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Weekend review: August 1 & 2, 2015

by Editor
Monday 3rd August 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Halewood 5k

Halewood 5k

This was the 63rd running of this free monthly race put on by Knowsley Harriers and what a cracking race it was. Over 100 runners took part which is up on recent months.

You could see the effort on the runners faces from front to back . The effort was the same only the times were different. The super fast course did not disappoint with almost a third of the runners posting sub 20 minute times under excellent conditions for running. The rain did not come till after the race had finished.

The day belonged to Liverpool Harriers who brought a really strong team down and took 10 of the first 12 places including the top 3 through Gezimo Dejine ( 16:06 ) Alan Ashton ( 16:22 ) and Joe Grundy ( 16:36 ) who all ran brilliantly.

In the ladies race it was Sale Harriers Helen Armitage who took the honours in a very good time of 19:55 followed by West Cheshire AC’s Anest Muller in a good time of 20:17. In third was Liverpool Harriers Kathryn Lland in a good time of 20:36.

The day also saw Mossley Hill’s Mary McDonald post the fastest ever FV70 time on the course coming home inside the half hour with a brilliant time of 29:28 and Alan Ashton posting the fastest V45 time for the course when he come home in second with his 16:22 time.

Apart from Liverpool Harriers there was a good turn out from Knowsley Harriers, Mossley Hill and Penny Lane Striders with runners from almost all the local clubs and some from further afield.

As a race within a race we look at performances over the year by individuals , vets and teams and it is still unattached Ashley Crawford heading the individual male and Penny Lane Striders’ Michelle Kelly heading the individual ladies with Knowsley harriers leading both team competitions.

Next months free race is coming around on the 5th September and we expect it to be a big one as it incorporates the 10th and final round of the 2015 Merseyside Grand Prix.

Further details of the race can be found at www.knowsleyharriers.com/merseyvend-north-west-5k/

Men's results

1 Gezimo Dejine Liverpool Harriers 16:06
2 Alan Ashton Liverpool Harriers 16:22
3 Joe Grundy Liverpool Harriers 16:36


Women's results

1 Helen Armitage Sale Harriers 19:55
2 Anest Muller West Cheshire AC 20:17
3 Kathryn Lland Liverpool Harriers 20:36


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Neil Biss celebrates his 100th parkrun; Daisy Davies (in orange) at halfway;

With the holiday season upon us, Yeovil Montacute parkrun was pleased to have 227 runners this week, of whom 47 were first timers and tourists, with people from all over the place. Canadian Max Davies was back, running a PB of 19.59, and Grace Pease joined us from Texas, finishing in 34m28. A tourist took first spot, a first timer second place, the 14,000th run came up and there were some cracking performances from Montacute regulars too – it all made for another brilliant day at Montacute House!

At the halfway point James Todd led the way, being chased down by tourist Piotr Meller from Southsea, and whilst the good money was on Piotr , Dave Tullett of Chelmsford AC had a stormer over the second half of the course to be first over the line in 17m47, with Piotr second in 18m08. James was third to finish with a time of 18m24 and should be comforted by the fact it was a PB and he’s closed the gap at the top of the Points Championships to just three points! Daniel Miles in fourth place also ran a PB.

There were four first timers and four Personal Bests in the top ten, and 61 PBs overall – meaning that more than 1 in 4 ran faster here than ever done before! 

In the ladies’ placings, Daisy Davies of Yeovil Olympiads AC ran strongly from the start to finish first lady (30th overall) over the line in 21min24, holding off Clare Martin’s Personal Best 22m05 (38th overall) and Samantha Scott of Running for Time was third lady (49th overall) in 22m35.

Alice Irwin from Huntingdon was very pleased to finish as the 14,000th runner!

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Texas that way - Grace Pease sprints for home;  the Contro family from Milan enjoy the spectacular Montacute House

Men's results

1 Dave TULLETT Chelmsford AC 17:47
2 Piotr MELLER Unattached 18:08
3 James Fraser TODD Wells City Harriers 18:24


Women's results

1 Daisy DAVIES Yeovil Olympiads AC 21:24
2 Clare MARTIN Unattached 22:05
3 Samantha SCOTT Unattached 22:35


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



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Asda Foundation York 10K

Thousands of runners hit the historic streets of York to ensure one of the region’s biggest charity road races was a stunning success. It was the seventh running of the race, staged by Run For All, which forms part of the legacy of inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.

The streets were awash with colour as the large field made its way around the route, which started and finished in Knavesmire Road close to York Racecourse and took in some of the city’s magnificent landmarks including the minster and Clifford’s Tower. Huge crowds created a vibrant atmosphere as they cheered the participants every step of the way.

First across the line was Steve Robinson in a time of 32mins 57secs. Jordan Skelly took second place in 33mins 05secs, with John Clifford third in 33mins 23secs.

The first woman home was Michelle Nolan in 36mins 45secs. Second place went to Leila Armoush who finished in 37mins 15secs ahead of Emma Yates who was third in 37mins 52secs.

Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for the hundreds of big-hearted youngsters aged between three and 14 taking part in the free-to-enter Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs. They ran to support a good cause of their own choice or on behalf of this year’s official partner charity, The Family Fund, a UK-wide charity based in York, which for 40 years has been giving grants to low-income families raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 and under.

The winning boy in the Junior Run was Monty Pegrum, while the first-placed girl was Megan Wyke Ulliott.

Francis Fitzpatrick, Finance Director at the Arena Group, whose kind sponsorship means every child was able to run for free, said: “It is easy to see why the Mini and Junior run is such a popular feature of the York 10K. The enthusiasm the children show is infectious and, of course, their efforts are helping some excellent charities.”

Cheryl Ward, Family Fund Chief Executive, said: “We would like to say a big thanks to all of the children who chose to run on behalf of Family Fund this year. It was a great sight to see them running the course. Thanks to everyone who sponsored them for helping us to support families caring for disabled and seriously ill children.”

The 10K’s partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Macmillan Cancer Support, CLIC Sargent, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Teaching Hospital Charity, Candlelighters, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Action For Children.

It is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, The Press, Runner’s World, Minster FM, Local Telecom Service, Banana Kick and Run247.

To find out more about Run For All events, go to www.runforall.com

Men's results

1 Steve Robinson 32:57
2 Jordan Skelly 33:05
3 John Clifford 33:23


Women's results

1 Michelle Nolan 36:45
2 Leila Armoush 37:15
3 Emma Yates 37:52


Click here for full results



Harting Trail Race

The weather gods were smiling on Liss Runners for the third edition of the Harting Trail Race. After a previous wet weekend, the sun was well and truly out and shining strong over the whole race day. Surfaces were dry and mud free over the just shy of 10 mile distance with the course using tracks and private lanes up on the South Downs to the South-West of the pretty village of South Harting.

There was also a scorching performance from Denmead Strider Julian Manning. He took his third Harting title in a fast 57’53” and was also first senior man (to 39). Following close behind and almost catching Manning over the last mile was Hardley Runner Paul Pallister, finishing just 26’ behind Manning and also taking first in the veteran men category (40 -55).  Third in was Jon Fairs of Haslemere Border A.C. in 1h 01’ 21” also taking second senior man category.

The second veteran man category winner – Andy Thornton - had a very unfamiliar race vest. He later went on to say he was from Burton-Upon-Trent club Hatton Darts and had cycled down from Burton earlier in the week. Third senior man was Charlie Hill-Vinning from Farnham Runners and third veteran man was Victory A.C.’s David Howard.

For the super veteran men’s category (55 and over) the winners were Portsmouth Joggers’s David Williams and Ian Richardson from Southampton A.C.

For the ladies, Winchester and District AC runner Kathy Bailey stormed around the course well head of her rivals in 1h 05’ 55”to take first lady, first veteran lady (36-49) and 7th overall, over seven and a half minutes ahead of second place Katy Ward from Haslemere Border AC who was also second veteran lady. Third lady in was Haslemere’s Sarah Simpson in 1h 12’43” also taking first place in the senior ladies category.

Other lady category winners were: second senior lady Daisy Hall from Stubbington Green Runners, third Senior Lady Louise Youngman, third veteran lady Halsemere’s Donna Read, and the first two ladies in the super veteran category (50 and over)  Joanna Curtis from Winchester A. and Eastleigh RC’s Sara Rhimes.

The sunshine also bought out others out onto the course. Runners had to contend with a hedge cutting tractor at the first water station that only just got out of the way in time, a large tipper truck that caused the first few runners to move into the side hedging and combine-harvesters getting the wheat in that cleared the route just before the first man got to them. Apart from these the race was incident free and a great success with many comments of encouragement from the 229 happy finishers.

Harting Trail Race

Photos: The first three finishers: Jon Fairs (3rd), Julian Manning (1st) and Paul Pallister (2nd). First woman and seventh overall, Kathy Bailey

 Men's results

1 Julian Manning Denmead Strider 00:57:53
2 Paul Pallister Hardley Runners 00:58:19
3 Jon Fairs Haslemere Border AC 01:01:21


Women's results

1 Kathy Bailey Winchester and District AC 01:05:55
2 Katy Ward Haslemere Border AC 01:12:27
3 Sarah Simpson Haslemere Border AC 01:12:43


Click here for full results



Sturminster Newton Half Marathon

Sturminster Newton Half Marathon

Photo: Race winner David Broadley of Poole Athletic Club

Men's results

1 David BROADLEY Poole Athletic Club 1:13:27
2 George GURNEY Avon Valley Runners 1:13:48
3 Graeme MILLER Bournemouth AC 1:17:38


Women's results

1 Juliet CHAMPION Poole Athletic Club 1:25:25
2 Heidi TREGENZA Bournemouth AC 1:28:51
3 Susie DEAMER Poole Runners 1:30:47


Click here for full results


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