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Weekend review: February 15 & 16, 2014

by Editor
Monday 17th February 2014
 
 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

44th Parbold Hill Race

The 44th Parbold Hill Race hosted by Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers took place on Saturday 15th February.  The weather and conditions made an already tough course even more challenging, however 448 people finished despite the rain, wind, hail and lots and lots of mud!

Chris Farrell of Horwich RMI won the race in a time of 40:47.  Richie Burney (Liverpool Harriers) who has won the race several times previously was second in 40:52 and Alex Hall (Chester Tri Club) was third in 43:11. 

Lindsey Brindle (Horwich RMI) was first woman home in 49:08, Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton was second in 51:08 and Debbie Campbell (Horwich RMI) was third.  Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers were delighted that their own James Ashworth was fifth in the men’s race, finishing in 45:19 whilst Honor Thompson was fifth in the women’s race, completing the course in 54:33.  Carole Quirk, also of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers, took the honours in the Female Vet 55 category, finishing in 1:04:56. 

The organiser's thanks go out to everyone who supports this race, from the marshals and organisers, to the landowners and local residents, the staff at the Farmers Arms, the timekeepers and other officials, Outdoor Angels who provide the first aid and Dave and Laura from SportSunday for their wonderful photographs – and of course to all the runners who turn up year after year for the muddy challenge that is the Parbold Hill Race!

Men's results

1 Chris Farrell Horwich RMI Harriers 00:40:47
2 Richard Burney Liverpool Harriers 00:40:52
3 Alex Hall Chester Triathlon Club 00:43:11

 

Women's results

1 Lindsey Brindle Horwich RMI Harriers 00:49:08
2 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 00:51:08
3 Debbie Campbell Horwich RMI Harriers 00:51:47

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Valentine's Marathon

Despite the very bad weather, and having to amend the route at 6.30am on the morning of the event, all went off well. It was very windy for the runners in places, and five people who started, did drop out.

Quickest around the course on the day were Peter Cusick of Chippenham Harriers in 03:17:10, followed by Martin Stevens of Werrington Joggers in second with a time of 03:27:02 and Dan Mayers in third place with a time of 03:27:51.

Fastest woman was Sheila Barbour of Evesham Vale AC in 03:40:50. Ingrid Harris of Almost Athletes took second place in the women's category in 03:53:19 and Tracy Avill of Sphinx AC was third in 04:01:30.

There are three further events from the organiser coming up this year (HERE)

Men's results

1 Peter Cusick Chippenham Harriers 03:17:10
2 Martin Stevens Werrington Joggers 03:27:02
3 Dan Mayers Unattached 03:27:51

 

Women's results

1 Sheila Barbour Evesham Vale AC 03:40:50
2 Ingrid Harris Almost Athletes 03:53:19
3 Tracy Avill Sphinx AC 04:01:30

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bearbrook Xstream Cross Country

Bright sunshine and clear blue skies, does not sound like current weather, but that is what greeted the competitors for this year’s Hardwick Xstream. An early light frost did not deter the 228 runners for the 21st running of this popular event. Included in the course are four streams, up to waist high and previously ploughed muddy fields. The course is considered one of the most challenging local venues.

First home from Ampthill Flyers was Craig Palmer 35.59. Close on his heels from the always competitive Chiltern Harriers was Eddie O’Gorman 36.33. Only seconds behind from Watford Harriers was Matthew Adcock 37.11.

First lady from the previously mentioned Chiltern Harriers was Ellie Bates 42.53. Second lady, from Bearbrook, was Victoria Broadbent 43.34, with the challenging Angela Halford from Watford Harriers very close behind 43.46.

Bearbrook’s own Owen Byrne was first Male V40, 37.37.First Male V50 was Keith Miller from David Lloyd Redway Runners 38.36. First Male V60 was Tim Kelly of Vets AC 42.39.

Emilie Fidler from the strong Alchester team was First Female V35 46.56. First Female V45 was Verna Burgess from Tring RC 48.20. First Female V55 was Sue Barnes from Vale of Aylesbury AC 56.02.

Both the Ladies and Men’s team prizes went to the local Tring Running Club.

The event is staged thanks to the kind permission of Bob Gregory. Marshalling for the event is performed by Bearbrook Running club together with Whitchurch Cricket Club.

Men's results

1 Craig Palmer Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers 0:35:59
2 Eddie O’Gorman Chiltern Harriers 0:36:33
3 Matthew Adcock Watford Harriers 0:37:11

 

Women's results

1 Ellie Bates Chiltern Harriers 0:42:53
2 Victoria Broadbent Bearbrook Running Club 0:43:34
3 Angela Halford Watford Harriers 0:43:46

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Brighton Half Marathon

Brighton Half Marathon - February 16, 2014

After days of strong winds and heavy rain, the sun was shining on Brighton Half Marathon, and the runners experienced perfect running conditions with clear blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures between 7 – 9 °C.

The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity, and saw 6,996 runners on the start line with Paul Martelletti and Sarah Hill claiming the winning titles. A large number of spectators were lining the streets of Brighton & Hove to cheer on the runners and to show their support for the event.

Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers / Run-fast) took the lead from the start and successfully defended his title from 2013 by finishing in a time of 01:05:52, over one minute ahead of runner up Tom Aldred of London Heathside and over a minute and half faster than his winning time last year. In a sprint finish Paolo Natali of ATL Firenze Marathon beat Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove AC and secured 3rd place in a time of 01:08:08.

Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners was dominating the women’s field and secured the win in a time of 01:18:43, ahead of Deidre McDermot who crossed the finish line in 01:20:15. Claire Grima of Hercules Wimbledon came third in a time of 01:20:45.

The 1 mile Youth Races, which started and finished at the same point as the main race, saw 393 young runners of all levels and abilities take part across four age categories, with the biggest number of runners in the 7 – 10 years age category.

The Brighton Half Marathon Corporate Challenge took place for the third time as part of the main race, and the winners of the Corporate Challenge Trophy will be announced shortly.

Brighton Half Marathon - February 16, 2014

The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and the main fundraising event for The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity working to improve health, reduce stigma and prevent premature death. Open 365 days a year, they support men, women and families affected by HIV to manage this life-long condition that has no cure.

Other Charity Partners included Scope (National Charity Partner) alongside WaterAid (International Charity Partner) and Rise (Local Charity Partner).

Sponsors and partners of the Brighton Half Marathon 2014 included ASICS, Runners Need, Lucozade Sport, TomTom, Seattle Hotel, Studio57 Clinic, Visit Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Brighton Half Marathon - February 16, 2014

Men's results

1 Paul Martelletti Victoria Park Harriers / Run-fast 01:05:52
2 Tom Aldred London Heathside AC 01:06:54
3 Paolo Natali ATL Firenze Marathon 01:08:08

 

Women's results

1 Sarah Hill Farnham Runners 01:18:43
2 Deidre McDermot   01:20:15
3 Claire Grima Hercules Wimbledon 01:20:45 

                           

The full results including the results of the Youth Races can be found on www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

 

 

Dash for the Splash

Dash for the Splash

Two hundred runners, men and women, took part in the Dash for the Splash on London’s Wimbledon Common London on Sunday, February 16. The event, a 10 kilometre race was held in glorious sunshine on the finest day of the year so far - on a tough, muddy, hilly and water-logged course

Staged by the world’s oldest cross-country club, the Thames Hare and Hounds, the competitors took on a course that was first pioneered in 1868.

Within a mile of the start, competitors battled their way through swirling water in the Beverly Brook.  The course then makes its way through unrelenting hills, past the historic Wimbledon windmill and climaxed via several muddy swamps.

The president of Thames H&H said: “We defied the floods, ploughed through the water and scoffed at the mud. There were 200 competitors – and they all made it to the finish with smiles on their faces.”

Dash for the Splash

Men's results

1 Kyle Pepperman-Hackett Jackoatbar 34:10
2 Keith MacIntosh Wimbledon Windmilers 35:32
3 Alex Plant Hallamshire Harriers 36:30

 

Women's results

1 Sarah Lewis Barnes Runners 43:04
2 Jenny Rice Unattached 44:28
3 Rachel Badham (W40) West 4 Harriers 44:50

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Golden Gallop 10km

The race was on the verge of being cancelled due to floods on the course. An alternative route was created on Saturday to bypass the part of the course that was flooded.

The size of the field was due to be over 100, split into two waves of 50 but due to floods many runners did not turn up on the day. However the sun was shining and apart from the odd icy patch on the 9:00 start, the course was in good condition.

All the runners commented on the a great course, with great scenery of the Golden Valley, despite the need to add in a steep hill around 2.5 miles to avoid the flood. There were runners of all abilities taking part and they all really enjoyed the race and the day. Times were slightly slowed due to the hill but were still very good. 

Men's results

1 Jeremy Latham 0:39:01
2 James Oram 0:39:17
3 Ollie Masters 0:39:48

 

Women's results

1 Helen Carter 0:46:31
2 Verity Farr 0:52:15
3 Lynne Latham 0:53:58

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Reigate 10K

Reigate 10K

The winner of the MCC Promotions' Reigate 10K Run, in heavy conditions, was Graham Smith from St Albans AC. Charl Jordaan took second place, followed by Alex Money in third.

For the second year running Natasha Swan from Seaford Sriders won the female run. Stephanie Upton was second and 16 year old Georgia Heaven from Banstead claimed third place.

Men's results

1 Graham Smith 00:40:26
2 Charl Jordaan 00:41:28
3 Alex Money 00:42:09

 

Women's results

1 Natasha Swan 00:50:09
2 Stephanie Upton 00:50:43
3 Georgia Heaven 00:54:49

 

Click here for full results

 

 

SMaRTT Smasher 10k

Glorious sunshine awaited the runners for the SMaRTT Smasher. The course follows the National Cycle Route between Calne and Stanley and is an out and back course. The underfoot conditions were a little wet, with some very muddy patches in places, and runners having to duck under a tree which had fallen across the course in the high winds on Friday night. 

A close race in the men's event so Simon Byrne claim victory after Gary Dunstone misjudged the finish line. Cordula Hurcum had an easier victory in the ladies event.

150 runners completed the event, and there was also a one mile fun run for the 11 and unders which attracted 50 runners.

Men's results

1 Simon Byrne Swindon Harriers 36:27
2 Gary Dunstone Chippenham Harriers 36:33
3 Tim Hughes White Horse Harriers 37:57

 

Women's results

1 Cordula Hurcum Chippenham Harriers 42:16
2 Amy Bentley Cirencester AC 43:32
3 Yolanda Gratton Nene Valley Harriers 43:57

 

Click here for full results

 

 

The Stinger

After a solid three months of rain, which started the day before the organisers first event back in November and resulted in Somme like conditions in Newnham Park as well as carnage among the tree population, they were blessed with blue skies, their first frost of the year and a wind free Stinger One. 

The Stinger

The event yet again sold out, leading to a frantic last-minute scramble for race numbers as the lame and weary dropped out and the poorly-organised took their place.

It proved to be a latecomer who scooped the top prize of the day. Steve Ferguson, racing for event sponsors Certini Bicycle Company, took top spot in the solo men's category, just a few days after returning from an obviously effective warm weather training camp. He was not able to win the event overall this year, as the quality of the men's relay teams continues to improve, but still only three relay teams finished in front of him. 

A 5km off-road run, followed by 20km on mountain bike bore witness to mountain bikers who can't run, and runners who can't mountain bike, but in the end it was a level playing field and in the words of the fourth place veteran athlete 'on certain tracks today there were no athletes, only clowns'. The final 3km run - The Stinger in the tail was a runner's course this year, rather than the customary slither and slide fest, and saw some lightning fast times. Next time it'll be a different story...

With stray horses making the mountain bike section even more of a challenge, the course was described by many competitors as 'the toughest Stinger ever' and while the course will change for round two, the challenge will be the same. 

Round two is to be sponsored by Newquay's newest bike shop, Velocite, and we will endeavor to find a course that only the strongest all round athlete will prevail on - the best in the West.

The Stinger

Men's results

1 Steve Fergusson Certini 02:09:02
2 Al Lovell - 02:12:25
3 Graham Sheldon Clive Mitchell Cycles 02:16:05

 

Women's results

1 Sarah Jones - 03:14:46
2 Kim Long Certini 03:29:36
3 Felicity Nolan BodyAid Massage 03:35:25

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Wiltshire 10

A sell-out field took advantage of a nice break in the current unpleasant weather to take part in the Wiltshire 10-mile Road Race in Melksham organised by Stampede Sports and sponsored by the Wiltshire Times.

Simon Nott of Calne running Club set off at a blistering pace with Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners in pursuit. Not to be deterred by the flooded River Avon at the halfway mark in Reybridge, Simon Nott opted not to use the raised walkway and charged across the water without breaking stride and maintained a strong pace all the way to the finish in a new Personal Best time of fifty two minutes and forty nine seconds.

By time the course had passed Lacock Abbey, Michael Towler had been overhauled by Matthew Battensby of Burgess Salmon Running Club and George Frost of Team Bath, however the Avon Valley Runner held on to record a Personal Best time in fourth place.

The Ladies race was a close fought affair with Denise Grech of Calne Running Club and Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners matching each other’s pace until the final couple of miles when Denise Grech manage to open up a winning margin of just ten seconds to take victory in 64:58, both athletes achieving Personal Best times and Rachel Barber-Brock of Cirencester AC coming home for third.

Photos: The opening mile and Simon Nott in full stride

Men's results

1 Simon Nott Calne Running Club 52:49
2 Matthew Battensby Burgess Salmon Running Club 54:44
3 George Frost Team Bath AC 55:04

 

Women's results

1 Denise Grech Calne Running Club 64:58
2 Fiona Price Avon Valley Runners 65:08
3 Rachel Barber-Brock Cirencester AC 67:40

 

Click here for full results

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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