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Weekend review: October 18 & 19, 2014

by Editor
Monday 20th October 2014

Saturday, October 18,2014

Breast Cancer Care Women Only Run

Breast Cancer Care Women Only Run

Richmond Park was the stunning location for the 2014 Breast Cancer Care Women Only Run. Ladies of all ages and abilities were treated to unseasonably warm weather and spectacular views, but the challenge they faced was far from a walk in the park.

There was something on offer for everyone with ladies being able to choose between routes of 5, 10 or 15km and even had the option of running with a buggy should they wish. It was a calm and friendly atmosphere beforehand, with some choosing to set goals for themselves to reach. More regular runners wanted to set a personal best time or to try a longer distance for the first time, whilst others were just happy to complete the course and enjoy the surroundings.

To help those who had ambitions to hit a target time Garmin had provided state of the art watches to hire for free. These watches provided distance and speed updates to help participants pace themselves throughout accordingly.

For many though the finishing time was immaterial as they had chosen to take part in the event to help raise crucial funds to continue the great work of Breast Cancer Care. Sports news presenter and Breast Cancer Care ambassador Charlie Webster was one of many taking part and was on the start line to tell everybody about their great work and officially begin the challenge.

The 5km runners were first off just after 10am, with other distances following shortly after. This was a rare opportunity to run on closed roads through treasured parkland, and whilst thankfully there were no vehicles to be seen, nature was all around. Herds of Deer curiously looked on as hundreds of ladies jogged past, and watching crowds had the opportunity to grab photos of friends and family with some stunning panoramas and the odd Horse as a backdrop.

Bringing an International flavour to the day was a Water Polo team of 26 Italians from Verona. The ladies had come over specially for the event, and arranged a match with a local side to make the weekend complete.

It was Vivki Abberton who was first back in just 19:47, obviously enjoying park life, and so fast she appeared as just a blur to many. Suzanne Nottage and Laura Farrell were not far behind picking up second and third place in the 5km respectively.

The 10km distance category was run at a fine pace, with Jen Green the first to complete the 6.2 miles and cross the finish line in 40:34.

The 15km Queen of Richmond Park was the marvellous Sophie Horsburgh completing the furthest distance in only 1:03:40.

All finishers were rewarded for their efforts as they crossed the finish line with a medal and goodie bag loaded with treats. The more immediate concern for many seemed to be rehydration, and thankfully the team from Vita Coco were on hand to offer a selection of delicious coconut drinks served with a smile.

It was heart-warming to see so many smiling and happy faces at the end, not just from the competitors but also from the many friends and family members who had come down to offer support. It was also thrilling to see so many people raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

Speaking after running 10k Charlie Webster said 'It was a really different atmosphere today, in a good way. It was great speaking to others as we went round and spurring each other on. It's great to see so many people raising money for Breast Cancer Care'.

To aid participants recovery Hot Bikram Yoga were on site to offer cool down sessions for all. These seemed incredibly popular and many are sure to feel the benefit.

So another successful event put on by the Human Race team as 2014’s calendar comes towards a close. Only Wildman on 22 November and the (sold out) BallBuster on 8 November remain this year.

If you are interested in taking part in Wildman, a 10 or 15km trail run to keep your fitness up, head to www.humanrace.co.uk/off-road

Women's 5km results

1 Vicki Abberton RG Active Race Team 19:47
2 Suzanne Nottage Unattached 20:35
3 Laura Farrell Unattached 20:46


Women's 10km results

1 Jen Green London Frontrunners 40:34
2 Bryony King Unattached 42:33
3 Monica Gorni Unattached 44:35


Women's 15km results

1 Sophie Horsburgh Unattached 1:03:40
2 Gemma Farrell ONE Triathlon 1:06:31
3 Sally Buchanan Unattached 1:09:15


Click here for full results



Burnham Beeches 10K

Burnham Beeches 10K

Some 160 runners took part in this annual 10k run through wet soggy Burnham Beeches.

The overall winning man was James Silvey in a time just over 37 minutes beating his last year's time and third place position. Coming second was Andrew Penfold with Kerry Davies in third place. The overall winning woman was Helen Mussen with a time of 44 minutes, Rachel Newton coming second closely followed by Sarah Darch in third.

Rotary District 1090 District Governor Tim Cowling presented the prizes.

The organisers are grateful to the City of London Burnham Beeches organisation for their authority to hold this event, and thanks go to the many members of the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches for their great support.

Burnham Beeches 10K

Photos: Women's winners Helen Mussen has time to wave and smile - obviously enjoying it  and race winner James Silvey sprinting up the "killer" hill, already way ahead of the second runner

Men's results

1 James Silvey 37:22
2 Andrew Penfold  39:11
3 Kerry Davies   43:33


Women's results

1 Helen Mussen  44:21
2 Chantal Percival 47:04
3 Sarah Darch  47:45


Click here for full results



Eden Project Marathon

Eden Project Marathon

Photos: The start and half marathon winners Kathryn Burgess and Dan Alsop © Emily Whitfield

The fifth annual Eden Project Marathon saw an exciting one-two finish from St Austell Running Club members. Winner Phil Montgomery-Smith pipped his friend and club-mate, Tim Adams, to the finish line by a margin of just nine seconds.

Phil, from Sticker near St. Austell, finished with a time of three hours, nine minutes and 14 seconds in bright, sunny conditions which were a marked contrast to last year’s thunder storms. Tim, from St. Austell, finished with a time of three hours, nine minutes and 23 seconds.

Phil said: “I’ve never won a race before and this was the first time I’ve run the Eden Marathon – I was marshalling last year. It was very tough but an absolutely brilliant course.”

Tim said: “It was really tough but I’ve knocked about 20 minutes off last year’s time so I was pleased with that and it was the first time I’ve got a podium place too.”

Andrew Vallance from Okehampton who runs with Okehampton Running Club finished third with a time of three hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds.

Isobel Wykes from Probus who runs with Mud Crew Trail Runners was the fastest woman in the Eden Marathon for the second time with a time of three hours, 33 minutes and 56 seconds. “I’m very pleased to be the fastest woman for the second year running. It was just as challenging as last year, it was hard but good fun.”

The second fastest woman was Charlotte Bennett from Helston who runs with Hayle Runners and finished with a time of three hours, 43 minutes and 59 seconds. Third place was Bonny Collingborn from Plymouth who runs with the South West Veterans’ Athletics Club with a time of three hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds.

Earlier in the day, the half-marathon was won by Dan Alsop, also of St. Austell Running Club and son of the Race Director Doug Alsop. Dan from Roche finished with a time of one hour, 19 minutes and 52 seconds.

Shortly behind Dan was second-placed George Prewett from Saltash. George runs with the Tamar Trotters and finished with a time of one hour, 20 minutes and 19 seconds.

Dan said: “It was really good, amazing weather for this time of year. It was tough but I knew it would be. George and I kept pushing each other the whole way – it was a good battle, good fun.”

Third place in the half-marathon went to Nick Loewendahl, from Sweetshouse near Lostwithiel. Nick runs with St. Austell Running Club, completing an excellent result for the club with four of the six fastest men sporting their distinctive purple vests.

The fastest woman in the half-marathon was Kathryn Burgess from Lostwithiel who improved on her second-place finish in 2013. Kathryn, who runs for Cornwall Athletic Club, finished with a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 17 seconds - just under a minute and a half quicker than last year.

Kathryn said: “I’m really pleased to win, it was a good mix of road and off-road running, I enjoyed it.”

Debbie Starkey from Lanreath near Looe – another St. Austell Running Club member - finished second with a time of one hour, 34 minutes and three seconds. She was ahead of unaffiliated third-placed runner Jemma McNeill from Kirkcowan in Scotland who posted a time of one hour, 35 minutes and 37 seconds.

Nearly 1,200 people signed up for this year’s Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Eden Project Marathon

Photos: The start and marathon winners Phil Montgomery-Smith and Isobel Wykes © Emily Whitfield

Tracey Smith, Eden’s Commercial Manager, said: “We’ve had a fantastic day, the weather has been beautiful and everyone who has taken part has done incredibly well. Particular congratulations should go to our friends at St. Austell Running Club whose members put in such a strong performance in today’s races.

“Once again we would like to thank everyone who has helped make the day such a success, including everyone at St. Austell Running Club, the sponsors, the marshals and volunteers, everyone who came out to support the competitors and, of course, the runners themselves.”

Doug Alsop of St. Austell Running Club who was Race Director for the Eden Marathon and Half-Marathon, said: “I’m very pleased with how the day has gone, we have been blessed with great weather and everyone involved in the organisation of the day put in a fantastic effort.

“It’s an emotional day for me because my son Dan won the half-marathon and my training partners Phil and Tim came first and second in the marathon. Today has been a great result for St. Austell Running Club members and I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the races.”

The Eden Project has already announced that the next Marathon and Half-Marathon will take place on Sunday October 18, 2015. Runners will be able to register for next year’s race through the Eden website (www.edenproject.com) soon.

The Eden Project’s Marathon and Half-Marathon started in 2009 with a hiatus in 2012. The races take a scenic and challenging route through the dramatic “clay country” landscape before finishing in the shadow of the iconic Biomes.

As in previous years, Eden organised the event in partnership with St. Austell Running Club.

Men's marathon results

1 Phil Montgomery-Smith St Austell Running Club 3:09:23
2 Tim Adams St Austell Running Club 3:09:32
3 Andrew Vallance Okehampton Running Club 3:13:40


Women's marathon results

1 Isobel Wykes Mud Crew Trail Runners 3:33:56
2 Charlotte Bennett Hayle Runners 3:43:59
3 Bonny Collingborn South West Veterans’ Athletics Club 3:48:22


Men's half marathon results

1 Dan Alsop St. Austell Running Club 1:19:52
2 George Prewett Tamar Trotters 1:20:19
3 Nick Loewendahl St. Austell Running Club  


Women's half marathon results

1 Kathryn Burgess Cornwall Athletic Club 1:32:17
2 Debbie Starkey St. Austell Running Club 1:34:03
3 Jemma McNeill Unaffiliated 1:35:37


Click here for full results



Rowbothams Round Rotherham

The 32nd running of the Rowbothams Round Rotherham saw 253 runners and walkers lined up for the main starts at 6am and 7am. This was only 11 down on 2013 when 264 lined up.  The weather couldn’t have been worse in the week leading up to the event, with rain on a daily basis, which meant the conditions were muddy and sticky and not conducive to fast times.

The morning itself had dawned damp but eventually it turned bright and sunny for the rest of the day.  There were no pre race favourites for the main race this year, but Kevin Doyle from Kimberworth Striders, a regular in the event, had once again entered.  On being questioned beforehand about his fitness and prospects he was non committal.  However, he took the lead early on.  At Woodsetts which is just past half way, he had an advantage of approximately five minutes on the second man and romped home in first place in a time of 6 hours 52 minutes. A well deserved win for Kevin and an improvement of 11 mins on his time in 2013 when he finished in second place.

Runner up was Ian Symington of Calder Valley Fell Runners who last competed in 2012, when he also finished in second place.  His time was  7 hours 11 mins.   A tie for third place went to Michael Hyde (Stadium Runners) and last year’s winner, Kevin Hoult (Calder Valley Fell Runners) in a time of 7 hours 35 mins.  The difficulty was then handing out the trophy, as only one could be awarded.  A quick discussion with the athletes took place and Kevin Hoult generously offered the trophy to Michael as he (Kevin) had taken first place in 2013 and didn’t want another trophy.

The ladies race saw first time entrant Helen Pickford from Sheffield AC come home in first place in a time of 8 hours 2 mins, she finished 9th place overall.  Following in equal second place were also first time entrants; Susan Keens of Maltby RR and Elizabeth Hutson from Sheffield Tri Club, in a time of 8 hours 56 mins.  Again, what do we do regarding awarding the trophies?  A quick discussion took place again with the ladies and it was decided to award second and third place trophies, but change the plates to read 2nd =.  The ladies went away happy with this!!

First team trophies were awarded once again to Kimberworth Striders who had won in 2013,  with a total time of 22 hours and 57 mins, team members being Kevin Doyle in 1st, Paul Buchanan in 5th place and Colin Earl in 16th position.  Second placed team again were Portsmouth Joggers who had returned for another year.

226 runners and walkers finished the event with a drop out of approx 10% which is about normal and average for a long distance event.  Had conditions been worse then this of course would have been higher.

The first Rotherham Harrier home to collect the Ralph Rowbotham trophy went to Gary Ridgeway, running for the first time.  His intention was to only run to Harthill at 22 miles, but he kept on running to the next checkpoint ably supported by his father, Ken Ridgeway, and eventually finished the whole 50 miles in 10 hours 10 mins and 55th place overall.  Well done to Gary, I’m sure he will be back to improve on his time.

As previously mentioned, 26 teams entered the relay event.  This is a record, previously the record was 22.  This demonstrates how important the relay is in the Rowbothams Round Rotherham event and is a simple way of earning money as the teams are self sufficient and self managed.  The overall winning team again were Clowne A road runners, previously victorious in 2012 and 2013.  Winning time was 5 hours, 26 mins.  The ladies winning team were Kimmy Kittens (Kimberworth Striders) who were previous winners in 2013.  They placed 8th overall in 6 hours 55 mins.  Mixed team winners went to Maltby Merrymakers (Maltby Road Runners) 4th overall in 6 hours 23 mins.  RHAC provided 3 teams, first team back being the Open team, Baileys Bombers, 17th overall in 7 hours 33 mins. 

The ladies team,  Women in Black , who were besieged by injury and illness the week before meaning 2 of our ladies doubling up on legs, did well to finish overall in 19th place in 7 hours 44 mins  The final RHAC team, Rotherham Rookies, a mixed team,  finished in 24th place in 8 hours 59 mins.  25 teams finished overall with 1 team being disqualified due to a runner going missing in between checkpoints and their outgoing runner set off without waiting for the runner to arrive!

Men's results

1 Kevin Doyle Kimberworth Striders 06:52:42
2 Ian Symington Calder Valley Fell Runners 07:11:28
=3 Michael Hyde
Kevin Hoult
Stadium Runners
Calder Valley Fell Runners


Women's results

1 Helen Pickford Sheffield RC 08:02:55
=2 Elizabeth Hutson Sheffield Tri Club 08:56:36
=2 Susan Keens Maltby Running Club 08:56:36


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Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

The overnight winds abated to allow the weekly Yeovil Montacute parkrun to take place, with 128 runners turning out, of whom 17 were first timers and 11 who recorded new Personal Bests. Event Director Matt Warr won the “guess the number of runners” – just one out; so that’s what he was doing during his run briefing – counting them all!

Before the run, there was a Club 10 T-shirt presentation to Arthur  Rowe – it’s always good to see the junior runners recognised for completing 10 x 5km; there are an awful lot of adults who’ve not done that many in their whole lives!

In the run, there was a good performance – some might say “overture” - from Ben Pitman of Lordshill Road Runners, who was first over the line in a cracking time of 18.12, twenty seconds ahead of second placed Mark Offord (18m32), with Richard Clifton third in 19m33.

There was one parkrun tourist who left a message – Tim from Gunnersbury enjoyed his first time at Montacute, saying it was a lovely course but tough; “my 101st parkrun will stick in my memory”!

In the Ladies run, Gabrielle Yates’ first appearance at Montacute saw her finish as first lady in 22nd place overall, in a time of 23m53, ahead of Langport Runners’ Holly Biacgger (26th, 24m25) and Egg Cameron third (31st overall) lady over the line in 25:22. Lesley Nesbitt, 36th overall, was highest placed in the age graded results, 78.10% for her time of 25m57.

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

Men's results

1 Ben PITMAN Lordshill Road Runners 18:12
2 Mark OFFORD Unattached 18:32
3 Richard CLIFTON Chard RRC 19:33


Women's results

1 Gabrielle YATES Unattached 23:53
2 Holly BIGGER Langport Runners 24:25
3 Egg CAMERON Unattached 25:22


Click here for full results



Sunday, October 19,2014

Antonine Trail Race

Antonine Trail Race 2014

On a wet and windy day, when part of the trail was under water, Neil Renault of Edinburgh AC won the 13.8 mile race in a fantastic time of 01:27:12, with a four minutes gap between him and number two, Rob James in 01:31:05 then George Pettit in 01:33:51.

Hannah Devey won the women's race in a time of 01:48:42, ahead of Donna Kostlin in 01:50:55  and Shona Young in 01:53:43.

Men's results

1 Neil Renault Edinburgh AC 01:27:12
2 Rob James   01:31:05
3 George Pettit Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers 01:33:51


Women's results

1 Hannah Devey Hunters Bun Trotters 01:48:42
2 Donna Kostlin   01:50:55
3 Shona Young Lothian Running Club 01:53:47


Click here for full results



Beat Beethoven Fun Run

Beat Beethoven Fun Run

The third Beat Beethoven Fun Run, organised by the Rotary Club of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, took place at Stirling University under a heavy veil of cloud which did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the almost 500 competitors. By the start of the run, however, the skies had cleared and the sun was shining, highlighting the magnificent autumn colours on the trees in the University grounds.

There was a great turnout of families and groups from local schools and organisations who were entertained by Steve Courtney from Central FM before the warm up by the University’s Gillian Gilvear prepared them for the start of the event to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

The opening bars of Beeethoven’s Fifth Symphony heralded the start with the challenge to cover the 5k run or 2.7k walk round Airthrey Loch before the final note sounded just over 35 minutes later.

Beat Beethoven Fun Run

Photos (clockwise from top left): The Littlejohn family and Stirling High School pupils. The warm up. The McLean family and Alison Rennie CHAS Fundraiser

Last year’s winner, 16 year old Iain Davies from Dunblane High School was again first across the line in 15 minutes and , beating his time last year by over 2 minutes. He was closely followed by Matthew McKenna and Chris Cadman.

Kate Gallagher (14), a pupil at Stirling High was the first girl to finish, with Kirsty Ainsworth second and Ruby Simpson in third place.

All contestants were given a certificate and medal to commemorate their achievement.

Rotary President Peter Farr thanked everyone, particularly main sponsors, Phoenix Car Company, Waitrose for supplying the water, Stirling University for providing the venue, setting up the course and helping with the website, to all other sponsors, Rotary Club members and friends for their efforts and especially to all competitors and families who came along to support the event.

Find out more on the website: www.dunblanerotary.org.uk

Beat Beethoven Fun Run

Photos (clockwise from top left): Winning girl, Kate Gallagher with Beethoven and Iain Davies. Iain with Parkinson's fundraiser Jan Mattison and CHAS fundraiser Alison Rennie



Charterhouse Club Trail Run

Charterhouse Club Trail Run - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo: Get Set, Go... Start of the 1km Fun Run

The annual Charterhouse Club Trail Run was held on Sunday 19th October 2014 for the fifth year running, attracting over 200 entrants from the local area. The weather held for the morning and the sun even shone as spectators cheered on the runners who took part in the 1km Fun Run, 5km, 10km and challenging 15km races around the school playing fields and woodland trails.

The successful event was organised by Charterhouse Club with event partners The Godalming Toy Box, Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy & Sport Injuries Clinic and the Bramley based store Tortoise and Hare Running Specialist, all supporting the event.

Throughout the morning the atmosphere at the Club grew as spectators gathered to cheer on the runners. The Fun Run, which took place on the school playing fields, started first at 10am and medals, sponsored by The Godalming Toy Box were given out to all children who took part. This was closely followed by the start of the chip timed 5km, 10km and 15km runs at 10.30am.

Race organiser Josie Tidbury from Charterhouse Club commented ‘We were really thrilled with the turn out this year which was better than ever. It was a lovely day and a great atmosphere with the new Fun Run really adding to the occasion, making it a truly family event. We will definitely be including it in our plans again for next year. We were very grateful to our event partners for helping support this great event’.

The 1km Fun Run proved very popular with families, with over 60 young children taking part. It was jointly won by two brothers, Ben Flatau (9) and his brother William (7) and after crossing the finish line, they commented: “We enjoyed the run and it was great to finish together. The route was clear to follow and we had lots of fun taking part. We are really pleased with our medals.”

Charterhouse Club Trail Run - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo: Runners on the course of the 5K loop and Fun Run winners with their parents

Their father Simon, an event sponsor from the Tortoise and Hare Running Specialist store in Bramley, added: “The Tortoise and Hare has sponsored the Trail Run over the years and it has grown in popularity. I think it’s great that the Club decided to introduce the Fun Run as it’s so nice to be able to enjoy a running event as a family. I particularly like this event and have taken part in the Trail Run before. I ran the 10km in 2012 and came second in the 15km last year so I decided to enter the 5km this year.”

Other fun run participants included Graham and Sue Williams who ran the race with their young grandsons, Reuben (3) and Gabriel (6), commented: “It was great to take part in the Fun Run with the grandchildren and the weather was just fantastic. I also ran the 10k for the first time. There was a super atmosphere as it was such a friendly event and so well organised by the Club.”

With marshals stationed around the clearly marked out 5km loop, the 5k, 10k  and 15km runners started at 10.30am and headed out across Charterhouse school’s sports field and into nearby woodland, giving them the ideal opportunity to enjoy running in the scenic woodland trails around the school whilst experiencing some challenging uphill climbs and fast downhill sections.

54 runners in total took part in the 5km event and it was won by Simon Flatau with a finish time of 21 minutes 3 seconds. The first woman to finish was Isabel Russell with a finish time 27 minutes and 2 seconds. Isabel commented: ‘It’s the first time I have taken part in a trail run. The course was tough but well worth doing and would definitely do it again’

In the 10km event, 67 people took part and the run was won by James Adams in 43 minutes and 21 seconds. The first woman to finish was Tania Oko, in 56 minutes and 54 seconds. One of the runners who took part in this event, Elaine Kieran commented: “It’s a tough but a lovely run. I come from London and am used to park runs but this is a good route that’s a constant challenge”.

And in the 15km run 32 runners took part and it was won by Christopher Peck in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 15 seconds and the first woman to complete it was Natasha Swan in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 56 seconds. Andrea Thomas who was the second woman to complete the 15km run said on finishing: “This is the third time I have done this run and it’s such a good cross country race. It’s excellent training for marathon runners”.

For more running times and to see who took part, please visit www.charterhouseclub.co.uk

Men's 5km results

1 Simon Flatau Unattached 00:21:03
2 Ben Fitzpatrick Unattached 00:21:55
3 Alex Sparks Unattached 00:22:19


Women's 5km results

1 Isabel Russell Unattached 00:27:02
2 Sarah Brabin Unattached 00:27:40
3 Maxine Badenhop Unattached 00:28:36


Men's 10km results

1 James Adams Unattached 00:43:21
2 Scott Simpkin Unattached 00:50:22
3 Anthony Davies SERPENTINE RC 00:50:37


Women's 10km results

1 Tania Oko Unattached 00:56:54
2 Lynne Harris Unattached 01:00:28
3 Elaine Kieran Unattached 01:01:01


Men's 15km results

1 Christopher Peck Unattached 01:05:15
2 Neil Moriarty Unattached 01:14:01
3 Thomas Barlow Unattached 01:17:14


Women's 15km results

1 Natasha Swan Seaford Striders 01:19:56
2 Andrea Thomas Unattached 01:21:10
3 Emma Cary-Wright Unattached 01:23:07


Click here for full results



New Forest Stinger

New a Forest Stinger

Photo © Paul Hammond

Unseasonably warm conditions greeted a record number of runners as Totton Running Club hosted its annual 10 mile 'Stinger' race, set against the backdrop of the beautiful New Forest National Park. 

This year saw not only a name change but also the addition of a new 5 mile course.  The rainfall in the preceding weeks meant there was plenty of mud to add to the undulations and stunning scenery. 

Completing the race is an achievement in itself and 68 completed the 5 mile in its first outing along with the 166 finishers for the 10 mile, an increase on the previous years numbers, with the new 5 mile attracting many runners who had partners running in the 10 mile. The 5 mile course offering a shorter, but equally challenging run, each race finishing in the "Race Village" set up, where every runner was treated to a great goody bag and the opportunity to have a free post race recovery massage.

The winner of the 10 mile race was Stubbington Green's Daniel O'Boyle in a respectable 57:28 and Winchester’s Kathy Bailey winning the ladies race in 1:08:14    The winners of the 5 mile race were Hardley’s Ben Andrew for the Men in 34:52 and Danielle Grant, an unattached runner from Marchwood,  winning the ladies race in 43:25.   

Men's mile results



Women's 10 mile results



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Men's 5 mile results



Women's 5 mile results



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Salisbury Half Marathon

Race winners Ruth Barnes and Mark Couldwell on the course © Charles Whitton Photography

Photos: Race winners Ruth Barnes and Mark Couldwell on the course © Charles Whitton Photography

Runners travelled from all over the British Isles to take part in the Salisbury Half Marathon. Greeted by clear blue skies and near perfect running conditions, the athletes left the start on Ashley Green, accompanied by the inspiring tunes of a Gurkha Piper.

The route has kept the same format for 3 of its 17 years, heading out of the City onto Stratford Road, before the first climb up to Old Sarum along Phillips Lane. The subsequent descent through Little Durnford Estates then took the runners onto the East side of the River Avon heading up to Great Durnford. After crossing the river the runners head south along the River Avon through the Woodfords, before returning to the Finish Line on Ashley Green.

The Mens Race was won by Mark Cauldwell from Charnwood AC(Leicestershire) in a time of 1hr 12:54.

The Ladies Race won by Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runners(Bradford on Avon) in a time of 1hr 23:42.

The race this year was a round of the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships. This meant there was a high class field assembled from all over the country. Food for thought maybe for all of us, was the winning time in the Male 70+ Category was 1hrs 30:10 by Martin Ford from Cheltenham.

This race has now really come of age. Plans are underway to make it an even bigger and better race for next year. In so doing making it much more accessible for athletes and spectators alike.

The race this year was raising funds for both the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Firefighters Charity.

Race winners Ruth Barnes and Mark Couldwell on the course © Charles Whitton Photography

Photos: Race winners Ruth Barnes and Mark Couldwell on the course © Charles Whitton Photography

Men's results

1 Mark Couldwell Charnwood AC 01:12:54
2 James Knight Overton Harriers & AC 01:13:40
3 Nigel Rackham Metros RC 01:16:35


Women's results

1 Ruth Barnes Avon Valley Runners 01:23:42
2 Eleanor Fowler Nuneaton Harriers 01:28:09
3 Karen Rushton Southampton AC 01:28:22


Click here for full results



Weymouth 10

This was the 53rd annual Weymouth 10 road race. Some 200 runners from around the County, aged between 17 and 73, completed this challenging event, organised Egdon Heath Harriers.

The course takes participants across the Weymouth seafront and over the hills at Bowleaze. The Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller started the race in surprisingly warm and sunny conditions, despite a strong wind.

In a time of 54 mins and 31 seconds, Steven Bayton of Hercules Wimbledon crossed the line to take a well earned and decisive victory. He was followed by Bournemouth AC runner, Peter Thompson (58.25) and fellow Bournemouth AC runner, Simon Munro (59.48) secured third place!

First lady was Zoe Hayward (71.31) of Maiden Newton Runners, followed by Elaine Falcus (72.26) and Li Von Schack (76.49).

The Race Director, Damian Summerscales gave thanks to all the volunteer marshals who had once again made this run a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. He extended particular thanks to the Pavilion management for providing the Race HQ, to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for their valued help and support and to the event sponsors, Sainsbury`s Weymouth and Redferns Solicitors.

Weymouth 10 will return in 2015 and is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

If you have been inspired to challenge and improve yourself, Egdon Heath Harriers welcome runners of all ages and abilities and they can help you achieve your goals. Visit their website at www.egdonheathharriers.com.

Men's results

1 Steven Bayton Hercules Wimbledon 54:31
2 Peter Thompson Bournemouth AC 58:25
3 Simon Munro Bournemouth AC 59:48


Women's results

1 Zoe Hayward Maiden Newton Runners 71.31
2 Elaine Falcus Unaffiliated 72.26
3 Li Von Schack Unaffiliated 76.49


Click here for full results


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Trail run fun for all the familyChoice of 1k, 5k, 10k or 15k distances at the Charterhouse Club Trail Run
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Places still available for the annual Ch...Race news: Charterhouse Club Trail Run - Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Charterhouse Club Trail Run offers more ...Race news: Charterhouse Club Trail Run (5k, 10k and 15k) - Sunday, October 19, 2...

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