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Tamworth 5 and Calke Abbey 10k

Prize day!!!

Tamworth was the venue for the final race in this year’s Burton and District Summer Road Racing League and as the results came in it was clear that both the Club’s men’s and women’s teams had secured their respective championships. In great running conditions, over a relatively quick 5 mile course, it was Liam Bradbury, as he’s done so regularly this season, who led the Club’s contingent home with a superb 4th place finish in a chip time of 27:37. Together with James Farmer’s 30.11 and Mark Harriott’s 30:27 the trio secured the race’s men’s team prize. Mark is going through a real purple patch and his performance here was also good enough to secure the individual MV50 prize in a very competitive category. Sam Bassett, back in action a few days after completing, together with team mate Ben Holmes, the gruelling 191km, GR20 trail across Corsica, showed no ill effects in stopping the clock here in 30:50. Rich Miller, a day after smashing his parkrun PB, edged out an injury hampered Andy Hawtin in 31:46 and 31:59 respectively. Dave Hobbs, another fresh from a parkrun PB, continued his good form with 32:48 with Nathan Holmes, a week after a strong debut marathon in the New Forest, not far behind in 33:02. Louise Insley ran strongly for her 33:43, which secured a well-deserved WV45 prize and was kept reasonably close company by a resurgent Christina Hawtin who finished in 33:55, Matt Clemson in 34:20 and Team Captain Andy Orme in 34:29. Chris Mason with 34:58 was another prize winner in the MV70 category with the improving Chris Elsegood close behind in 35:38. Nigel Atkins was next to finish in 35:51 before the  tightest inter-club battle involved the improving Ross Ballinger, Paul Glover and Ian Archer as they stopped the clock in 36:08, 36:12 and 36:13 respectively. Steve Leafe battled round in 36:42 with Tracey Glover, defying heavy legs from marathon training, finishing in 38:01. Barry Saunders, another who tackled the New Forest Trail Marathon last weekend, finished in 38:33 with Tony Richards, Gary Price and Rebecca Moult giving everything to finish in 39:31, 40:44 and 41:05. John Pegg and Robin Thorne both finished strongly to record 41:24 and 42:22 with Robin’s reward being a distance PB. Karen Wilks ran well for 43:49 before Shannon Hurdman and Alison Jackson completed the finishers for the Club in well-run times of 53:32 and 64;04 respectively.

Rob Eaton and Felicity Towns raced closer to home with Rob finishing 2nd overall in 38:05 and Felicity, making a welcome racing appearance stopping the clock in 76:37

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Wilne and Sherwood Pines 10ks plus South Cheshire 20

Chris is Good!!!

The running gods were in perfect symmetry on Sunday for the Wilne 10k; nice temperature for running, slight breeze, a flat course with long straights and a high quality field all combined for a barrage of personal bests (PBs) from the 22 from the Club who took part. Jack Leafe led the contingent home with a superb chip time of 36.11 for 41st place.  James Farmer 37.13 showed that he is returning to something like his best before he joins the student exodus in a couple of weeks-time for his fresher’s year at Aberystwyth.  Tim Rhodes was the first to shatter his distance PB with an excellent 37.56. This performance augurs well for Tim’s autumn marathon double of Berlin and Chester. Club debutant Darren Holmes ran a superb race to stop the clock in 38.10 before Chris Hanman showed exactly what he is capable of crossing the line in a PB of 41.11. Chris Mason finished in 42.53 to secure the MV70 prize with Steve Leafe recording an improved 43.44 before, arguably the performance of the day, from Chris Elsegood, who obliterated his PB with an excellent 44.37. Phil Daws and Paul Glover continued the theme of good performances with 44.59 and 45.21 respectively before Andy Meadows recorded a well-deserved PB of 45.31. Robin Thorne ran solidly for 53.26 before Kev Clarke and Ellie Dickson crossed the line together in 53.55 and 53.56 respectively. Karen Wilks and Emma Sharp gave everything in recording 54.17 and 59.32 before Tracey Glover and Emily Atkins finished together in 61.26 and 61.27 with Becky Atkins close behind in 62.07. Angela Daws continues to improve with every race recording 63.01 here before Mary Sharp and Pauline Cooper gave their usual maximum effort in completing the finishers for the club in 66.13 and 70.17 respectively.

Men’s Club Captain, Andy Orme was also tackling the 10k distance but this time the trail variety in the Sherwood Pines 10k. Andy ran with real distinction finishing in 26th place in a very respectable 43.37. Andy Lindley, Becky Moult, Romain Chambard and Katie Dennis enhanced their endurance by tackling the South Cheshire 20 recording excellent times of 02.28.17, 02.46.19, 02.46.21 and 02.47.22 respectively.  

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Burton, Newark, Draycote and Dublin

Team work pays off!!!

Sunday saw the penultimate leg of this year’s Burton and District Summer League with the 38 Club members, who lined up at the start of the Burton 10k, looking to consolidate their position as leaders of the League’s men’s and women’s team competitions. The Club’s standing locally was re-affirmed as the Club’s men scooped the race’s team prize as they were led home by Liam Bradbury in 4th place and a distance PB of 35:31. On a course that is noteworthy for the significant early climbing and in far from ideal running conditions, including Liam’s, there were as many as 10 distance personal bests from the Club’s runners. Following Liam home was form man Ross Clarke who finished in a PB of 37:50 for 16th with reigning men’s club champion Andy Hawtin and youngster James Farmer giving chase in chip times of 38:02 and 38:06 and 17th and 19th finishing positions. For James it was a distance PB as it was for Sam Bassett, who had a tight race with Danial Bower, before just losing out in finishing times of 38:24 and 38:28 and positions of 21st & 22nd respectively. Dave Hobbs was another to record a well-deserved PB of 39:00 getting the better on this occasion of Chicago Marathon bound Stuart Halsey who stopped the clock here in 40:00.  Next to finish was Jennie Laing who ran superbly for 3rd place in the women’s race in a chip time of 41:24. Jennie, who has performed so consistently over a range of distances this season, had the dubious satisfaction of finishing behind serial race winner, Charnwood’s Juliet Potter, who in winning the women’s race set a course PB of 37:03. Jerome Jones, Andy Lindley, Barry Ross and Chris Hanman all ran with distinction in recording 43:03, 43:10, 43:18 and 43:36 respectively before Barry Saunders and the improving Ross Ballinger had their own personal battle as they crossed the line in 85th and 86th places and finishing times of 45:14 and 45:21. Matt Long continued his upward trajectory in 87th place in 45:37 with the battling Steve Leafe two places behind in 45:42. One of the Club’s most improved runners, Paul Glover finished in 46:10 getting the better, on this occasion, of Will Hirst in 47:02 and the resolute Katie Dennis in 47:13. For Will it was a welcome return after an injury lay-off and for Katie it was yet another valuable contribution to team points.   Another recording a PB was Chris Elsegood who crossed the line ahead of Phil Daws but recorded an identical chip time of 48:36 with Tony Richards not far behind in a PB of 48:57. James Cobb, Dave Walters, Gary Price and Joe Baldwin all ran with distinction in recording 49:20, 50:19, 51:11 and 52:08 before Katarina Compton scored valuable team points in recording a distance PB of 52:23. John Pegg’s 53:48 led home Club race debutant Sarah Rhodes in 54:16 and Karen Wilks in 54:25 with Sarah Walters continuing the PB theme with a very respectable 54:34. Veteran Kevin Clarke looked very relaxed in recording 55:15 just ahead of a very popular PB of 55:18 from Ellie Dickson. Shannon Hurdman, Emma Sharp and Juliane Walters gave everything as they completed the club’s finishers in 60:21, 61:57 and 69:47 respectively.   

Mark Harriott was the Club’s sole representative in the Newark Half Marathon but ran with his usual distinction in recording 88:39 for a top 100 finish. Andy Meadows stretched his legs in the Draycote Water Summer Series 10k and recorded a superb 46:28 while Rob Eaton, Tim Rhodes, Shane Chapman and Ralph Huthmacher were experiencing the Dublin craic in the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon. While performances may have been hampered by the experience all could wear their post-race green tee shirts with pride as they recorded 84:47, 91:03, 91:15 and 119:52 respectively.    

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Worthington 5

Andy all the way!!

It’s probably the busiest time of year for local runners with the past fortnight the peak of the racing calendar. For Club members there was a good presence at Friday night’s Colin Potter Memorial 10k, involvement at the inaugural Gunby Gallop and the challenging Ashbourne Half Marathon on Sunday, then last Tuesday the latest leg of the Burton and District Summer League (BDSL), the Worthington 5 followed last weekend by the Snowdon Trail Marathon Brooksies Bash and the Crich Monument Race.

41 members from the Club lined up on the start line for the latest version of the long standing Worthington 5. The current route goes out and back along the Cloud Trail and in humid conditions it was Andy Hawtin who led the contingent home in an excellent 29:48 and 7th place. Laying an early claim as one of the Club’s most  improved male runners Ross Clarke was next in 30:17 and 11th place with little separating Danial Bower and Sam Bassett in 30:35 and 30:36 and 16th and 17th places and James Farmer and Mark Harriott in 21st and 22nd and 30:51 and 30:54. For the Club’s first three finishers their performances clinched the men’s team prize while the group finished first men’s team in the BDSL as they move one step closer to the series title. MV50 Rich Miller was next in a well-run 31:23 before Jenny Laing warmed up for Sunday’s Snowdon Trail Marathon by storming home 1st in the women’s race in a superb 31:47. Louise Insley ran her normally consistent race to stop the clock in 33:27 to finish 2nd in the women’s race with Christina Hawtin, getting back to her best form, in 3rd place in 35:14. This secured the trio the races women’s team prize and with the improving Lisa Wright finishing in 36:37 first category place in the BDSL.

In terms of the Club’s overall finishers Nathan Holmes followed Jenny Laing home in 32:03, which confirmed he is well on track for a marathon debut later in summer. Matt Clemson is another who warmed up for the Snowdon Trail Marathon with a pacey 32:53 with Andy Orme, buoyed by being first back for the Club in the Colin Potter 10k, continuing his rich vein of form here with 33:52. Nathan Fagan continued to work back to full racing fitness and autumn’s Berlin Marathon with a solid 33:58 before you could virtually throw a blanket over Romain Chambard, Barry Ross and Andy Lindley as they occupied consecutive finishing places in 34:31, 34:34 and 34:37 respectively. If there was a prize for endurance it would go to Rom, another whose running has gone up a notch lately, as he ran with distinction in the Colin Potter 10k, followed it up approx.36 hours later with the super challenging Ashbourne Half Marathon, sped round the Worthington 5 two days later then had a few days off before donning camelbak and tackling the Snowdon Trail Marathon.

Chris Mason and Glenn Smith were separated by a mere 2 seconds as they finished in 34:57 and 34:59 with Ross Ballinger continu ing to progress with 35:50, Nigel Atkins and Barry Saunders stopped the clock in 36:02 and 36:36 with Andy Windle easing round in 37:22. In a night of good performances Becky Moult ran well for 37:24 with Kevin Clarke, Paul Glover, Nikki Reeves, Tony Richards and Tracey Glover pushing her all the way home as they recorded 37:28, 37:32, 37:32, 37:57 and 37:57 respectively.   Hazel O’Brien did well to duck under the 40 minute barrier with 39:55, getting the better on this occasion of Phil Daws, Gary Price and Mark Murkin as they finished in 40:06, 40:11 and 40:31 respectively. John Pegg was next to cross the finish, conveniently located in the Malt Shovel pub car park, in 41:45 before Emily Atkins continued her series pre-eminence in the FU20 category as she finished in 44:19 before Ellie Dickson, Tony Phillips, Becky Lenaghan, Emma Sharp and the determined Pauline Cooper gave maximum effort in the humid conditions to complete the Club’s finishers in 44:36, 46:44, 48:48, 50:09 and 55:50

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Gate Gallop 10k

Jenny takes some catching!!!

Sunday saw the latest leg of this year’s Burton and District Summer League over the stiles and the off road terrain of the Gate Gallop 10k. The Club were again out in force with 38 runners lining up on the start line. In a day of great performances it was the Club’s women who were to the fore with the resilient Jenny Laing finishing 1st in the women’s race in a superb chip time of 42.01 and leading the team, also comprising Christina Hawtin (3rd place in 46.04) and Lisa Wright (6th place in 48.36) to the women’s team prize. Katie Dennis and Tracey Glover were 7th and 8th in the women’s race in 49.21 and 50.42, performances that scooped well deserved 1st Female Senior and 1st FV45 prizes. Amy Brookes ran well for her 60.55 as did Becky Lenaghan, Emma Sharp, Jane Ward-Stanton and the improving Shannon Hurdman, who recorded chip times of 64.11, 64.57, 65.49 and 66.43 respectively.  New to the distance, Angela Daws did brilliantly to finish in 69.52 with Becky Atkins, Ellie Dickson and Emily Atkins finishing in close order in 71.01, 71.09 and 71.09. The battling Pauline Cooper completed the Club’s finishers in the women’s race with a very respectable 75.39.

There were also some terrific performances in the men’s race with the standout one being a 2nd place finish for Jack Leafe in a superb 37.36. A performance that was given added credence by the fact that Jack completed the Cumbria Way walk during the week. Next back was James Farmer in 38.57 for 9th place and 1st Men’s U20. James was one of many of the Club’s athletes who took part in Friday’s inaugural Fractured Marathon at Calke Abbey and confirmed his terrific promise with the fastest leg at this well-received event. In 18th place was Rich Miller in a chip time of 40.48 and again a popular 1st place in the MV50 category. Nathan Holmes, in one of a number of stand-out performances, made light of the uneven terrain as he warmed up for an autumn marathon debut in the New Forest with 41.26. The endurance prize though went to Sam Bassett who after a 3 hour marathon on Friday night powered around a far from easy course here in 41.40. On very much local terrain Mark Harriott showed his terrific consistency to record 42.15 with the triathlon training Matt Clemson running well to record 43.27. Tim Rhodes battled round in 44.37 with Andy Lindley, another who completed a marathon on Friday night, then leading a group comprising the returning Nathan Fagan, Romain Chambard and Chris Mason home in 45.36, 45.44, 45.45 and 45.48 respectively. For Chris it was a winning debut in the MV70 category. The yellow vests then crossed the finish line in even tighter order with Nigel Atkins (47.05), Andy Orme (47.22), Steve Leafe (47.34), Ross Ballinger (47.59), Paul Glover (47.59) and Ian Archer (48.07) all finishing within 10 finishing places of one another. Kev Clarke looked relaxed in recording 51.19 with Tony Richards not far behind in 52.52. As was the pattern in the men’s race Gary Price, Mark Murkin and Malcolm Moore in recording 53.38, 53.41 and 53.45 finished in consecutive finishing positions. Last but not least Phil Daws, who paced his wife around this far from easy course, finished in 69.53.


Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Buxton Half Marathon

Heading up to the Peak District last Sunday, four members of SDRR took on the challenging Buxton Half marathon. The route which was ran in wet and gusty conditions saw a field of 420 runners take on a significant 1,500 ft of climb over the 13.1 mile road race.

First home for SDRR was Mark Harriott finishing in 38th place in a very competitive field with 1h 35m 33s securing him 3rd MV50.  Following closely behind and adding to an impressive season of half marathon results was Dave Hobbs in a time time of 1hr 39m 32s for 65th place. David Renshaw was the next home in 2h 20m 51s taking 304th with DavidLunn making a return to Buxton in 2h 20m 51s and an impressive 351st position.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Derby Half Marathon

Liam sets the standard

There was again a significant contingent of the Club’s runners on the start line of the revamped Derby Half Marathon with Liam Bradbury leading the way home with a superb 6th place finish. Liam’s chip time of 01.14:36 also achieved the championship qualifying standard for next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. One of the Club’s busiest runners, Rob Eaton, was next to finish in 01.21:17 followed by the Club’s group of ‘twentysomethings’ comprising Ross Clarke, Sam Bassett, Ben Holmes and, making his racing debut for the club Danial Bower, who recorded terrific chip times of  01.23:05, 01.23:23, 01.24:08 and 01.24:27 respectively. Times and performances that secured the quartet positions well within the race’s top 40 finishers. James Farmer battled in next in 52nd place in 01.25:54 before Emma Pick, running in the colours of her first claim club Peel RR, stormed home in 01.26:04 for a brilliant 2nd place finish in the women’s race. Rich Miller, also in action for his first claim club, gave his usually consistent performance in stopping the clock in 01.26:42, a performance that secured 3rd place in his age category. There was then something of a gap to the next finisher for the Club, Romain Chambard in 01.33.42 but this in no way diminishes a superb effort. The same could be said of Paul Glover and Katie Dennis, who have both kicked on to another level after April’s Manchester Marathon, to record 01.38:53 and 01.39:07 here. Virus hampered Club Captain Andy Orme was next in 01.40:34 with Ian Archer and Tracey Glover not far behind in 01.41:27 and 01.42.17 respectively. On the comeback trail, Adrian Leigh was next in 01.45:36, with Sarah Rhodes also running well to record 01.49:47 before Ellie Dickson and Andy Meadows crossed the line together in 02.05:39. John Pegg recorded a hard running 02.13:44 before Emma Sharp and Chris Elsegood gave everything to complete the Club’s finishers in 02.20:49 and 02.26:43 respectively.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Burton 10 and Windermere Marathon

Liam leads the way!!!!

Burton AC hosted the latest leg of this year’s Summer League and the Club’s runners were out in force with 40 amongst the races 259 finishers. In good running conditions Liam Bradbury again led the contingent home in a superb 6th place in 58:19. The 2 lap, 10 mile course, with plenty of sharp turns, particularly around the Washlands, is not notoriously fast but Andy Hawtin’s 16th place in 62:46 was probably his best distance performance for some time. There then followed a group of young runners, many of whom have benefitted from marathon training, who are pushing each other with their race performances. This group comprised James Farmer in 18th place, Ross Clarke in 19th, Sam Bassett in 20th and Ben Holmes in 24th. Their chip times of 62:56, 63:16, 63:51 and 65:22 respectively confirmed how important this group is to team performances. Rich Miller and Christian Glover finished closely in 65:47 and 65:58 with Nathan Holmes stopping the clock in 67:51. Mikey Walters and Men’s Club Captain, Andy Orme were separated by a second as they recorded 70:24 and 70:25 with their times just edging both into the top 50 finishers. It also took a distance PB and a sprint finish from Mikey to clinch the narrow victory. Chris Mason was next across the line in 71:21 with Rom Chambard, Steve Leafe and the improving Paul Glover giving everything to finish in 72:53, 74:11 and 74:31 respectively. Paul’s improvement was highlighted by this being a distance PB. The race also acted as the Midland Masters 10 mile championship and Matt Long clinched the silver medal in the MV45 category with 75:25. Nigel Atkins, and the Club’s first woman finisher, Christina Hawtin finished closely in 75:30 and 75:33. Ian Archer, Barry Saunders and Chris Elsegood raced home in 76:10, 76:59 and 78:29 before the determined Katie Dennis in 78:46 got the chip time verdict over Ross Ballinger in 78:50.  Tracey Glover ran well for 79:24, edging out the returning Adrian Leigh in 79:44. Nikki Reeves, another who has had a very busy marathon running spring, finished in 80:33 with James Cobb close behind in 80:40. The strong running Dave Walters in 81:31 led a group home including Mark Murkin, John Pegg, Diane Finch and Ellie Dickson who recorded 84:42, 90:27, 91:10 and 91:59 respectively. Joe Baldwin, Tony Richards and super vet Graham Blackshaw gave everything for chip times of 92:33, 93:01 and 94:25 before Rebecca Lenaghan in 97:30 led a group home including Sarah Walters in 105:42, Emma Sharp in 110:10, Anna Casey in 113:15 and debutant Shannon Hurdman in 118:56, who gave maximum effort to complete the Club’s finishers in this well organised, long standing race.

Jenny Laing meanwhile was enjoying the more refined air of the Lake District as she tackled the Windermere Marathon and, has become almost routine, pulled out a 03:19 performance, which clinched the runners up prize in the women’s race. Jenny also had the added thrill of this being presented by fell running legend Josh Naylor.

Posted by Chris Mason in Race Reports

Kingsbury Classic 10k 07-05-19 by M.Harriot

Tuesday evening saw four keen members of SDRR head to Warwickshire along with around two hundred other runners for the Kingsbury Classic 10k. Firm and ideal race conditions underfoot awaited them at the off road 2 lap race around the water park trails. First across the line for SDRR in 13th position overall was Mark Harriott in a time of 38:33 which earned him a distance best and also 1st MV50. Making light work of the trails the ever competitive husband and wife duo Paul and Tracey Glover finished in 45:26 & 45:50 and gave them 63rd and 67th positions overall respectively. Nikki Reeves battling her way around the course finished in 47:07 which earned her a well deserved 75th place.

Posted by Ade Middleton in News & Updates, Uncategorised

Brecon Beacon Trail Marathon by A.Middleton

Talybont-on-Usk set in the foot hills of the famous Pen-y-Fan mountain was the start point for the next adventure on my XC odyssey. To this point I have mainly ran cross country, coastal path and walked many of great Britain’s mountainous regions, but never taken on trying to run a Mountain Marathon.  The sun was beaming into the tent from around 5.00am n Saturday morning and had dried up the previous days and nights rain.  All my gear was laid out and ready to go, so I fuelled up and walked to the tent where the safety briefing would be held before the start at 8:30am. After the normal emergency numbers, signage etc was complete approx. 180 of us lined up and we set off on our merry way. All looked decked out very similar and professional with backpacks, caps, sunglasses, carbon walking poles and long sleeve tops on. I think I was the only one with short sleeves on at that point and looked a little under prepared.

The first couple of miles was the usual plod out up a narrow path with people desperate to get past. It finally widened to a slight downhill and most of the eager runners were left behind. We carried on the wide compacted track to the 7 mile check point and gained around 1000ft .  I had buddied up with a couple of guys by then and we paced our way at 9min mile. The next 2.5 mile was all off-road and the views were becoming more spectacular.  It was here the first climb started, 500ft in 0.5mile, like walking up very steep stairs, sapping your thighs of energy. No one ran these sections that I could see although the fast boys were way ahead of us. Once at the top we turned right to follow the ridge to Corn Du another 600ft of climb but spread of 2 miles.  The path was hard to pick a route as it was uneven rocks so progress for all was slow and tiring.  But then at last after approximately 12.5 miles of uphill we had a long decent of 1.3mile from almost the top of the mountain all the way back down. Great! time to make a few places back up so down I hurled myself, on a wide compacted track with rock breaks for water every 30meters.  Very busy with tourists doing the normal Pen-y-Fan up and down walk from the Storey Arms. Then with just 30 meters to go from the bottom my trailing leg caught a rock which sent me crashing on to the hard rock path. I managed to roll slightly over towards a ditch which took some of the force out but it left me with a grazed and bruised hip, cut hands and elbow. No time to wait brush off the dust and onto the halfway point.

Time to regroup have some food, drink assess the damage and prepare for the toughest part of the route to haul myself all the way back up to the top. A steady plod all the way although it becomes very steep as you approach Corn Du and you are there. The views and physical relief are a welcome pleasure as Pen-y-Fan is within sight so off I go. Once on the top of Pen-y-Fan I take time for a few photos including thoughts of those family members with Alzheimers I ran on behalf of. Right 10 mile to go keep positive and I head down to whats known as the ‘Gap’ where a welcome check point and water top up was. Then back up hill again on difficult terrain and finally I can recognise the route down. Easy this time soft underfoot, make your own route down and the motivation of the finish. I reached the last check point with a large group of runners gathering their last ounces of energy to get them home. I just grabbed a quick drink and continued until I reached Pencelli and headed along the canal to the finish. The canal seemed to go on and on, until finally we turned off and headed down to the finish. My wife was there to meet me and get me a well deserved beer as I felt absolutely worn out.

I managed to finished 62 / 174 in a time of 5hr 46mins, no way I could have done it quicker and very pleased I was around the top third finishers. Thanks to all that sponsored me, we raised just over £500 for the Alzheimers Society.  Big thanks to the event organiser’s ‘Trail Events’, helpers and marshals that kept us going around the course, it was brutal…loved it x

Posted by Ade Middleton in News & Updates, Uncategorised