Worksop and Snowdon

Danial frightens the opposition!!!

In excellent running conditions, apart from a pond size road flood, 35 members from the Club made their way to Worksop on Sunday for one of the best races on the calendar, the Halloween Half Marathon. The good running conditions were reflected in some excellent times including a number of distance personal bests. Danial Bower had the distinction of leading the contingent home with an excellent chip time of 01:25.00 for 46th place. Tim Rhodes continued his season long improvement with 01:26.06, a time some 10 minutes quicker than his performance in last year’s race. Christian Glover, fresh from winning 3 medals at the World Kick Boxing Championships in Glasgow, ran well for 01:30.04 with Stuart Halsey, after a busy running month, including the recent Chicago Marathon, kept his form to record 01:32.54. Andy Orme and Romain Chambard both ran together for a while before Andy edged in front as the duo recorded 01:34.33 and 01:35.27 respectively. Chris Mason’s time of 01:36.36 was good enough to secure the MV70 prize before multi-marathoner, Andy Lindley stopped the clock in 01:38.29 and Chris Elsegood stormed to a well-deserved distance PB of 01:38.52. Tracey Glover ran superbly to record 01:39:58 edging out, on this occasion, Micheal Walters in 01:40.50, Chris Hanman in 01:40.55 and, husband Paul, in 01:42.44. On chip times Katie Dennis, Ian Archer and Ross Ballinger finished in relatively close order in times of 01:44.13, 01:45.32 and 01:45:48 with London Marathon bound Lisa Wright getting the better of the fast starting Matt Long with times of 01:47.01 and 01:47.15 respectively. Again, on chip times, Mark Murkin was next in 01:48.28 before Becky Moult, one of a party of the Club’s runners who recently ran in the heat of Palma, Majorca, finished in 01:49.49. There was then something of a gap before Joe Baldwin and Gary Price finished in relatively close order with 01:55.08 and 01:55.32. Dave Walters ran a solid 01:58.00 before two of the performances of the day from Robin Thorne and Ellie Dickson. For Robin it was a distance PB of 01:58.23 and Ellie’s 01:59.07 was 20 minutes quicker than her time in last year’s event.  John Pegg and Karen Wilks just missed out on sub 2 hour performances with 02:00.22 and 02:00.33 before another terrific performance of 02:05.45 from Becky Lenaghan, who was paced around the scenic route by Nikki Reeves, who finished in the same time. David Green and Sarah Walters also finished closely with times of 02:11.28 and 02:11.30 with David Lunn battling well for 02:12.10 before Emma Sharp in 02:20.35 and Anna Casey with 02:33.40 completed the Club’s finishers. For Emma though her performance emphasised her season long improvement as she shaved 7 minutes off her time in last year’s race.

In almost polar opposite conditions on Saturday Jenny Laing, Mark Harriott and Mitch Timms tackled the Snowdonia Marathon Eyri. In cold and wet conditions with the running surface resembling a stream in places Jenny Laing was first back in 03:37.39 with Mark Harriott, still with the Chicago Marathon in his legs, recording 03:59.30 and second claimer Mitch Timms a very creditable 04:58.59.

Posted by Chris Mason