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Weekend review: November 7 & 8, 2015

by Editor
Monday 9th November 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon/Half/10k

Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon/Half/10k

The Hardmoors Race Series consists of five ultra-marathons ranging in distance from 31 miles to 162 miles. The Hardmoors 30, Hardmoors 55, Hardmoors 60, Hardmoors 110 and the Hardmoors 160, seven trail marathons incorporating seven half marathons and seven 10ks.

Each race in the series  is held in the beautiful North York Moors and the Ultra-marathons are predominately held on the Cleveland Way, The 110 being the Full Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Filey (The winner usually taking about 21-22 hours to complete the 112 mile route). The 160 includes the Tabular Hills route (Scalby to Helmsley) before picking up the Cleveland Way to join the 110 route)

The Trail Marathon Series includes races departing from Osmotherley, Hutton Le Hole, Sutton Bank, Saltburn, Guisborough ,Chop Gate and Goathland. Each route takes in a different area and aspect of the North York Moors.

Last Saturday was the third running of the Goathland  26.2, consisting of a Trail Marathon/Half Marathon and 10k route. In Hardmoors tradition each route is longer then the standard distance.  The Hardmoors' trail marathons tend to be between 27-30 miles rather then 26.2, the half marathon is usually between 13.5 – 16 miles instead of 13.1 and the 10k between 7.5 and 9 miles instead of 6.2. Hardmoors is a Yorkshire company and believe in giving extra value for money, not that the runners recognize this at the time when they have reached the marathon distance of 26.2 only to discover they still have another two to three miles left.

The Goathland course is a favourite of many of the regulars, with 99% of the route being off road and in stunning surroundings. The entry limit for the race is 200 and the event sold out in weeks with a 100 plus waiting list. A combination of a beautiful area, stunning village and a challenging course combine to make the event so popular!

101 runners took part in the Marathon,  28 in the 10k and 70 in the half marathon. Everyone completed their given distance. Participants travelled to the event and also attended from local areas such as Pickering (one or two from Goathland) York, Scarborough etc. Several entries, drawn in by the beauty of Goathland and the North York moors, travelled from as far as Holland, London and Inverness to name a few places.

On race day the ground was saturated with the recent weather and the constant downpour made the route a real challenge.

During the course of the weeks leading up to the race, £600 was raised for the British Legion by the sales of a special edition commemorative buff (bandana) The cheque was presented to a member of the British Legion before the race start

Even though the weather was not at its best and the going was hard, knee deep bogs in most parts, everyone enjoyed the day and relished the challenge but most importantly noticed even in the most dire of weather how beautiful the area was.

Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon/Half/10k

To find out more, visit the Hardmoors 26.2 website at: 262.hardmoors110.org.uk or the Hardmoors Ultra website at: www.hardmoors110.org.uk

Men's Marathon results

1 Jayson Cavill 3hrs 41mins
2 Paul Nelson 4hrs 7 mins
3 Anthony Gerundini 4hrs 13 mins


Women's Marathon results

1 Katie Boden 4hrs 35 mins
2 Claire Baker 4hrs 59 mins
3 Caroline Graham 5hrs 5 mins


Men's Half Marathon results

1 Simon Jones  1hr 44mins
2 Phillip Reese 1hr 49 mins
3 Dean Stockwell 1hr 59 mins


Women's Half Marathon results

1 Judith Seaton 2hrs 9mins 12 seconds
2 Vikki Butler 2hrs 9 mins 50 seconds
3 Kate Nicholson 2hrs 9 mins 59 seconds


Men's 10k results

1 Jason Ellis 1hr 7 mins
2 Phillip Richardson 1hr 10 mins
3 Andrew Jackson 1hr 19 mins


Women's 10k results

1 Kim England 1hr 13 mins
2 Harriet Shields s hr 24 min
3 Gill Bainbridge 1hr 27 mins


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Robin Hood 10K

Robin Hood 10K

145 people took part in the brilliant 2015 Robin Hood 5k Trail Run on Saturday. The morning of the race was extremely wet, but everyone stuck it out and kept smiling around a muddy, but beautiful Sherwood Forest. The commentators kept everyone happy and the music was blaring as the runners finished their runs, finally being presented with a fantastic Robin Hood 5km medal to treasure at the end!

With a fantastic turnout of 545 runners, the 2015 Robin Hood 10k Trail Run was seriously wet & wild! Luckily the weather didn’t put people off, and the beautiful course around Sherwood forest was a fantastic setting for a 10k run on Saturday. Sadly, due to the terrible weather conditions, One Step Beyond had to make a very last minute decision to remove a very waterlogged part of the course, meaning the course came in just under 10k. Luckily, everyone still absolutely loved getting their trainers dirty in such a beautiful setting! Following the race all finishers were presented with a fantastic Robin Hood 10km Medal.

The last running event of our year is the Dirty Dash 10k at Holme Pierre Pointe on November 21! This course will see competitors run, slide & scramble around a brilliant multi terrain course which is loved by participants for it’s challenging & diverse course: www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/nottingham-dirty-dash-10k.php

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Men's 10k results

1 John Wadelin Erewash Valley Running Club 31:38
2 Adam Holland NOTFAST 33:02
3 Paul Jackson Unattached 34:49


Women's 10k results

1 Joanne Burgess Denby Dale AC 40:21
2 Claire Watson Sutton in Ashfield Harriers 40:52
3 Lauren Elmore West End Runners 42:00


Men's 5k results

1 Ben Smith Senior Newark AC 18:43
2 Brent Stevenson Unattached 18:51
3 Pete Gore Unattached 19:47


Women's 5k results

1 Anna Smith Newark AC 19:39
2 Rebecca Hamilton Mansfield Tri 22:50
3 Amanda Alletson Unattached 23:21


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Supernova Run at the Kelpies

Supernova Run at the Kelpies - November 7, 2015

After the launch of the UK wide ‘Supernova Run’ Series earlier this year, the debut event in Scotland at Helix Park and the Kelpies took place on Saturday night and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  

Thousands of runners were kitted out in fancy dress and colourful clothing to embark on a night-time 5km run around the iconic Scottish landmark. With it being a timed run, the event catered for all different ages and abilities with many groups of family and friends deciding to walk around the course taking in the unique setting.

Supernova Run at the Kelpies - November 7, 2015

Early bird entries for 2016 are now open until 22nd November, for more information and to enter visit www.supernovarun.com

Men's results

1 Adam Gray 16:31
2 Gary Morrison 17:20
3 James Rogers 17:30


Women's results

1 Rhona Anderson 19:24
2 Sarah Glassey 20:26
3 Gemma Taylor 22:06


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Thames Meander Half Marathon & Marathon

The weather conditions really made this a testing run due to the winds, rain and muddy underfoot trail conditions, but the competitors took the "bull by the horns" and dealt with the conditions. Some runners even managed to run PB's despite these adversities!

The winning times were fantastic. The honour in the men's marathon went to Oliver Bowers (Stragglers) who had set a demanding pace and finished in 2.55.27. The ladies marathon was won by Freya Hotson who stormed to victory in a time of 3.18.20.

The half marathon men's winner was Declan Mullins, who had a cracking run and completed the race in a time of 1.24.5. The winning lady in the half marathon was Olivia Malpiedi in a time of 1.31.0.  

The Triple Crown runners that completed all three of the Meander events were awarded a Triple Crown trophy too. The mens winner overall for the marathon was Jonathan Ratcliffe (Herne Hill Harriers) in an aggregated time of 8.53.14 (all three marathons under three hours) with the last run being his fastest of the series in 2.56.25. The ladies overall winner was Charley Jennings who posted an aggregated time of 10.22.59 (also running consistently well in all three races) with a final run of 3.28.25 to clinch victory. A complete listing of the Triple Results for the marathon can be found  here. 

The Triple Crown half marathon men's winner was Phil Walker winning in an aggregated time of 4.45.03 and posting a 1.34.12 for his last race. The ladies half marathon aggregated winner for the series was Lisa Cullum in 6.51.28, who completed her last run in a time of 2.25.33. A complete listing of the Triple Results for the half marathon can be found here.

There were many more notable performances for both M/F competitors as well as some cracking PB's, and runners that achieved Good For Age (Virgin London Marathon) qualifiers. A full results listing can be found on the Hermes Running home page here by the November event listing. 

Heartfelt thanks go all the sponsors, chip timing man, first aiders, sports massage therapists, race photographer, Farnham Air Cadets, additional marshals, the resident Scottish piper and all the supportive staff at the YMCA Hawker Centre, whose valued efforts were very much appreciated. 

The next event from the organiser will bethe Spring Thames Meander on 12th March, and all the respective events listings for 2016 can be found on our home page and are open for entries.

Men's half marathon results

1 DECLAN MULLINS   01:24:54
2 GAVIN DILLOW   01:25:10


Women's half marathon results

1 OLIVIA MALPIEDI   01:31:01
2 KERRYN VAN RIJ   01:34:14


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Men's marathon results



Women's marathon results

1 FREYA HOTSON Unattached 03:18:25
3 CHARLEY JENNINGS Unattached 03:28:25


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Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

Photos: Run Director Steve Allen dresses for the occasion; running in the rain

It was another wet morning at Montacute for this week’s parkrun, which means there were “just” the 171 runners, including 25 first timers, despite the rain! Since the weekly event started on 7th September 2013, 2,989 different runners have taken part, meaning that on the 11th first timer next weekthe magic 3,000 runner mark will be reached!

Eve Sale was the last of the Sweatshop parkrunners of the month, before that particular sponsor steps aside. Jack Clotworthy was completing his 50th parkrun, and Bradley Seager, joined the 10 Club.  

The current standings in the Men's annual points competition see Michael Parrott (804 points) hold on to a lead over Miles Caswell (750 points) and Rob Gundry (720 points). In the Women's annual points competition, Nicky Hayes (811 points) stays ahead of Chrisssy Smith (769 points) and Ruby Rowe (767 points). The plaque with the points winners for 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 is now in place on the parkrun bench !

There’s not many weeks all the runners who ran Personal Bests can be mentioned, but there were only two of them this week, Caitlin Carnegie (20m25) and Ted Scott (27m49).

In the run, Ben Lloyd of Yeovil Olympiads AC was first to appear out of the rain as he finished in 18m20, the fourth time in fifteen appearances he’s been first to finish. Mike Biss of Wells City Harriers was second in 18m51 ahead of James Bridge also of Wells City Harriers, who was third over the line in 19m23.

In the ladies’ run, Caitlin Carnegie of Yeovil Olympiads AC was first lady (in an excellent 7th place overall) in 20m25 – the third time in three appearances she’s been leading lady. Katie Lloyd, also of Yeovil Olympiads AC, was second lady (21st overall) in 22m28, and Kirsty Norman of Gillingham Trotters RC was third (35th overall) over the line in 24m26.

There were a number of parkrun tourists this week. Meryl and Richard Dodd, down from Gunnersby parkrun, were the most experienced parkrunners, running their 161st and 151st parkruns respectively, whilst James Porter (21m49), Simon Warden (22m18) and Paul Lee (23m53) were also visiting. There was something of a homecoming for Robbie Hawkins, whose parents Adam and Corrinne have been at the event most weeks since 2013!  

Men's results

1 Ben LLOYD Yeovil Olympiads 18:20
2 Michael BISS Wells City Harriers 18:51
3 James BRIDGE Wells City Harriers 19:23


Women's results

1 Caitlin CARNEGIE Yeovil Olympiads AC 20:25
2 Katie LLOYD Yeovil Olympiads AC 22:28
3 Kirsty NORMAN Gillingham Trotters RC 24:26


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



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday, November 8, 2015

More than 600 runners laced up their trainers to take part in the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon on Sunday 8 November, hosted by Race Organiser Purple Patch Running. The 13.1 mile course offered runners a flat, multi-terrain experience as well as a magnificent spectator-friendly start at Cowley Recreation Ground and finish at Cassiobury Park.

Racing along the picturesque half marathon route from Uxbridge to Watford, canal barges, swans and plenty of mud made sure runners were entertained!  First across the line was Gary Towers, completing the distance in a remarkable time of 1 hour 16 minutes. The first female was Emily Antcliffe, who was running for Harrow Athletic Club and finished in a time of 1 hour 28 minutes. Both were awarded with a Purple Patch Running trophy, as well as free pair of Newton trainers from race sponsor Newton Running.

Also taking part were three sisters from Bisham, who completed the race in memory of their mum Sally who they sadly lost to breast cancer 11 years ago aged just 43. The Grand Union Canal marked the Philp sisters’ 22nd race out of their target 43 to raise money for Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care.

Chris Donald, Race Director, comments: “We were honored to have Abi, Lulu and Sophie Philp run our race as part of their challenge, they’re truly inspirational. I’m glad we could help them raise yet more funds for such a great cause.”

“The whole race day atmosphere at this year’s event was brilliant and the muddy towpath added to the fun! This half marathon provides fantastic scenery and we’re so glad to hear feedback that the picturesque route helped keep runners motivated out on the course. I’d like to say a massive congratulations to each and every person who took part and we look forward to welcoming you all back again next year.”

To find out more about Purple Patch Running events and to sign up for next year’s Grand Union Canal Half Marathon, please visit: www.purplepatchrunning.com.

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Men's results

1 Gary TOWERS   01:16:32
2 Lyndon COOPER   01:18:49
3 Matthew WOODMAN Stafford Harriers 01:18:54


Women's results

1 Emily ANTCLIFFE Harrow AC 01:28:27
2 Rebecca FLYNN   01:28:49
3 Jen ELKINS Stubington Green Runners 01:29:10


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Remembrance 11k Run and 3k Fun Run

Remembrance 11k Run and 3k Fun Run at Top Lodge

Photo: PACTRAC's Robin Brookes wins the V50s category by just 9-seconds

307 runners completed the 4th annual Remembrance 11k Running Race at Top Lodge, Fineshade, on Sunday; with another 68 taking part in the 3k Fun Run.

Three clubs, Stamford Striders, Eye Community Runners and Rutland Running & Tri Club, were all using the race as part of their Club Championships, and all had three runners winning their respective Age Groups.

James Skinner of Stamford Striders led the race from the gun and put in a couple of surges to put distance between himself and the four chasers, who themselves had a gap on the rest of the field. James had a very consistent run, and looked strong all the way round.

The four chasers split up towards the end of lap one of this two lap course. Steve Hall of PAC pulled away from his companions and managed a fine second place, just 25-seconds behind James at the finish. Lee Hartill of NVH's had a fine run to come home third, after just missing out on a top 10 finish last year.

The closest Age Group was the male over 50's which PACTRAC's Robin Brookes won by just 9-seconds from Peter Ward of Thorney, whilst Giles Cooper of PACTRAC was only another 36-seconds adrift.

The top three ladies were all local, with Maggie Skinner of Stamford Striders coming home in 11th place overall, to take the victory by 2:41 minutes from  Sarah Overington of Eye Community Runners, with just another 46 seconds to Saya Sheridan of Rutland Running & Tri.

Thanks must again go to the Forestry Commission and Caravan Club at Top Lodge for allowing this very worthwhile race to once again go ahead. Over £3,000 was raised for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, with £12,000 being raised by the race to date over it's 4-year history. There has been a lot of logging work in the Forest this summer, which has meant that this was the third different route used in the races' 4-year history. The route was all on hard-core / tarmac, with the race being preceded by a 2-minute silence. Each lap involved two hills, one of which was at the end of the lap, and proved quite testing.

In the 3K Fun Run, 3 runners established a small gap and came in together for a sprint finish. Tom Hattee (Age 11) of Ketton Panthers Junior Tri Club had the faster sprint, and came home victorious by just two seconds from Toby Cox (age 10), who just beat his Dad, David Cox, by 1-second.

First girl home and in 4th place overall was Ellie Piccaver (Age 15), who led the chasers and finished just 15-seconds behind Tom. Tom's sister, Neve (Age 14), finished 5th only a further five seconds behind Ellie. Third girl was Charlotte Cousley (Age 10), also of Ketton Panthers Junior Tri Club and in a fine top nine position. Mum, Catherine Hattee, rounded off a good day for the Ketton club, coming home as their 5th fastest competitor in 11th place overall.   

PACTRAC's Joshua Ratcliffe (Age 6) knocked nearly three minutes off his time from two year's ago when he was just four years old. This year's youngest competitor was five year old Noah Smith in 22:34.

Men's results

1 James Skinner Stamford Striders 38:37
2 Steve Hall Peterborough AC 39:02
3 Lee Hartill Nene Valley Harriers 39:30


Women's results

1 Maggie Skinner Stamford Striders 42:36
2 Sarah Overington Eye Community Runners 45:17
3 Saya Sheridan Rutland Running & Tri. 46:03


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Second Sunday of the Month Race

David Symons was the winner of this five mile trail race on Wimbledon Common in a time of 32.12. Will Cockerell was second in 32:23and Paul Ballingall third in 33:54.

First woman was Sarah Taylor in a time of 42:07. Second and third women were Claire Valentine in 46.32 and Alice Hanger in 46.32 respectively.

Men's results

1 David Symons THH 32.12
2 Will Cockerell Bels 32.23
3 Paul Ballingall Poole 33.54


Women's results

1 Sarah Taylor Unattached 42.07
2 Claire Valentine Unattached 46.32
3 Alice Hanger Unattached 46.32


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