race Jenny Smith took the title in 43:29.
Andrew Siggers won the 15km event, having topped the podium in Race One; in a staggering 51:03 and Ali Moult took the women’s title in a speedy 1:01:53.

Inspired to take part in the final edition of the Wellingborough Multi-Terrain ‘Dirt Run’ Series on 16th February? Or want to find out more about any of the other events hosted by Just Racing UK?
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Wellingborough Multi Terrain Dirt Run: Race 2

Men's 5km results

Thomas Phelps 17:45
Rich Connor 19:23
Tom Hales 19:44


Women's 5km results

Sarah Vigrow 23:34
Anya Galletta 23:39
Deborah Pedley 24:00


Men's 10km results

Mark Popple 38:35
Jon Dundee 41:22
Adam Smith 41:30


Women's 10km results

Jenny Smith 43:29
Clare Mudd 45:38
Anna Fake 46:51


Men's 15km results

Andrew Siggers 51:03
Kye Liddle 53:21
Mike Chapman 54:59


Women's 15km results

Ali Moult 1:01:53
Kate McNeill 1:06:05
Rachael Siggers 1:08:03


Full provisional results are now available on the Just Racing UK website


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