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Weekend review: July 25 & 26, 2015

by Editor
Monday 27th July 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bingley Show 10k Race

A glorious day for a run and 93 runners (a 10 year high) turned up for Bingley Show.  A 10k (and a bit) with plenty of ups, downs, tussocks and trails.

Tom Adams of Ilkley came in with a new record time of 38.44 and Hayley Kuter of Salford a new record for the ladies in 48.02. 

Reports of it being a “brutal” race, and a ‘tough little number” mean that having doubled the distance last year, the organisers have made this a great course for the future and one to put in the diary for next year. It can only get bigger and there is the Bingley show going on as well.

Men's results

1 Tom Adams Ilkley 38.44 (Record)
2 Julian Hood Barlick 42.10
3 Christian Holmes Wharfedale 42.53


Women's results

1 Hayley Kuter Salford 48.02 (Record)
2 Lorna Hubbard Keighley and Craven AC 54.48
3 Lesley Watson Bingley Harriers 55.05


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

It was nother fabulous day at Montacute parkrun, as they gave a rousing send off to the Purchase family as Craig and Jo-Anne take Lily and Oscar to Paris with a view to starting the Versailles parkrun – they couldn’t all say “goodbye goodbye” so it was more a case of “Allo Allo”!

There was an echo of the last day of the Tour de France as Phil Bridge built up a lead by the bottom of the Avenue and then effectively led his victory parade lap round the Park before coming up the Champs de Montacute to cross the line in 17m42 – Chris Froome may be winning his second Tour tomorrow but that’s nothing; Phil has finished  first in 14 of his 18 appearances!

Jason Scott homed in on his 50th parkrun as he finished second over the line in 18m01, ahead of James Todd’s 18m45 – in finishing third James has taken over at the top of the Points standings in the Men's annual points competition. Rob Gundry, demoted to second place, may have been the first one to finish in a Yellow Jersey but may have to settle for King of the Mountains!

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: The Purchase family before the start; enjoying the course
First lady today was Daisy Davies of Yeovil Olympiads AC in 24th place overall, finishing in 21m46, her fifth win in 13 appearances, overtaking second placed Sarah Layzell of Cani-Cross (32nd overall, 22m21) somewhere along the larger loop of the Park – though Sarah did head up the Age Graded results with 77.93%, and Sarah Baker finished as third lady in 23m00.
Lucy Pittard holds on to an imposing lead at the top of the Ladies points standings with 3532 points, ahead of the battle between Tina Hewitt (2828 points) and Vicky Gale on 2790 points.

There were 241 runners this week, of whom 40 were first timers – and as people start summer holidays, the parkrun tourists were out in force.
There were three generations of the Griffin family, who regularly take part in parkruns across the country. Max Davies was over from Toronto and ran really well to take 10th place overall in a time of 20m24 – and second place in the age graded standings – his Mum spent the morning taking photos of runners amongst the sheep as “the folks back home won’t believe this”! They were also joined by Keith Rossiter, who is the Event Director at the Lincoln parkrun, so is more used to organising than running the events, but it appears that he has run 16 different parkuns but not yet run his own course!
The Mitchell family were down from Harrrogate and enjoyed the course – Steve & Marion Taylor from Gunnersby were feeling sorry for the sheep who have to live on the hills, saying London is much flatter! Erika from Redditch thanked the marshals on the way round and Lisa said it was a case of “tres bien” – many thanks!
As well as the tourists, it is a very well done to some of the regulars who recorded Personal Bests here – including Oscar Purchase who signed off en Angleterre with a PB of 32m00, and Susan White of Langport Runners, who stormed round in 25m23.

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Mailllot Jaune - Rob Gundry; French day celebrated in style!

Men's results

1 Philip BRIDGE Wells City Harriers 17:42
2 Jason SCOTT Crewkerne RC 18:01
3 James Fraser TODD Wells City Harriers 18:45


Women's results

1 Daisy DAVIES Yeovil Olympiads AC 21:46
2 Sarah LAYZELL Cani-Cross 22:21
3 Sarah BAKER Unattached 23:00

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



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Isabel Hospice Colour Me happy 5k

Isabel Hospice Colour Me happy 5k

The second Isabel Hospice Colour Me Happy fun 5k took place at the weekend with a record number of runners registered for the fundraiser. The day saw 676 runners take to the grass playing fields at Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgworth. Conditions were extremely wet underfoot but this did not deter the hundreds of runners who attended.

This year children were accepted on the run and Colour Me Happy saw lots of families take advantage of the family ticket.

At each 1k marker point, the runners were showered with powder paint thrown by members of the paint station sponsors, Coopers of Stortford, Cariad Marketing, Amp Air, Connect Scaffolding of Bishop's Stortford and the Herts and Essex Observer.

So far the event has raised in excess of £12,000 but the local charity hope to top last year’s total of £21,000 through sponsorship from the runners.

Isabel Hospice Colour Me happy 5k

Beth Hardy, event organiser said “The children in particular just seemed to love getting messy. The messier the better in fact. We had all ages and abilities taking part, it was a really fun and inclusive community event. The rain did nothing to dampen spirits, in fact it in a funny way, it made it more enjoyable, because, let’s face it, if you’re going to get paint spattered, you may as well really get messy!”

“I’d like to thank all the runners for making it such an amazing day of fundraising, the volunteers who helped it run smoothly, the paint station sponsors and Leventhorpe School for hosting the day and their brilliant staff. Thanks to the paint station sponsors, Sawbridgeworth Town Council, East Herts Council, British Red Cross, Nuffield Health, Tottenham Football Club, Bishops Stortford Rugby Club, Sawbridgeworth football club, Sharon Kaplan Photography, Jewsons, Funky Faces Facepainting, Mr H Productions, Pukka Tukka, Mobile Tasty Treats and all of the companies and supporters who donated refreshments and raffle prizes”

If you would like to register your interest for next year’s Colour Me Happy, call Isabel Hospice Fundraising on 01707 382500.

The next big event is the Super Starlight 10k Walk on 19th September from Chauncy School in Ware. Join in the fun as the super hero of your choice!

Isabel Hospice Colour Me happy 5k

Sign up at www.isabelhospice.org.uk



Jubilee Running 10k

The inaugural Jubilee Running 10k was organised by Croydon Jubilee Church and supported by Croydon High School who provided the venue for the start and finish.

Despite persistent rain, seventy runners took to the start line to take on the diverse multi-terrain course which had a bit of everything in it. A sharp descent and some undulations sandwiching a fairly flat middle section before a testing hill to finish. The course covered both town and countryside which included tarmac, woodland track and bridleway.

Even though he only arrived just before registration closed, Ron Taylor (Kent AC) won the men’s race in 39:32.  The women’s event was won by Julia Anderson (Crystal Palace Fun Runners) in 49:42.  Medals and trophies were presented by Rev. Paul Barratt from Croydon Jubilee Church.

Following excellent feedback, it is anticipated that the event will be repeated again in 2016.

Men's results

1 Ron Taylor Kent AC 39:32
2 Reuben Burford Dartford Harriers 40:23
3 Robert Lines Unattached 41:05


Women's results

1 Julia Anderson Crystal Palace Fun Runners 49:42
2 Linda Daniel Striders of Croydon 55:58
3 Sandie Harris Unattached 56:06


Click here for full results



Magor Marsh 10k

Firstly the weather. Very wet and windy, but skin is waterproof. 247 hardy soles braved the elements.

The winner was Colin Snook of Cornwall AC in 32:45, in second place was Martin Cox of Salford Harriers in 32.49 and in third was Tes Goitom in 32.53.

The ladies race was won by Kim Fawke, Lawley RC 35.17, Cath Newman of Exmouth Harriers was second in 38.55 and Lucy Hodgson of Newquay was third in 39.12. The aformentioned also won the gold medals for the Britsh Masters Championships.

Men's results

1 Colin SNOOK Cornwall AC 0:32:45
2 Martin COX Salford Harriers 0:32:49
3 Tes GOITOM   0:32:53


Women's results

1 Kim FAWKE Lawley RC 0:35:17
2 Catherine NEWMAN Exmouth Harriers 0:38:55
3 Lucy HODGSON Newquay & Par AC 0:39:12


Click here for full results



Sunday 26 July 2015

Monmouth Challenge Aquathlon

93 competitors braved a cold and rainy morning to compete in Monmouth Triathlon Club’s Challenge Aquathlon this Sunday. In its second year, Monmouth Triathlon Club’s annual multidiscipline event saw runners and swimmers from throughout Wales and the SouthWest converging on Monmouth School Sports Club by the river Wye in Monmouth to take part. Three different races were on offer, giving competitors the choice of a 2km upstream and downstream or a 1km downstream open water swim before the 12.4km cross-border run course along the Wye riverbank footpath. And for those that only wanted to run or swim, not both, a 12km challenge run and relay races were available.

Neil Wheeler, a competitor in the Full Challenge event commented, “The whole event and organisation was fantastic. The course was superb with such great views.”

Richard Newhouse, race director of the aquathlon commented, “As a small but growing sports club, it was fantastic to have such enthusiastic participation in our event this year; from swimmers and runners, volunteers and all the friends and families who turned out to support the competitors. Particular thanks to Monmouth Sports Club for hosting the aquathlon and our new event sponsors Freeman Homes for enabling us to put on the event.”

The winner of the Full Challenge were: Male, Andrew Boyd, 1:20:54 (1hr 20mins 54sec); Female, Angela Jones, Fairwater, 1:28:41. Full Challenge Relay winners were: Team Grant Devlin, Taff Ely Tri, 1:17:00

Downstream Challenge winners were: Male, Steven Bridges, Aberdare Valley AAC, 1:06:40; Female, Isabelle Godfrey, 1:13:03. Downstream Challenge Relay winners were: Team Thomas Gormley, Griffithstown Harriers, 1:06:50

Challenge Run 12km: Dan Sandford, Forest of Dean AC, 47:53; Female, Sally Howard, Witney Road Runners, 56:11

You can find out more about the event at: www.monmouthtriclub.co.uk/aquathlon

Men's 12km results

1 Dan Sandford 0:47:53
2 Robert John 0:50:05
3 Barri Edwards 0:53:52


Women's 12km results

1 Sally Howard 0:56:11
2 Vanessa Turnbull 1:00:01
3 Helen Williams 1:06:11


Click here for full results



Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon

Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon

Over 750 runners and countless spectators descended upon Llanberis to take part in the first ever Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon!

The inaugural Snowdonia Trail Marathon, which was organised by North Wales sports event specialists Always Aim High Events, will be remembered for the unbelievably high standard of racing in challenging conditions. The feedback immediately after the race was incredibly positive.

On the racing front, the main headline of the day was the fact that Stuart John emerged victorious in the first ever Snowdonia Trail Marathon. John’s scintillating performance saw him produce an impressive time of 04:04:04 to win the race. John was joined on the podium by Callum Rowlinson and Sam Orton, who finished second and third respectively.

The women’s race was won by Katie Beecher who set an incredible time of 4:28:38. Beecher finished ahead of second placed Zoe Mclennan while Laura Holton finished third.

In the men’s Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon race, Team Scott Sports runner Dan Doherty proved to be too strong for his competitors as he recorded an unbelievable time of 1:48:38 to finish first ahead of Julian Ling in second place and Chris Shelton in third place.

In the female category Enid Gruffudd was first past the post with an amazing time of 02:20:36 and was consequently crowned the first ever women’s Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon champion. Gruffudd’s brilliant performance saw Ingrid Storm and Elizabeth Woolridge finish behind her in second and third respectively.

Events Manager, Rob Samuel, was delighted with the days racing and was thrilled by how many runners had taken part. “We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Llanberis – the level of support has been amazing, and the racing has been superb. The event was sold-out within months of opening entries, which is great. The feedback from the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive - the amount of people who have said they loved the race is incredible, it’s been great – I can’t wait until next year already!

"The weather made for some tough and incredibly challenging conditions out there today but the runners dealt with it magnificently. To be able to complete the Snowdonia Trail Marathon is one thing, but to be able conquer it in today’s conditions is something really special!

"We would like to say a huge thank you to the event sponsors Scott Sports and our partners High5, Gwynedd Council Rocktape, Pentraeth Group, Kon-X and Jones o Gymru.

"I would also like to extend a massive thank you to all the runners, supporters, incredible volunteers and the local people of Llanberis, without them we couldn’t do it!”

Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon

To find out more, follow Always Aim High Eventson Facebook @alwaysaimhigh and Twitter: @aahevents

Men's Marathon results

1 Stuart Robert John 04:04:04
2 Callum Rowlinson 04:09:20
3 Sam Orton 4:14:31


Women's Marathon results

1 Katie Beecher  4:28:38
2 Zoe Mclennan 5:11:01
3 Katie White 5:13:46


Men's Half Marathon results

1 Dan Doherty 1:48:38
2 Julian Ling 1:49:29
3 Chris Shelton 1:53:16


Women's Half Marathon results

1 Enid Gruffudd 02:20:36
2 Ingrid Storm 02:24:18
3 Elizabeth Woolridge 02:26:24


For full results (both senior and junior) please visit the TDL website (www.tdl.ltd.uk)



Summer around the Reservoir Marathon

Men's results

1 Paul Davies 03:13:46
2 Chris Taylor 03:20:28
3 Dan Newton 03:22:59


Women's results

1 Janet Cobby 03:50:37
2 Beth Taylor Jones 03:52:41
3 Heather Pike 04:21:57


Click here for full results



Thames Trail Marathon & Half-Marathon

Thames Trail Marathon & Half-Marathon

The Saturday Night Marathon Thames Trail event is designed to allow runners to enjoy a summer evenings run along the Thames Path. There was a Half-Marathon or Marathon option with runners following a straightforward ‘out and back’ route, allowing the runners to enjoy the scenery along the Rivers Thames.

The day before the race saw the heaviest amount of rainfall for a July day in Reading since 2007. There were a few nervous glances towards the clouds on the day of the race but fortunately there was no sign of the rain as the race start approached. The Marathon race started at 5pm and the Half-Marathon started at 8pm and whilst a handful of runners finished before it got dark, the majority of runners experienced the change in conditions from starting off in the light and running through until the sun sets.

38 marathon runners set off at 5pm promptly with a mix of experience from runners such as Tiago Dionisio (who had run his 400th marathon earlier in the morning and was aiming for his second marathon of the day), Martin Bush, Brian Mills and David Barr who have run hundreds of marathons between them to newcomers such as Steve Harlowe and Nicola Fairclough who were both taking part in a marathon for the very first time.

The runners completed a short ‘bonus’ loop at the start before embarking upon the first of their four laps for the marathon distance. At the front of the field Andrew McEwan started strongly and was leading for the first half of the race just ahead of a chasing pack.

The out and back course allowed the marshaling team plenty of scope to cheer and support the runners at several points during the race. There were a number of supporters around the start of the race aswell, which created a nice atmosphere.

The weather was turning out to be fairly warm and there was a lot of sweating and exertion taking place due to the conditions, despite the early evening start. Unfortunately during the course of the marathon five runners retired due to minor issues and injuries.

As the runners completed their laps, the lead order changed with local runner Brian Grieves from the Reading Roadrunners finishing very strongly coming first in a time of 3:21:03 followed by Robert Sharp of Didcot Runners in 3:29:51. Caroline Jackson from Hercules Wimbledon was third overall and first lady with a finishing time of 3:31:42.

After the 4-hour mark, the light started to fade and head-torches were switched on as runners continued to complete their laps. The marshals view of brightly coloured runners heading towards them across a distant field was replaced with a distant procession of lights making their way up and down the course, pausing at the start/finish area from time to time for snacks or water before continuing along their path.

At the finish runners were awarded their bespoke Saturday Night Marathon medal and served hot drinks and biscuits before heading off for the evening.

31 Half-Marathon runners set off into the last hour of sunlight but with an 8pm start the Saturday Night Marathon would live up to its name with all of the runners finishing in darkness. They set off at a brisk pace and soon started to spread out fairly evenly.

There wasn’t much of a margin between the lead group of runners with Allister Atherton coming out on top, finishing first in a time of 1:42:47, followed closely by second placed Chris Allen in 1:44:53, who in turn was closely followed by third placed Ian Clack in 1:45:44.

Victoria Ross was the first lady home (and 4th overall) in a time of 1:49:42. Second lady Chantal Afolawo finished with a sprint hot on the heels of David Villalonga in 1:52:34 and Samantha Chapman was third lady in a time of 2:00:02.

It was great to see the spirit of this low-key social race in action with many of the remaining runners buddying up and running the last lap in pairs or groups.

Find out more about Saturday Night Marathon at: www.saturdaynightmarathon.com Twitter: @SatNightRun

Thames Trail Marathon & Half-Marathon

Men's marathon results

1 Brian Grieves Reading Roadrunners 3:21:03
2 Robert Sharp Didcot Runners 3:29:51
3 Andrew McEwan Unattached 3:41:19


Women's marathon results

1 Caroline Jackson (3rd overall) Hercules Wimbledon 3:31:42
2 Nicola Fairclough Unattached 4:14:53
3 Sue Albiston Unattached 5:00:38


Men's half marathon results

1 Allister Atherton 1:42:27
2 Chris Allen 1:44:33
3 Ian Clack 1:45:44


Women's half marathon results

1 Victoria Ross 1:49:42
2 Chantal Afolawo 1:52:34
3 Samantha Chapman 2:00:02


Click here for full results


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