March Madness: PBs and qualifiers
Happy Monday Race Report fans, and Happy AGM day (tonight) and International Womens’ Day (tomorrow). It’s been a fabulous, busy weekend for running and I hope that reading this will start your week off on an equally positive track.
Before we get into this weekend’s action, a shout out is due to Michael Turney, who smashed it out of the park at the Wokingham Half Marathon on 27 February, clocking a big PB time of 1.20.40 and earning himself the right to represent England Athletes Masters in the process. Mike will be proudly donning his England vest at the Chester Half Marathon on 15 May. Well done, Mike! It is hugely well-deserved.
We’ll carry on the half marathon theme, zipping firstly to local event - the Berkhamsted Half. There were PBs for Adam Shute (1.18.34, and a very credible 10th position), Katie Royals (1.38.05 - a PB by 5 mins!), Sue Elliott (1.32.48, and 3rd in her age category) and Sylvia Moss (1.40.12); and a 2nd place age category finish for Emily Alderson (1.30.50). Joining them in equally fine form: Javid Khan (1.28.38), Richard Moss (1.31.53), Mike Turney (1.32.46), Fiona Kelleher (1.35.41), Tom Wright (1.40.44), Janet Williams (1.50.11), David Saul (1.56.32), Rasmi Nanda (1.57.49) and Nigel Hoff (1.58.39).
Travelling East, we reach Cambridge and the popular Cambridge Half Marathon, where there were excellent runs by Harriers. Ed Wright earned himself a new PB of 1.33.21, followed swiftly by: Matt Channer (1.39.24), Matt Lawrence (1.45.06), and Glen Martin (making an impressive comeback from injury in 1.49.10). Meanwhile in Surrey, Tony Dawson clocked an impressive 1.38.57 in the Surrey Half. In 10k news, Amber Stubbings completed the Epping Forest 10k in 1.07.43 (strava time). Well done all!
Moving on to something slightly different, and the rugged world of mountain running Léan Ní Chiobháin completed the Irish Mountain Running Association’s Forth Mountain race (6-10km, 200 - 500m of ascent) in a very credible 50.30 (strava time). Closer to home, there was a fabulous PB for Annelize Colquhoun in the XNRG Amersham Ultra. Annelize sped round the muddy 50km course in 5.13.03. Paul McCarthy (5.16.35), Tessa Passey (5.40.33) and Neil Cooper (5.48.04) also all toughed it out in under 6 hours. Great work!
And to something different again: Neil Turner was racing at Mallory Park Duathlon on Sunday 6 March. A qualifier for next year’s World Championships, the field was strong. Neil led his age category from the outset (5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run), qualifying in 1st place and almost a minute ahead of his nearest rival. Brilliant work!
Last, but by no means least, there were successes at parkrun on Saturday 5 March. That included: all-time PBs for Neil Walker and Sue Elliott (19.19 and 20.20, respectively, at Rickmansworth); course PBs for Claire Dickinson and Nigel Dickinson (25.34 and 27.33 at Black Park), Joe Cochrane (18.06 at Finsbury Park), Sylvia Moss and Lindsay Turney (21.31 and 23.45 at Rickmansworth), and Ian Lawson (19.16 at Osterley). Ali Young was first lady home at Rickmansworth (despite fitting the 5k into the middle of a long run!) in a time of 20.01.
COMING UP LOCALLY: the Ashridge Boundary Run, Hardwick X-Stream, Leighton 10k and more. Check out the Club Calendar for details.
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