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Weekend review: August 15 & 16, 2015

by Editor
Monday 17th August 2015

Color Run Birmingham

Color Run Birmingham

More than 8,500 happy ‘Color Runners’  headed to Birmingham’s NEC when the Happiest 5k on the planet  returned to the city for the second time.

Starting as a blank canvas and finishing head-to-toe in every colour of the rainbow, fun-loving runners from across the city and beyond took part in the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’.

Following a course that meandered round Birmingham’s NEC, participants were covered in coloured powder at every kilometre before making their way across the finish line and into the Festival Finish.

In celebration of their efforts, ‘Color Runners’ then partied in true Brummy style, filling the skies with vibrant multicolour as Capital DJs pumped awesome live music  from the stage.  

Driving the concept of the untimed 5k, The Color Run™ is about enjoying a day of fitness and fun, with the aim for participants to cross the finish line with smiles on their faces. The day saw participants jog, walk, skip and dance their way around the route with friends, family and colleagues.

James Robinson, Managing Director of the event organisers, said: “Birmingham never disappoints, we always have so much fun here because everyone truly embraces what The Color Run is all about:  healthiness, fun, friendship and a celebration of happiness.”

The next lucky cities to get covered in colour are: Belfast, Titanic Quarter (Sunday 30th August 2015); Sunderland, Commercial Road (Sunday 20th September 2015); Brighton, Madeira Drive (Saturday 10th October 2015) Participants hoping to take part in the remaining events are encouraged to visit www.thecolorrun.co.uk as soon as possible to secure their place.

New for 2015, the ‘Happiest 5k’ on the planet is also heading to the capital on September 5th 2015, when Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park plays host to the first ever UK edition of The Color Run Night.

Thousands of runners will colour the London night sky as they make their way through illuminated ‘Color Zones’, bubble stations and blacklight areas, before crossing the finish line to enjoy an incredible night time, glow in the dark ‘Color Throw’ festival finish.

The Color Run™ 2015 is proudly supported by Original Source, Ocean Spray, NSPCC, Capital and Metro. More information can be found on The Color Run™ UK Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheColorRunUK, on twitter by following @TheColorRunUK and on Instagram with @TheColorRunGBR. Join in the chat using #ColourMeHappy and #Happiest5k

Color Run Birmingham



Spitfire Scramble

Spitfire Scramble

Photo: © Matthew Impey, wiredphotos.co.uk

The second running of the Spitfire Scramble was a topped off with a flypast by a Spitfire as the 24-hour race came to an end on Sunday.

Four hundred and fifty runners pitched up in Hornchurch Country Park to camp on Friday night, with the race starting at midday Saturday.

Teams, pairs and solo runners set off on laps of the 5.9-mile course in a bid to run as many loops as possible in 24 hours.

The course, which takes in the tough ascent of Ingrebourne Hill, was conquered 20 times by solo winner Paul Corderoy. The 49-year-old from Wallingford, Oxfordshire ran an eye-watering 120 miles in total.

Kate Jayden, 29 from Saltney, Chester, claimed the female solo crown with 18 laps while the largest team category, the mixed teams of 6-8, was won by a team comprised of London Marathon staff, including race director Hugh Brasher, whose late father Chris founded the marathon in 1980.

Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners took the honours in the male and female teams of 6-8 categories while the male teams of 3-5 were led home by Mon’s Crew.

Local clubs were also well represented with Havering 90 Joggers winning the female pairs category thanks to 16 laps from Nichola Fairbairn and Emma Tangye, while their two teams of 8 came 25th and 27th in the mixed 6-8 category.

Havering Tri finished 10th with 29 laps while Dagenham 88 Road Runners clocked up 28 for 13th place.

Founder and race director Danny Coyle said: “The event was a resounding success. We doubled in size from our inaugural race and it was thrilling to see the park showcased in this way. To have a Spitfire fly overhead as we welcomed our runners home was the icing on the cake.

“We owe thanks to the borough, the Forestry Commission, our charity partner the RAF Benevolent Fund and all our volunteers, especially those who stuck it out at their marshal points in the freezing cold night time hours. The runners hugely appreciated it and many of them are already clamouring to enter next year.”

If you would like to enter next year’s race, you can register your interest at info@spitfirescramble.co.uk


Male Solo Paul Corderoy 20 laps
Female Solo Kate Jayden 18 laps
Male Pairs We Thought They said Rum 21 laps
Femail Pairs H90J Buds 16 laps
Mixed Pairs Ra 'n' Rave 20 laps
Male Teams 3-5 Norfolk in Chance 27 laps
Male teams of 6-8 Dacorum & Tring 33 laps
Female teams of 6-8 Dacorum & Tring Ladies 29 laps
Mixed teams of 6-8 London Marathon 34 laps


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and go cats go!; Elvis leaving the building

In honour of the anniversary of the death of the King, 256 runners lined up at the start of the Yeovil Montacute parkrun for a proper Elvis send off, and it was viva las Montacute as they all headed up the Avenue like a gang of starstruck teenagers told tickets for the latest Nashville gig had gone on sale at Odcombe Lodge!

In the run, there was a battle right to the last corner as James Todd, who is in serious training for joining the Heriot Watt University running team, pinned his ears back at the last corner to overtake the unknown runner who ended up in second place. James finished first across the line in 18m52, for a first time in his 56 appearances here. Reuben Morris was third over the line in 19m05. Max Davies in ninth place was the top age-graded runner this week with a grade of 76.95% for his time 19m53.

In the Men's annual points competition, with just two weeks of competition left, James Todd (3482 points) pulled out a lead over the absent Rob Gundry (3371) and James Legg (3327). Exciting!

Caitlin Carnegie of Yeovil Olympiads AC was first lady across the line in an excellent 13th place overall as she finished in 20m30 – this the second time in two appearances at Montacute. Annie Lambeth-Mansell was second lady (16th overall) in 20m55 and Caitlin’s Olypiads colleague Daisy Davies was third (19th overall) over the line in 21m14.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition remains a foregone conclusion as Lucy Pittard has extended her lead to stand on 3532 points. Tina Hewitt looks to have secured second place with her total of 3,055 points ahead of Vicky Gale’s 2910 points.

Jon Hopkins of Dulwich & Peckham parkruns was here. Matthew Bevan ran 21m20 in what was his 14th different parkrun venue, which pales compared to Mike Jeffery who has now completed 52 different locations – and reckons the Yeovil Montacute course is only bested by Lanhydrock in how tough it is!

Mark Ainsworth was down from the Forest of Dean for his 113th parkrun and Heidi Vickery was a returning tourist as she was down from the Ealing Eagles running club. Louise Lowry gets a mention as a tourist too – mainly because she represents the excellently named Shiny Happy Runners club!

There also were a number of our regulars gaining Personal bests, amongst them Helen Nesbitt (23m32), John Alllen (28m43) and Anthea Cox (29m17), whilst Donna Cornelius now has the 30 minute barrier firmly in her sights as she ran a PB of 30m16.  

The first of three trial Trust 10 runs takes place at 9am next Sunday (23rd August) – this is a free 10km run, there’s no pre-registration other than the request that you turn up at 8.30am to give your name and e-mail address. Do have a look at the Yeovil Montacute Facebook page which has a link to it.

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Girls!Girls!Girls!; Roustabout James Todd heads for first place

Men's results

1 James Todd Wells City Harriers 18:52
2 Unknown Runner Unknown -
3 Reuben Morris Unattached 19:05


Women's results

1 Caitlin Carnegie Yeovil Olympiads AC 20:30
2 Annie Lambeth-Mansell Unattached 20:55
3 Daisy Davies Yeovil Olympiads AC 21:14


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



Stour Valley Path 100k ultra (SVP100)

Stour Valley Path 100k ultra (SVP100)

A field of 141 runners battled to cover the 102km route, on a very warm day. 110 runners made it to the finish within the 15.5hr cut-off, and five had returned for the third year in a row. A new course record was set by Charles Harpur, who covered the distance in 9hrs 27.

The race is really growing in popularity and everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and challenge.

Find out more at the race website: www.svp100.co.uk; on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Svp100 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/SVP100ultra

Men's results

1 Charles Harpur 09:27
2 Simon Margot  09:37
3 Nick Weyman 09:54


Women's results

1 Megan Lennox 11:55
=2 Melissa Arkinstall  12:26
=2 Megan Dale 12:26


Click here for full results


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