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Weekend review: June 6 & 7, 2015

by Editor
Monday 8th June 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dartmoor Discovery

Dartmoor Discovery

Photos: The start © Roger Hayes

Two newcomers to the Dartmoor Discovery (DD) took the race by storm, beating fancied veterans and former winners to secure first place in both men’s and ladies’ events. Bournemouth AC runner Toby Chapman, the overall winner, completed the rugged 32-mile course in 3:51:40, while  Helen Anthony of race hosts the Teignbridge Trotters took the ladies’ trophy with a time of 4:18:29.

The conditions were typical of Dartmoor – a mixture of sunshine and chilly, gusting winds that challenged many runners, especially in the latter stages of the race.

Adrian Ball, of Cornwall AC, was second overall, in a time of 3:53:19. Springfield Strider Gavin Allen came third, crossing the line in 3:55:10.

The DD, which starts and finishes in Princetown, is organised by leading South West running club the Teignbridge Trotters. Renowned for breathtaking views, equally breathtaking hills and weather that always surprises, the DD is the UK’s longest single-lap road race. The event has been steadily growing in popularity since 2010, when the Trotters took over its organisation. This year, 194 finishers crossed the line, out of a starting line-up of 208 runners.

For scores of club runners who take part in the DD, team competitions are the heart of the event. This year, the MudCrew Trail Runners scooped first prize in both men’s and ladies’ events. Stuart Wilkie (4:11:04), David Knight (4:23:39) and Luke Elliott (4:28:44) hoisted the silverware for the men. The MudCrew’s winning ladies were: Diane Roy (4:31:31), Rachel Tuck (5:13:29) and Sharon Daw (5:24:51).

DD legend Graham Baker started the race and presented the prizes. Baker, of the Mid Essex Casuals Running Club, is an ultra running legend. He has completed every DD since 1998. Saturday was no exception: he handed out the trophies to fellow runners just hours after finishing the race himself.

Staging a 32-mile race across Dartmoor presents a huge logistical challenge to the organisers. An estimated 150 people supported the runners as they tackled the moor. Specialist teams from the Dartmoor Radio Club, Medical Events Training Services, Sound Events and The Massage Clinic worked alongside scores of volunteer marshals, timekeepers and caterers. This year’s race was sponsored by Dartmoor Brewery, the Road Runners Club, South Dartmoor Community College and the Ilsington Country House Hotel.

Dartmoor Discovery

Photos: The UK’s longest single-lap road race was won by Helen Anthony (225) and Toby Chapman (190)© Roger Hayes

Men's results

1 Toby Chapman Bournemouth AC 3:51:40
2 Adrian Ball Cornwall AC 3:53:19
3 Gavin Allen Springfield Striders 3:55:10


Women's results

1 Helen Anthony Teignbridge Trotters 4:18:29
2 Diane Roy Mud Crew Trail Runners 4:31:31
3 Samantha Lake Bere Alston Trekkers 4:36:23


Click here for full results



Halewood 5k

Halewood 5k

Photos: Ashley Crawford with his trademark start

It was a nice summer morning for this the 61st running of the free monthly race. Numbers were down a bit with a big local race taking place on the Sunday, but those who ran described it as a good race with a good atmosphere.

While the race usually attracts a mixture of club runners and unattached runners, this is the first time that an unattached runner has actually won it. Not only that, the first three home were all unattached runners too, showing that the clubs do not have all the good runners.

First runner home was Ashley Crawford. It was Ashley’s 25 race at Halewood and it started with his trademark blasting off like a rocket from the start line and immediately opening up a large gap. Ashley consistently runs 17 minute something times, which he did on Saturday, but this time he was not overtaken and held the lead throughout the race coming home in a time of 17:20. It was nice to see Ashley take his first win here at Halewood.

In second place was another unattached runner when Dan Morgan finished in 17:55. It was not Dan’s fastest time here but good enough to take his first top three finish. Also unattached in third spot was Max De Salis, getting round in a time of 17:57, just two seconds outside his best time here. It was also Max’s first top three finish. Between them the top three have 49 Halewood 5k races under their belts and it was good to see perseverance paying off.

In the ladies race first place went to Justine Moore of Knowsley Harriers in a very good time of 22:07, to take her first win. Second lady home was Carol Foster of St Helens Striders, with a very good time of 22:29, her fastest time here yet and the third quickest ever in the FV55 category at Halewood. Third place went to Emma Wiliams of the newly formed club Kirkby Milers, in a good time of 23:48.

It was good to see a lot of new runners trying out this race including Liverpool Basketball Club juniors who produced some good times on Saturday.

Further details of the race can be found at www.knowsleyharriers.com/merseyvend-north-west-5k/ Some excellent photos of the race taken by Dave Pinnington can be seen here.

Next running of this free monthly 5k is on Saturday 4th July

Halewood 5k

Photos: Winner of the ladies race Justine Moore wearing number 1 on the right in the colours of Knowsley Harriers. Dan Morgan finishing in second with a good margin while the battle for second and third is taking place behind him


Men's results

1 Ashley Crawford Unattached 17:20
2 Dan Morgan Unattached 17:55
3 Max De Salis Unattached 17:57


Women's results

1 Justine Moore Knowsley Harriers 22:07
2 Carol Foster St Helens Striders 22:29
3 Emma Wiliams Kirkby Milers 23:48


Click here for full results



Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon

The 13th running of the Off Road Half Marathon Trail Race brought record numbers to the event with the race limit of 500 runners reached for the first time. Once again runners had entered the race from all over the country for this most scenic of events.

Although the weather was fine and dry the runners had to contend with unseasonably strong winds, that seemed to be in the runner’s faces for most of the race, however, it was at its worst on the punishing two mile climb of Mastile’s Lane.

By this stage a group of three runners had broken clear of the field with Frank Beresford of Otley Harriers forcing the pace, closely followed by Julian Hood of Skipton AC and Darren King of Clowne AC.  It was not until the long downhill section from Threshfield Moor to Skirethorns village, that the young Otley runner broke clear to open up a 90 second gap by the finish. Frank’s winning time of 1.29.50 was very respectable in the conditions and his performance bodes well for the future.

Local athlete Julian Hood from Skipton ran well throughout to take second overall and first local in a new best time of 1.31.21. A special mention must go to Vet 65 runner Neil Scrunten from Scarborough, who posted an amazing time of 1.55.38!

In the ladies race, Pudsey runner Karen Pickles led from the start to finish in a time of 1.47.25, but was some way shy of the course record of 1 hour 37.34 set by Sarah Jarvis (2011). Karen was not only first lady but also the first vet 40. She was closely followed by Sarah Louise Cumber, Halifax Harriers and unattached runner Lorena Lozano, who for the second year in a row gained third place.  First local lady was Anne Marie Bullcock  Skipton  AC in a very pleasing time of 1.57.38.

Thank yous go to the Checkpoint Marshals and team of helpers, who make the event run so smoothly on the day and also to the main sponsors, Malhamdale Holidays, who have sponsored the event for seven years, with support from Skipton Hire Centre, Up and Running, Brook Taverner, Oldfield Electrics and Harrogate Spring Water.

Men's results

1 Frank Beresford Otley AC 1:29:50
2 Julian Hood Skipton 1:31:21
3 Darren King Clowne RRC 1:31:40


Women's results

1 Karen Pickles Pudsey Pacers AC 1:47:25
2 Sarah Louise Cumber Halifax Harriers AC 1:47:52
3 Lorena Lozano Unattached 1:48:54


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos - And they're off! Ed Stahl and an unknown runner pass 2km

The sun was shining at Montacute House as a bumper crowd made their way to the start line, and 236 runners completed the latest running of the Yeovil Montacute parkrun.

In the run, there was a strong performance from Crewkerne’s Ed Stahl who was first over the line in 18m02 – would have been quicker had he not thought the taped last corner was the finish! There was an unknown runner in second – no barcode, no time, no exception! – and Chris Ellis of Yeovil Olympiads AC was third man in 18m57.

At the end of Women’s Sports Week, Jo-Anne Gready had a stormer and was first lady (18th overall) over the line in 20m50 – the fourth time in seven appearances she’s been leading lady, whilst Clare Martin must have had a cracking second half of the run (or a late start?!) – she was about fifth or sixth lady at the 2km mark, but finished second lady (38th overall) in 22m09 (the prospect of overtaking Paul Chadwick in the home straight just too tempting!).

Kirsty Norman of Gillingham Trotters RC was third lady (40th overall) with a time of 22m17 but perhaps the performance of the day came from Burnham on Sea’s Sue Nicholls who was 9th lady in her time of 23m51 – which gave her an age grading of 91.82%, a new Yeovil Montacute record! (Being gentlemanly we won’t reveal her age bracket which led to that high percentage – she was even quicker at Longrun Meadow where she recorded a time equivalent to 94.13% of the age group’s World Record – fabulous!)

On designated Pacer Day, there was just one paced group, led by Matt Warr – who paced to 30 minutes with aplomb (finishing in 29m50) and there was a happy little group all finishing under the magic half hour mark – so new PBs for Lily Purchase 29m15 (little brother Oscar got a PB today too – 32m05!), Kaz Handley (29m23), Ray Byrd (29m33) and Mark Lloyd (29m42). Little Finlay Turner was another to take advantage of the pacer, finishing with a Personal Best time of 29m34 just in time for the presentation about parkrun at school on Monday; he can add a mention in the Run Report to that!

There were some nice comments from the tourists, with Jane Duffus saying the hills are bigger than those at Ashton Court, Bethan and Richard Tocknell of Stamford Striders enjoying the lovely venue and Steve and Lorna Anderson from Cambridge reckoned the event “couldn’t be better”.

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Leading lady Jo-Anne Gready; pin your ears back and sprint for home!

Men's results

1 Ed STAHL Crewkerne RC 18:02
2 Ben LLOYD Yeovil Olympiads AC 18:29
3 Chris ELLIS Yeovil Olympiads AC 18:57


Women's results

1 Jo-Anne GREADY Unattached 20:50
2 Clare MARTIN Unattached 22:09
3 Kirsty NORMAN Gillingham Trotters RC 22:17


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page



Sunday, June 7, 2015

5 Mile Beer Race

5 Mile Beer Race

Selling out to its capacity of 350 runners, the annual 5 Mile Beer Race, organised by Romsey Road Runners, made its way around the pretty lanes of Braishfield village on Sunday. The scenic route was complemented by warm sunshine and a gentle breeze.

Leading from the start and winning by a comfortable 17 seconds was Paul Pallister for Hardley Runners, finishing in a time of 27:31. George King was second for Winchester AC in 27:48, followed by third man Max Costley in 28:42 for Southampton AC, improving on his time from 2014 by 24 seconds.

Having placed in the top three for a couple of years now, first lady home was Anna Smith-James of Hedge End RC in 33:43, followed by Anna Giles in 35:01 for Eastleigh RC, also a top three regular, with Kirsty Shannon taking third place for Hedge End RC in 35:18.

The popularity of this friendly race continues to grow, not least because each runner receives a pint of London Pride beer, supplied by Fullers one of the main sponsors of the race, and a piece of cake freshly baked by members of Romsey Road Runners.

Local world famous mineral water suppliers Hildon also sponsored the event, providing bottles of water for each of the runner as they crossed the finish line, and local running shop Up and Running of Chandlers Ford provided spot prizes to a number of finishers. We are also very grateful to Mike and Sarah Edom of The Old House at Home in Romsey who helped set up the bar and ensured the beer was just right.

Romsey Road Runners wish to thank all of the above sponsors for their continued support, and also extend a huge thank you to Braishfield Parish Council, the Newport Inn Cricket Club, landowners and residents of Braishfield for the use of various venues in the village and their continued support of the race.

5 Mile Beer Race

Men's results

1 Paul Pallister Hardley Runners 27:31
2 George King Winchester AC 27:48
3 Max Costley Southampton AC 28:42


Women's results

1 Anna Smith-James Hedge End RC 33:43
2 Anna Giles Eastleigh RC 35:01
3 Kirsty Shannon Hedge End RC 35:18


Click here for full results



BTR Mersey Tunnel 10k

BTR Mersey Tunnel 10k - Sunday, June 7, 2015

Photos (clockwise from left): Steve Ward who has ran all 10 races. Finishers of the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K. Janet Quarry and daughter Lauren © Paul Francis Cooper

A record number of runners pulled on their running shoes for the 10th annual race which takes participants through the Mersey Tunnel. Organisers BTR Liverpool closed the entries at 3,200 runners, the biggest number of entries to date since the event was brought back in 2006 at the request of the Mersey Tunnels.

Numbers for the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K have continued to grow, and this is the first year the event has sold out.

Runners gathered in Blackstock Street, in Liverpool city centre, before making their way into the Kingsway Wallasey Tunnel to run underneath the River Mersey – the most challenging and unique part of the race. This is the only time runners can actually run underneath the River Mersey.

After emerging from the tunnel, the runners made their way along the picturesque Wirral waterfront from Seacombe, past the Fort Perch Rock landmark and Marine Lake, before arriving at the finish area on Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton.

The overall winner was Taurus Ely from Salford Harriers in 32:35 (chip time) – who has now won the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K for three successive years.

The first female finisher was Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers in 37:58 (chip time).

The race attracted runners from across the country, as well as others who travelled from Scotland and Ireland participate. But the furthest journey was made from Australia by Jim and Sue Beisty, aged 81 and 76.

The couple completed the race and were delighted to collect their commemorative medals and T-shirts. Jim’s time was 1:29:43 and Sue finished in 1:40:28.

Originally from Bootle, the couple are visiting the UK for six weeks, visiting family and friends in Liverpool and Wirral. During their trip, Jim has met up with friends in the running community he has made over social media and has also taken part in the Princes and Croxteth Parkruns and the Liverpool Running Club Walton Park 5 Mile.

It was a special day for Janet Quarry from Birkenhead – she chose to celebrate her 60th Birthday by taking part in the race with her daughter Lauren. Janet’s time was 1:13:25 – and she has taken part in all 10 BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K events.

Also taking part in his tenth Tunnel race was Steve Ward, aged 54 from Warrington. Steve runs for the Spectrum Striders and his time was 41:22.

BTR Mersey Tunnel 10k - Sunday, June 7, 2015

Photos: The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K © Paul Francis Cooper

As well as Jim and Sue, the race included a further three senior runners aged between 73 and 87: Dorothy Fairhurst, aged 73 from St Helens (St Helens Sutton) 1:02:54; Dennis Adelsberg, aged 85 from Skelmersdale (Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers) 1:29:31 and Eddie Naisby, aged 87 from Ruthin, Wales (Prestatyn RC) 1:05:15.

The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K race is the latest event 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 a 12-month period by encouraging participants to fundraise and support them.

BTR Mersey Tunnel 10k - Sunday, June 7, 2015

Photos (clockwise from left): Sue and Jim Beisty from Australia. Winners Kirsty Longley and Taurus Ely with BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell © Paul Francis Cooper© Paul Francis Cooper

The next event in the BTR calendar is a new event for 2015 and is just for youngsters. The fun run series offers a choice of three distances – 1K, 2K and 3K – and takes place at New Brighton, Wirral, on Sunday, 28 June. Visit www.btrliverpool.com for more details.                                         

Men's 10km results

1 Taurus Ely Salford Harriers AC 32:35
2 Terence Forrest Cairngorm Runners 33:53
3 Anthony Taylor Unattached 34:28


Women's 10km results

1 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers 37:58
2 Kerrie Harris Chorlton Runners 39.32
3 Helen Davies Wrecsam Tri 40:06


Click here for full results



Fairford 10k

A glorious sunny summer morning bought 300 runners to the Fairford 10k (which is part of the Fairford Festival), a very well organized race by Running Somewhere Else in Cirencester.  

The race started in Park Street, with the runners heading west past Fairford Church over the Mill bridge. At the end of Mill Lane they turned right onto the Quenington Road, the next 3km were a gentle undulating climb toward Quenington, turning right in Quenington and down the hill.  At the bridge, which was the 5km point, runners climb for one kilometre, after the right turn they ran along a straight gradual decline for 3km to Fairford, through the Croft, right into the High Street and right again by the Church to the finish in Park Street.  

The first three mens places were dominated by Cheltenham Harriers with Graham Rush finishing in an amazing time of 32.09, followed by Phil Beastall 32.24 and John Parker 32.29.  

The first Lady Shona Crombie-Hicks (Bourton Road Runners) finished in 38.41, followed by Hayley Winters (Gloucester AC) 40.22 and Stephanie Lane (Bourton Road Runners) 42.23.  

All finishers received a medal and a goody bag and then went on to enjoy the festivities at the Fairford Festival, a great day was had by all.

Men's results

1 Graham Rush Cheltenham Harriers 32.09
2 Phil Beastall Cheltenham Harriers 32.24
3 John Parker Cheltenham Harriers 32.29


Women's results

1 Shona Crombie-Hicks Bourton Road Runners 38.41
2 Hayley Winters Gloucester AC 40.22
3 Stephanie Lane Bourton Road Runners 42.23


Click here for full results



Henham 10K and 3K Fun Run 

The Henham 10k and Fun Run

Photo: The 10K start

The Henham 10k and Fun Run, held every two years for the benefit of the Henham and Ugley School and Community Hall, attracted over 300 runners to the village on a beautiful Sunday morning.  226 runners took part in the sixth Henham 10k race, while there were 111 entrants in the 3k Fun Run.  The 10k attracts runners from far afield, even from Scotland, while the 3k particularly benefits from enormous support from the school and village.

The winner of the 10k was Bryn Reynolds, with a time of 35:43. Bryn is a former winner and a former pupil of the village Primary School but is still looking to beat the course record of 34.05 set in 2013.  The first woman home was Miranda Reynolds, in a time of 45:30, followed by Kerry Harrington in 47:03.

The 3k was won by Fletcher Collins-Shirley, in a time of 14:32, followed closely by Under 12 runner, Charlie Evans with a time of 14:58.  Both these times are an improvement on the previous course record of 15:15.  The first girl home was another Under 12 runner, Grace Massingham Lamprell in 17:11.

The last runner to finish was the most remarkable of all.  Beatrice Way, who had technically died as a result of a severe stroke four years ago, survived to be told she might never walk again, finished the 3K after over three hours, walking completely unaided.

No runner goes home empty-handed- T-shirts are awarded to all adult runners and all the children receive a medal.  A number of our local sponsors presented trophies and medals to the first three finishers in each category.  

Apart from the beautiful nature of the race routes which are predominantly off tarmac roads through wonderful Essex countryside, the success of the day was enhanced by the opportunity for participants and their families to enjoy a variety of refreshments, drinks and even some live music.  

The Henham 10k and Fun Run

Photo: The 3K start and the winner of the 10K, Bryn Reynolds

Men's results

1 Bryn Reynolds 35.43
2 Nicolas Pillinger 37.33
3 Ed Curtis 37.41


Women's results

1 Miranda Reynolds 45.30
2 Kerry Harrington 47.18
3 Frances Steele 48.31


Click here for full results



Ollie Johnson Kintbury Running Races

This was the 15th time  Newbury AC have organised a 5 mile race in Kintbury and there was an excellent turnout with 216 runners in total crossing the finish line.

Mark Vardy and Laura Woodley were the winners for a second time. Tom Teece won the Ollie Johnson shield for first junior in the main race.

There laso was a record number of children running -75 in total. The children's winners were: (10`S and over) Marcus Chitty and Ellie Gudgeon; (7-9 years ) Thomas Quinn and Aimee Dickson ; (6 and under ) Elliot Robins and Beth Palmer.

Men's results

1 Mark Vardy Newbury AC 27:38
2 James Craggs Newbury AC 27:56
3 Phil Marshall Newbury AC 29:11


Women's results

1 Laura Woodley Unattached 29:50
2 Sophie Crumly Newbury AC 30:11
3 Claire Quinn Newbury AC 33:21


Full results and some photos are available to runners on www.newburyac.org.uk



Northants 'Shires and Spires' Ultra 35 - SCOTT Ultra Series – Race THREE

Northants 'Shires and Spires' Ultra 35 - SCOTT Ultra Series – Race THREE

Once again Shires and Spires was blessed with glorious weather for the 7th running of Northamptonshire’s premier Ultramarathon and round three of the SCOTT Ultra Series. This year the course record times remained intact but the Event boasted its largest ever starting field and greatest number of finishers. Ultra running is blossoming in popularity and with scenery such as that seen around Northamptonshire on offer, it is no wonder.

The men’s race was a fairly close run affair with Chris Bookman, Matt Fowler and David Green in close company through the first three check points. However, Chris made a decisive move between check points 3 and 4 to open a four minute lead over second and third places. Chris took the win in an impressive 4 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds. Matt and David remained in close order through the last check point but Matt was able to eek out a 1 minute lead before reaching the finish line taking 2nd in 04:22:23. In third place David posted an equally excellent time of 04:22:33.

The ladies race was an interesting one and, with Susie Chesher (this year’s Thames Trot 50 ladies winner and new course record holder) and Gemma Carter (current treadmill 50km world record holder) on the start line, looked like it could be a hot race. However, on this occasion the hot young talent was shown how it is done by the Female Vet 40 winner and overall ladies winner Maree Jesson. Susie and Gemma took the lead early on and passed though check point 1 together with a one minute lead over Maree. It didn’t stay that way. By CP 2 Maree was in the lead and consistently posted the fastest splits for the rest of the race finishing in an excellent 4 hours 56 minutes 32 seconds. Susie and Gemma continued to run in close company through CP 4 but by CP 5 Susie had opened a 4 minute lead and went on to take second place in 05:04:18. Not far behind Gemma came home third in 05:11:07.

In the team competition Kettering Town Harriers came to win with a hand pick team, and win they did… with some style. Northampton Road Runners took second place and Wellingborough and District AC finish the podium off with third.

Behind the racing snakes at the front many runners took their first tentative steps into the world of ultra-running, made new friends, conquered personal goals, raised money for good causes and gained new stories to tell. As always immense praise and thanks was voiced for the enthusiastic Go Beyond Events Team and, of course, for the legendary Go Beyond Fruit Cake on offer at all of the aid stations.

Our thanks go out to the estate team at Lamport Hall and Gardens who have, as always, been very supportive and I feel privileged that we get to base the race in such stunning surroundings. We also thank Boston Therapeutic Massage who worked tirelessly at the finish working their own particular brand of magic on tired and aching legs and Adrian Howes Photography for capturing your achievements. Of course special thanks go to our sponsors and retail partners SCOTT Sports and Apex Sports for helping to make sure the event can take place.

Northants 'Shires and Spires' Ultra 35 - SCOTT Ultra Series – Race THREE

Men's results

1 Chris Brookman 04:17:22
2 Matt Fowler 04:22:3
3 David Green 04:23:33


Women's results

1 Maree Jesson 04:56:32
2 Susie Chesher 05:04:18
3 Gemma Carter 05:08:31


Click here for full results



Poole 10k

The annual Poole Festival of Running took place in the lovely surroundings of Poole Park and held in aid of Poole Hospital Cancer Care was again blessed with lovely sunny weather. The day started with a series of childrens races followed by 'The Run for Cancer 5k' followed at 2pm by the the 34th annual Poole 10k.

With over 900 entries the ideal conditions saw the course record smashed by Ugandan Ben Siwa from Uganda in 29:06, with fellow Run-Fast team member Vincent Boit from Kenya also finishing inside the previous course record in 29:24. In third place was local Bournemouth AC runner Jacek Cieluszecki in 32:30.

First women saw Run-Fast groups Rachael Zena from Uganda finish in 35:11, with 16 year old Serena O'Connor, a member of the event organising club Poole Runners, clocking 36:32 which puts her top of the UK women's under 17 10k road rankings.

Lucy Marland of Cardiff AC 38:08 joined Rachael and Serena on the podium.

Poole 10k

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Men's results

1 Ben Siwa Run-Fast 00:29:06
2 Vincent Boit Kenya Run-Fast 00:29:24
3 Jacek Cieluszecki Bournemouth AC 00:32:30


Women's results

1 Rachael Zena Run-Fast 00:35:11
2 Serena O'Connor Poole Runners 00:36:32
3 Lucy Marland Cardiff AC 00:38:08



Scafell Pike Marathon

Scafell Pike Marathon - Sunday June 7, 2015

Photos © www.granddayoutphotography.co.uk

Sunday the 7th of June saw 'almost' perfect conditions for the 200 runners lined up in this years Scafell Pike Trail Marathon.

Pre race favourite (Salomon International) Ricky Lightfoot hit the front showing his intentions from the start establishing a healthy lead climbing to the summit of Scafell Pike in 1:51:27, nearly 25 minutes ahead of second place runner Matty Brennan. Returning to Styhead, past the impressive backdrop of Great End, a fast descent led back into the Borrowdale valley, before one final climb to Watendlath, before the final stretch to Keswick.

Crossing the finish line in 3:40:41 Lightfoot knocked nearly three minutes off his own course record, set at the inaugural event in 2013, and was comfortably ahead of second place by an hour.

Speaking afterwards Ricky stated: “I love the Scafell Trail Marathon, it's up there with the best, slick organisation too, now just for some sunshine!”

One spectator commented afterwards “I watched him descend across the boulders and he just appeared to be gliding across them, it was really inspiring”.

Scafell Pike Marathon - Sunday June 7, 2015

The ladies race was won by Charmaine Horsfall in a time of 4:56:04, beating the previous course record by ten minutes and also winning the title for reaching Scafell Pike summit. Second place went to Vicky Mousley (Team 9Bar) who completed the course in 5:11:30, followed by Fionna Ross (Team Nathan UK) in third place in 5:24:20.

In the other races on the day, the Borrowdale Half Marathon was won by Russell Parrington in a time of 1:40:32 with Philippa Wakefield taking the ladies title in 1:56:44. Lewis Banton stormed around 13km course in a new course record.(55:33) and Megan Martin winning the ladies race in 1:06:32. 

Next trail race in the series is 3x3000 80km Ultra - Details on our website www.highterrainevents.co.uk

Thanks again to the event sponsors Salomon, 9Bar and Mountain Fuel. 

Scafell Pike Marathon - Sunday June 7, 2015

Men's Scafell Pike Trail Marathon results

1 Ricky Lightfoot 3:40:41
2 Matty Brennan 4:40:51
3 Shaun Livesey 4:44:01


Women's Scafell Pike Trail Marathon results

1 Charmaine Horsfall 4:56:04
2 Victoria Mousley 5:11:30
3 Fionna Ross 5:24:20


Men's Borrowdale Half Marathon results

1 Russell Parrington 1:40:32
2 Rob Downs 1:40:47
3 Alan Lucker 1:41:19


Women's Borrowdale Half Marathon results

1 Philippa Wakefield 1:56:44
2 Felicity Watson 1:59:18
3 Despina Berdeni 2:11:00


Men's Borrowdale 13km results

1 Lewis Banton 55:33
2 Andrew Baxter 1:02:02
3 Josh Hebson 1:02:39


Women's Borrowdale 13km results

1 Megan Martin 1:06:32
2 Emma Dunk 1:11:46
3 Louise Winter 1:13:04


Click here for full results


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