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Weekend review: September 12 & 13, 2015

by Editor
Monday 14th September 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Kings Forest Marathon

The first Kings Forest Marathon and Half Marathon was held in fantastic sunny weather.  Runners enjoyed a traffic free inspiring course through forest, across the Brecklands, around West Stow lake and along the river Lark and then a downhill finish! Lots of positive feedback has been received about the course and organisation.  

This was not a fast course; whilst it was flat, there were sandy tracks and parts of course were exposed, presenting runners with strong head-wind, which is reflected in the times.

There were 52 half marathon finishers and 74 marathon finishers. Overall there were 56 female runners and 70 male runners. The average age of the half marathoners was 39 and for the marathon it was 47. The oldest competitor was 75! Three septuagenarian took part and finished the marathon distance!

Men's results

1 Lee Sadler Unattached 01:34:33
2 Clive Steward Coltishall Jaguars 1:45:19
3 Ben Snelling Norwich Road Runners 01:45:42


Women's results

1 Sharon Bardwell Norwich Road Runners 01:50:16
2 Sarah Colbert Springfield Striders 01:51:44
3 Megan Lennox Unattached 01:52:31


Men's results

1 Andy Smith Stopsley Striders Jogging Club 03:42:32
2 James Welsh Unattached 03:50:52
3 Nigel Harrison Ipswich JAFFA RC 03:51:25


Women's results

1 Jill Larham Unattached 03:55:00
2 Tracy Harrington Tiptree Road Runners 04:06:40
3 Mary Narey Stowmarket Striders RC 04:12:17


Click here for full results



Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos; Don't trust anyone - even the Event Director! The sprint for home! First man, Reuben Morris  

They do it with mirrors, they say – or at least with the rippled reflection on the fountain pool, as runners gathered at Montacute House for the latest running on the parkrun – number 94 since the event started back in September 2013. It also marks the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth – so there was a distinct whiff of murder in the air and it became apparent that you need to watch everyone – even new Event Director Neil Biss on his first proper day in charge!

It was an interesting run this week, with 218 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. After a stewards’ enquiry Geoff Cole was reinstated for his false start – “canine assisted” is OK, but try to teach your dog to go on “Go” not on the count of 1 - and the organisers are still looking for the squirrel who joined in on the full lap in front of the House!

In the run, Reuben Morris ran well for his second first placing in succession, finishing in 18m29, ahead of Tom Thick’s 18m54 and Ben Carter who was third over the line in 19m39. Leading tourist was Rob Pitkethly from the Hackney Marshes parkrun, taking fourth place in 20m03, whilst George Hill (JM10) was leading age-graded result.

In the female placings, Holly Bigger of Langport Runners was first lady (19th overall) in 21m56 – the sixth time in 23 appearances that she’s achieved that feat, with Lilly Hawkins of Wells City Harriers second (38th overall) in 22m56 and Sarah-Desiree Frost was third lady (49th overall) over the line in 23m26.

Men's results

1 Reuben Morris Unattached 18:29
2 Tom Thick Unattached 18:54
3 Ben Carter Yeovil Town RRC 19:39


Women's results

1 Holly Bigger Langport Runners 21:56
2 Lilly Hawkins Wells City Harriers 22:56
3 Sarah-Desiree Frost Unattached 23:26


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



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ashbourne Half

After finishing in the top four for the past three years, Chris Patterson of Ashbourne Running Club finally landed the trophy he has wanted most by winning Sunday's Ashbourne Half Marathon . He also claimed the trophy for first local man. He brought home a field of over 160 runners in a time of 1 hour 20 minutes 8 seconds.

Second place went to Phil Skelton with Billy Cartwright of Matlock AC in third.

First lady runner was Rebecca Harrison of Cheadle Running Club, Stephanie Brookes was second lady and third lady runner and first local lady went to Tracey Greenway of Thorpe, running for her club Derby AC.

Proceeds from both the half and the fun run, organised by Ashbourne Lions and Ashbourne Running club, will this year go to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Men's results

2 PHIL SKELTON Unattached 1:22:04


Women's results

2 STEPHANIE BROOKES Unattached 1:32:58


Click here for full results



Blythe Valley Park 5k & 10k runs

Blythe Valley Park 5k & 10k runs

Sunday 13th September 2015 saw 10k, 5k and family event runners and cyclists take to the countryside paths of Blythe Valley Park and the cycling studio of Virgin Active to take part in this year's event which was held on a lovely sunny morning.

The morning started off with the 5k run which was won for the second year running by Benjamin Dillon who improved on last year's winning time of 19 minutes and 53 seconds to record a time of 19 minutes and 9 seconds. By coincidence the first lady home was Louise Robinson who also filled this position in 2014. Louise also improved her time from 24 minutes and 36 seconds last year to 24 minutes and 5 seconds this year. The youngest competitor in the 5k was Jessica Bray who completed the course in a creditable 32 minutes and 51 seconds.

The 10k race was next on the agenda. The first lady home was Jo Carter in 36 minutes 43 seconds. Unfortunately due to a few male runners not actually completing the full 10k we cannot publish the full 10k results.

For the final run of the day, the 1 mile Family Event 9 year old Luke Bray stormed home in 8 minutes and 6 seconds, closely followed by 9 year old Cara Casamasa in the second place and 8 year old Jessica Moxley in third place.

The Fancy Dress prizes went to Lily El-Safti and Elizabeth Rylance.

The 10 mile cycle challenge on the static cycles in Virgin was won by Ian Williams in 18 minutes and 30 seconds. Second was Julian Colling in 19 minutes and 58 seconds whilst third place went to Gary Sharlott in 20 minutes and 16 seconds.

The organisers would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the problems that occurred in the 10k race which were not the fault of the runners.

Blythe Valley Park 5k & 10k runs

Photos: 10k women's winner Jo Carterand 5k winners Louise Robinson and Benjamin Dillon



Canvey Island Rotary 10

Canvey Island Rotary 10

The Canvey Island rotary 10 was a great success today, it is mainly run around the Sea Wall of Canvey Island.

The first three male runners were: James Caldon (Benfleet running Club 37.20, Matibini Matibini (Leigh on Sea Striders and Peter Stalley (Benfleet Running Club) 38.50 .

The first three women were: Kerry Holland (Southend on Sea AC) 39.40, Katie Spicer (Leigh on Sea Striders) 44.40 and Debra Mangham (Leigh on Sea Striders) 50.19. A Good time was had by all.

Canvey Island Rotary 10

Men's results

1 James Caldon Benfleet Running Club 37:20
2 Matibini Matibini Leigh on Sea Striders 37:23
3 Peter Stalley Benfleet Running Club 38:50


Women's results

1 Kerry Holland Southend on Sea AC 39.40
2 Katie Spicer Leigh on Sea Striders 44.40
3 Debra Mangham Leigh on Sea Striders 50.19


Click here for full results



PureTRAIL.uk - Dartmoor Volcano Race

PureTRAIL.uk - Dartmoor Volcano Race

After six months of planning and preparation, even the weather turned out perfect for the day. This was not only important for runner's enjoyment and the views but also for the marshals!

The race was only open for entries six weeks before Raceday and all 100 places sold out. 28 places were taken in the last week alone and the organisers had had to turn people away, even up to Saturday night at 9pm. 

It had taken a team of five five hours to mark the course on Saturday yet the winner came through in just 1:17:37.

After a short race briefing, warning of the underfoot conditions and the big hill they had to climb, 87 runners were all off and running.

We guessed that the winner for this 10.25 mile race would be approximate an hour and a quarter. Michael Robinson was the winner in 1:17:37, having run a sub-5 minute mile on the long downhill finish. In second place was David Parrott in 1:21:17 and third went to another MudCrew runner, Shaun Nesbitt in 1:23:01. Pete Waumsley was fourth, however he went the wrong way in the latter part of the race and missed out on one of the lovely trophies. His consolation was that he won the King of The Mountain prize (with Michael Robinson) for being the first to reach the highest point on South Dartmoor, Ryders Hill. 

Whilst Michael Robinson was the first to enter the Dartmoor Volcano Race, the ladies race was won by the very last to enter, Rebecca Ezra of Tamar Trotters, who only got in on Friday afternoon! She had an amazing run, finishing in 1:29:40. Mary Menon was second just a minute behind in 1:31:06 and third was Sarah Hirons of Erme Valley Runners, another minute behind in 1:32:57, so quite a close race. 

All 87 starters finished and just one needed treatment for a turned ankle - not too bad considering the first three men all fell twice (and had a soft landing).

All in all, a successful day and the organisers are now preparing for the next race and the date for next years Dartmoor Volcano Race. 

Find out more at PureTRAIL.uk, Twitter @Pure_Trail and Facebook: Dartmoor Volcano Race

Men's results

1 Michael Robinson   1:17:37
2 David Parrott   1:21:17
3 Shaun Nesbitt MudCrew 1:23:01


Women's results

1 Rebecca Ezra Tamar Trotters 1:29:40
2 Mary Menon   1:31:06
3 Sarah Hirons Erme Valley Runners 1:32:57


Click here for full results in due course



Farnham Alice Holt Races

Ideal running weather helped the runners in the Alice Holt races to some fast times. Staged by Farnham Runners under the directorship of Craig Tate-Grimes, hordes of members, friends and supporters turned out to help out on this family day out in the forest. As well as the 10km, which first took place in 1994, there are now 5km and junior 3km and 1km races, first introduced by previous race director Charles Ashby in 2007. The event is keenly supported by local sponsors, Andrew Lodge estate agents, Whiteoaks consultancy and “Fit to the Bone”. Local charity the “Hedgehogs” manned the car park, St John Ambulance were in attendance and Farnham Weyside Rotary club took charge of the baggage tent. Many competitors spoke highly of the organisation, marshalling and convivial atmosphere, which helped to make the event enjoyable for all ages.

Most entrants were local, but some came from far afield, with one lady from Florida! “I was encouraged by the number of entries” said Craig Tate-Grimes, “in fact, we almost reached the limit that we could accommodate.”

Grant Walters of Andrew Lodge estate agents started them off and Andrew Lodge himself presented the 10km, 3km and 1km prizes. Krista le Beau from Whiteoaks gave out the 5km awards. “Fit to the Bone” provided a lively warm up session for all the races.

Richard Sheppard took on the commentator’s role, spurring on all the runners to the finish line. Most of the prize winners were from the local area in and around Farnham.

Haslemere Border AC runner Luke Shearring won the 10km race in a splendid time of 35 minutes 43seconds, six minutes faster than his time two years ago! Next Scott Kennedy in 36:07 led Blackwater Valley Runners to victory in the team event. Fleet and Crookham A.C’s Ben Raggett repeated his third place and first in the M40 category from last year, with an improved time of 37:21.

Fourth to cross the line was Simon Cooper (Blackwater Valley) in 37:23 (2nd M40), followed by Mark Trueman in 37:49 for 5th place. Third M40 was a beaming Stuart Morel of Farnham Runners in 38:07. Steve Low of Blackwater Valley posted an impressive 38:54 to take first in the M50s, while Farnham Runners’ Terry Steadman gave his all to win the M60s in 46:58 and long-standing member Allan Bird took the M70s with 63:43. Alex Radford was the fourth member for team winners Blackwater Valley.

Farnham’s Sandra Norwood won the ladies section in an excellent 42:33 with second lady Sofia Shearring of Haslemere Border next in 43:41. Not far behind, Gabi Hitchcock took third in 43:58. These three were the F35 prizewinners. All the senior category winners came from Farnham Runners - Charlotte Hanson (4th lady, 44:20,) Kayleigh Copeland (8th lady, 47:00) and Vicki Clarke (12th lady, 48:45). First F55 was 10th lady, Linda Tylor in 47:27, ahead of F45 Lynn Brooks in 49:38. Haslemere Border AC won the team event with Sofia Shearring, Donna Read, Isabel Peters and Alexandra Croucher.

Nationally ranked Harry Boyd of Guildford and Godalming A.C repeated his victory of last year in the 5km race with a time 17 minutes 53 seconds. Next came Haslemere Border AC’s Lawrence Hollom in 18:16 for the top senior prize. Farnham Runners’ Richard Lovejoy included it in his marathon training for third in 18:30, while Luke Van Oudtshoorn who won the 3km last year took the second junior slot in 19:00.

Junior Guildford and Godalming A.C. member Charlotte Griffiths enjoyed the 5km in a superb 20:34, with second lady, Farnham Runner Susie Chan in 21:16. Next came junior from AFD, Isobel Cahill (22:33) while Natasha Mwaegbe as 7th lady was second in the senior category (23:50).

Potential athletes of the future recorded some fast times in the 3km (for 5-8 year olds) and 1km ( for 9-12 year olds) with local families, the Roseveares and Norwoods, prominent in the results. An impressive winner of the 3km was Harry Hyde who clocked 11:26, followed by Jacob Roseveare in 12:46 and Thomas Campbell third in 12:55. Tiffany Read of Haslemere Border AC was first girl in 13:32, second was AFD member Amelie Roseveare in 14:18 and third was Isabella Croucher in 14:34.

Jacob and Amelia Norwood, whose mother won the 10km, took top boys’ and girls’ places in the 1km in 4:55 and 5:15 respectively. Aaron Webb was second boy in 5:10 while Oscar Taylor came third in 5:15. Robin Simons in 5:18 and Sophie Croucher in 5:32 finished as second and third girls of the thirty three who took part.

Men's 10k results

1 Luke Shearring Haslemere Border AC 35:43
2 Scott Kennedy Blackwater Valley Runners 36:07
3 Ben Raggett Fleet and Crookham A.C. 37:21


Women's 10k results

1 Sandra Norwood Unattached 42:33
2 Sofia Shearring Haslemere Border AC 43:41
3 Gabi Hitchcock Unattached 43:58


Men's 5k results

1 Harry Boyd Guildford and Godalming A.C. 17:53
2 Lawrence Hollom Haslemere Border AC 18:16
3 Richard Lovejoy Farnham Runners 18:30


Women's 5k results

1 Charlotte Griffiths Guildford and Godalming A.C. 20:34
2 Susie Chan Farnham Runners 21:16
3 Isobel Cahill AFD 22:33


Provisional results are available via the Farnham Runners website: www.farnham-runners.org.uk



Pangbourne Multi Terrain 10k

The 6th Pangbourne Multi Terrain 10k was run in beautiful conditions.  Firm underfoot with no showers and a pleasant 15 degrees celsius, resulting in some excellent times on the challenging course.

The race attracted over 400 entries with 337 completing the course on the day.  There were also three children's races, which were well attended.

The overall winner was Tim Carter in a time of 35:45. Charlie Pearson was second and Ben Paviour third. Clare Norrish was the first woman across the line in atime of 40:45. In second place was Harriet Chettleburgh and Katie Williams was third.

The race went by largely without incident, although 30 minutes before the start a burger van got stuck in the entrance of the field, nearly jeopardising the start of the race!

Find out more abot the event at www.pangbourne10k.org.uk or via Twitter @Pangbourne10k

Men's results

1 Tim Carter 35:45
2 Charlie Pearson 36:25
3 Ben Paviour 36:36


Women's results

1 Clare Norrish 40:45
2 Harriet Chettleburgh 43:37
3 Katie Williams 43:49


Click here for full results



Pete Hayes Handsworth 10k Fun Run

The Pete Hayes Handsworth 10k Fun Run took place under sunshine and clear skies and 158 runners were out to take on the 10k route within Handsworth Park. A great atmosphere was created by the Birmingham Lord Mayor starting the run and Dhol drums beating out from King G Mall at the finish.

There were lots of smiles on faces all round as money was raised for the British Heart Foundation. Among notable entrants this year was Toni Santisteban, who was visiting the UK on another running challenge and ran the race before his flight back to Barcelona.

The race will be back in 2016.

Men's results

1 Gurmac Singh 37:15 (event record)
2 Scott Williams 37:28
3 Mike Cadman 38:00


Women's results

1 Jo Cunningham 50:27
2 Debby Johnson 51:00
3 Claire Quin 54:01


Click here for full results



Ponton Plod

Ponton Plod

Once again the weather was good for the Ponton Plod despite the predictions of rain earlier in the week. Course conditions were dry underfoot.

Field sizes were similar to last year with 45 on the 12 mile, 92 on the 17 mile and 74 on the 27 mile.

As this is a Challenge Walk which is also open to runners, timing is done to the minute, not to the second.

Men's 12 mile results

1 Mark Spence (with Jake) Unattached 1:34:--
2 Nicholas Smith Stamford Striders 1:43:--
3 Tim Lister Bourne Town Harriers 1:46:--


Women's 12 mile results

1 Ruth Jones Holme Pierrepont RC 1:54:--
2 Bryony Butcher Holme Pierrepont RC 1:56:--
3 Haley Livesey Unattached 1:59:--


Men's 17 mile results

1 David Greenwood Holme Pierrepont RC 02:11:--
2 Mark Sands  Unattached 02:11:--
3 Dave Tilley Unattached 02:14:--


Women's 17 mile results

1 Yvonne Youngman Stamford Striders  02:33:--
2 Sarah High Grantham RC 02:52:--
3 Clare Coombes Vegan Runners 02:58:--


Men's 27 mile results

1 Robert Jackson Holme Pierrepont RC 04:00:--
2 Paul Rushworth Grantham AC 04:54:--
3 David Newman Unattached 05:24:--


Women's 27 mile results

1 Maryvonne Hassall Unattached 04:49:--
2 Tracy Avill LDWA 05:24:--
3 Caroline Upton  Notfast RC 05:33:--


Click here for full results in due course



The Hurtleberry

The Hurtleberry

A beautiful rose coloured dawn and dry conditions on Sunday, 13 September saw the Tri-Adventure team busily making the final preparations for The Hurtleberry. This is an annual off-road event, comprising Sprint and Full Duathlons as well as a 10k Trail Run incorporating Canicross. Set in the beautiful Hurtwood in the Surrey Hills, the network of trails here attract Adventurers seeking a thrill. The Hurtleberry is in aid of
the Friends of Hurtwood, who raise funds to manage the upkeep of the Hurtwood.

The “Hurtleberry” is a mean, full purple fruit, that is native to this part of the UK. And, if participant reactions are anything to go by, they took part in a mean event that stretched their stamina and, in one or two cases, their hamstrings as well!

Some 50 athletes and a couple of dogs lined up for the mass start beside the picturesque Holmbury St Mary Cricket Club, with the majority taking part in the full Duathlon - A 10k run, followed by a 20k mountain bike, and finishing with a 5k run.

The 10k Trail run saw a couple of our 4 legged friends take part, attached to their owners who, I am sure, welcomed the tug up the hills on the undulating course.

The events provided a high class of competition and it’s also worth noting that, in the 10k Trail Run, 3 of the 4 top spots were taken by the ladies. Maria Kowal put in a sterling performance to finish only 2 minutes behind the race winner, Jasper Ellis.

The Full Duathlon had the largest field and didn’t disappoint. With the lead changing on each discipline it was hard to predict who was going to cross the line first. There was no holding back as the first 3, Howard Bristow, Rob Hardwick and Tobias Mews were all back at Transition for their bikes before the first Trail runners had even finished! A guy named Andrew Lewis was some 3 minutes behind collecting his bike in 7th place. Then came the 2 punishing laps on the bike on some of the best trails and single tracks Surrey has to offer. This saw dramatic changes in the leaderboard as the stronger riders punished the runners. Where most would have dreamed about breaking the hour, Andy Irons and Andrew Lewis not only closed the gap on the leaders, but smashed it, recording a 54m 57s and 59m 20s bike split respectively!

Andrew Lewis headed out on the final 5k run with a 5 minute lead over Andy. With the motivation of being his first ever victory in 20 years of racing, Andrew didn’t hold back and flew home to finish in 2h 06m 20s. Howard Bristow put in the fastest split on the 5k Run, passing Andy Irons to claim 2nd Spot in 2h 10m 21s, with Andy Irons finishing just 30s later to claim 3rd.

In the Ladies Full Duathon, again it was a super, closely fought battle between the speedy runner Catherine Drummond jostling with the strong rider Annie Campbell. Catherine’s 4 minute lead off the run was swallowed up and spat out in to a 5 minute deficit after the bike. Catherine’s speedy transition times meant no time was lost, enabling her to catch Annie on the run and pass her in the closing stages to claim victory in 2h 56m 04s. Annie was a close second less than a minute behind.

In the Sprint Duathlon, Mark Goodman stormed it round the course, breaking the hour to finish in 58m 57s. Behind Mark, again it was a close fought battle for second overall between a guy and the leading girl. Andy Cornelius eventually claimed that 2nd spot in 1h 02m 32s, with Jonathan Monk finishing 30 seconds behind Andy, and with Claire Hitchings claiming the first ladies spot some 50s later.

It was really great to see so many supporters turning out to see various members of their family experience pain and exhilaration, the latter emotion being more observable a few minutes after they got their breath back.

It is not every day you turn up at an event to support your mate, and then decide to sign up for the Sprint Duathlon! This was the case with Torben Anderson and the only problem was that he didn’t bring a bike! No problem there, as Race Organiser, Adam Marcinowicz, quickly pulled his Mountain Bike and helmet out of his van for Torben, and off he went to complete the course! These off-road events are certainly contagious, especially when set in such fantastic surroundings!

Tri-Adventure run Adventure Races throughout the year, so look out for them on www.triadventure.co.uk, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The next event is on 27 September, and will again be in the Surrey Hills, starting from Cranleigh Cricket Club.

All in all, the event proved a great success, and there were lots of smiling yet exhausted faces. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again at next year’s Hurtleberry event.

The Hurtleberry

Men's Full Duathlon (10k run, 20k MTB, 5k run) results

1 Andrew Lewis 2:06:20
2 Howard Bristow 2:10:21
3 Andy Irons 2:10:51


Women's Full Duathlon (10k run, 20k MTB, 5k run) results

1 Catherine Drummond 2:56:04
2 Annie Campbell 2:57:00


Click here for full results

Men's Sprint Duathlon (5k run, 10k MTB, 1.5k run) results

1 Mark Goodman 58:57
2 Andy Cornelius 1:02:32
3 Jonathan Monk 1:03:05


Women's Sprint Duathlon (5k run, 10k MTB, 1.5k run) results

1 Claire Hitchings 1:03:51
2 Gjoril Berg 1:36:18
3 Sarah Nicholson 1:54:10


Click here for full results

Men's 10k Trail Run results

1 Jasper Ellis 45:14
2 Geoff Wilson 59:43
3 Stephen Burd 1: 03:17


Women's 10k Trail Run results

1 Maria Kowal 47:30
2 Yvette Wrapson 53:16
3 Olivia Ommanney 55:16


Click here for full results


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