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Weekend review: February 28 & March 1, 2015

by Editor
Monday 2nd March 2015
 
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Garmin Race Your Pace Half Marathon

Garmin Race Your Pace returned this morning at the modern, calm surroundings of Eton Dorney. This annual half marathon gives runners of mixed abilities the opportunity to focus on perfecting their pace per mile, using a mix of technology and pacers to prevent the age old problem of peaking too soon.

Lots of the 600 strong field were using this run as preparation for a full marathon in the spring. Sponsors Garmin had offered to supply state of the art timing devices to all runners for free to help them keep pace. It was obvious from the many runners throwing glances at their wrists that a large number had taken up their offer.

The clear winner of the male category was William Mcnulty, who completed the entire 13.1 miles in 1:14:12. Luke Wigman and Andrew Snook claimed second and third respectively finishing a few minutes behind William. First back for the females in 1:26:38 was Sarah Dudgeon with Laura Hales following less than a minute behind. Sarah Rock completed the top three with all mentioned picking up prizes.

Every person who finished received a specially designed medal, along with some Spatone to aid their recovery.

The Garmin Pace Team stuck to their planned pace per mile perfectly, once again proving to be the best in the business. They will be back to help more runners in a fortnight for the much anticipated Lidl kingston Breakfast Run on Sunday 15 March.

Garmin Race Your Pace 2015

Men's results

1 William Mcnulty Mornington Chasers 5:40 min/mile 1:14:27
2 Luke Wigman Unattached 5:54 min/mile 1:17:27
3 Andrew Snook Stragglers 5:57 min/mile 1:18:01

 

Women's results

1 Sarah Dudgeon Serpentine RC 6:38 min/mile 1:26:55
2 Laura Hales Woking AC 6:41 min/mile 1:27:38
3 Sarah Rock Bournville Harriers 6:48 min/mile 1:29:13

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k - Race 2

Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k - Race 2

It was another cold morning at the Richmond Park 5k and 10k - Race 2, 2015 in the stunning Richmond Park.

Around 400 runners took part in either the 5k or 10k run and this fun and friendly event always proves popular for those starting out as well as the more regular runners.  

Big thanks goes out to all the team that worked at this event.

All photos from the event can then be viewed for sale via the event photographer Charles Whitton Photography

Don't forget to visit our event calendar thefixevents.com/events for a full list of upcoming events.

Men's 5k results

1 17:57 Kirit Patel 17:59
2 19:15 Peter Ranyard 19:17
3 19:31 Matt Slevin 19:33


Women's 5k results

1 Steff Goodall 21:47
2 Aileen Ruane 23:35
3 Ellie Garratt 23:38

 

Men's 10k results

1 Joel Moloney 37:05
2 Tom Phillips 37:15
3 Rory Spicer 39:06

 

Women's 10k results

1 Aimee Earlam 41:34<
2 Kirsty Rockey 41:54
3 Bryony King 43:55

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Family fun for the Purchase family; Amy D'Arcy is leading lady; a view down the Hill

There was another good turn out this week at the Yeovil Montacute parkrun, where there were 164 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Before starting there was a presentation to Scarlett Sayfritz for getting the Sweatshop parkrunner of the month award for January - her new pair of shoes didn't quite carry her to a new PB this week!

In the run there was a dominant performance from Mike Biss of Wells City Harriers who led from start to finish to finish first over the line in 18m30. Mark Wills (19m11) had a storming second half of the run, overtaking third placed Kameron Ridler of Langport Runners (third over the line in 20m11) sometime from the bottom of the Avenue. Mike’s time was enough to take top place in the age-graded placings too, with second place age-graded going to Mike Collins (4th place overall) for his time of 20m34.

The organisers are thinking of renaming the women's placings the “young ladies’ placings”, as the top three were all juniors. Amy D’Arcy of Yeovil Olympiads AC, was first lady (22nd overall) over the line in 24m01, the first time as leading lady on her seventh appearance at Montacute, with Charlotte Fogwill of Langport Runners in second place (25th overall) in 24m27 ahead of Yeovil Olympiads’ Daisy Davies, who finished today in 24m58.

There were some good performances from regular runners, with Steve Cunio running an excellent 27m34 and Binoy Manimala setting a new PB with his finish in 30m51 – much to the chagrin of Lynda Chaffey, who ran a third PB in a row (31m29 – cracking!) but was still behind him!

There were also a few parkrun tourists, some of whom were on their way to Sunday’s Grizzly in Seaton (20 miles including the “Stairway to Heaven” and the infamous bog run!). Karen and Bob Chart travelled down from the Roundshaw parkrun with their fellow “Roundshawee” Evelina Odej and all loved the course. Neil Tilley of the Swindon All Stars promised to spread the word at the Swindon parkrun as to how lovely the Yeovill Montacute course and volunteers are and Christine David said what everybody has been thinking – “Beautiful setting for a parkrun”! 

 

Men's results

1 Mike Biss Wells City Harriers 18:30
2 Mark Wills Unattached 19:11
3 Kameron Ridler Langport Runners 20:11

 

 

Women's results

1 Amy D’Arcy Yeovil Olympiads AC 24:01
2 Charlotte Fogwill Langport Runners 24:27
3 Daisy Davies Yeovil Olympiads 24:58

 

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

 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Decathlon Coventry's Half Marathon

Decathlon Coventry's Half Marathon - Sunday, March 1, 2015

A record breaking 3,566 of Coventry's runners took to the startline of this years Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon, which was won by Lincoln Wellington AC runner Tom Doe in a time of one hour ten minutes and twenty one seconds, started by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Hammon and Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston in good running conditions.

In second place came Matt Adcock from Hermitage Harriers RC in one hour ten minutes and thirty seven seconds, followed by Dale Annable from Heanor Running Club in one hour ten minutes and forty one seconds.

Best women's performances were by Emms Styles from Hinckley Running Club in one hour twenty three minutes and thirty seconds, with Amanda Deavy from Northbrook Athletic Club finishing second in one hour twenty three minutes and forty four seconds, and Myshola Kirkham from Coventry Godiva Harriers taking third.

Record breaking times were also secured by Steven Brown, dressed as Forrest Gump, who went under one hour and forty minutes to take the new record time for the fastest half marathon dressed as a film character. Vicky Whitlock from local charity partner The Myton Hospices also attempted the record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a cow!

Over 900 local school children also joined in the event, by completing their own half marathon distance across thirteen weeks as part of the Schools’ Challenge, raising funds for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Official charity partners for the race, Stroke Association and The Myton Hospices, thanked everyone who took part and who donated to their runners.

If you feel inspired by this year’s race, pre-registration is now open for next year’s race at www.coventryhalf.com.

Men's results

1 Tom Doe Lincoln Wellington AC 01:10:22
2 Matt Adcock Hermitage Harriers RC 01:10:37
3 Dale Annable Heanor RC 01:10:42

 

Women's results

1 Emma Styles Hinckley Running Club 01:23:37
2 Amanda Deavy Northbrook Athletics Club 01:23:47
3 Myshola Kirkham Coventry Godiva Harriers 01:25:50

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Goring 10k run

Goring 10k run

The Goring 10K 2015 was a sell out success with over 1200 runners waiting for the starting gun on March 1st.  With a mix of serious competitors and fun runners, and an age range of 15-83, it was truly and event for all.  A feel good occasion with a celebratory family atmosphere. 

The course, known for it’s beautiful scenery, was in good condition and the rain mercifully held of to make for a great run.  The finish field had free flapjacks and bananas, plus sports masseurs and Humphrey the Water Aid camel.
The event raised over 18K to provide much need IT equipment for Goring Primary School.

Mens: The winner was Charlie Pearson with an incredible gun and chip time of 35.58 minutes, Paddy Haynes was the junior winner with chip time 37.35, gun time 37.36, Steve Jeffery had the best veterans chip time 37.39 and gun time 37.41, Edward Dodwell at 40.47 chip time, gun time 40.48 the best super veterans time. Anthony Whitehouse Men’s Masters 43.17 (gun time 43.30)

Women: Claire Shelley had the best women’s chip time of 41.06 (gun time 42.09), Harriet Chettleburgh the best veterans time with 42.42 (chip time 42.47), Winnie Swan the junior best time 48.00 (gun time 48.40), Catherine Bates the best super veterans time with 48.59 (gun time 49.32). Margaret Moody best masters with 47.56 (chip time 48.06).

Find out more about the Goring 10k at: www.goring10k.co.uk, or on Twitter @goring10k and Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Goring10K/243415035731557

Goring 10k run

Men's results

1 Charlie Pearson Unattached 00:35:58
2 Richard Kinnersley Evo Triathlon Club 00:36:10
3 Rob Corney Unattached 00:36:39

 

Women's results

1 Claire Shelley Unattached 00:42:09
2 Harriet Chettleburgh Tri20 00:42:47
3 Alix Eyles Reading Road Runners 00:43:02

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Grizzly

Grizzly

Photos: Castle Hill at the start

The Grizzly athletic weekend started on Saturday with the Junior Grizfest runs that were exceptionally well attended.  An exciting atmosphere around the start line greeted the children as they prepared to run. Before the eager children could set off the Mayor and the Town Crier gave their speeches. On the ring of the bell 218 keen youngsters started on a voyage of discovery to complete the course and win the prize. 

Axe Valley Runners (AVR) had considerable success, taking the first six positions out of 44 competitors in the 4K event. Ollie Caute was the winner in 15:02 with Isabelle Beech of Colyton Grammar School the first girl 9th overall in 17:07. Ben Franklin came second, 15:33; Oliver Roger third 15:59.

There were 174 runners in the 2K for primary aged children with Jacob Hale of Seaton Primary Scholl winning in 8:36. Ella Shaw from Stoke Climsland School was second, 8:45 and Jim Shaw third, 8:47. Seaton Primary School had 34 entrants and Beer Primary School 29. The Grizfest Race Director would like to thank everyone who was involved in the roles that they did for making this event happen.  For a full list of results please go to the AVR website.

Grizzly day dawned nice and bright and for most of the race running conditions were wet and slippery, but adorned with pleasant spring weather. Then towards the end, just after Alan Morbey from the Met Office finished, the heavens opened with horizontal sheet and mini tsunami waves on Branscombe beach making for a torrid 45 mins.

An army of helpers were placed around the nearly 20 mile tortuous route and everyone seemed to have a tiring, but super day with 1,416 completing the full Grizzly and 446 the 10 mile cub run that finished with a hose down by the volunteer firemen.

Grizzly

Photos: Matt Clist 3rd finisher. Presentation to Winner Ceri Rees with (l-r) Jim Knight, Ceri Rees, Guy Sweetman of East Devon Sports Therapy and Richard Stokes of Every’s Solicitors

The Grizzly was won in fine style by last year’s winner Ceri Rees of Wild Running in a very fast 2:17:45. He took the lead in the early stages and just pulled away finishing with a classic sprint across the line. Henry Irvine of Torbay AAC was second, 2:19:56 and AVR’s Matt Clist was first for the home club, third overall in 2:21:55, a superb performance.

Clare Prosser of Wells City Harriers was the first lady home, 22nd overall in 2:38:59 with Sarah Burns-Morwood second lady, 54th overall, 2:53:17 and Elizabeth Dyson of Haldon Trail Runners third, 2:53:38.

Sidmouth RC’s Justin Ashby was the victor in the Cub Run taking 1:06:13. Naomi Flanagan, South Devon RC was second, 1:09:34 and Paul Mingay, Tiptree RR third, 1:10:56.

Grizzly

Photos: AVR’s at the start of Grizzly

As well as those AVR’s running, many were helping out with all the work required to stage this iconic event so superbly organised by Dave Thomas and his committee. Thanks go to them and the race sponsors Scimitar, East Devon Sports Therapy & General Injury Clinic who provided much needed massage at the end, Everys Solicitors, Tesco, Photo-fit.net, Axminster Tools, SAK Logistics, Quicks Engineering (SW) Ltd, Axminster, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and Axe Skip Hire.

Special thanks to the 400 marshals who excelled themselves again this year, especially those that had to hang around in the final downpour. They were all singled out for praise by many of the runners. Thanks also to the landowners for letting the race go over their private spaces and to everyone who supported the race or helped in any way.

Men's Grizzly results

1 Ceri Rees Wild Running 2:17:45
2 Henry Irvine Torbay AAC 2:19:56
3 Matthew Clist Axe Valley Runners 2:21:55

 

Women's Grizzly results

1 Clare Prosser Wells City Harriers 2:38:59
2 Sarah Burns-Morwood Unattached 2:53:17
3 Elizabeth Dyson Haldon Trail Runners 2:53:38

 

Men's Cub Run results

1 Justin Ashby Sidmouth RC 1:06:13
2 Paul Mingay Tiptree RR 1:10:56
3 Jeremy Hocking South Devon AC 1:11:41

 

Women's Cub Run results

1 Naomi Flanagan South Devon AC 1:09:34
2 Maggie Hunt Fetch Everyone RC 1:17:38
3 Joanna Throssell Unattached 1:18:32

 

Click here for full results

 

 

March Hair Raiser

The March Hair Raiser, organised by Wolves & Bilston AC, is a 6.3 mile off road race.

This was the 9th year since the race first began. It was a bright, windy and quite cold day, but dry while the race was in progress. 164 entrants ran out of a total of 175.

First man home was Ross Jones from Wolves and Bilston AC, in a time of 33min 38 secs, second was Dave Smith in 36.49 and Ian Mansell was third in 37.23.

First Lady home was Audrey Wilson of Wolves and Bilston AC in a time of 42.53. Katherine Morgans was second in 45.34 and Sally Gamston was third in 48.18.

Men's results

1 Ross JONES Wolves & Bilston 0:33:38
2 David SMITH Wolves & Bilston 0:36:49
3 Ian MANSELL Dudley & Stourbridge Harriers 0:37:23

 

Women's results

1 Audrey WILSON Wolves & Bilston 0:42:53
2 Kathryn MORGANS Wolves & Bilston 0:45:34
3 Sally GAMSTON Unattached 0:48:18

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Port Sunlight Road Races

Runners turn out in force for Port Sunlight race day

Photos: 5km winner Jack Atkins and the 10km start © Paul Francis Cooper

Almost 1,800 runners took to the streets of Port Sunlight for its fourth annual race day. The family event attracted runners of all ages and abilities across two races in the picturesque village – 5K and 10K – which was followed by a 1K Kids’ Fun Run.

The event was organised by BTR, in conjunction with Port Sunlight Village Trust. The Port Sunlight races officially kick-started BTR’s growing portfolio of 10 events for 2015.

Almost 400 runners took part in the 5K race, which was a loop route taking in the sights of the village. This was followed by the 10K race, which saw 1,200 runners race for two loops of the same course. All finishers in the 5K and 10K races received a bespoke finishers’ medal, T-shirt and goody bag.

The races were followed by a 1K Kids’ Fun Run attracting 200 enthusiastic youngsters who were greeted by Claire Bear, the official mascot of Claire House Children’s Hospice. They all received a medal and a goody bag.

Deciding that one race in a day wasn’t enough, almost 40 keen runners took part in both the 5K and 10K races to be double racers on the day.

The day’s most senior runner was familiar face, 91-year-old Eddie Mountford, from Wirral, who completed the 10K.

The event has previously been staged in May, but due to a large number of major events taking place across Liverpool City Region in May, organisers brought the event forward two months.

The BTR Port Sunlight 10K and 5K races were the latest events in a year-long joint fundraising partnership between BTR Liverpool and its five official charities. The BTR Footsteps Fundraisers initiative will bring the charities together to benefit financially through BTR’s key race events over the next 12 months by encouraging participants to fundraise and support them.

The next race for BTR is the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon on 29 March – find out more at www.BTRLiverpool.com      

Men's 5km results

1 Jack Atkins Liverpool Harriers 16:44
2 Richard Davies Wirral AC 17:11
3 Ben Lewington Knowsley Harriers AC 17:47

 

Women's 5km results

1 Megan Ball  Liverpool Harriers 18:56
2 Lisa Gawthorne Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers 19:18
3 Hannah Traynor  Liverpool Harriers 19:53

 

Click here for full results

 

Men's 10km results

1 Joseph Boden Wallasey AC 34:09
2 Mark Wynne Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers 34:31
3 Gareth Howell Liverpool Harriers 34:49

 

Women's 10km results

1 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers  38:05
2 Sophie Hunt Wirral AC 38:31
3 Helen Jane Davies Mossley Hill  40:16

 

Click here for full results

 

 

Vitality Bath Half Marathon (VitalityBATHALF)

Runners and spectators filled the streets of Bath on Sunday 1st March with record attendances and results at the 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon (Vitality BATHALF), now in its 34th year.

Nearly 13,000 runners pounded the streets of Bath for a multitude of different reasons, from those striving to achieve a personal or charity challenge, to elite athletes aiming for a new course record, the streets were filled with ambition this morning.

Over 30,000 people came to support the runners taking part in the Vitality BATHALF and almost 1,000 runners who took part in the family fun run.

New records were set at this year's event, with the British stealing the show in the elite field, taking first place in the men's and women's races. For the first time in 12 years, a British male took the top spot, with Paul Martelletti finishing the 13.1 mile course in 65 minutes and 28 seconds. Paul also recently won the 2015 Vitality Brighton Half Marathon.

In the women's race, Emma Stepto took first place and is the first British female to win the Vitality Bath Half Marathon since 2010.

Amongst the 13,000 runners were celebrities; comedian Russell Howard, Radio 1 DJ Greg James and model and presenter Ashley James, running in aid of charity.

This year, runners from across the UK raced to raise money for over 100 different official charities and the Vitality Bath Half Marathon Fund, which helps raise money for local community projects in and around the City.

Entries for the 2016 Vitality BATHALF are now open, and it has been confirmed that Macmillan will be the lead charity for the event on Sunday 13th March 2016. For more information, go to www.bathhalf.co.uk

Men's results

1 Paul Martelletti   1:05:28
2 Dean Lacy Cambridge Harriers 1:05:42
3 Tadella Geremew   1:06:15

 

Women's results

1 Emma Stepto Cornwall AC 1:13:50
2 Jenny Jagger Bristol & West AC 1:15:14
3 Rachel Felton Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1:15:21

 

Click here for full results

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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