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Weekend review: October 4 & 5, 2014

by Editor
Monday 6th October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Merseyvend Halewood 5k

Merseyvend Halewood 5k

It started with a rainy Saturday morning when the marshals assembled and the course was being set out and then it eased off and by race start time the rain had stopped altogether. The 53rd running of this race was going to be rain free. The tarmac was a bit wet and a few leaves were down, but it was good underfoot and not at all slippy.

There was a good mixture of unattached and club runners out and with the addition of Wesham and Holmfirth on Saturday this race has now seen runners from 71 different running clubs making the journey to Halewood.

First runner home was Liverpool Harriers’ Richard Burney in an excellent time of 16:37 – a bit slower than his previous race here but good enough to take the win. Just behind Richard was Warrington AC’s Liam Burthem in another excellent time of 16:38. Liam runs in the U20 cat and it was his first Merseyvend race. In third place, with a very good time of 17:03, was Knowsley Harriers’ Steven Doyle and it was his fifth top three finish. Steven now joins the exclusive list of just eight runners who have ran 20 of the free monthly Merseyvend races.

In the ladies race the winner was Liverpool Pembroke Sefton’s Lisa Gawthorne in a very good time of 19:36. It was Lisa’s fifth race here. Never outside the top three it was her third win. Second lady home in a very good time of 20:09 was St Helens Striders' Rachael Fishwick and it was Rachael’s tenth top three finish here. Third place in the ladies’ race went to the ever improving Lynsey Unsworth  from Knowsley Harriers’ in a time of 20:39.

As a race within a race, the organisers combine the 12 races over the year to find the top club, top individual and top vets from the series. In the men’s competition with 10 races down, Knowsley Harriers have a good lead  over the virtual club of very good unattached runners who come to Halewood for the Merseyvend. While in the women’s competition, it is still St Helens striders who edged a bit further ahead. In the individual ladies it is the St Helens duo of Rachael Fishwick and Pauline Horsfall separated by Knowsley Harriers’ Sharon Samson. In the men’s competition it is still unattached Ashley Crawford in pole position followed by Knowsley Harriers’ Steven Doyle and  Liverpool Harriers Rob Dewhurst.

Men's results

1 Richard Burney Liverpool Harriers 16:37
2 Liam Burthem Warrington AC 16:38
3 Steven Doyle Knowsley Harriers 17:03


Women's results

1 Lisa Gawthorne Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 19:36
2 Rachael Fishwick St Helens Striders 20:09
3 Lynsey Unsworth Knowsley Harriers 20:39


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Round Ripon

Round Ripon

For those people paying too much credence to the weather forecast and choosing not to race – they must have been rueing that decision, because apart from a some light drizzle just after the start it was a perfect day for trail running in the North Yorkshire moors.

The course was running fast too, with many regulars setting PBs and with some very competitive running at the front of the field a new and impressive course record was set.

Paul Nelson from Weatherby Runners was running off of the front for most of the race and setting a fast pace from the start with Robin Carter, Alex Fawcett and Neil Mc Nish hanging on to his shirt tails. This pattern continued and while Neil fell back a little, previous race winner Paul Peacock had moved up into fourth.

Coming into the Deer Park Alex led Robin from Rolls Royce Harriers; the two of them had pulled away significantly from the rest of the field. After over 34 miles it came down to who wanted it the most and Robin just had more of a sprint left in his legs and passed Alex in the run through the Abbey grounds to win by a mere 13 seconds, for the third year, in 4:25:30. Both runners took around 17 minutes off of the old course record and finished over 20 minutes ahead of third placed man Alex Fawcett from Ripon Runners. Paul Peacock was the last of the sub 5 hour runners home in fourth.

In the ladies race Elizabeth Reeves and Jacqueline Keavney were swapping the lead up to check point three, from where Elizabeth started to consolidate a lead that she held to the finish winning by just over three minutes. Jacqueline was the last of the sub 6 hour runners finishing in 5:59:10.

The excitement for podium positions was not over, with Ripon Runners club mates Sally Leck and Anneke Imeson sprinting to the line in a race for third, with Sally just getting it on the dip.

The team prize was once again won by Ripon Runners with Alex Fawcett 3rd, Nick Wilson in 6th and Sally and Anneke in 16th and 17th respectively.

The organisers would like to give thanks for to all of the local support they receive, without which the race couldn’t go ahead, and the sponsorship support they received from Theakston’s and The Bivouac, as well of course the villagers of Studely Roger.

Next year the race will be the final round of the Scott Ultra Series and a fitting finale to what they hope will be a great series of Ultra Races.

Men's results

1 Robin Carter Rolls-Royce Harriers 04:25:30
2 Paul Nelson Wetherby Runners 04:25:43
3 Alex Fawcett Ripon Runners 04:47:18

Women's results

1 Elizabeth Reeves Congleton Harriers 05:55:49
2 Jacqueline Keavney Swaledale Road Runners 05:59:10
3 Sally Leck Ripon Runner 06:04:58


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Where's Wally? fun run

Fortunately the whole of the route for the 10km and 5km runs in Cannon Hill Park was on paving, as the day was rather soggy!

Despite the wind, rain and general gloom, over 100 people came out, donned their Where’s Wally? outfits and ran in the name of literacy.

The money raised will go towards the National Literacy Trust, improving literacy in the UK. 1 in 5 children leave primary school without the skills they need to succeed. The National Literacy Trust works in disadvantaged areas of the UK to improve literacy skills by working with individuals, schools, families and local communities to ensure every child can have the best possible start in life. The National Literacy Trust would like to thank all the runners, their supporters and sponsors.



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photo: First lady Kate Phillpotts sprints for the finish; Lesley Matthews positive glows as she takes on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun

The heavens opened at Montacute House as the Yeovil Montacute parkrun took place in heavy rain for this first time since it started, but 108 brave runners made their way to the start line to take on a muddy 5km course around the National Trust parkland. Since  the Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013, there have been 1,446 different runners, including participants from 132 athletics clubs, who have between them completed 6,020 runs, covering a total distance of 30,100 km, and there have been 1,584 new Personal Bests - that's some going!

James Bridge of Wells City Harriers ran an excellent time of 18:06 on his first appearance, holding off Yeovil Olympiads duo Ben Lloyd, second in 18:35 and Bradley Seagar, third in 18:59.

First lady was Kate Philpotts, a visitor from Poole Park parkrun, who finished in 21:41 in 14th place overall. There was a battle for second lady between 16th placed Annie Arnold (21:56) and 17th placed Katie Lloyd (22:10) in another Wells City / Yeovil Olympiad tussle.

Men's results

1 James BRIDG Wells City Harriers 18:06
2 Ben LLOYD Yeovil Olympiads AC 18:35
3 Bradley SEAGER Yeovil Olympiads AC 18:59


Women's results

1 Kate PHILLPOTTS Poole Runners 21:41
2 Annie ARNOLD Wells City Harriers 21:56
3 Katie LLOYD Yeovil Olympiads AC 22:10


Click here for full results



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Basingstoke Half Marathon

Runners from all over the world joined in the biggest sporting event of the year in Basingstoke. The weather was superb, providing perfect conditions for running and cheering! The winner was 2012 Paralympian Jonah Chesum who completed the course in 1:06:15, his Kenyan team mate, Gladys Kwambai , was the first lady who finished in a time of 1:17:13.

“It was another amazing day for Basingstoke, lots of happy runners, phenomenal support from sponsors, the council, residents and charities and of course our wonderful marshals that not only make it safe, but help create a party atmosphere out on the beautiful course. And how lucky were we with the weather? – Rain the day before, and the day after, but perfect sunny running conditions on Sunday. Thank you to everyone that made it happen”, said race director and managing director of Destination Basingstoke, Felicity Edwards.

Over a hundred volunteers were involved on the day – as race marshals and helping in the race village where St Michael’s Hospice organised the race registration and baggage drop. Reactivate Physiotherapy Clinic Ltd. provided pre and post race massage, and Sandown Mercedes provided the pace car.

The race course went from the town out to the villages of Cliddesden, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop before finishing in War Memorial Park.

“I entered this race on a whim as I was passing through the area on the weekend of the race. I'm so glad that I did as it was a superb race. Fantastically well organised, with great facilities at the start/finish area. It's pretty hilly but the atmosphere is great fun, I'd recommend this race to anyone. The support out in the villages was awesome - the locals did the area proud,” said Andy Holgate, serial triathlete and well known author of ‘Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to iron Man’.

Anyone keen to enter the race in 2015 can do so already and take advantage of an early bird offer until 31st October at www.basingstokehalfmarathon.com.

Men's results

1 JonahChesum Unattached 01:06:15
2 Keith Russell Reading Road Runners 01:13:21
3 Alex Hamilton Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC 01:15:04


Women's results

1 Gladys Kwambai Unattached 01:17:30
2 Jo Meek Winchester & Disrict AC 01:19:33
3 Sarah Hill Police 01:19:53


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Bowood Duathlon

Bowood Duathlon 2014

Chris Burton  was delighted after storming home to win Events Logic UK’s sprint duathlon event. The grounds of Bowood House set the scene for a fast 100% closed road course for competitors; who started with a 5km run, followed by a 21km bike race, rounded off with another 5km run. 

Chris Burton, an experienced athlete, decided to round off his season by tackling the sprint duathlon. He raced home one minute ahead of the rest of the field to win this prestigious event in one hour, eighteen minutes.

Elizabeth Hood took first place in the women’s sprint duathlon. Elizabeth was a bit concerned that her run was a little slower than usual, but she roared through all three sections of the race to finish in just over one hour, twenty seven minutes, a whopping two minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Organisers, Events Logic UK, made very good use of the beautiful grounds at Bowood House to create an ultra fast 100% closed road course for a super-sprint duathlon.  Here competitors tackled a 2.5km run followed by a 12km bike race and another 2.5km run to finish. 

In the men’s super-sprint race, Will Crudgington  was the first to finish in a time of 41:21.  Will was really pleased with his performance as this was his first experience of the Bowood Duathlon course . He said, ‘this was good fun and great surroundings at Bowood for the competition. I’m really pleased with my performance and will be back for more next year’.

Rosie Weston  was the first to finish the women’s super-sprint event.  In a time of  48.59.

The second year for the Tri star event for ages from 9 to 14 year olds .as seen event numbers grow substantially

Events logic last event for 2014 is Devizes half marathon on 19th October you can enter online at www.eventslogicuk.com

The 2015 Bowood Duathlon will take place on October 4, 2015.

Bowood Duathlon 2014

Men's sprint results

1 Chris Burton Unattached 01:18:21
2 Justyn Moore Unattached 01:19:35
3 Jack Webb Army Triathlon 01:19:52


Women's sprint results

1 Elisabeth Hood 9 Endurance 01:27:26
2 Mel Sanghani Unattached 01:29:24
3 Sherrie Anne Derrick Unattached 01:32:07


Men's super sprint results

1 Will Crudgington Total Fitness Bath 00:41:21
2 Alex Williams Unattached 00:43:06
3 Shaun Thomas Unattached 00:43:24


Women's super sprint results

1 Rosie Weston Unattached 00:48:59
2 Jane Beech N1 Tri Club 00:49:58
3 Izzy Ellis Unattached 00:51:27


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Bozzie 10k

Bozzie 10k

The inaugural Bozzie 10k Run took place at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire as a trial event and despite there being only around six weeks from the idea to race day, a field of nearly 100 runners took part.
The run started and finished at the Market Bosworth sports club and the course took participants along local country lanes, passing by the Battle of Bosworth site Ambion Hill, and on into the historic market town of Bosworth.

The race was organised to raise funds for the charity Action for Stammering Children (www.stammeringcentre.org) and help raise funds for a new sports club house.

The feed back from the athletes was brilliant and everyone said it was a fantastic  event and a great route. All said it must be on again next year, so with more time to organise it the event will be on again for sure, and the race organisers are confident that more runners will be taking part.

Bozzie 10k

Men's results

1 Ryan Pegg 36:11
2 Simon Allen 37:20
3 Alex Bruce 37:40


Women's results

1 Nicola Roder 38:44
2 Sarah Thorpe 42:17
3 Joanne Matthews 43:41


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Carsington Duatholon

A rather chilly morning greeted the 150 athletes competing in the Carsington Duatholon (12th year running) and final PMA Race of the year with pre-race favourites Carl Shaw (Tri Camp TFN ) and Kate George (Derby Tri) both making the race a wide open affair.

The course at Carsington is a challenging 5K out and back run all off road run and the mass start but it was run specialist Matthew Dow (Lincoln Wellington AC) who was well clear in a split of 16:58 with Hallam next into T2 and James Turner some two minutes and 35 seconds back, but his biking prowesss showed, with the fastest split of the day (44:11) to storm through the field on the undulating bike section and hit T2 in first place.

Hallam rode consistently well to keep Turner in his sights and take dictate the race with a strong second run to win by almost a minute ahead of Turner and then veteran Nick Baker a further minute back.

Meanwhile in the ladies race with the absence of race favourites Kate George and Melanie Hayward, duathlon stalwart Julia Matheson rand and rode really well to not only take the 50-59 AG win but take the overall honours whilst amny suffered in the cold conditions.

Men's results

1 Matthew Hallam Valley Striders 1:21:15
2 James Turner Bike-fit.co.uk 1:22:14
3 Nick Baker   1:23:26


Women's results

1 Julia Matheson Newcastle (Staffs) Tri Club 1:31:51
2 Christine Howard Matlock AA 1:38:24
3 Nicola Thorpe Derby AC 1:41:50


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Clarendon Marathon & Half Marathon

Race winner Pere Capdevila, climbing the hill out of Salisbury and collecting his prize from Winchester Mayor, Councillor Irene Berry (on the right) with Winchester Rotary President Gill Russell on the left

Photos: Race winner Pere Capdevila, climbing the hill out of Salisbury and collecting his prize from Winchester Mayor, Councillor Irene Berry (on the right) with Winchester Rotary President Gill Russell on the left

A fine sunny October Sunday morning greeted the 1,164 runners as they prepared for the 2014 Clarendon Marathon 2014.

Organised and managed by the Winchester and Salisbury Rotary Clubs, the Clarendon Marathon has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with a record number of entrants for this year’s race.

The event consisted of three separate races: A full marathon of 26.2 miles, commencing at Salisbury and ending in Winchester, made more difficult by the cross country terrain that the runners had to encounter on route. A half marathon, commencing in Broughton, and a relay marathon with four runners taking it in turn to complete the distance.

After a rainy Saturday the course was wet underfoot, but conditions had improved by the start on Sunday morning allowing good times to be achieved.

First full marathon runner home was Pere Capdevila of Harlow wearing race number 1477 in a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 41 seconds, a truly marvellous time. Pere was followed by David Green wearing race number 1181 from Northampton Road Runners in a time of 2 hours 56 minutes and 40 seconds. Third place went to    Andrew James wearing race number 1481 of Newbury Athletic Club in 2 hours, 59 minutes and 54 seconds.  First lady was Laure Van den Broeck from Lordshill Road Runners in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 50 seconds. The full results are available at www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/

Starting the race and taking part was the race organiser, JJ Heath-Caldwell, who completed his first every marathon in a respectable time of 5 hours, 26 minutes and 6 seconds.

JJ commented afterwards “It was a fantastic day for it and after spending much of the year preparing it was wonderful to run with the participants and just take in the atmosphere. Well done to all the runners who took part and to the 250 marshals and volunteers who helped to make it all happen.  

The Clarendon Marathon was first run in 1998. It was founded and organised by Paul Elderkin, a keen runner and member of a local Hash House Harriers Club. In 2012, Paul passed the management of the race over to the Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Salisbury.

Men's marathon results

1 Pere Capdevila Harlow 02:43:41
2 David Green Northampton Road Runners 02:56:40
3 Andrew James Newbury AC 02:59:54


Women's marathon results

1 Laure Van Den Broeck Lordshill Road Runners 03:26:50
2 Christine Howard Billericay 03:31:07
3 Francesca Eddy Winchester & District AC 03:40:51


Men's half marathon results

1 James Webster Winchester & District AC 01:28:51
2 Matthew Richards London 01:31:22
3 Chris Chambers Eastleigh RC 01:32:37


Women's half marathon results

1 Kirsty Coltart Broughton Bounders 01:37:09
2 Natalia Muska Winchester 01:40:54
3 Eugenia Milstein Salisbury 01:45:58


Click here for full results



Congleton Half Marathon

Congleton Half Marathon

Photo: 2014 race winner Ben Gamble

Sunday 5th October was the perfect day for running with clear blue skies, sunshine and little wind.  The Congleton ‘Sting in the Tail’ Half and Quarter Marathons had a record number of entries at 679, with 501 and 68 finishers for each race. 

Ben Gamble from Tipton Harriers led the field from the start and was three minutes ahead of the pack by the five mile mark, a lead he maintained to finish in 1:10:11.  In second place was Nigel Martin of Sale Harriers in 1:13:05 with Wilmslow Running Club’s Peter Speake in third place only nine seconds behind.  Julian Goodwin, a member of one of the local clubs, Boalloy, was in fourth place in 1:13:19 breaking the previous MV40 record. 

First lady was Rebecca Harrison of Cheadle Running Club in 1:21:55.  Trentham’s Mandy Vernon was second in 1:22:24 and Heather Carter from Sandbach Striders took third place for the ladies in 1:31:14.  Joan Jackson of the Northern Vets broke the FV55 record by an incredible two minutes in 1:39:05. This was the first year that the event had hosted a relay race with three teams.

The quarter marathon was won by a lady; Lucy Holt of the City of Stoke on Trent Athletics Club in 39:58.  Local Boalloy runner, Toby Miller was second in 42:24  and Sarah Roberts from Pensby Runners completed in 42:58  to take third place. 

The event has received good feedback. The technical tee shirts given to all finishers were popular, especially the effort taken to source tees in ladies’ and men’s fit with a discrete logo.  The marshals were praised for being friendly and encouraging.  All the proceeds are going to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire’s critical care unit and is expected to be in the region of £2000.  The profits will be less than hoped as this was the first year that the police charged for their services, having previously done it for free.

Men's results

1 Ben Gamble Tipton Harriers 01:10:11
2 Nigel Martin Sale Harriers 01:13:05
3 Peter Speake Wilmslow RC 01:13:14


Women's results

1 Rebecca Harrison Cheadle Running Club 01:21:55
2 Mandy Vernon Trentham RC 01:22:24
3 Michelle Buckle Newcastle Staffs AC 01:28:14


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Cricklade 10k and half marathon

There were 350 runners in the Cricklade 10k and 300 in the half marathon. The weather was just right for runners to produce PBs on the flat course with around 15 degrees and light winds.

David Bell of Cirencester AC, first in 2013, was once again the winner of the half marathon, with a time of 01:10:38. Lucy Hodgson of Newquay and Par AC was the first woman in 01:25:41.

15 year old Michael Lennon won the 10K with a fantastic time of 34:50. First female was Gemma Collings, with a time of 42:00.

First Cricklade runners in the half marathon, Nick Braid (1:32:24) and Penny Lock-Pullan  (1:47:22), and 10k, Brian Uthgenan time of (43:04) and Helen McGrath (52:05), were awarded a Cricklade trophy by the town council.

Men's half marathon results

1 David Bell Cirencester AC 01:10:38
2 Aaron Burgess Oxford City 01:13:17
3 Jon Cracknell Unattached 01:15:26


Women's half marathon results

1 Lucy Hodgson Newquay and Par AC 01:25:41
2 Fiona Blackmore Bitton Road Runners 01:26:50
3 Anna Jenkins Unattached 01:32:04


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Men's 10km results

1 Michael Lennon Unattached 00:34:50
2 Bill Leggate Cirencester Ac 00:35:20
3 Simon Campbell Cirencester Ac 00:35:30


Women's 10km results

1 Gemma Collings Chippenham Harriers 00:42:01
2 Fiona Collings Cirencester 00:43:27
3 Becky Lewis Unattached 00:44:26


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Delicious Drake’s Trail

Delicious Drake’s Trail

Photos: On your marks...runners taste the Elizabethan 'farts of Portingale'. Judith Cabosh and dog Poppy warm up and get ready © GUY HARROP

More than 320 runners feasted on tasty samples of locally-produced food and drink before crossing the start line at Buckland Abbey, the former home of Elizabethan sea captain Sir Francis Drake, near Yelverton. E   

Participants from across the UK took part in this quirky event, with runners travelling from as far afield as Edinburgh, Manchester and Surrey to take part. With runners dressed in Elizabethan costume and Armada-influenced outfits, the theme reflected the area’s historical connections, with the route making its way up part of the Drake’s Trail north towards Tavistock, home of the Devon cream tea. 

Whilst the sun shone over the moors, the 15-mile route stopped at a dozen local pubs, hotels and pop-up caterers as runners indulged in a range of local produce every mile or so along the way whilst burning off calories in between pitstops. Energising appetisers en-route included miniature Ploughmans, bite-size redcurrant and Dartmoor lamb pies, and divine raw chocolate brownies, all washed down with a selection of local ales, wine, cider and fruit juice. Another highlight included Gerrys Originals luxury ice cream trike at Gem Bridge, a welcome chance to cool down whilst savouring gorgeous views across the lush green Tamar Valley landscape.

Dozens of spectators supported the charity runners, cheering them on from spectacular ‘hotspots’ such as the beautiful walled gardens of The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum and The Pimple, a folly on top of Whitchurch Down with panoramic views of Dartmoor National Park. A vintage bus filled with VIP guests and regional press followed the route enjoying fizz and canapés without the strain of getting muddy trainers. Key sponsors also hopped on board to soak up the atmosphere, including gourmet experience experts Graze & Flavour, Dartmoor Cycles and Tamar Valley AONB.

The trail then made its way back down the western fringes of Dartmoor, ending at the Moorland Garden Hotel with a food festival featuring a West Country produce market, cookery demonstrations, BBQ and hog roast.

The concept for the Delicious Drake’s Trail, a unique food festival on the run was originally inspired by the founder, Kate Treleaven’s experience at the Marathon de Medoc in France. Wanting to combine a love for local food and drink with the stunning landscape of Devon and a passion for trail running, the idea for the Delicious Dart Trail and subsequently the Delicious Drake’s Trail was born.

Kate felt it was important to emphasise that this fun event was not a race. Speaking at the prize-giving, the event founder says: “Everyone has contributed to an incredible atmosphere along the route and runners have made such a huge effort with their Elizabethan fancy dress costumes!” Kate awarded prizes for best fancy dress to four runners dressed elaborately as galleons. She continues, “I have been overwhelmed by the way each of the 320 runners have embraced the spirit of the Delicious Drake’s Trail.”

So far, the Delicious Drake’s Trail has raised over £4500 for CHICKS, the national children’s charity based near Tavistock which provides disadvantaged children with free respite holidays in Devon and Cornwall. 

Delicious Drake’s Trail

Photo: Crossing the start line for the Delicious Drake's Trail at Buckland Abey © GUY HARROP

For more information, please visit www.deliciousdrakestrail.co.uk



Forest Row 10k & 5k

On a bright and sunny morning in East Sussex, the 1st Forest Scout Group hosted the annual 10K and 5K race. The field at 235 was the largest in the race's history and the first ever that there were more 5K runners than 10K.

The course is a largely flat out-and-back along a tree covered bridleway with fantastic PB potential.  There was a great atmosphere throughout the morning as racers and supporters alike enjoyed the early autumn sunshine and a delicious tea and cake stand put on by the Scouts. The event represents the single largest fund raising activity in the Scout Troop's calendar and this year proved to be a bumper earner. 

Men's 10k results

1 Richard Smith 35:53
2 Juhana Kirk 36:22
3 Joel Clewett  37:13


Women's 10k results

1 Steph Barrett 44:49
2 Carolyn Markham 49:53
3 Melanie Siggs 50:10


Men's 5k results

1 Dom Parker 19:55
2 Andrew Cross 20:08
3 Dan Chase 20:16


Women's 5k results

1 Georgina Tasker 23:38
2 Lucy Wright 24:54
3 Jessican Peters 26:03


Click here for full results



Julian Farrell 10K Road Race

With temperatures just dropping but still blessed with plenty of sunshine, Camberley and District Athletics Club hosted the 22nd Annual Julian Farrell 10K Road Race, from Kings International College in Watchetts Drive, with 90 runners setting off round the streets of Camberley.

First home was Mark Symes from Aldershot and Farnham Athletics Club in 33:53. Second overall, and first male U21, was Brogan McCawley in 35:05 and third was Neil Watkins in 38:51. The male vet award went to Sean Smith from Farnham Runners.

First lady home was Alexa Hyldon in 39:54. Second lady was Freya Davis in 48:18 and third was Elaine McEvilly  in 49:49. The female vet award went to Meesing McCawley from Camberley.

There was also a Junior 3k Fun Run held at the same event within the grounds of Kings International with 75 runners taking part. The winner was Hallam Webb from Camberley.

The club are grateful for the help they received from several members of the Camberley Air Training Corp in running the event on the day.

The next local event is the Annual Cross Country Event at the Frimley Allotments in Old Bisley Road on Sunday November 16, 2014 - this is open to all ages, either running as individuals or as teams from clubs – all are most welcome. See the website www.camberleyathletics.org.uk for full details of distances for all the different age categories, and for entry details.

Men's results

1 Mark Symes AFD 33:53
2 Brogan McCawley CADAC 35:05
3 Neil Watkins Unattached 38:51


Women's results

1 Alexa Hyldon Unattached 39:54
2 Freya Davis Unattached 40:18
3 Elaine McEvilly Unattached 49:49


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Newport Duathlon

The 2014 Newport Duathlon (5.6K/23K/5.6K) went well, with great conditions and 90 competitors taking part. 

There was real battle at the front of the men’s race between Oliver Rodwell and former winner Paul Rogers from Black Country Triathlon Club finishing with Paul winning by 7 seconds.

Amy Tweedie of Cobra ACwas a clear winner of the women's competition, finishing one minute forty seconds ahead of Joanna Thompson of Stafford Tri Club.

 Men's results

1 Paul Rogers Black Country Triathlon Club 1:20:23
2 Oliver Rodwell   1:20:30
3 Matthew Smith Oldbury Triathlon Club 1:22:27


Women's results

1 Amy Tweedie Cobra AC 1:39:10
2 Joanna Thompson Stafford Harriers 1:40:49
3 Mel Humphreys Wrekin College Triathlon Club 1:41:44


Click here for full results



Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

The Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon, an ETU European Championship Qualifier, took place on the famous motor racing circuit and saw a total of 625 athletes cross the finish line.  

The event featured a sprint as well as a standard distance race, both open to elite, amateur and novice racers. The standard distance race incorporated a 8.6 km run (2 laps) followed by an exhilarating 38.8 km cycle (9 laps) and a final run lap of 4.3 km, totalling 51.6 km. Sprint distance competitors started with a 4.3 km run (1 lap), followed by a 21.6 km cycle (5 laps) and a final run lap of 4.3 km, covering a total distance of 30.1 km.

Luke Pollard of RAF Tri Club was dominating the standard distance field by clocking the fastest time on the bike and both run legs and he defended his title in a time of 01:42:35. Runner up David Thomas crossed the finish line in 01:44:34 and Ian Roberts (Champion Systems) took third place in 01:46:39. Louella O'Herlihy of Zoom Tri Club secured the women’s title in 02:02:19, ahead of Jenni Muston who finished in 02:03:57, 7 seconds ahead of third placed Briony Martin.

Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

Photos: Sprint distance winner Ian Lawton and standard distance winner Luke Pollard

In the sprint distance race Ian Lawton, a regular on the Xtra Mile Events scene, claimed the win in a time of 01:00:25. Lewis Eccleston (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) came second in 01:00:43, ahead of Djalil Baiou (TFN Tri Club) who crossed the finish line in 01:01:55. The women’s field saw Katy Youle-Grayling and Ellie Gosling (Tri2O) battle it out for the title, with Youle-Grayling finishing 10 seconds ahead of Gosling in a time of 01:12:34. Kirsty Vogan took third place in 01:14:03.

Oulton Park is of the country's finest motor racing circuits and is becoming recognised as a top duathlon venue. It offers many unique features including a traffic free race track, super smooth tarmac, transition in the pits and a banked hairpin, which all make for great racing.

The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei tent at the finish, which was handing out ice cold samples of the isotonic recovery drink to finishing duathletes, was a popular addition to the race and contributed to the great atmosphere. They also helped overall winners to celebrate in style by presenting them with 3 liters of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei on the podium.

Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon, which was a qualifier for ETU European Championship, attracted a large number of athletes and we saw lots of excellent performances on the track. There was a great atmosphere at the finish line, with many athletes celebrating their achievement and the end of their season. We are proud to give them the opportunity to finish their season on a high at such a fantastic venue.

“A big thank you goes to everyone who has been supporting us this season and to all the athletes who signed up to Xtra Mile Events. I would also like to thank the Oulton Park track staff, Xtra Mile Events Crew, Northwich Air Cadets, BTF Race Officials, Manchester Medical Services and Cheshire Constabulary for their help with staging this event, in addition to all the other support groups.”

Sponsors of the Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon 2014 included ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), Clif Bar (Official Sports Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).

Go to www.xtramileevents.com for further details about Xtra Mile Events, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/TriathlonUK and follow Xtra Mile Events on Twitter @GreatTriathlons and Instagram xtra_mile_events .

Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

Photos: Sprint distance women's winner Katy Youle-Grayling and standard distance women's winner Louella O'Herlihy

Men's Standard Distance Duathlon results (8.6km run / 38.8km cycle / 4.3km run)

1 Luke Pollard RAF Tri Club 01:42:35
2 David Thomas   01:44:34
3 Ian Roberts Champion Systems 01:46:39


Women's Standard Distance Duathlon results

1 Louella O'Herlihy Zoom Tri Club 02:02:19
2 Jenni Muston   02:03:57
3 Briony Martin   02:04:04


Men's Sprint Distance Duathlon results (4.3km run / 21.6km cycle / 4.3km run).

1 Ian Lawton   01:00:25
2 Lewis Eccleston Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners 01:00:43
3 Djalil Baiou TFN Tri Club 01:01:55


Women's Sprint Distance Duathlon results

1 Katy Youle-Grayling   01:12:34
2 Ellie Gosling Tri2O 01:12:44
3 Kirsty Vogan   01:14:03


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River Thames Half Marathon

The inaugural race was won by Mohammed Ismail of Herne Hill Harriers who broke clear from the pack at halfway. Sarah Kinsella of The Stragglers was first lady home in her debut half marathon, over four minutes clear of Sally Jamison in second place. 

Serpentine won the men's team pize with Andrew Orr, Dean Morley, Gavin Edmonds and Tom Lambert, while Sarah Kinsella, Jacky Balfour and Zoe Riding won the women's team prize for the Stragglers.

River Thames Half Marathon

Photo: Women's winner Sarah Kinsella of The Stragglers at the prize giving

Men's results

1 Mohammed Ismail Herne Hill Harriers 1:15:56
2 Chris Oddy Unattached 1:16:20
3 Andrew Orr Serpentine RC 1:17:02


Women's results

1 Sarah Kinsella The Stragglers RC 1:24:56
2 Sally Jamison Unattached 1:29:02
3 Jen Green London FrontRunners 1:29:52


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Shelton Striders 10k

The Shelton Striders 10k, part of the RunDerby series, took place in perfect running conditions. A slight nip in the air to start with, turning into a nice bright morning which didn't get too hot. A near record entry of 441 entrants took part with quite a number achieving PB's on a flat, fast course.

First home in a time of 32minutes 25secs was local athlete Stuart King from Heanor Running Club. Second was John Wadelin of Erewash. Running Club in 32minues 50secs followed by Stephen Price of UK Net Runner in 33minutes 05 seconds.

For the Ladies, it was another Heanor runner, Lisa Palmer, a regular at the Shelton 10k in a time of 36minutes 21seconds. Second was Rachel Olivant just over 2 minutes behind from Derby AC in 38minutes 25seconds with Christina Cooper of South Derbyshire Running Club in third place in a time of 39minutes 51seconds 

As part of the entry fee, £1 from each runner will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity that the Shelton Striders had nominated to support for 2014.

Next years event is scheduled for the October 4, 2015.

Shelton Striders 10k

Photos: First three ladies and men at the Shelton Striders 10k, with Gemma, the De22 Creative Design Solutions sponsor

Men's results

1 Stuart King Heanor Running Club 0:32:25
2 John Wadelin Erewash Valley RC 0:32:50
3 Stephen Price UK Net Runner 0:33:05


Women's results

1 Lisa Palmer Heanor Running Club 0:36:21
2 Rachel Olivant Derby AC 0:38:25
3 Christina Cooper South Derbyshire Road Runners 0:39:51


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Foston and Thornton Le Clay 10K

It was a cracking day for the 2014 Foston and Thornton Le Clay 10K, bright sunshine and the whole village in a good mood.  The 1K runners were set off at 10:30 and they bounded around the off road 1k course like march hares.  Yours truely was chased at high speed to the finish line by a very capable and rising start Matthew Hutchison.  First girl, Sophie Jackson, was also fourth overall.

The 10k and 6k races set off together at 11:30. 116 runners on the course was lower than previous years but the organisers were pleased with the turnout after a year off last year.  Next year is booked already for October 4, 2015.

Our first 6k runner, Mark Harney from York Triathlon Club returned after just 22.58 on the course, while the first lady was Chloe Dalton from Ripon Runners in 27.39.

The winning 10k runner crossed the line in 33.59.  Joshua Schofield from City of York AC ran a convincing race - not a course record though. Our first 10k lady was Sarah Attwood from York Knavesmire Harriers in 41.10.

Men's 10km results

1 Joshua Schofield City of York AC 33:59
2 Richard Ginn Pocklington Runners 36:08
3 David Smithers Unattched 36:40


Women's 10km results

1 Sarah Attwood York Knavesmire Harriers 41:10
2 Katherine Hackett Quakers Darlington 41:26
3 Cassie Holmes York Knavesmire Harriers 42:23


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Willow 10K

Willow 10K © Debbie Ram Photography

Photos © Debbie Ram Photography

The biggest annual Willow 10K took place in the stunning setting of Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House with a record 950 runners and walkers taking part in aid of Hertfordshire based national charity, Willow.

The sixth annual Willow 10K saw runners set off in the sunshine from the grandeur of main house and to explore the vast grounds, some of which are not open to the public. The route led back to the main house, enduring a final uphill along the vast driveway towards Lord & Lady Salisbury’s magnificent Jacobean property.

Dennis Henning was the winner in a time of . 38:48. Jay Munkley was second in 40:03, just four seconds ahead of third placed Shaun Mills.

In 24th place overall, Genevieve Helsby was the first woman across the line in a time of 44:09. Kate Barrow was second in 44:24, ahead of Jo Airey in third in 44:35.

Willow 10K © Kevin Lines Photography

Photos: The top three men and race winner Dennis Henning on the course © Kevin Lines Photography

Since it began, the Willow 10K has raised more than £200,000 for Willow - the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.  This year’s funds have yet to be announced with sponsorship money still coming in.

Timing results available online at www.splitsecondtiming.co.uk/Results.aspx

To register your interest in next year’s Willow 10K, email challenge@willowfoundation.org.uk  For more information about Willow, visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk

Photos: Second placed woman Kate Barrow (131) and women's winner Genevieve Helsby © Kevin Lines Photography

Men's results

1 Dennis Henning 00:38:48
2 Jay Munkley 00:40:03
3 Shaun Mills 00:40:07


Women's results

1 Genevieve Helsby 00:44:09
2 Kate Barrow 00:44:24
3 Jo Airey 00:44:35


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