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Weekend review: July 19 & 20, 2014

by Editor
Monday 21st July 2014
 
 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Haytor Heller

Photos The women's winner Bonny Collingborn and the men's winner  Jamie Parkinson © Nigel Penwarden

Teignbridge Trotters staged another successful edition of the ever popular Haytor Heller on Saturday 19th July, which is a tough 6-mile race based near the landmark Haytor Rocks, on Dartmoor.  This was the 29th running of the event, which was again sold out and saw 264 runners complete the tough, off road course in great running conditions.   The 6.30pm race start had the moors bathed in the evening sun and the course takes runners through some truly stunning, unbroken scenery.

The men’s event was won by Jamie Parkinson of Pudsey and Bramley AC in a fabulous time of 39:44, which is an average of 6:37 min/mile.  Jamie won this event last year as well, so obviously relishes the challenges that the course has to offer as he shaved 14 seconds off of his time from last year.  John Nolan (unattached) was second in 43:11 and Neil Holmes (Erme Valley Harriers) was third in 43:32.

In a hotly contested battle for the women’s places, the winner was FV55 Bonny Collingborn (South West Vets) in a stunning time of 55:00 (38th overall).  Second home was Klara Kjellgren (unattached) in 55:02 (39th) and third was Jane Allison in 55:07 (40th) of Mud Crew Trail Runners.

Exmouth Harriers had a strong line up as they won both the men’s and women’s team prizes, with four competitors required from each club to make up a team.  Adam Miller (9, 46:40), Hugh Marsden (15, 49:26), Jon Garrity (18, 50:18) and Scott Jordan (37, 54:59) won the men’s team prize whilst Jane Macdonald (82nd overall, 1:00:43), Cathy Newman (84, 1:01:18), Lorraine Gibson (107, 1:03:53) and Dawn Teed (146, 1:07:50) picked up the women’s prize.

Many Trotters were involved in marshalling, race set up, catering and other duties and the event went off without a hitch with many runners praising the organisation of one of the club’s key events.    Those Trotters who did run had the following results

Mark Hutchins (34, 54:08), Craig Hobson (151, 1:08:12), Jessica Parkes (158, 1:08:38), David Taylor (174, 1:10:03), Derek Blackford (197, 1:13:24, Derek Skinner (1:16:13) and Julie Webb (1:33:15).

Teignbridge Trotters would like to say a special thanks to Buzz Terrill, as he was Race Director for the Haytor Heller again this year. This was Buzz’s fifth year at the helm but he will be standing down this year. Buzz’s wife, Jean, has also been a great help over the years so thanks to both of them for all their support.

Men's results

1 Jamie Parkinson Pudsey and Bramley AC 39:44
2 John Nolan Unattached 43:11
3 Neil Holmes Erme Valley Harriers 43:32

 

Women's results

1 Bonny Collingborn South West Vets 55:00
2 Klara Kjellgren Unattached 55:02
3 Jane Allison Mud Crew Trail Runners 55:07

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Running down the Avenue - from both ends! The sheep who share Montacute Park, 10 minutes before the run started!

With the overnight thunderstorms stopping just long enough to get the parkrun in, 126 gallant runners made their way to the start line at Montacute House for this week’s run. In humid conditions so sultry that runners could have done with a pair of cooling watermelon underpants to run in (www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/), it should have been a struggle but seemingly not for Yeovil Olympiads’ Sam Sommerville, who cruised round and lowered his own Course Record to a cracking 17:18, holding off the strong challenge of former course record holder Philip Bridge of Wells City Harriers, whose 17:29 was a new personal best and only two seconds off the old record. It is really good that these boys keep coming back to Montacute, making a real battle for that elusive course standard! After last week’s second placing, Lee Cunningham crossed the line in third place this week.

In the Women's placings, the tourists came to the fore, with Sarah Sinnott travelling down from the Hackney Marshes to finish as first lady (if you like marshes, Sarah, you should have been here in January!) in a time of 22:30, holding off the strong challenges of Wells’ Clare Martin (22:47) and regular Bristol parkrunner Emily Garner (23:05).

There was a good smattering of other parkrun tourists – Matthew Law runs at Braunstone parkrun, but has previously run at the fantastically named Conkers parkrun (in Leicester, if you’re interested), Ben Fricken has swapped Colchester Castle for Montacute House and Jonathon Shurlock (leading his family of Keith and Chrissy in to the finish) was taking on our hilly fields as opposed to his usual Hilly Fields parkrun – wonder if that one does what is says on the tin?!

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page.

Men's results

1 Sam SOMMERVILLE Yeovil Olympiads AC 17:18
2 Philip BRIDGE Wells City Harriers 17:29
3 Lee CUNNINGHAM Unattached 18:44

 

Women's results

1 Sarah SINNOTT Unattached 22:30
2 Clare MARTIN Unattached 22:47
3 Emily GARNER Unattached 23:05

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Air Products Elmbridge 10k

Air Products Elmbridge 10k

The Air Products Elmbridge10k race, organised by Elmbridge Road runners, took place over a revised route this year due to an event clash on the usual course.   However this popular race with 550 finishers still included the scenic riverside towpath route from Walton-on-Thames towards Hampton Court.

In the Men’s race the eventual winner Andy Maud of Clapham Chasers had his work cut out along the opening towpath stage.  With Jake Waldron of Newham & Essex and Jonathan Stead of Herne Hill alongside, the race looked like being close. At the 3km mark the trio had opened 20 metre gap on Keiran White of Hercules Wimbledon and Paul Lowe of Stragglers who led the chasing pack. However as they hit the road section Maud made a move that was just too strong for his competitors.  By the 7km mark he had stretched his lead to over a minute.  In the final stages he held the gap to finish in 31.48 minutes, an impressive time for  a 10k containing a good deal of off-road running. In a terrific battle for second place Stead edged out Waldron by 13 seconds to finish in 33.07 minutes. 

In the Ladies race, last year’s winner Emily Wicks again reigned supreme. The Aldershot Farnham and District athlete made her intentions clear from the start. Although challenged by Hayley Munn of Clapham Chasers in the early stages, she gradually opened a gap that was almost a minute by the 7km marker. At the finish she clocked 34.53 minutes which was 40 seconds quicker than her performance on last year’s course. Munn finished second in 35.48 with Molly Renfer of Kingston AC & Polytechnic third in 37.36 minutes.

Clapham Chasers swept the board in the Team event winning both Men’s and Ladies competitions. The Elmbridge Resident’s Shield, for the first local competitor, went to Neil Aitken who also won the Men’s over 40 age category in 33.45 minutes.

Prizes were presented by Mike Adams of race sponsors Air Products.  Each year a donation from race proceeds is made to Crossroads Care Surrey. Alastair Patterson, representing the charity, spoke of their work supporting carers who look after a relative or friend with a significant health condition or disability.   The aim is to give carers regular breaks from their responsibilities.  As part of their support in Walton, the charity runs a ‘Saturday Club’ providing children with a day of activities, thus giving carers some valuable respite.

Air Products Elmbridge 10k

Elmbridge Road Runners meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a run and welcome new members – see www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk for details.

Men's results

1 Andrew MAUD Clapham Chasers 0:31:48
2 Jonathan STEAD Herne Hill Harriers 0:33:07
3 Jake WALDRON Newham & Essex Beagles 0:33:20

 

Women's results

1 Emily WICKS Aldershot Farnham & District Ac 0:34:53
2 Hayley MUNN Clapham Chasers 0:35:58
3 Molly RENFER Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 3 0:37:36

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Big Fun Run Brighton

FUN! FUN! FUN! OVER 350 happy runners enjoyed a morning of fun in the sunshine as they took part in Sunday’s 5k Big Fun Run Brighton at Hove Park.

The Big Fun Runs have a quite unique flavour. They’re all about participation; getting involved, having fun and enjoying the whole experience of the day. The events aren’t timed so what’s motivating Big Fun runners is getting together with friends and family, doing something healthy and enjoying the great outdoors.

The stunning Hove park which boasts 40 acres of mature trees and flowers as well as the city’s only fingermaze inspired by the Cretan labryrinth was the perfect setting for the 5k which started at 11am.

Big Fun Run director, Neil Kilgour said: “The Big Fun Run is strictly for fun and all about easy, relaxed exercise. It didn’t matter how quickly or slowly our participants went. They ran, jogged, juggled, dressed up, took a buggy.”

“There was no pressure, just some easy moves and a lot of laughs. The Big Fun Run is all about taking part and enjoying the day. The event isn’t timed so what’s motivating Big Fun runners is the chance to get together with family or friends and do something healthy in the great outdoors.

“They’re family affairs with people across the generations taking part. It’s not unusual to see a grandparent, mum and kids all at the start line. Lots of runners take part in fancy dress. Are you getting a picture of something a little different? This isn’t about testosterone charged athletes charging home in a record time. It’s about mums with prams, dads with toddlers on their shoulders, Fred Flintstone running around with his grandma. Throw in 101 Dalmations and you get an unbeatable mix.”

The Big Fun Run in Brighton is among 17 Big Fun Runs across the UK staged from July until October 2014. More than 7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and more than £200,000 was raised for charity.

Jane Plumb from Lindfield, West Sussex got a team of caring mums together and took part in the Big Fun Run in Brighton last year, raising £415 for Group B Strep Support. She helped found the charity after the death of her son Theo from the condition. Around 75 newborn babies die in the UK every year after catching the group b streptococcus infection which is the most common cause of deadly infections in newborns.

The Big Fun Run is brought to you by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The Big Fun Run are proud to be family media partners with the Primary Times, a free magazine delivered to primary schools across the UK which reaches more than two million homes.

The next Big Fun Run is in Southampton and entries remain open at  www.bigfunrun.com

Join the chat on Facebook on www.facebook.com/BigFunRun or on Twitter on #BigFunRun

 

 

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Race day was very warm but 499 runners turned out.  Really good conditions and everyone who took part had a very enjoyable race.

Chris Carpanini of Swansea Harriers was the winner in a time of 00:30:15. He was followed by club mate Philip Matthews in second place in a time of 00:30:43 and MMRT's Matt Collins in third with a time of 00:30:48.

Louise Summers of Pont-y-Pwl & District RC was the first woman in 00:40:26. In second place was Keri Jones of Lliswerry RC in 00:42:25 and in third Amy Edwards of Rhondda in 00:42:43.

For more information, visit the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k Facebook page

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Men's results

1 Chris Carpanini Swansea Harriers 00:30:15
2 Philip Matthews Swansea Harriers 00:30:43
3 Matt Collins MMRT 00:30:48

 

Women's results

1 Louise Summers Pont-y-Pwl & District RC 00:40:26
2 Keri Jones Lliswerry RC 00:42:25
3 Amy Edwards Rhondda 00:42:43

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Tunnel 2 Towers London 5K

Men's results

1 Terry Hawkey   00:17:27
2 Alec Goldstone Goldstone 00:18:27
3 Rob Grange London fire 00:18:49

 

Women's results

1 Jasmine Kerry TFL 00:20:00
2 Ellie Dolby   00:21:12
3 Laura Noble   00:22:13

 

Click here for full results

 

 

St Ives 10k

St Ives 10k

A record number of runners completed the St. Ives 10k in warm. Humid conditions. The going was tough due to the heat and humidity so PBs were out of the question but this did not detract from the enjoyment of the race for the hundreds who were able to attend. Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Sue Dougan presented the prizes after starting the race and taking part.

Find out more at the St Ives 10k Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StIves10k)

Men's results

1 Paul Vernon RAF Wyton 33:35
2 Adam Birch Nene Valley Harriers 33:50
3 Chris Darling Cambridge Triathlon Club 34:13

 

Women's results

1 Holly Archer West Suffolk AC 37:25
2 Claire Somerton Cambridge and Coleridge 38:23
3 Carla Brown Cambridge and Coleridge 38:40

 

Click here for full results

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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