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Weekend review: September 5 & 6, 2015

by Editor
Monday 7th September 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lakeland Trails in Keswick

Gorgeous late summer sunshine greeted over 1300 competitors in the10th International Lakeland Trails Festival in Keswick on Saturday 5th September. Mayor of Keswick, Paul Titley, welcomed the runners to Keswick and presented the prizes, including a special donation to Keswick Mountain Rescue of £850. Nationally renowned samba drumming band, Batala Lancaster, got everyone pumping with adrenaline before the starts, and competitors from all over the world took part in the various events during the day. 

Lakeland Trails in Keswick - Saturday, September 5, 2015

Photos: Girls from Red Rose Road Runners in the 15km Derwentwater Trail Challenge. Runner on the Derwentwater Trail. Christina Wiejak winning the 10km © www.lakelandtrails.org

For the first time at a Lakeland Trails event, the overall number of women (55%) was higher than men (45%), and local girls were top of the podium in both the 15km and 10km events. James Scott-Buccleuch, Stockport Harriers, won the blue riband 15km Derwentwater Trail Race in 59.44. Runner up was Ambleside AC’s Jon Deegan, in 64.16 (1st Vet 40) and making the podium in third place was Steve Brennan, from Ulverston in 66.31 (1st Vet 50).

Local girl Annabel Holmes, from Keswick AC, dominated the women’s 15km Race, winning both overall and first Lady Veteran 40 in 73.24. Runner up was Ackworth Road Runner, Rebecca Winter in 74.43, with Rachel Fairclough, St Helen Striders, in 75.39. 

Oldest competitor in the race was 75 year old Charm Robson, from St Bees Triers, who won the Lady Veteran 70 in the 15km race. 

Representatives from 10 different nations took part in the event, including USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland.

In the morning's 10km Derwentwater Trail Run, Christina Wiejak from Barrow and Furness AC broke the women’s course record with 39.52 and finished a staggering second overall. Only another course record by Paul Graham, from Derwent AC in 36.40, prevented Christina from winning the 10km event outright. Penrith’s Suzanne Toppin was second woman in 43.38 and Helen Woodley, from Ulverston, finished third in 43.47.

More than 100 children took part in the Fun Trails, all receiving a special finisher's medal.

Singer/songwriter, Pete Lashley, first ran in the 15km Derwentwater Trail Challenge event, then performed for an hour before the prize giving.

The event was supporting the regional charity Nurture Lakeland, Fix The Fells and Keswick Mountain Rescue along with many national charities benefitting from runners raising funds through sponsorship. 

The event partners and sponsors included running brand ASICS, Lake District National Park Authority, Mirehouse Estates, Fitz and Hope Park Trust, Keswick Rugby Club, James Kirby Photography, Mountain Trauma Rescue Services, Bowland Communications, John Bagge Sports Therapy, VO2 Max Timing, VO2 Max Events, www.TrekandRun.com and Trailrunning.co.uk

There are still a few places available for the next Lakeland Trails in Coniston, on 3rd October, which takes in a panoramic circuit around the lower slopes of the Old Man of Coniston - enter online at www.lakelandtrails.org  

Lakeland Trails in Keswick - Saturday, September 5, 2015

Photos: Event Director Graham Patten celebrating the 10th anniversary event. Batala Lancaster. Relaxed atmosphere on Fitz Park © www.lakelandtrails.org

Men's 10k results

1 Paul Graham Derwent AC 36:40
2 Mark Wade Aycliffe Running Club 40:20
3 David Mccabe Trawden AC 40:28


Women's 10k results

1 Christina Wiejak (2nd overall) Barrow Striders 39:52
2 Suzanne Toppin   43:38
3 Helen Woodley   0:43:47


Men's 15k results

1 James Scott-Buccleuch Stockport Harriers 59:44
2 Jon Deegan Ambleside Athletics Club 1:04:16
3 Steven Brennan   1:06:31


Women's 15k results

1 Annabel Holmes Keswick Athletics Club 1:13:24
2 Rebecca Winter Ackworth Road Runners 1:14:43
3 Rachel Fairclough St Helen Striders 1:15:39


Results are available from www.lakelandtrails.org/keswick/results.php



DeadDrop: The Hiit Man Race

28 runners took on DeadDrop: The Hiit Man Race, where participants had to track down and Assassinate an "enemy agent" over a 5-10k distance. The fastest  racer was Paul Peasegood at 1:57 and all agents came in good and enjoyed a free beer at the end

 DeadDrop: The Hiit Man Race



Stowmarket Striders Golden Mile

Stowmarket Striders Golden Mile

The second Stowmarket Striders Golden Mile was a sell out with 250 places snapped up. Conditions were near perfect with the temperature a cool 15 degrees with a light wind. The accurately measured route takes the runners through the town centre and finishes on the recreation ground as the the town's annual "Beech Party" starts.  

This unique event included runners from 3 to 69 and is truly a race for all abilities. Many families run together, others are targeting a fast time over an iconic race distance. This year prize money for course records being broken was included and there were trophies for junior runners in the U11, U13 & U15 catagories as well as the top three male and female runners.

The race was won by Robert Reason from Harwich Runners, improving his time and position from 2014 to 5:06:75, with Steve Mason (unaffiliated) 5:13:13 in second place and James Wilson (Saxmundham Saxons) 5:13:69 in third place.

The female winner was Stowmarket resident Emily Moyes of West Suffolk Athletics finishing 7th overall and lowering the female course record in a new Personal Best of 5:29:78, last years winner Odette Robson of St Edmunds Pacers was second in 5:43:43 with Stowmarket Striders Melody-Ann Neville third in a time of 6:40:43.

Full results are available on the clubs website www.stowmarketstriders.org.uk  you can also follow the club on Twitter at @StowStriders or on facebook HERE

Stowmarket Striders Golden Mile

Men's results

1 Robert Reason Harwich Runners 5:06.75
2 Steve Mason unaffliated 5:13.13
3 James Wilson Saxons 5:13.69


Women's results

1 Emily Moyes West Suffolk AC 5:29.78
2 Odette Robson St Edmund Pacers 5:43:43
3 Melody-Anne Neville Stowmarket Striders 6:40.43


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Neil and Nicky; Presentation of points awards; Kaz Handley and Tina Hewitt go clowning about

All good things come to an end and there were mixed emotions at Montacute House on Saturday as we celebrated our second Birthday – but said goodbye to Event Director Matt Warr, who is stepping down gracefully as he embarks on the next stage of married life. It was a good excuse for a party, and thank you to all of the runners who joined in by turning up in Clown attire!

The parkrun bench at the top of the Avenue at Montacute will shortly be adorned with a new plaque showing the names of James and Lucy, together with Steve Wakeman and Lesley Matthews who were the winners of the 2013/2014 year. Presentations were made by local running legend Adrian Marriott.

This week there were 223 runners and had 28 first timers, and we had 43 new Personal Bests recorded. In the two years we’ve been going, there have been 2,740 different runners, including participants from 263 athletics clubs, have completed 15,300 runs covering a total distance of 76,500 km, and there have been 3,422 new Personal Bests. All quite impressive really!

In the main run, Reuben Morris ran a superb second half of the course as he finished with a Personal Best in his 4th appearance, first over the line in 18m36 – Mark Wills had been leading the way at the halfway stage but finished second over the line in 18m53. Tim Thorner was third over the line in 19m15, and Sam Reynolds was third in the age grading standings with his time of 19m28 graded 74.49%, as he finished in 4th overall.

Leading Lady today was Karin Zueger, finishing in 22nd overall in 21m56 on her second appearance at Montacute, with Karen Hooper second (45th overall) lady in 23m38. Chrissy Smith was third (49th overall) over the line in 24m02, and Lesley Nesbitt led the age gradings with 80.25% for her time of 25m39 and Hatty Byrne graded 75.42% for her time of 24m53.

Bob Eagle was the first Clown in 12th place!

Well done to the regulars who recorded PBs – Darren O’Donnell ran a cracking 24m19, whilst Elise Romans ran a 24m51 PB in her 32nd parkrun; Hatty Byrne (24m53) and Andy Loveless (26m03) both ran faster than they had before, and Joy Nixon (26m10) and Ruth Vellacott (26m14). David Pittard (28m45) was paced to a PB by Jo & Lucy Pittard, Cathy Owen 29m38 beat the 30 minute mark for the first time. It was a case of so near, but so far for Rachel Holmes who recorded a massive PB to finish in 30m06 but missed out on the big target, with Samantha Lloyd not far behind in 30m15. Well done also to Hilary Askew for her new PB of 33m38.

Of the parkrun tourists, Paul Douglas came down from his usual Milton Keynes haunt to finish in 5th overall and time of 20m01, whilst Gregory Bailey has a fabulous record – this was his 105th parkrun but appears that he’s never run more than once at any venue; yep, 105 venues! Adrian Essex of London Heathside was down from Finsbury parkrun and Pymmes parkrun – is it Pymmes ‘o’clock yet?! 

The winners of the2014/ 2015 Points competition:


1 James Fraser TODD Wells City Harriers 3678 pts
2 Rob GUNDRY Langport Runners 3531 pts
3 Robert EAGLE Unattached 3388 pts



1 Lucy PITTARD Unattached 3532 pts
2 Tina HEWITT Unattached 3148 pts
3 Vicky GALE Unattached 3050 pts


Men's results

1 Reuben MORRIS 18:36
2 Mark WILLS 18:53
3 Timothy THORNER 19:15


Women's results

1 Karin ZUEGER 21:56
2 Karen HOOPER 23:38
3 Chrissy SMITH 24:02


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



Sunday, September 6, 2015

Alice’s Run

Alice’s Run is a multi-terrain run held in memory of Alice Redmond, a Blackshaw Head girl who died tragically in 2005. This was the tenth Alice’s Run, and the last that will take place.

Nearly 200 runners and walkers took to the streets and trails of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridgeto take part in Alice's Run, a 10k race through the Calder Valley. The run raises vital funds for Epilepsy Action, which supports people living with epilepsy across the UK. There are around 22,000 people living with epilepsy in West Yorkshire. 

The first man over the finish line at Calder High School was Jamie Fradgley of the Stainland Lions who completed the course with an impressive running time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds. Kirsty Allen of the Balidon Runners was fastest in the women's category with a time of 41 minutes and 45 seconds. In addition to the main 10k race, 24 children completed there was a kilometre children’s fun run.

Alice’s Run

Photos: Runners enjoying the sunshine on the towpath and celebrating at the finish line

This year’s Alice’s Run was a celebration of all that has been achieved in Alice’s memory over the past ten years. Since it began in 2006, over 2,400 runners have crossed the finish line of Alice’s Run, and nearly £60,000 has been raised.

Katie Reah, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: "We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported Alice’s Run, and to everyone who helped us celebrate this year’s final race on Sunday. The run has been a great tribute to a much loved and respected member of the Epilepsy Action team. It has also raised a fantastic amount of money to support people affected by epilepsy in the UK.

“Together with Alice’s family, we have decided to make this the last Alice’s Run. We will continue to celebrate Alice’s legacy at the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race.”

The funds raised from Alice’s Run will help to support Epilepsy Action’s work all over the UK. Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.3 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

Men's results

1 Jamie Fradgley Stainland Lions 36.38
2 Thomas Nelson Wharfedale Harriers 39.00
3 Jonny Cartwright Stadium Runners 39.35


Women's results

1 Kirsty Allen Baildon Runners 41.45
2 Lynn Birchall Stadium Runners 44.48
3 Rochelle Drake Stainland Lions 45.09


Click here for full results



Decathlon City of Salford 10k

Decathlon City of Salford 10k - Sunday, September 6, 2015

A record number of runners descended on Salford Quays to take part in this year’s Decathlon City of Salford 10K. The race welcomed more than 3,700 entries from runners who took to the streets of Salford, following a scenic route around Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.

Chief Executive of Sports Tours International, Chris Bird, commented: “Over the past few years the race has continued to grow to become one of most popular races in the region, and on Sunday we welcomed a record number of runners. It was a fantastic atmosphere in Salford, the sun was shining and it was great to see so many runners raising money for important causes. People of all ages and abilities took part and we would like to thank everyone for making the effort.”

The race started at 10.15am on the MediaCityUK piazza and followed a route around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into MediaCityUK to the finish line.

Many runners were raising money for Reubens Retreat, this year’s official charity partner, as well as their own chosen charities.

Europe’s leading sportswear and equipment retailer, Decathlon, was the Official Title Sponsor, and it was team Decathlon who won the Corporate Challenge!

James Douglas from Border Harriers running club, triumphed in the men’s race with an impressive finish time of 31 minutes and 21 seconds. Tesfaye Debele took second position with 31 minutes and 43 seconds, and Ben Riddell finished in third place closely behind with a time of 31 minutes and 48 seconds.

In the women’s race, first to cross the finish line was Katie Brough in a time of 34 minutes and 36 seconds. Katie is a Vale Royal runner and Great Britain and England representative in cross country and track. In second place, Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton finished in 37 minutes and 8 seconds and Rhiannon Silson from Border Harriers finished in third place in 37 minutes and 35 seconds.

Councillor Peter Dobbs, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford officially started the race before cheering on the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Charity Team who were raising money for the Salford Mayor’s Official Charity.

Sixt UK was the Official Vehicle Provider for the event and runners could take advantage of pre and post run massages by Therapy First. Club La Santa provided entertainment for the younger ones at their playtime area, including face-painting and balloon modelling.

The race organised by Sports Tours International, one of the UK’s largest specialist sports travel companies. The next 10K race is the Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse, which takes place on Sunday 20th September 2015.

For more information visit www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk

Men's results

1 James Douglas Border Harriers 31:21
2 Tesfaye Debele   31:43
3 Ben Riddell   31:48


Women's results

1 Katie Brough Vale Royal 34:36
2 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 37:09
3 Rhiannon Silson Border Harriers 37:39


Click here for full results



Earth Trust 10k Run

The second Earth Trust 10K was held on Sunday 6th September. There were 201 entrants, including many who signed up on the day after being encouraged by the glorious sunshine. The race was preceded by a 1km Children’s Fancy Dress Fun Run, which had over 60 participants. The 10K Run is a unique cross-country race around Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, including a testing climb up the iconic Wittenham Clumps towards the end of the route.

This year’s fastest time was achieved by Martin Ineson: 39min 17 sec.

Earth Trust 10k Run

Photos: First runner home Martin Ineson  (145) and first woman Maddie Horton (236) © Barry Cornelius

Men's results

1 Martin Ineson  00:39:17
2 Roger Gill 00:39:51
3 Gary Blake 00:40:26


Women's results


Maddie Horton

2 Sarah Lackman 00:43:33
3 Jessica Franklin 00:43:41


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Fittleworth Flyers 5

Fittleworth Flyers 5

Fittleworth Flyers Running Club held their annual race from the Fittleworth Village Hall. The day was perfect  for running- blue skies & no wind.

The five mile race took place around the beautiful countryside of Fittleworth , with 330 Senior runners & a record 46 Junior runners.

The race was won  yet again by Chichester Harriers' star runner, James Baker, in the astonishingly quick time of 26 minutes 50 seconds, just over 5 minutes a mile. Second place was over four minutes behind.  The last runner was home in just over an hour. The Junior  race, just under a mile for 7-15 year olds, was won in a very creditable time  5 minutes 55 seconds by Alex Halfacre of Arunners.

Runners came from all over West Sussex, and most were members of one of the 17 West Sussex Fun Run League Clubs..

Afterwards, runners could refresh  themselves with delicious home made cakes provided by the Flyers members, up to their usual high standard.

The Race Director , Ed Warner, said : "In nigh perfect conditions all went extremely smoothly and we are pleased that the day was a success. Any profit made will go to local Fittleworth charities." Ed is also Chairman of UK Athletics.

Men's results

1 James Baker Chichester Runners 26:50
2 Andy Massingale Henfield Joggers 30:36
3 Simon Coppard Portslade Hedgehoppers 30:54


Women's results

1 Katy Hedgethorne Portslade Hedgehoppers 32:51
2 Megan Taylor Lewes AC 34:00
3 India Spoor Worthing Harriers 35:17


Click here for full results



Harlow 10 Mile Road Race

Harlow Running Club staged the 26th running of the Harlow 10 Mile Road Race, this year sponsored by global sports retailer Decathlon. This year the race proceeds will be shared between the two West Essex charities: West Essex Mind, supporting anyone who is affected by mental health problems, and Accuro, supporting people with a disability.

The course started in London Road, opposite Mark Hall Sports Centre, went through Newhall, Church Langley, along Hastingwood Road, Threshers Bush, Foster Street, along Harlow Common, cross Potter Street onto the cycle track, through Ladyshot along Momples Road, then into Felmongers and finished on Mark Hall athletics track. Weather conditions on the day were perfect for running, with cool temperatures and little wind.

Just before the start Harlow Running Club Member and fitness instructor Jared Bethell led the runners through a warmup session to ensure they were ready to begin racing.

The race was won by Alex Milne from Enfield & Haringey Athletic Club in a fantastic 52min 55sec, with a winning margin of over four minutes. He was followed home by Thomas Grimes from East London Runners in 57min 35sec and Andy Barnes from London Heathside in 57min 58sec.

First female finisher was Victoria Walker from Shaftesbury Barnet in 25th place in an excellent 64min 27sec and she was followed by Wendy Walsh from St Albans Striders 48th in 69min 53sec and Evonne Linney from Ealing Eagles 69th in 74min 28sec. There were a total of 208 finishers.

Men's results

1 Alex MILNE Enfield & Harringey AC 0:52:55
2 Thomas GRIMES East London Runners 0:57:35
3 Andy BARNES London Heathside Runners AC 0:57:58


Women's results

1 Victoria WALKER Shaftesbury Barnet 1:04:27
2 Wendy WALSH St Albans Striders 1:09:53
3 Yvonne LINNEY Ealing Eagles Running Club 1:14:28


Click here for full results



Hatters Half Marathon

The sun shone brightly on Sunday as the very first Hatters Half Marathon hit the streets and trails of Stockport.

It was the culmination of months of hard work on the part of Race Director John Giles and Supporters Cooperative Events Manager Dave Marchbank, and the feedback from runners after a magnificent race was overwhelmingly positive.

First to return to Hardcastle Road was Wilmslow's Damien Nichols who crossed the line in a brisk 1.15.45, almost 2 minutes ahead of club mate Rob Downs who stopped the clock at 1.17.32 . Steve Pennington of Salford Harriers, skipped the popular Salford 10K ( also today) to do the inaugural Stockport event and pronounced it ` a terrific experience, fantastically well organised', coming third in 1.18.38. 

First lady home was Annette Bowden who finished 11th overall to claim the womens prize in 1.25.29 , almost 10 minutes clear of second placed Liz Ensor ( 1.35.27) with Clare Bracegirdle taking third place with 1.36.52.

Men's results



Women's results

2 LIZ ENSOR U/A 1:35:27


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Maidenhead Half Marathon

Maidenhead Half Marathon - Sunday, September 6, 2015

Local families, friends, fundraisers and seasoned athletes laced up their trainers to take part in the Maidenhead Half Marathon on Sunday 6 September, hosted by local Race Organiser Purple Patch Running. There was abundant enthusiasm for the half marathon, as well as the mini and micro marathons, and they did not disappoint!

Maidenhead was blessed with sunshine and the race village atmosphere was incredible, with a fun and energetic musical warm up before the half marathon wheelchair race began at 9.15am. Not long after, over 2,000 half marathon runners gathered, and the start line was alive with energy thanks to Helen Willetts - Broadcast Meteorologist for the BBC. Wishing the runners good luck and counting down from 10, Helen sent runners on their way with tremendous roars from spectators.

10 minutes later at 9.40am, the micro marathon runners (under 7s, under 9s and under 11s) were on their way. Speeding their way around the town centre, the first runner across the finish was Thomas Day, completing the 800 metre distance in 2 minutes 44 seconds. Providing entertainment, as well as support and encouragement was Yorkie, the eight foot mascot of Maidenhead United Football Club, who had flown in for the special occasion. Next up was the mini marathon (under 13s, under 15s and under 17s), and youngsters took the 1 mile route in their stride. First across the Purple Patch Running inflatable finish line was Sebastian Hearn, in an impressive time of 5 minutes, 29 seconds.

Spectators had a short rest and the opportunity to check out the race village, as well as local shops and cafés, before the crowd gathered to cheer in Peter Thompson of Bournemouth Athletics Club - the first half marathon finisher in a remarkable time of 1 hour 10 minutes. The first female to power across the line was Thames Valley Harriers runner Tracy Barlow, achieving a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes, and 16th place overall.

Helen Willetts, Broadcast Meteorologist for the BBC, comments: “The atmosphere here today has been extraordinary. I’d like to say a massive congratulations to each and every runner that took part in the half marathon - their enthusiasm was truly inspiring! I’ve been bowled over by the support from spectators, who cheered each individual runner across the finish line. It was also really refreshing to see so many youngsters take part in the mini and micro marathons, my two girls loved it and are extremely proud of their medals. I’m already looking forward to taking part next year!”  

To mark the fifth anniversary of the race, Race Organiser Purple Patch honored all runners with a gold race medal.  As well as this, those that had taken part for all five years since the race started received an iconic gold race number, enabling them to share their achievements with the supporters out on the course.

Purple Patch Running also provided expert coaching and support for two ‘This Girl Can’ runners, one of whom was local Mum, Anna Trott. She comments: "After reading about the competition I fired off a quick email, as running a half marathon this year was my new year's resolution. I didn't expect that I might actually win and I panicked a little bit when I found out I had! But then I remembered what This Girl Can is about. The only thing stopping me from entering a half marathon was my own self-doubt. I was nervous, but now I’ve completed it I feel so proud. The route was beautiful and it was an unforgettable experience.”

Chris Donald, Race Director, describes the event as a huge success: “I’d like to say a massive congratulations to each and every runner that took part. Every year we are bowled over by participants’ passion, dedication and inspiring attitude towards this event. The sight of runners, young and old, is truly moving and I’d like to add a special thanks to the spectators and sponsors who helped make it such a special atmosphere.”

To see the full list of results from this year’s Maidenhead’s Half Marathon and to sign up for next year’s event, please visit: www.purplepatchrunning.com

Men's results



Women's results



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Marple 10k

Marple 10k

After a heavy downpour overnight the Middlewood Way in Marple, Stockport was muddy at best for the race start on Saturday morning. The route takes runners out of Marple into the Cheshire countryside then heads back to Marple along the Macclesfield Canal, ending at Marple Forces Club, where participants can enjoy a well-earned butty and pint!

The day itself was mild with the sun making an effort to dry the course and the 170 or so runners who turned out.

The event is organised by the local, Marple Fire Station, Fire Fighters and all the proceeds from the event go to The Fire Fighters Charity.
It is a well-supported event which has been running now for 8 years.

This year’s winner was Jack Morris of Stockport Harriers in a time of 32:10, impressive considering the slippy and wet conditions underfoot.

The Fastest Female was Anna Mackenzie, also of Stockport Harriers in 41:47

Men's results

1 Jack Morris Stockport Harriers 32:10
2 Mat Stephenson tbc 36:18
3 Paul Webb tbc 38:52


Women's results

1 Anna Mackenzie Stockport Harriers 41:47
2 Annie Smedley tbc 49:33
3 Carmen Robinson tbc 49:35


Click here for full results in due course



Montane Trail 13 & 10 Delamere

The Montane Trail 13 & 10 Delamere

Photos: The Trail 13 male course record was taken by Gareth Stephens. The Trail 10 female course record was taken by Sarah Howard and the male course record was taken by Tom Adams

The male course record for the Trail 10 route has stood strong since 2013 when Charlie Sharpe ran the 10K route in 40mins 43secs...that is until this year, when it was smashed by Tom Adams. The new Trail 10 male course record now stands at 33mins 20secs.

It wasn't just the boys though... the girls were at it too. The Trail 10 female course record was also destroyed by Sarah Howard and it now stands at 40mins 12secs.

Men's 13 mile results

1 Gareth Stephens   01:17:46
2 Daniel Miller THE ENDURANCE STORE TRT 01:20:58
3 Stephen Edwards   01:21:26


Women's 13 mile results

1 Tracey West WORKSOP HARRIERS 01:35:50
2 Susan Fourie CITY OF CHESTER TRI CLUB 01:36:37
3 Beata Suthard NORTHWICH RUNNING CLUB 01:42:09


Click here for full results


Men's 10k results

1 Tom Adams ILKLEY HARRIERS 33:20
3 Phil Ellison ST HELENS TRI 38:50


Women's 10k results

1 Sarah Howard LIVERPOOL HARRIERS AC 40:15
2 Jennifer Szczepaniak Sloane   45:58
3 Sarah Harley ERYRI 48:53


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Source of the Severn

Source of the Severn

Photos: Race winner Stacey Morgan establishes an early lead, followed by Roger Farrington (eventual 2nd) and Todd Tanner (5th). Nicola Davies, first woman. Morgan near the finish of Source of the Severn © Ian Fraser

Maldwyn Harriers' annual Source of the Severn race took place in ideal sunny but fairly cool conditions over approximately 9 miles of trail and fell in the Hafren Forest. Stacey Morgan (Croft Ambrey) led the 42-strong field out at a brisk place and by the first check point had taken host club runners Roger Farrington and Todd Tanner with him, opening a gap on the chasing field. It was a lead he would never relinquish, extending this to almost two minutes as he negotiated the course in a time of 59:58, Farrington maintaining his second place to finish in 61:38. Sean Clarke (Maldwyn Harriers) completed the first three placings having overhauled Tanner, who was suffering the effects of pre-university meningitis jabs and who faded to fifth place behind Jimmy Carter (Vegan Runners/Maldwyn Harriers).

The women's race was won by Shropshire Shuffler Nicola Davies who has recently relocated to the area. Davies' time of 73:17 brought her home in front of team mate Catherine Voyce (74:12) and Donna Morris of Builth Wells (75:14) with Jenny Evans the first woman from the host club to finish in a time of 86:33.

The Harriers' next race will be the shorter but arguably tougher Corndon Three Peaks Christmas Cracker at Priest Weston on the Powys/Shropshire border, on 20th December. Further details can be found on the Maldwyn Harriers website.

Men's results

1 Stacey Morgan Croft Ambrey 59.58
2 Roger Farrington Maldwyn Harriers 61.38
3 Sean Clarke Maldwyn Harriers 64.31


Women's results

1 Nicola Davies Shufflers 73.17
2 CatherineVoyce Shufflers 74.12
3 Donna Morris Builth 75.14


Click here for full results



St Albans Stampede - 12hr Enduro

St Albans Stampede - 12hr Enduro

Photos: Paul Adams (first runner in photo) who won the Solo Male category. St Albans Awesome Foursome who blitzed the 4-person Relay category.

The race started with two brilliant runners going head to head in the early laps. Strider’s Paul Adams and Fabio Rizzo Cascio both pushing sub-30 minute 4-mile laps for the first 12 miles. But this emerging rivalry was short lived with Fabio stopping after 36 miles due to injury leaving Paul the tough mental task of pushing on with no immediate threat to him taking out the title. But ultra running is a funny thing, and as the race progressed Paul eased off to allow Derek Fowler and a trio of three other runners bridge the gap. Derek ran a considered race from start to finish and was impressive in his steady ability to maintain a constant pace. And from the other front runners, Ben Scott ran the race of his life to move up the field from 6th to 3rd with some great final splits. However in the end it was Paul’s day, finishing the Stampede with 72 miles under his belt in only 10hrs 13mins. Although the other runners were only a lap or two behind, Paul was never in doubt down the final stretch and is the Stampede’s first male solo winner. Derek came in an admirable 2nd place with 68 miles in 11hrs 11 mins. Ben Scott completed the podium with 64 miles in 11hrs 44 mins.

Jo Summers from the 100 Marathon Club was the early leader clocking her first 16 miles with an average lap time under 35 mins. But her strategy for the day was to complete a super quick 50km in order to rest up for future races in the coming weeks. She achieved her goal, completing 32 miles in 4hrs 59 min 59 seconds, averaging 37mins per lap. From then, the rest of the day belonged to Leila Rose who blitzed the field running 60 total miles in 11hrs 42mins. To put this result in perspective, her nearest competitor was 24 miles back! … and Leila ran well enough to push a lot of the guys. I’m pretty clear what super-charged her performance – a very detailed list of supplies in advance for the aid table, including pork pies and Coca-Cola! Plus a very determined attitude to perform well and get the job done. Coming in second was Gwen Bolton running her first ultra, completing 36 miles in 10hrs 50mins. Gwen was a star all day, pushing on when clearly it was getting tough and smiling the whole time. Third place was Jo Summers.

There were five teams competing in the Pairs category and all pushed on to the very end, finishing their final laps after dark – headlamps ablaze! From start to finish, one team dominated and were nicknamed ‘that fast team’ the whole day. Their real name was Team Fastrax (appropriate) and the male/female combo of Hannah Oldroyd and Steve Darby ended up completing a staggering 96 miles in 11hrs 28mins. This was good enough for 3rd overall place for the day vs. all other teams, including those competing in the 4-person Relay! A brilliant performance. In second place was Pomiwi, the Brit/NZ combo of Paul Sowter and James Smith, running 88 miles in 11hrs 45mins. This impressive effort was good enough for 8th overall place for the day. Third place belonged to Castle@Eight, running 84 miles in 11hrs 33 mins – the team was made up of Dean Moy and Mark Tempest, who had the added pressure and stress of dealing with a tyre puncture on the way to the race … but it clearly didn’t impair their great result. Well done all.

Arguably the most staggering result of the day came in the 4-person Relay category with the St Albans Awesome Foursome running 112 miles in 11hrs 25mins – ‘awesome’ is certainly appropriate! Their average lap time for the entire day was 24mins 29 seconds … that’s just over 6min per mile on a muddy, undulating off-road course! With each member of the team running over marathon distance. They eventually took out the title by 12 miles from their nearest competitor and have set a record that will be hard to beat in future years. A big well done to Steve Buckle, Peter Crowdell, Gary Warren and Simon Fraser. Second place, cracking the ton with 100 miles in 11hrs 34mins was the D&T Dudes from Dacorum & Tring. The team comprising of Chris Kitchener, Russell Morris, Darren Mills and Jamie Saunders averaged 27mins 47seconds per mile for the day – another super-quick, brilliant performance. Following very closely behind in third place was Kelly Du Buisson, Steve Russell, Becky Fawcett and Casper Du Buisson, making up the team ‘Three Lions and a Springbok’. They ran 96 miles in 11hrs 43 mins and only managed to take third position by 7 mins from HALO RC, who also managed 96 miles for the day.

There were of course many stand-out performances of grit and determination and that made the event extra special for all who were there. And that in many ways is the spirit of ultra running. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Stampede!

The 2016 race date will be set in the next few weeks so please keep a look out for when we open entries.

Men's solo results

1 Paul Adams 72 miles
2 Derek Fowler 68 miles
3 Ben Scott 64 miles


Women's solo results

1 Leila Rose 60 miles
2 Gwen Bolton 36 miles
3 Jo Summers 32 miles


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Weald 10k

The tenth anniversary of this iconic race was celebrated in style. On a fine, late summer day, the legendary Dame Kelly Holmes started the event at 10:30, and although the course records stayed intact, the conditions were near perfect for a chance at creating a PB.

The field of some 250 10k runners, set off with an enthusiastic village supporters cheering them on their way. The 2k Fun Run set off 10 minutes later with anxious parents hoping they could keep up with their child athletes. 

The Ladies Race was again won by Maria Heslop of Paddock Wood AC who retained her title for the fourth consecutive year in 38.20. just outside the course record that she set in 2013. 2nd was Emily Gelder in 40.26 and third, Emma Crawford in 41:22. The winner of the 10k Men’s Race was Jim Addison in 35.44, 2nd was David Lee in 35.47 and 3rd was David Young in 36:54.

The Fun Run was won by Matthew Pond ahead of Freddy Rogers and Finley Webster while Ella De Munk was the first girl, ahead of Katherine Tyrell and Nicola Webster.

Amongst the prize winners, awarded by Dame Kelly, was Andrew Priest (pictured), race director, for his contribution to the success of the the event over the last ten years

Overall the number of finishers was 378, an excellent attendance.

A big thank you to the marshals, over 60 of them who helped to ensure a safe and well organised event and all the other people in the village who came out and cheered on the runners. A great demonstration of the spirit of this small village!

We are also grateful to all competitors and sponsors. The proceeds for the event go to St George's Church and other deserving charities.

Men's results

1 JIM ADDISON Beckenham Running Club 00:35:44
2 DAVID LEE Sevenoaks AC 00:35:48
3 DAVID YOUNG Petts Wood Runners 00:36:55


Women's results

1 MARIA HESLOP Paddock Wood AC 00:38:20
2 EMILY GELDER Dulwich Runners 00:40:28
3 EMMA CRAWFORD Petts Wood Runners 00:41:25


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Wilne 10k road race

The weather was unseasonally hot for the Western Power Distribution Wilne 10k road race, but despite the heat lots of runners claimed a pb. It was also a day that saw race winner Tipton Harriers' Ryan Mcleod break the course record. He is the first person ever to run under half an hour in a time of 29.5, beating the previous record of 30.02, set by Ian Kimpton (Lincoln Wellington) in 2013. Leading from start to finish, Ryan also took home the prize for the first male through the 5k mark.

In the women's race, Jenny Blizard claimed the top spot in a time of 37.03, also taking the prize for the first female through 5k. Jessica Coulson (Stockport Harriers and AC) retains the course record of 33.02 she set in 2014.

This year saw a slight change to the start and finish to allow for a larger field of runners and to allow more spectators to cheer the 949 finishers across the line. The race village was also in a new location, in the smaller, more intimate setting of Orchid Wood car park creating a friendly, buzzing atmosphere.  

Entries for this year's race sold out in record time, and there were more finishers than ever, with 949 people completing the 2015 Wilne 10k. First local male was Michael Kingsbury and Natalie Wettler was the first local female, both running for Charnwood AC.

Feedback received so far suggests lots of runners are already planning a return, commenting on the great atmosphere and organisation of the race.

Wilne 10k road race

Men's results

1 Ryan McLeod Tipton Harriers 0:29:51
2 Alastair Watson Notts AC 0:30:24
3 Yared Hagos Wallsend 0:30:28


Women's results

1 Jenny Blizard Unattached 0:37:04
2 Eleanor Fowler Nuneaton Harriers 0:37:09
3 Amie Fithern Tipton Harriers 0:37:43


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