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Weekend review: September 26 & 27, 2015

by Editor
Monday 28th September 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Abbots Bromley 10k

Abbots Bromley 10k

This was the first Abbots Bromley 10k race at this new venue, running around the banks of Blithfield Reservoir in Staffordshire by kind permission of both South Staffs Water and Blithfield Sailing Club and was greeted by a beautiful day (if a little too warm from ideal maybe). The race is held annually and proceeds are being donated to Abbots Bromley Sports Association (ABSA) to support their efforts for the development of a substantial, brand new sports ground.

The course is a level, shale based double track which follows the waterline of the Reservoir, out across the main bridge onto the opposite shoreline to the 5km point where runners turn and retrace their steps. A field of 74 10km runners was followed of by 36 fun runners.

The venue is beautifully picturesque and the Sailing Club facilities lend themselves perfectly to such an event, indeed they hold several triathlon events throughout the year also.

Abbots Bromley 10k

The 10km race made good pace from the start and the field was soon strung out, the leaders pushing relentlessly on this warm autumn day. The 10km male winner - Timothy Dredge - carded an impressive 36:58 and was followed home by Andy Emmerson and Dave Elkin.

The ladies race was won by Jennifer Cheetham in 45:10 and followed over the line by Joanne Stephenson and Anna Delves The race had many individual stories as per any 10k race with first time runners, runners only having completed 5km previously and too many other achievements to mention. This event will be held at a similar time next year

Abbots Bromley 10k

Men's results

1 Timothy Dredge 0:36:58
2 Andrew Emmerson 0:39:39
3 Dave Elkin 0:40:03


Women's results

1 Jennifer Cheetham 0:45:10
2 Joanne Stephenson 0:51:10
3 Anna Delves 0:53:21


Click here for full results



Blindfold Run for Charity

Blindfold Run for Charity

The Dorset Blind Association hosted their 6th Annual Run from Boscombe Pier along the promenade on Sunday 27th September. Participants walked, jogged and sprinted their 5 or 10k to help raise money to help support blind and partially sighted people to live full and happy lives. So far the event has raised £1,750.65 for the charity.

On Sunday, a group of generous charity supporters ran along Boscombe Promenade to raise money to help support blind and partially sighted people living in Dorset. Runners were given the option of a 5k or 10k distance, as well as being offered the opportunity to run without vision in the ‘Blindfold Challenge’.

Local runners of all experience levels and ages joined the 6th Annual Run along Boscombe Promenade, hosted by Dorset Blind Association. In the beautiful sunshine on Sunday morning, at 10:00am, the participants swapped their relaxing Sunday to do something great to help partially sighted and blind people living in Dorset.

Four participants including Liz and Neil Dyble from Westbourne Running Club, even took part in the unique twist offered in this race - the ‘Blindfold Challenge’. In this, the participants ran in pairs, taking it in turns to wear a blindfold while the other guided them along the route. The aim of the challenge was to give sighted people a chance to experience the difficulties of living with a visual impairment.

Among the runners were some blind and partially sighted people running with guides. Dorset Blind Association make their events open to all people, whatever their level of sight because they believe that sight loss shouldn’t mean missing out. Katy Goodship, Event Fundraiser for the charity, said, “It was great to hear that the participants enjoyed the race. We were so lucky with the sunshine, the beautiful location, and our wonderful volunteers who helped on the day. We aim to make all of our events enjoyable and accessible for everyone.”

There were also several prizes given out to the fastest runners in the categories. The fastest male in the 10k category was the event sponsor, Rob Jones, from Parley Optometrists, who ran the course in 37.54 minutes, followed by Simon Chalk in 44.16, and Ian Billington in 44.21.

Winner of the female fastest time was Monika Grzankowska from Barclays Digital Eagles who completed it in 42.46 minutes followed by Nikki Turner in 109.48.

The winners of the 5k race were Jake Fletcher, a student from Bournemouth University on his first official run, who did it in 23.05 minutes, and Edwina Young of Laceys Solicitors, who had a time of 24.35 minutes. The winners of the Blindfold Challenge were Philip Mullany and Quentin Corker-Marin, who ran 10k blindfolded in an amazing 43.59 minutes.

So far the participants have managed to raise £1,750.65 between them, through their entry fees, online sponsorship pages, and sponsorship they brought with them on the day. The Dorset Blind Association relies on fundraising to help 1,000 blind or partially sighted people living in Dorset each month. It costs £325 a year to support each of the Dorset Blind Association members with vital services such as such as a community support worker, social and activity clubs and home visiting volunteers. As well as helping with simple, everyday tasks, the association also gives support through friendship and regular contact.

If you would like to help raise money for the Dorset Blind Association, or would like information of our other exciting events, please contact the events team on events@dorsetblind.org.uk or 01202 712864.

Blindfold Run for Charity



Holmwood 5k Trail run and Holmwood Fun Nuts

Holmwood 5k Trail run and Holmwood Fun Nuts

Photos: First lady in the Holmwood 5k, Honor Roberts. Winners of the Twitter prize photo – The Earl Family from Dorking at the viewpoint on Holmwood Common. First man Daniel Sullivan

The day of the inaugural Holmwood 5k and Holmwood Fun Nuts races turned out to be wonderfully sunny with ideal conditions for racing. The races took place during the Holmwood Village Day celebrations so competitors were greeted with live music, family entertainment and a post race beer festival.

Two races were held in parallel, with both including a 5k trail run across beautiful Holmwood Common near Dorking Surrey. The route took in a viewpoint across the Surrey Hills at its highest point where runners were encouraged to post selfies on Twitter for a separate fun prize category. On the homeward stretch, the fastest route crossed a shallow ford although a footbridge was available for those who preferred to keep their feet dry.

The first man in the 5k , Daniel Sullivan crossed the line in an impressive 18.50, with the first lady Honor Roberts completing the race in 25:42.

Holmwood 5k Trail run and Holmwood Fun Nuts

The Holmwood Fun Nuts event added on an obstacle course towards the end of the 5k, hosted by The Nuts Challenge who are based nearby at Henfold Lakes. The obstacle course was challenging but achievable for anyone wanting a taster of the full Nuts Challenge course. All the Fun Nuts competitors tackled the obstacles with energy and enthusiasm and even seemed to enjoy the additional challenge. The obstacles included crawl nets, planks, a tyre run and inverted walls.

The first man to complete the Fun Nuts was Douglas Hill, in 23.10. The first lady in the Fun Nuts race, Emily Boyce, took the obstacle course in her stride, finishing in 34.21.

The organisers are very grateful to the National Trust for allowing the race to take place on Holmwood Common.

Holmwood 5k Trail run and Holmwood Fun Nuts

Photos: First lady in the Holmwood Fun Nuts, Emily Boyce First man in the Holmwood Fun Nuts, Douglas Hill

 Men's Holmwood 5k results

1 Daniel Sullivan 18.50
2 Luke Williams 20.47
3 Tristan Smith 23.17


Women's Holmwood 5k results

1 Honor Roberts 25.42
2 Heidi Roberts 27.59
3 Naomi Hodges 28.30


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 Men's Holmwood Fun Nuts results

1 Douglas Hill 23.10
2 Ray Kingdon 23.25
3 Ethan Hodges 24.19


Women's Holmwood Fun Nuts results

1 Emily Boyce 34.21
2 Tracey Goff 46.51


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Running4Women Windsor 10K

Windsor Running Festival - Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Running4Women Windsor 10K, which is part of the Windsor Running Festival, saw a record number of 796 runners cross the finish line of the 10K course. The dry, sunny weather made for great running conditions and treated the runners to beautiful, far-reaching views across Windsor Great Park.

One of the first women-only events in the UK, the Running4Women events attract women of all levels and all ages including novices, charity runners and club runners. The Running4Women Windsor 10K features a picturesque course, stunning surroundings and amazing views of Windsor Castle with both the start and finish on The Long Walk. Many runners brought friends and families along and there was a fantastic celebratory atmosphere in Windsor Great Park throughout the day.

The start horn went off at 12 noon with fitness model, presenter and runner Nell McAndrew amongst a small group who took the lead straight from the start. Nell was in first place by the time the group reached the top of The Long Walk and she kept extending the gap on the undulating course, claiming the win with a nearly two minute gap in a new course record time of 39:16. Collette Callanan (Sandhurst Joggers), who came third in the 2014 race, secured second place in 41:03 ahead of Liz Killip (Stragglers) who finished in 41:25.

Katherine Hardy and Alexia Limpert-Peers were the fastest team in the Generation Game by achieving the lowest aggregate time of 1:38:31 as mother and daughter.

The full results and images will be available on the event website www.running4women.com on Monday.

The official charities had a presence in the race village and were meeting and supporting their runners whilst raising awareness of their work.

Sponsors of the Running4Women Windsor 10K 2015 include ASICS, Alton Sports, Xempo Race Pacing, Windsor Leisure Centre, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, everydayhero, Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Saka and Mars Chocolate UK.

Go to www.running4women.com for further details about the Running4Women Windsor 10K and to sign up to the Running4Women newsletter. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/running4women and follow @Running4women on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news.


1 Nell Mcandrew 0:39:16
2 Collette Callanan 0:41:03
3 Liz Killip 0:41:25


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Spooky Sprint Aylesbury

Spooky Sprint Aylesbury 2015

Photos: Fastest girl and best dressed boy (also twins) and the start of the race

For the first time, Parkinson’s UK’s Spooky Sprint came to Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury. The night-time run dares people to run in the dark with only a head torch to light their way.

There was a family fun run to start the proceedings followed closely by a 5k and 10k race.

It was a sunny afternoon but the temperature dropped to around 10 degrees once the sun went down. However, the cloudless sky provided an excellent view of the full moon over the manor which fitted perfectly with the spooky theme.

Around 150 people took part across the three races, dressed as skeletons and witches amongst other spooky costumes. Pop duo the Cheeky Girls were there and took part in the 5k.

The charity gave out prizes for best costumes, for the children this was given to Robert Drake (7) who came as a ghoulish skeleton, and for the adults, Alison Perkins who painted her face green and ran as a witch.

The winner of the 5k was Phil Roberts who completed it in 00:18:50 and the winner of the 10k was Sam Blanshard who finished in 00:39:09.

Spooky Sprint Aylesbury 2015

Men's results

1 Phil Roberts 00:18:50
2 Craig Phillips 00:24:12
3 Stewart Payne 00:26:02


Women's results

1 Lilli Stickley (2nd overall) 00:23:58
2 Daisy Brooks 00:27:08
3 Lucy Brady 00:28:12


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Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Pre-run briefing; Reuben Morris finds it illuminating; Alice Newcombe, leading lady

257 runners completed the full 5km at Montacute House, with a number of others running the first loop. Along with more than 30 volunteers and the spectators, the sun was shining down on more than 300 people. There was a particularly nice shaft of sunlight falling halfway down the Avenue lighting up the runners!

Before the start of the run Arthur Vince, Shaun Walker and Michael James were congratulated for being the latest Montacute members of the 50 parkrun Club.  

In the run, Niall Stewart was first over the line in a cracking time of 17m43 on his second appearance at Montacute, with an unknown runner in second (which is a shame for  Mike Biss, whose negative split run over the second half of the course goes unrewarded for not remembering his barcode!). First place in the first two runs of the new Points year for Reuben Morris was followed up with third place this week in 18m44, and Geoff Cole was accompanied by the first dog in 20m28.

The visiting Newcombe-Vile family from Cambridge were given a private briefing having been amongst the first to arrive in the morning – it must have worked, as Alice Newcombe of Cambridge and Coleridge AC was first lady (in an excellent 6th place overall) over the line in 19m35 – just 12 seconds off the Ladies course record - with Kirsty Norman and her faithful dog Bess second lady (35th overall) in a time of 22m25. Beth McMillan was the third lady to finish, in 23m53.

Well done to the regulars (10 runs plus) who got personal bests this week. Paul Thomas ran really well for his time 19m34, Mike Parrott & Will Rooks (both 20m26). Neill Claringford was paced to a PB of 20m59 by Jason Scott, with Adam Pattemore finishing strongly in 21m01. Adam Harcom ran a PB of 23m30 and Jpohn Grundy ran well for his time of 24m57.

Susan White had a storming run for a PB of 25m04 in her 35th parkrun, and David Brunt was just behind in 25m07 on his 58th parkrun. Kate Fryer enjoyed a PB of 26m54 Lucy Quarterman 26m57, and Jo Pittard finished in 28m06 in her 20th parkrun. Rebecca England was another to get a personal best 30m34, Emma Seldon 33m35 Jane McHale 35m48 Deb Stanfield 38m20 9on her 29th parkrun)

Tourists included S Mooney of Longrun Meadow who ran a Montacute PB after cycling from Taunton and fortunately not getting lost like last week! His comment in the Visitos’ Book was nice too – “Beautiful course, autumn must by the best time here. Not the hilliest I’ve done but there is a sting in the tail!”

The parkrun will be taking place again next Saturday at 9am - it's free to enter, with runners needing to register at www.parkrun.com for their personal barcode.

On Saturday 24th October Yeovil Montacute celebrates its 100th run with a reverse run round the course (if you fancy seeing us from a different angle!).

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Montacute in the sun

Men's results

1 Niall STEWART Unattached 17:43
2 Mike Biss - na
3 Reuben MORRIS Unattached 18:44


Women's results

1 Alice NEWCOMBE Cambridge and Coleridge AC 19:35
2 Kirsty NORMAN Gillingham Trotters RC 22:25
3 Beth MCMILLAN Unattached 23:53


Click here for full results



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Baxters Loch Ness marathon and festival of running

Record-breaker Megan Crawford was in exuberant mood after winning the women’s title in today’s Baxters Loch Ness marathon (Sunday  27 September). The Fife AC runner completed the scenic Highland course in a time of 2hrs 44min 50secs to obliterate the previous women’s record of 2:46:10 set by Central AC’s Jenn Wetton last year when Crawford finished 15secs behind in second position.

Belgrave’s Gatenesh Tamirat, the 2014 Jersey marathon champion, finished second in 2:57:44 with Shona McManus (Kelvin Runners) pipping Gillian Sangster (Dundee Road Runners) by 41secs to take third spot in 3:02:06.

Tarus Elly, who returned from visiting family and friends in Kenya four days earlier, won the men’s race for the second time in three years. The tall African, who has been living in Hyde for a number of years, was only a few seconds outside his best time when sprinting home in 2:25:19.

Four-time previous champion and title-holder Tomas Abyu, from Salford, had to settle for second position in 2:27:37 while Edinburgh-based Patryk Gierjatowicz (Hunters Bog Trotters) collected the Scottish national title for the third year in a row when finishing a further 10secs behind. Kenyan athlete Benjamin Bartonjo, who was expected to be a strong contender for the top prize, never appeared.

Fourth-placed John Newsom won the Gerald Cooper Memorial Cup which is  presented to the first Highland runner to finish the marathon. The sponsors of the award, HSPC, will now make a £1000 donation to a charity of his choice. Newsom also took second position in the national championships while his clubmate Donnie Macdonald collected bronze when finishing fifth overall in 2:33:28.

Neil Renault took early control of proceedings in the Baxters River Ness 10km and went on to win comfortably in 30min 33secs. The Edinburgh AC runner, who was runner-up in 2014, was chased home by Scottish  10,000m track champion Will Mackay (Aberdeen AAC) who was runner-up in 31:17 and top north of Scotland runner Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners) who finished third in a personal best time of 31:56.

Shona McIntosh maintained her love affair with Inverness races by winning the women’s title in the Baxters River Ness 10km. It’s the second major success the Hunters Bog Trotters club member has enjoyed in the Highland capital this year following her victory in the Inverness half marathon in March.

At the end of an exciting contest, McIntosh recorded 35:17 to finish seven seconds ahead of former European junior 1500m champion Morag MacLarty (Central AC)  while Aberdeen AAC’s Nicola Gauld sprinted past Central AC’s Fiona Thompson over the closing stages to take third spot by one sec in 35:38.

Iain Gillam led the way home in the Baxters River Ness 5km when posting a time of 16min 30secs. The Dorset runner was happy with his performance which brought him home 22secs ahead of teenager James Geddes (Inverness Harriers) who was runner-up for the second year in a row while Jonathan Cordiner took third spot in 17:10.  Gillam said: “I enjoyed  the run. I’m up here with a few friends who are doing the marathon, so I thought I’d have a run in the shorter race.”

Veteran Welsh athlete Angela Jones, who was fourth in her age group at the world masters mountain running championships the previous weekend, was the leading woman in a personal best 18:58 while teenager Emily Andrew (Inverness Harriers) just three secs behind in second position while another  youngster, Anya Morrison, was third in 20:34.

For full information on the weekend’s event, including road closures visit: www.lochnessmarathon.com

Men's results

1 Tarus Elly 2:25:19
2 Tomas Abyu 2:27:37
3 Patryk Gierjatowicz 2:27:47


Women's results

1 Megan Crawford 2:44:50
2 Gatenesh Tamirat 2:57:44
3 Shona Mcmanus 3:02:06


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Men's 10km results

1 Neil Renault 0:30:33
2 Will Mackay 0:31:18
3 Kenny Wilson 0:31:57


Women's 10km results

1 Shona Mcintosh 0:35:17
2 Morag MacLarty 0:35:24
3 Nicola Gauld 0:35:38


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Big Dipper 10K

Big Dipper 10K

A beautiful sunny day saw sixty-six runners start the Big Dipper 10K in Upton Bishop on Sunday. Monross Trailblazers won both the men’s and ladies’ races with Andrew Stephens retaining his title from 2014 in a new course record of 36minutes 51seconds. Seventeen year old local runner Felix Rusby was second and Stacey Morgan of Croft Ambrey third.

Laura Lelievre held off last year’s winner Megan Judge and Julie Mitchell, both of Malvern Joggers. Croft Ambrey Running Club were the first men’s team and Malvern Joggers, who always send a strong field, won the ladies’ team.

Big Dipper 10K

The Big Dipper 10K is not just for keen club runners however and many others enjoyed the challenge of a scenic if hilly course and the reward of a medal and tea and cake at the finish.

Full results can be found on www.uptonbishop.org

Men's results

1 Andrew Stephens Monross Trailblazers 36:51
2 Felix Rusby Wells City Harriers 37:08
3 Stacey Morgan Croft Ambrey 37:31


Women's results

1 Laura Lelievre Monross Trailblazers 45:41
2 Megan Judge Malvern Joggers 46:45
3 Julie Mitchell Malvern Joggers 48:04


Click here for full results in due course



Cheltenham’s Half Marathon

Cheltenham’s Half Marathon - September 27, 2015

Perfect weather conditions helped light up Cheltenham town in all its glory this morning, as a record 3,257 runners took to the start line of Cheltenham’s Half Marathon, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, as Tipton Harriers runner Ian Williams raced home to victory with a time of one hour ten minutes and 27 seconds. 

In second place came Phil Beastall, from Cheltenham Harriers, in one hour 11 minutes and nine seconds followed by last year’s winner David Roper, also from Cheltenham Harriers in one hour 12 minutes and four seconds. Best women's performances were by Annabel Granger, from Bristol West AC in one hour 21 minutes and ten seconds, with Amie Fithern finishing in second in one hour 22 minutes and 53 seconds, and Shona Crombie-Hicks in one hour 24 minutes and 28 seconds taking third.

The race was started in style by Sophie Lydia-Smith, who also took part to fundraise for the Hollie Gazzard Trust, and the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Duncan Smith. Organisers GO2 were delighted with the turnout and the inspirational crowd support shown by Cheltenham residents.

The popular race saw hundreds of runners take on the challenge for a number of charitable causes, and even a world record seeker in Nigel Addison-Evans, who ran the race in hope of breaking the record for the fastest half marathon completed in a full firefighter’s suit.

Ian Brown, an inspirational 48 year old father of five from Gloucester, chose to run for Cancer Research UK, raising over £5,600, after winning his battle with a rare combination of cancers; the primary tumour being located within his right lung, and secondary tumours tracked to his lymphatic system. Mike Hampton, aged 28 for Cheltenham, took part as part of his challenge to run one running event every month or a whole year to fundraise for MIND, building up to his furthest distance at Cheltenham’s Half Marathon.

In addition to the main race, over 600 school children ran a mile as part of the Schools' Challenge in front of thousands of spectators, helping to raise money for charity partners CLIC Sargent, Cobalt Health and the Hollie Gazzard Trust.

If you’ve caught the running bug, or maybe you fancy taking on the challenge for the first time in 2016, entries will open this Tuesday 29th September at www.cheltenhamhalf.co.uk!

Cheltenham’s Half Marathon - September 27, 2015

Men's results

1 Ian Williams Tipton Harriers 01:10:27
2 Phil Beastall Cheltenham & County Harriers 01:11:10
3 Dave Roper Cheltenham & County Harriers 01:12:04


Women's results

1 Annabel Granger Bristol & West AC 01:21:11
2 Amie Fithern Tipton Harriers 01:22:56
3 Shona Crombie-Hicks Bourton Road Runners 01:24:30


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College Canter - 7 mile multi terrain race

This is only the third year Beverley AC has held the College Canter - 7 mile multi terrain race. The day started off really misty. There was not much visibility but running conditions were ideal - cool and still and by 11.30am the sun appeared.  

The course itself is run on the equine hacking track at Bishop Burton College and is quite challenging until the last mile towards the finish.  There were 96 finishers with Pete Baker (City of Hull), Shaun Hobson (Driffield Striders) and Lewis Holloway (Beverley AC) first three males and Emma Greensmith (Beverley AC), Sam Allen (Beverley AC) and Stella Dinsdale (White City) first three females.

All entrants were happy to receive two bottles of Wold Top beer, labelled the Galloping Nag, rather than the usual t-shirt or medal. Cake and flapjack was also enjoyed after the race. There is also a three mile course for juniors and park run runners.

Men's results

1 Peter Baker City Of Hull AC 42:09
2 Shaun Hobson Driffield Striders 42:49
3 Lewis Holloway Beverley AC 43:54


Women's results

1 Emma Greensmith Beverley AC 53:36
2 Samantha Allen Beverley AC 53:39
3 Stella Dinsdale White City Hull RRC 59:24


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East Grinstead 10k - The Andy Ripley Memorial Race

East Grinstead 10k - The Andy Ripley Memorial Race

The sixth running of the East Grinstead 10k took place in glorious autumn sunshine. The race has continued its high local profile and attracts runners from many different areas. Indeed, Ben Wickham, the first male in 2013 and 2014 comes from Walthamstow. This year’s winner of the race, Charl Jordaan, however, comes from closer to home in Redhill.

Marcus Ripley started the race dedicated to his father Andy’s memory. For the first time, his mother came as well. Andy would be passionately interested in the current Rugby World Cup, but not necessarily in England’s performance! The runners did a lap of the running track at Imberhorne School before joining footpaths out to Worth Way, which they followed to Crawley Down, before turning to head towards East Grinstead. Leaving Worth Way at the railway station, the course takes to residential streets, before the ‘sting in the tail’ of a climb up London Road in the final kilometre, followed by the finish in Imberhorne recreation ground. The delayed resurfacing works on Worth Way caused the organisers some consternation in the build-up to the race, but we were kindly given permission to remove the fences blocking the path, so the race could take place. The new surface on the East Grinstead Station end of Worth Way is ideal for running and soon the rest of the path to Crawley Down will be to the same standard.

The first runner home was Charl Jordaan in 35.41. Second was Robert Donohoe of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers in 36.07, followed home by Ben Wickham of Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets AC in 36.47, despite being impeded by a dog! Ben was unable to complete a hat trick of wins, but did have the reasonable excuse of having completed in the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago the previous weekend.

East Grinstead 10k - The Andy Ripley Memorial Race

The first lady, Rebecca Coomber of Holland Sports AC, finished in the fast time of 38.59, followed by Hana Kolorova in 42.42 and Rebecca Arthur in 44.31. The first male vet was Andy Irons of Oxted AC in 40.06 and the first lady vet was Sarah Hutt in 45.11. The first male junior (U18) was Ewan Dallas of East Grinstead AC in a very quick time of 39.28 and the first female junior was Sophie Gibson of Oxted AC in 48.41. There were 329 finishers, many of whom had run the race before. The race is well supported by local clubs, with 17 finishers from Lingfield AC and 12 from Oxted AC.

The most poignant aspect of this year’s race was the participation of many of the friends of Matt Cox, a former Sackville student, who died suddenly recently. 27th September would have been Matt’s 22nd birthday and his many friends decided to do the 10k wearing T-Shirts bearing the slogan ‘Running for Coxy’ with his picture..

The race supports Prostate Cancer UK, in memory of local rugby and multi-sports star Andy Ripley, and East Grinstead Lions. We hope to make large donations from race proceeds to both charities again this year. The race would not be possible without the efforts of the organising committee, supported by an endless supply of helpers from East Grinstead Athletic and East Grinstead Triathlon clubs. We pride ourselves on the enthusiasm of our marshals and we receive many compliments from runners about their tireless support. We welcome runners of all abilities and this is borne out by the profile of the finishers. Whether you are a speedy sub-40 runner or a first-timer ‘getting round’, you will receive a warm welcome and enthusiastic support.

We would like to thank Meridian FM for covering the event and interviewing runners, East Grinstead Lions for providing refreshments, Sainsbury’s and Herbert Sports for providing prizes and the many other businesses involved in the race.

East Grinstead 10k - The Andy Ripley Memorial Race

Next year’s race will be on 25th September!

Men's results

1 CHARL JORDAAN Unattached 00:35:42
2 ROBERT DONOHUE Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC 00:36:07
3 BEN WICKHAM Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets 00:36:48


Women's results

1 REBECCA COOMBER Holland Sports AC 00:38:59
2 HANA KOLAROVA   00:42:42
3 REBECCA ARTHUR   00:44:34


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Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Photos: 100th marathon completed at the HWC and a happy HWC finisher

The inaugural Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail was held yesterday in East Sussex. The weather was gorgeous, which made the spectacular scenery even more impressive.

The race route was pretty special with a tremendous variety of landscapes from the open heathland of the Ashdown Forest, to the single track through stunning woodlands. A total of 126 runners took part, ranging from the experienced, with Kate Coombes completing her 100th marathon, to some completing their first marathon. 

Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Photos: A great variety of landscapes and Ashdown forest

The pace with pretty speedy at the front, with Paul Russhard winning in a quick  time of 4:04:05 for the undulating course, from Chris Brookman (4:07:02) and Mark Denby third in 4:09:40. 

There was a close finish in the women’s field with Tara Taylor winning in 5:03:04 from Andrea Harwood just over a minute behind (5:04:22), with Emily Huxtable third in 5:17:57.

It was a fantastic day, with the route at times being breath taking, the handmade finisher coffee mug well treasured, but overall it was the friendly and inclusive atmosphere that made the event so special.

Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Photos: Final field the completion of a stunning journey. The mens podium from left to right, 3rd Mark, 2nd Chris and the winner shattered lying flat Paul. An awesomely friendly event

Men's results

1 Paul RUSSHARD Unattached 4:04:05
2 Chris BROOKMAN MK Lakeside Runner 4:07:02
3 Mark DENBY Surrey Walking Club 4:09:40


Women's results

1 Tara TAYLOR Tunbridge Wells Harriers 5:03:04
2 Andrea HARWOOD Unattached 5:04:22
3 Emily HUXTABLE Harvel Hash House Harriers 5:17:57


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Moddershall 5 Miler

Moddershall 5 Miler

Sunday 27th September saw the staging of the first ever Moddershall 5 Miler, based at Moddershall Cricket Club in the North Staffordshire countryside and organised by Stone Master Marathoners.

The course was described by the finishers in many ways, ranging from challenging to brutal! As it winds through the country lanes, taking in two long climbs around the picturesque village of Moddershall and giving stunning views across Staffordshire and Shropshire. The event was also used to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Care in memory of a longstanding member of the cricket club, with all race entry fees being donated to the charity.

The race itself attracted 98 runners from various clubs across North Staffordshire and was won in a very good time of 29:59 by Craig Pilsbury, he was followed home by Steven Naylor (Michelin AC) in 30:56 and Paul Swan (Trentham Running Club) in 31:13. It also saw 3 hosting club runners finish inside the top 10.

The ladies race was won by Wendy Swift of Staffs Moorlands in 34:10, she was followed in by Pippa Steele (37:24) & Kirsty Stephenson (37:48) both from the host club Stone Master Marathoners.

The race was then followed by a fun day, 1 mile fun run and the release of 500 pink balloons all in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer with the autumn sunshine providing the perfect conditions for what turned out to be a fantastic day. 

Men's results

2 Steven Naylor Michelin AC 30:56
3 Paul Swan Trentham RC 31:13


Women's results

2 Pippa Steele Unattached 37:24
3 Kirsty Stephenson Stone Master Marathoners 37:48


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Natterjack Seaside 10k

Natterjack Seaside 10k

Once again runners were blessed with good weather for the 11th annual race of the Natterjack Seaside 10k. With over 1100 entries to the 10k and over 150 to the 2k Fun, it was the events biggest ever turn out!

The 10k runners enjoyed views of the Marine Lake and the Southport Promenade, before passing under the pier to the half way mark to be met with roars of cheering and clapping from friends and family spectators. The 10k race was won by Martin Swensson of Penny Lane Striders in a time of 32:47, second was Harry Doran (Liverpool Pembroke Sefton) in a time of 33:52 and third was John Cain (Liverpool Harriers) in 34:02.

Fastest lady was Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke Sefton in a time of 36:29, second lady was Danielle Jepson in 39:22 and third was Vicky Bryant of Wigan Phoenix with the same time of 39:22.

For the second year running the Natterjack Seaside 10k welcomed Galloways charity for the blind, who joined the Natterjack team on the day to help raise awareness and encourage several blind and visually impaired people taking part in the 10k.

A day enjoyed by all, both spectators and racers of all ages.

The organisers can’t wait to see everyone next year.

Men's results

1 Martin Swensson Penny Lane Striders 32:47
2 Harry Doran Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 33:52
3 John Cain Liverpool Harriers 34:02


Women's results

1 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 36:29
2 Danielle Jepson Unattached 39:22
3 Vicky Bryant Wigan Phoenix 39:22


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The Ealing Half Marathon

The Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Photos: The start and race winner Christopher Cheruiyot © SussexSportPhotography

The Ealing Half Marathon has established itself as a firm fixture in the running calendar, and the race’s 4th edition on Sunday 27th September was the biggest yet and a sell out with 4681 finishers plus 355 Ealing Mini Mile runners. More supporters and spectators than ever were soaking up the festival atmosphere and cheering on the runners whilst seizing the #EalingFeeling in what were perfect weather conditions for the runners.

Run-Fast athlete Christopher Cheruiyot dominated the field and took the lead from the start, crossing the finish line with a gap of over five and a half minutes in a time of 1:05:41. Jack Parslow of Dacorum & Tring AC and Thomas Beedall were battling it out for second place with Parslow finishing in 1:11:21, seven seconds ahead of Beedell.

The women’s race was won by Run-Fast athlete Teresiah Omosa in 1:16:32. Runner up Alice Braham of Thames Hare & Hounds secured second place in 1:19:06, and Rosamund Ponder of West 4 Harriers claimed third place after crossing the finish line in 1:21:32.

New Zealand Paralympian athlete Tim Prendergast, who continues to inspire many by sharing his own experience of overcoming disability to succeed, was amongst the running crowd and finished in overall 22nd place in an excellent time of 1:16:59.

273 runners were raising money for headline charity Alzheimer’s Society, and over 220 Ealing Eagles took part in this year’s race.

The fastest runners in the Ealing Mini Mile, which covered a one-mile route around Lammas Park, were Maximilian Steel (6:10) and Millie Vadon (7:37) in the 6–11 years category. Luke Adar (5:30) and Feia Starkey (6:18) claimed first place in the 12-16 years category.

The prize giving was sponsored by Kantec with prizes supplied by ASICS, Up & Running and Ealing Half Marathon. The stunning winners’ trophies were provided by Burridge London, and each finisher received a unique Ealing Half Marathon 2015 memorabilia print by local artist Wayne Grace, alongside a medal and other goodies.

Official race partners for the 2015 race included Volvic®, ASICS, Up & Running, Move Clinics, Mercedes-Benz Brentford, Xempo, 1E, Kantec, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing Eagles and Ealing Council.

The organisers have confirmed that registration for the Ealing Half Marathon 2016, which will take place on Sunday 25th September, opened at midday on Monday 28th September.

A new charity structure has been unveiled for the 2016 race, with Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and CLIC Sargent announced as the Official Charity Partners.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for the 2015 results and to sign up to the 2016 race. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news in the lead up to the Ealing Half Marathon

Men's results

1 Christopher Cheruiyot Run-Fast 1:05:41
2 Jack Parslow Dacorum & Tring AC 1:11:21
3 Thomas Beedall   1:11:28


Women's results

1 Teresiah Omosa Run-Fast 1:16:32
2 Alice Braham Thames Hare & Hounds 1:19:06
3 Rosamund Ponder West 4 Harriers 1:21:32


For the full results please go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com



The Great Grizedale Forest Trail Race

A magnificent sunny day greeted the runners for the 13th staging of The Great Grizedale Trail Race. This 10 mile trail race uses the main forest tracks for all of the course and is suitable for road shoes to be worn.

It is a hard course, undulating, long hills and descents, some flat sections but always with amazing autumn colours in the forest and distant views of the Coniston Fells, Coniston Water and the Fairfield Horseshoe.

This year the race was won by Lee Parrington of Barlick Fell Runners in a good time 60:05. Paul Muller (M50) Horwich R.M.I. continuing his good form was second in 61:24. In third place overall  and first lady was Joasia Zakrzewski from Dumfries Running Club in an excellent time of 62:43. Melanie Hyder, fourth overall ran her a close second with a time of 64:56. Suzanne Budgett (F50) was third lady in a time of 69:50.

This year, for the first time, the race was held in September instead of late March. It has now been agreed that as the weather and scenery are more predictable and enjoyable, the race will continue to be held in September with September 25th 2016 now on the calendar.

The Great Grizedale Trail Race, one of many races promoted by Ambleside AC, has always given its surplus income and sponsorship to a registered charity. The officials do not take expenses and local organisations give their generous help. Last year a cheque for £1250 was presented to Anthony Nolan, a charity that works to help blood cancer patients. This year we hope that around £750 will also be given to them. Past years have seen donations to Bendrigg Lodge and The Terence Higgins Trust.

Men's results

1 Lee Parrington Barlick Fell runners 60.05
2 Paul Muller Horwich R M I Harriers & AC 61.24
3 Mark Garnett   65.02


Women's results

1 Joasia Zakrzewski (3rd overall) Dumfries Running Club 62.43
2 Melanie Hyder (4th overall) Helm Hill 64.56
3 Suzanne Budgett 10 Horwich R M I Harriers & AC 69.50


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Watermore 10k

At 11.00 am, under a cloudless autumn sky 250 runners set off for the third Watermore 10k.  The record field, which included many runners from local running clubs Frampton Harriers and Fitquest and also included a hen party, took on the challenging route which takes the runners from Watermore School to The Park at School Road, across the “Hilly Fields” and back to the school.

Support for the race was fantastic from start to finish with many people lining the route, cheering the runners on. The race was won by Ciaron McQuade who was cheered across the finishing line in a record time of 34 mins 10 seconds, shaving nearly 2 minutes off the previous best and three minutes off his own personal best. Second place went to Luke Prior who finished in 34 minutes 45 seconds. The first women home was Katrina Prior who finished in a time of 44 minutes 36 seconds, shortly followed by Lulu Louth achieving 46 minutes 31 seconds.

Nicola Ware the race organiser would like to thank everyone who gave their time to make it such an enjoyable and successful day, with particular thanks going to the volunteers who marshalled the race and the local businesses who generously sponsored the race.  All of the results and details of the race can be found at www.Watermore10k.co.uk

Men's results

1 Ciaran McQuade Bristol & West AC 0:34:10
2 Luke Prior Wells City Harriers 0:34:45
3 Dave Phillips   0:36:21


Women's results

1 Katrina Prior Wells City Harriers 0:44:36
2 Lulu Louth   0:46:31
3 Sue Walker   0:47:14


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Wicked Walden 10K

Wicked Walden 10K

Photo: The start. Race winner Tom Eames (177) and second placed Andrew Mynott (79) are both in yellow vests

Saffron Walden runner Andrew Mynott narrowly missed out on a third consecutive win in the annual Wicked Walden 10K

The race, organised by the town's running club the Saffron Striders, was held on Sunday in nearby Newport and attracted a field of well over 200 runners.

Taking first place in the tough, hilly race was Tom Eames from the West Suffolk Athletic Club, who held off a strong challenge from Mynott to cross the line in 34mins 47secs.

Saffron Strider Mynott, who won the race in 2014 and 2013, finished in 35mins 11secs, ahead of last year's second placed finisher Samuel Pedersen (36mins 53secs).

There was more medal success for the Saffron Striders with the club's Caroline Thompson winning the female open category with a finish of 42mins 24secs, making her 18th overall. Fellow Strider Stefanie Godfrey took the bronze in the female race in 44mins 38secs (37th overall) while Walden Tri's Jess Hudson was the second placed female runner in 43mins 20secs for 22nd overall.

Hudson also picked up a second medal in the team competition, as part of the first- placed Dyce Fitness team along with Michael Buchallet, Craig Dyce, Charlie Passfield, Michael Passfield and Helen Ludden.

Prizes were also awarded in age categories and full results are available at www.saffronstriders.org.uk

As requested, below is a report on yesterday's Wicked Walden 10K plus a photo of the start (race winner Tom Eames (177) and second placed Andrew Mynott (79) are both in yellow vests). I've pasted the tables showing the first three men and women at the bottom of the email.

Men's results

1 Tom Eames West Suffolk AC 00:34:47
2 Andrew Mynott Saffron Striders 00:35:11
3 Samuel Pedersen Unattached 00:36:53


Women's results

1 Caroline Thompson Saffron Striders 00:42:24
2 Jess Hudson Waldentri Dyce Fitness 00:43:20
3 Stefanie Godfrey Saffron Striders 00:44:38


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Windsor Half Marathon

Windsor Half Marathon - Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Windsor Half Marathon took place in Windsor Great Park for the 33rd time yesterday, Sunday 27th September. 4,000 runners crossed the finish line on The Long Walk and record numbers of spectators had made their way to the park to cheer on the runners and enjoy the buzz of the race day atmosphere.

The race was officially started by the Mayor of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Councillor Eileen Quick.

Kojo Kyereme and Samantha Amend had come to Windsor to win and they both put in a strong performance to claim the top spots on the podium in a quality field. Kojo Kyereme, winner in 2013 and newly crowned Masters (over 40) World Track 10k Champion 2015, took the lead straight from the start and kept extending the gap to finish in 1:07:50. Toby Lambert of Winchester and District AC came second in 1:12:08 and Alexander Miller of Datchet Dashers, winner in 2012, secured third place in 1:13:21.

Samantha Amend of Belgrave Harriers retains the women’s title after finishing in 1:22:27. Runner up Lesley Locks of Hart Road Runners could not close the gap and claimed second place in 1:23:09, whilst Hannah Worthington crossed the finish line in 1:24:37.

The race saw a record number of charity runners taking part, with over 300 runners alone raising funds for Platinum Charity Weekend Partner CLIC Sargent. Other Official Charity Weekend Partners included Cancer Research UK (Gold Charity Weekend Partner), Help for Heroes (Silver Charity Weekend Partner), as well as Bloodwise and The National Brain Appeal (Bronze Charity Weekend Partners). Alzheimer’s Society, Childlife, CRY, Daisy’s Dream and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation were Copper Charity Weekend Partners.

The Windsor Half Marathon is a sell out race and recognised as one of the most iconic and prestigious events on the British running calendar, attracting runners from all over the world. Boasting one of the most picturesque courses in the world, the Windsor Half Marathon is set in stunning surroundings and features amazing views of Windsor Castle and across Windsor Great Park.

The Sprite Sprint saw fifty-nine five to nine year olds run 40m, and Tom Ralton (U17, 11:22) and Fiona Steer (U13, 13:17) won the 2.5 mile Glynn Shefford Memorial Run which is aimed at runners aged ten and above.

Sponsors of the Windsor Half Marathon 2015 included Knauf, ASICS, Alton Sports, Xempo Race Pacing, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, everydayhero, Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Saka and Mars Chocolate UK.

Go to the website www.runwindsor.com for all race details, results and images. You can also follow @windsorhm on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news

Men's results

1 Kojo Kyereme Unattached 1:07:50
2 Toby Lambert Winchester and District AC 1:12:08
3 Alexander Miller Datchet Dashers 1:13:21


Women's results

1 Samantha Amend Belgrave Harriers 1:22:27
2 Lesley Locks Hart Road Runners 1:23:09
3 Hannah Worthington Unattached 1:24:37


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