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Sunday 25th November – Clowne Half Marathon


Report from OAC’s Richard Smith on the Clowne Half Marathon organised by Clowne Road Runners:

An indifferent start to the day – I was advised by Tom Paget, the driver, that he nearly had to spend the morning in A&E after his son got lego stuck up his nose. Fortunately, Tom resolved this himself courtesy of tweezers so we made the early start to Clowne.

Having arrived to collect my race number, my name on the registration list was nowhere to be seen! However, thanks to Liam (who had entered but didn’t race), I was able to run in his place. I would have felt a bit of a “clowne” otherwise…

As for the race itself, conditions in Clowne were not at all comedic with strong headwinds for the first three miles. We were then given some respite for a couple of miles which was largely flat until the next instalment of Hurricane Sandy, worsened by running on open, unsheltered country roads. A fairly undulating course with plenty of minimal ascents/descents and a challenging final drag on the dual carriageway leading back into Clowne.

From the results, the race was won by Stuart Spencer (Notts AC) in 72.09 and the first lady in 27th position overall was Hannah Bridger (Axe Valley) in 86.40.

Graham Lake lead us OAC home in 30th position overall (87.32) (a big pb by ten minutes), I was just behind in 31st position (87.39 -another big pb by seven minutes), and Tom Paget finished 51st in 91.41.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

  1. #1 by Graham Lake on November 25, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    Nice one Richard, I think I said a cuss word when I looked over my shoulder and saw you bearing down with 800m to go! Not the greatest course, and the wind plus gradient for last 3 miles was horrible. Think that’ll be my last 1/2 for a while.

  2. #2 by Graham Lake on November 25, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    …I did enjoy it though!

  3. #3 by Liam Dunne on November 25, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    Well done lads. Richard, glad you made use of my number……£13 please!

  4. #4 by Richard S on November 25, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Cheers Liam! Or should I be thanking Timmy Taylor?!

  5. #5 by reid haddow on November 25, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Well done lads Great running, up the “Black and Whites
    pps. i had a no going spare as well!

  6. #6 by Tamara on November 25, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Nice one Otley. Thank Timmy Taylor and the dance floor!

  7. #7 by Graham Lake on November 25, 2012 - 9:25 pm

    Rich, you were ahead of me in the results. Somehow, they’ve now realised their mistake, and put me back ahead. No idea how they knew! ;o)

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