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Weekend review - September 25 & 26

by Editor
Monday 27th September 2010

Saturday September 25, 2010

Great Langdale Marathon & Half Marathon

On a cool, clear day that showed the stunning Lakeland scenery off in all it's autumn glory it was Steve Littler from Wesham RR who wrote himself into the Great Langdale Marathon history by smashing the previous race record and finishing this hilly, two lap course in two hours and fourty one minutes. Another four runners managed to finish in under three hours - a feat which according to the race organiser only five athletes had previously accomplished in the 22 year history of the race!

The women's race was won by Rebecca Johnson of Bellahouston AC in 3:34:24.

Men's marathon results

1 Steve Littler Wesham RR 02:41:55
2 Luke Walsh Eden Runners 02:57:01
3 Stephen Hargreaves Lytham RRC 02:57:38


Women's marathon results

1 Rebecca Johnson Bellahouston Harriers 03:34:24
2 Nicola Shaw Unattached 03:38:09
3 Gudrun Ravetz Eden Runners 03:41:46



Men's half marathon results

1 Alasdair Tatham North York Moors AC 01:17:18
2 Conrad Franks Gateshead Harriers 01:17:55
3 Paul Muller Horwich RMI Harriers 01:20:33


Women's half marathon results

1 Sarah Ridehalgh Accrington Road Runners 01:27:16
2 Paula Irons Unattached Staveley 01:31:09
3 Joanna Seymour Hallamshire Harriers 01:32:11



Sunday September 26, 2010

Crossdale 10K Trail

Crossdale 10K Trail

Sunday morning saw the 11th running of this popular event in Keyworth, South Nottinghamshire. Weather conditons were kind, no rain and a slight breeze. 188 runners completed the run and in so doing conquered the infamous hill that leads back up to the finish.

First back was Matthew Clapp of Redhill Runners in a time of 34.43. Nicola Baker was the first lady back completing the run in a time of 45.02. The winning team were Long Eaton running club. A fun run, over a distance of 2K, was also held. This race attracted 157 participants and raised money for 2 charities: The Friends of Kadzinuni and Rainbows Hospice.

We are grateful to our sponsors, in particular: www.sunglasses-direct.co.uk, The Pera Foundation and Weatherford. For more information on progress towards next years race visit our website www.crossdale10k.co.uk or join us on Facebook.

Crossdale 10K Trail

Men's results

1 CLAPP, Matthew Redhill Road Runners 0:34:43
2 DARLING, Richard Notts AC 0:35:43
3 COLEGATE, Andy Long Eaton Running Club 0:38:36


Women's results

1 GOULD, Emma Serpentine Running Club 0:44:43
2 ROWE, Catherine Long Eaton Running Club 0:46:15
3 JACKSON, Nadia Holme Pierrepont RC 0:46:32



The 11th Vodafone Portugal Half Marathon

The Vodafone Portugal Half Marathon is one of the most popular half marathons in Portugal and is an IAAF Gold Label road race. The course takes runners into Lisbon and over the famous “Vasco da Gama” bridge.

The 11th Vodafone Portugal Half Marathon

Men's results

7 SILVA,RUI POR 1:04:42


The 11th Vodafone Portugal Half Marathon

Women's results

9 DIAS,ANA POR 1:15:00


Horsforth 10K

There were over 500 entrants for 26th running of the Horsforth 10K, organized by Horsforth Harriers and run from Woodhouse Grove School at Apperley Bridge.

Horsforth 10K

First home was Barnsley Harrier Shaun Dimelow in a time of 33:41 and the first lady to finish was Leeds City’s Jenny Guard, who went one better than her runner-up place in the Apperley Bridge Canter, run from the same venue earlier in the year, crossing the line in 38:44.

The runners up places in both the men’s and women’s races were ‘kept in the family’, as the husband and wife duo of Ian and Jess Nixon finished in second spot in both races. Ian and Jess were representing local athletics retailer Up and Running who were supporting the event, while further down the field, the main race sponsors, Horsforth software company TPP, also had a team of runners in the race.

The third placed man was Steven Body of Leeds City while Bingley AC’s evergreen Andrea Dennison was third in the ladies race.

Horsforth Harriers use their 10K race to raise funds to benefit a different local charity each year and this year the selected charity was Speakability, who assist people who have difficulty in speaking, reading, writing or otherwise communicating following neurological illness or injury such as a stroke or brain tumour. The charity was represented at the prize presentations by former Great Britain Rugby League international, Ken Rollin, who is both a member of Speakbility, and a beneficiary of the charity’s work.

Full results for the race have been posted on the Horsforth Harriers website at www.horsforthharriers.co.uk . The next Horsforth Harriers organised race will be the Apperley Bridge Canter, or ABC as it is now more commonly referred to, which will take place on a weekday evening in May 2011.

Men's results

1 DIMELOW, Shaun Barnsley Harriers 0:33:41
2 NIXON, Ian NDB 0:34:00
3 BODY, Steven Leeds City 0:34:14


Women's results

1 GUARD, Jenny Leeds City 0:38:44
2 NIXON, Tess NDB 0:39:16
3 DENNISON, ANDREA Bingley Harriers 0:40:04



Burry Ditches

The Bury Ditches is a new race in the calendar for 2010. This friendly, superbly organised race is held at Lydbury North, from the Powis Arms pub.

On a great sunny morning 23 runners started, heading through the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The race was a loop and initially the route took you uphill through farmland, followed by a climb up a forestry track, bringing you up to the Bury ditches, the views from the top were outstanding sadly there was not time to stop and admire them. The race then took you through a very welcome downhill and then a sharp left hand turn to a sneaky uphill dirt track to kill off any remining energy you might have gained from the descent! On reaching the top, the course took you through fields and then back downhill where the loop joined back up to the farmland track we had started on and nice finish back up the lane to be cheered over the finishing line.

Simon Norwood lead from the start setting the pace all the way through the race to finish in a time of 40.46. The course was very well marked and plenty of friendly marshals assisting. The cakes and generous goody bag for all finishers was well worth the £5 entry fee!

Cakes were supplied by The Little Round Cake Company of Shrewsbury, and goody bags supplied by Marches Outdoors of Ludlow (who are just about to open a running section.)

In conjunction with other events at the Powis Arms that day the race is expected to raise over £500 for charities.

Men's results

1 Simon Norwood Croft Ambrey 40.46
2 Steve Waters Shrewsbury AC 43.35
3 Steve Turk Shrewsbury AC 44.25


Women's results

1 Yvonne Hill Oswestry Olympian 48.47
2 Jean Turner Telford Harriers 49.34
3 Ruth Stafford Mercia 52.17


Saffron Walden 10K

Hundreds of competitors braved drizzly and cold conditions to run in Saffron Walden’s biggest sporting event at the weekend.

The annual Saffron Walden 10K, organised by the Saffron Striders Running Club, once again provided a tough challenge for club and non-club runners alike.

Saffron Walden 10K

The race was won by Michael Salt from Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club - whose blistering time of 33 mins 59 secs meant there was almost two minutes between first and second. Tom Vickery's time of 35 mins 41 secs saw him secure the silver medal position, while close behind for third was Nicholas Shepperd in 35 mins 54 secs.

The best performance of the day, calculated through formula of age versus time, was fourth placed John Oakes from Cambridge and Coleridge, whose 35 mins 58 secs also won him the prize for first male over 50 to finish.

The other male prizes went to Craig Dyce (first male over 40 and 6th overall in 36 mins 54 secs), Jim Stocker (first male over 60 and 71st overall in 43 mins 48 secs) and Michael Miller (first male over 70 and 207th overall in 52 mins 56 secs.).

Walden Tri Club's Louise Rolfe won the women's prize with a superb run of 40 mins 54 secs for 37th place overall. Megan Evans from Chelmsford Athletic was just 15 seconds behind for the second-placed female and 40th overall and the prize for third-placed female went to Hannah Cooke, whose time of 41 mins 24 secs earned her 42nd position.

The female age prizes went to Karen Donnor from Cambridge Tri Club (first female over 40 and 52nd overall in 42 mins 35 secs), Diana Braverman from Cambridge and Coleridge (first female over 50 and 132nd overall in 47 mins 39 secs) and Linda Bates of Pitsea Running Club (first female over 60 and 275th overall in 1hr and 27 secs).

Along with the hundreds of runners lining up for the 10K, this year for the first time a children’s 3K fun run was also held. This event, run in the grounds of the County High, attracted a fantastic 70 competitors aged from 6 to 16. It was won by 14-year-old Cameron Watson, with Seth Kennard, 13, and Patrick Eyre, 15 taking second and third spots. The first girl home was Sky Mulvey, 12, who came 5th overall, while Hannah Irwin, 12, and Ellie Langworthy, 11, were second and third girls. There were also prizes for the under-11s, with the top spots taken by Aflie Kennard, 10, for the boys, and Helena Dyce, 8, for the girls.

A spokesman for the Striders said: “We want to say thank you to the hundreds of runners who once again made the race a great success and a special thanks to all the young participants in the inaugural Saffron Striders Fun Run. We were delighted with the numbers who entered, despite the poor weather. The fun run proved so popular we actually ran out of medals, so apologies to those who missed out on picking one up on the day and rest assured we will be sending them out as soon as we can. Well done to everyone – and come and join us again next year!”

Full results for both the 10K and 3K races are available on the Striders website at www.saffronstriders.org.uk

There is also a video clip available on YouTube

Men's results

1 Michael Salt Cambridge & Coleridge AC 00:33:59
2 Tom Vickery Unattached 00:35:41
3 Nicholas Shepperd Unattached 00:35:54


Women's results

1 Louise Rolfe Walden Tri 00:40:54
2 Megan Evans Chelmsford AC 00:41:09
3 Hannah Cooke Unattached 00:41:24



Stewarts Law Moor Park 10

After eight years of sunshine, the luck of the organisers ran out. For the runners, however, it was probably more of a blessing. After the searing heat of 2009, the drizzle that started early in the afternoon provided cool conditions which were much appreciated.

Stewarts Law Moor Park 10

Building work on the far side of the playing fields meant that the start of the race, usually a complete lap of the fields, was altered. A lap and a half of just a part of the fields provided a more friendly start with crowds gathered to cheer them on as runners had the opportunity to run past them twice.

The athletics clubs proved as competitive as ever with Queens Park Harriers winning the Men's competition and Watford Joggers taking home the Ladies trophies.

It was a fast race compared to other years with nearly three-quarters of the field completing the course in under an hour.

This event is known for its friendly atmosphere and, despite the rain, this was maintained. As a charity event, raising money for the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, there were stalls and sideshows to occupy the brave supporters while their friends and family were running.

Men's results

1 Andrew Lawrence Morpeth Harriers 33.45
2 Nigel Rackham Metros 33.52
3 Matthew Woodman   35.01


Women's results

1 Sian Thomas Chiltern Harriers 40.28
2 Helen Johal Watford Harriers 42.59
3 Alison Putko Watford Harriers 44.26



Wild Thing 2010

Over 450 athletes took part in a grueling 10k cross country run with obstacles and challenges over the weekend, crossing the menacingly named swamp of doom, scramble nets, tunnels, hurdles, mud and water...! The male course record was set by Lee Perking in a time of 00:38:45, the ladies overall went to Tracy Greenway 00:44:26. Congratulations to everyone who took part, full results will be posted on www.aaa-adventure.co.uk later today...

Wild Thing 2010

Men's results

1 Lee Perkins (Course Record Male) 00:38:45
2 Martin Rogers 00:39:06
3 Andrew Norton 00:39:07


Women's results

1st Ravhel Olivant 00:47:21
2nd Michelle Farnhill 00:49:18
3rd Natalie Heathcote 00:50:43


Wild Thing 2010

Vet results

1st Dan Salcedo 00:39:10 1st Male Vet
1st Julie Goodwin 00:53:45 1st Ladies Vet


1st Place Mixed Team

Rick's Legends Michael Jaques, Richard Packer, Lisa Cook, Emily Johnson


1st Place Ladies Tea

Derby AC Pink Ladies Tracy Greenway, Sharon Mc Garry, Nicola Thorpe, Chloe Morley


1st Place Mens Team

BMF Yorkies Boys Matt Dale, Rob Fawdlington, Peter Downs, Gary Coulthard



Cirencester Park 10k

The race had 529 finishers and was run in ideal conditions over the scenic parkland course.

Men's results

1 Shaun Antell North Devon RR 33m 58s
2 John Parker CLC Striders 32m 28s
3 Mike Smith Bourton RR 32m 04s


Women's results

1 Lucy Walmsley Bourton RR 39m 23s
2 Nicola Denning Cirencester AC 40m 41s
3 Beth Pudifoot Bourton RR 41m 21s



Walsall 10K

Once again the Walsall Rotary 5k and 10k runs were blessed with good weather and a great turnout over 600 runners plus 150 3k walkers with family and dogs! Several runners commented how much they had enjoyed the mixed terrain course and how well it was marshalled and organised. Work begins next month on 2011 event, watch this space for the date.

Men's winners 5K

1 Callum McGarrie
2 Jasper Turgat
3 Michael Smith


Women's winners 5K

1 Bridget Waters
2 Emma Cakebread
3 Louise Webster


Men Winners 10K

1 Chris Perrin
2 Simon Murcott
3 James Perrin


Women Winners10K

1 Sue Street
2 Lynne Cox
3 Pippa Morris


West Pinchbeck 10k

The West Pinchbeck 10k continues to grow, with a field of 269 runners this year. Even the strong winds and the distinct feel of an Autumn morning did not deter the record field. The strong winds made the first half of the course extremely testing for some runners and then became a welcome relief on the run home. Even with the strong winds John Herbert managed to set a new course record of 32: 24.

Men's results

1 John Herbert Werrington Joggers 32:24
2 Simon Fawcett Bedford Harriers 34:34
3 Mark Sands Sleaford Town Runners 34:47


Women's results

1 Gill Fullen Bedford Harriers 37:48
2 Maggie Purr Stamford Striders 42:17
3 Sarah Graves Wold Vets 42:31



Switchback 5

Switchback 5

Over 100 runners completed the quirky scenic Switchback 5 mile race through Croydon's Lloyd Park and Shirley Hills. Rewarded with free cakes and a T shirt at the finish, the race consituted great value at only £4.

Classy performances too from first-time winners, Abdi Madar representing Newham and Essex Beagles, and Suzie Richards of Herne Hill Harriers. Local Striders of Croydon athletes Lee Flanagan and Steph Upton came home third.

Men's results

1 Abdi Madar Newham and Essex Beagles 27.21
2 Jim Addison Beckenham Running Club 28.29
3 Lee Flanagan Striders of Croydon 28.40


Team: Herne Hill Harriers

Women's results

1 Suzie Richards Herne Hill Harriers 31.18
2 Ola Balme Dulwich Runners 33.47
3 Steph Upton Striders of Croydon 35.03


Team: Herne Hill Harriers



Mortimer 10K

With 350 runners in the 10k and 132 junior runners (3K) the 2010 went smoothely with no problems. Reading Roadrunners did well with both the first man, Chris Payne and first woman, Jackie Perrin across the line.

Men's results

1 Chris Payne Reading Roadrunners
2 Heath Bampton Bristol & West AC
3 Guy Watts Team Kennett


Women's results

1 Jackie Perrin Reading Roadrunners
2 Harriet Chettleburgh Unattached
3 Joanna Williams Bracknell Forest Runners


Age Group results

MV40 Peter Aked Reading Roadrunners
MV50 Steve Fleck Tadley Runners
MV60 Tony Blackstone SCVAC
MV70 Thomas Lamb Unattached
V40 Patricia Thomas Ealing, Southall & Midx AC
V50 Maggie Watkins Unattached
V60 Janice Thomas Reading Roadrunners



Longworth 10k

Good race, well attended (just under 100) with a mixture of club runners, school runners and locals - "great family day out - really enjoyed it". Longworth 10k has been going since 1998 so this was our 13th year (unlucky for some?). The course is multi terrain with exceptional views of the oxfordshire countryside and specifically the River Thames which we run along for 3/4km. Weather was cold, grey but dry.

The first runner across the line was a junior (under 18), Luke Terry in 38:05. The first senior male was Sean Wilson in 38:32. First woman was Louise Ferreira in 44:27. The over 40 veteran prizes went to Chris Bedford and Marie Anderson who finished in 38:0 and 47:01 respectively.

Full results to appear on www.longworthrunners.com in due course



The Bexhill 10k Sussex Championship Race

After the great turnout in the kids’ 500m, 1km and 2km races, the 10km main event set off at 10:30am with 227 starters with 221 finishing. The new flat course based from the town centre had great PB potential and the runners did not disappoint. The Runners completed 2 x 5km loops, which created an exciting race format with many spectator points to see the athletes throughout the race. Although the rain threatened a few times during the morning the runners escaped with mostly dry windy morning

We indeed were privileged with a quick time and winner Todd Leckie (Hailsham Runners and Elite Triathlete) turned at the 5km mark in just over 15 minutes and went on to win the race in 31:31 more than minute in front of 2nd place James Baker (Chichester Runners) who finished in 32:56, and David Bradford (Lewes Ac) topping of the top 3 in 34:13.

Local Bexhill Runner & Team Lifestyle Triathlete, Susie Casebourne, took the female win and County Title finishing in a fantastic time of 38:33 placing her 12th overall. 2nd lady was Rebecca Moore (Worthing & District Harriers) in a time of 41 minutes and Liz Grolimund not far behind finishing in 41:23 in 3rd.

Thanks to www.tlsportsevents.co.uk for the timing and event services.
Full results and race details at www.teamlifestyle.co.uk

Men's results



Women's results

1 SUSIE CASEBOURNE Team Lifestyle 00:38:31.35



1st Swinton Ten Mile

A new race for 2010 to replace the Swinton Half Marathon. The undulating two lap course attracted 210 runners. The first three men were Martyn Bell (Horwich RMI Harriers) in55:35, Colin Rigby (Horwich RMI Harriers) in55:54 and Tom Martin (Salford Harriers & AC) in 57:00. Robert Jackson of Horwich RMI Harriers, who has taken part in the half marathon race for 22 years, came 4th in 57:52.

The first three women were Joanna Goorney (Wesham Road Runners) in 65:28, Dawn Broom (Barnsley Harriers) in 66:07 and Charlotte Finch (Wigan Phoenix) in 66:38.

Men's results

1 Martyn Bell Horwich RMI Harriers 55:35
2 Colin Rigby Horwich RMI Harriers 55:54
3 Tom Martin Salford Harriers & AC 57:00


Women's results

1 Joanna Goorney Wesham Road Runners 65:28
2 Dawn Broom Barnsley Harriers 66:07
3 Charlotte Finch Wigan Phoenix 66:38



5th Folkstone Rotary Half Marathon

On a successful day with 563 registrations, an increase on last year, the female course record was smashed along with many other great results.First indications are showing the event has raised in excess of £26,000 so far.

The event went extremely well and assistance was received with sincere thanks from members of the Folkestone Rotary Club, Hythe and Folkestone Channel Rotary Clubs. Folkestone Running Club, the Folkestone Interact Club, other running clubs and the local community also assisted. Thanks also go to Shepway District Council, Folkestone Police and St John’s Ambulance for their valuable support.

The weather was fair but rather windy on occasions. The winner was Mark Wilkins – Invicta East Kent, at 1 hour 14 minutes and 42 seconds. The first female home was Tina Oldershaw, from Paddock Wood AC at 1 hour 21 minutes and 5 seconds beating the previous course record for the female category.

Further information about the event can be viewed at www.folkestonerotary.org

For photographs of the event from Lee Robinson Studios visit www.leejorobinson.com


Men's half marathon results

1 Mark Wilkins Invicta East Kent 1:14:42
2 Ricardo Lee London Heathside 1:15:49
3 Chris Valdus Ashford & District Road Runners 1:17:02

Women's half marathon results

1 Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC 1:21:05
2 Rona Loubser Folkestone Running Club 1:23:48
3 Maria Heslop Paddock Wood AC 1:25:33


Age group results

Vet40 Male Gavin Kitchingham Orpington Road Runners 1:18:58
Vet35 Female Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC 1:21:05
Vet 50 male Brian Woods   1:30:31
Vet45 Female Marie Synnott-Wells Ranelagh Harriers 1:28.35
Vet60 Male David Morris Larkfield AC 1:41:41
Vet55 Female Margaret Russill   1:52.40


Winning Teams: (Male) Ashford & District Road Runners and (Female) Larkfield Athletic Club



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