Archive for September, 2015

Sunday 13th September – Yorkshireman

Report from John Dade:

Congratulations to all the competitors in the Yorkshireman half and full marathons at Haworth on Sunday. The previous day’s rain added to the mud but as ever a spectacular tough route in rugged country. There were some great runs from Otley AC. Edward Davies was 2nd in the marathon – fantastic effort, one day he’s got to win this one. In the half marathon (14.8 miles) Laura Clark was 46th, and 4th lady, Stephen Boddy 102nd, I was 127th, and poor Sara Richard, had a frustrating day coming in at 194th. On the start line she realised she didn’t have a timing chip – and ran back to registration as we all headed off.

Personally it was my slowest run in this event – not enough stamina, I need to do more long runs –  and to think I had originally entered the marathon!

Results – Marathon 1st Kevin Doyle (Kimborough Striders) 3:30:28, 2nd Edward Davies (Otley) 3:31:22  – 134 finishers plus 27 pairs (Total – 188)

Half Marathon – 1st Joe Baxter (P&B) 1:37:22, 7th (1st lady) Tanya Seager (Stainland) 1:48:40, 46th Laura Clark 2:08:26,  102nd Stephen Boddy 2:27:44, 127th John Dade 2:35:48, 194th Sara Richard 3:05:22.  249 finishers

See here for the results

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Sunday 13th September – Hull Marathon

Report from El Presidenti, Mr Podd:

On a warm, still September Sunday I got up early and drove to Hull to run in the Marathon. Arrived nice and early and had a steady warm up, meeting my mate Paul at the start. So off we went out east, both saying that we’d started off too fast. After about 8 miles Paul got ahead and was gone, I trudged on and slowed down through a rough patch, however things improved and the bit over the bridge (I even passed Paul, but he was suffering with a hip injury – that’s what you get if your trying for the 100 marathon club) and back was really good. In fell and off road races you don’t get much of a chance to look at the view – you’re just watching your footing, but it was a lovely day and the views off the bridge were great. Then back into Hull via Hessle and the docks, gradually getting slower and fighting cramp to finish. I was so happy to finish I gave my medal to a toddler. Makes a change for me – this is only the third road marathon I’ve done and the first flat one – the only climbs were onto the bridge at either end.

Matt Jones U/A 2.35.26,  Helen Mulhall, Bearbrook RC 3.01.30,  The President 3.51.38,  230/790 and  9/30 MV55.   My Second fastest ever marathon, full results here.


Saturday 12th September – World Masters Mountain Running Champs 2015

Report from Liam Dunne:

I took part in the World Masters Mountain Running Champs for the first time this year.LiamDunneWMRC1
After turning 40 last year I have recently thought about entering more of these type of events and as the world masters was being held in the UK this year I thought I’d give it a go.
This was held in Betws-Y-Coed, Wales and was the start of a week long festival incorporating not just the masters but also the World mountain Running Champs for Junior and senior athletes next weekend.The course for those aged 35-55 consisted of a 10.6km forest track with 500m of ascent, whilst the course for the over 55’s was slightly shorter at 8.7km with 400m of ascent.

At registration on Friday evening I met several of the Irish contingent, one of which was from my club back in Ireland and probably Ireland’s best chance of a medal.
The event start/finish area was really well set up and although the majority of each race was made up of British and other European runners, there was still some athletes From as far away as New Zealand.

I noticed that Yorkshire and the North of England was well represented at this event with medals going to local clubs such as Ilkley (Geoffrey Howard- Gold medal M70) and Harrogate Harriers (Ben Grant-Gold M65) and even Dave Woodhead was there at the finish to take the snaps.
My fellow Irish club man Martin McDonald improved on last years bronze to take silver in the M55 race. Most categories tends to favour the home and surrounding nations but those at the front of the races were definitely highly competitive athletes.

WorldMasters2015I was running in the M40 category with 33 other runners. having looked at the race programme I noticed there was four teams listed in the starting line-up with three team medals up for grabs, with the British and Italians having very strong teams it was going to be a battle between Ireland and Norway for the bronze. Our first man home Anthony Glover who finished in tenth position and I came in next in 17th with Alex Brennan just behind in 18th.
As it happens Norway didn’t put out a full team but we were delighted to take home the bronze team medal. I had a fantastic weekend making friends and having a bit of craic with fellow runners. The atmosphere and camaraderie at the presentation was really good and it was great be in the company of so many people who see age as no obstacle but just another challenge. I’d encourage all above the age of 35 to give this a go at some point as I’ll definitely be off to Italy next year….are you with me Antonio?!


Saturday 12th September: Lakes Sky Ultra 50k

Derek Fuller competed in the first running of the lakes Sky Ultra on Saturday. The weather was absolutely appalling and the route was a a bit hilly apparently (4300 M of accent on some pretty challenging terrain). The race was won by Eirik Haugsnes from Norway in 7 hours 16 minutes, Derek was a very credible 15th in 9 hours 30. 56 starters (47 finished). Report to follow

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Saturday 12th September – Park Runs

Brueton: 1st Oliver Paulin, Coventry Godiva H. 16:35,  1st Lady Leah Spencer, Birchfield H.21:10,  42nd Richard Clarke 21:24.

Harrogate: 1st Ian Bush, U/A 17:19,  1st Lady Sharon Hardcastle, U/A 20:46,  193rd Gloria Jackson 32:32.

Roundhay: 1st Ciaran Forde, Swim-1st Tri. 17:22,  1st Lady Sarah Graham, Morpeth H. 20:43,  80th Michael Jeffrey 24:30,  207th Sarah Jones 31:53.

Sewerby: 1st Phil Taylor, Bridlington RR 17:17,  1st Lady Myra Jones, Valley Striders 20:22,  29th Stephen Small 23:13.

Woodhouse Moor:  1st Unknown Athlete, U/A 16:24,  1st Lady Treena Johnson, Dewsbury RR 19:46,  2nd Frank Beresford 16:43,  283rd Toni Midgley 33:44.


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Thursday 10th September – 3000m Handicap & ROY

Mick returned to the handicap scene with a 30 second win ahead Graham who sprinted past most of the field on the last lap, recording the fastest time of the night.  Only minor changes at the top of the Handicap table, the top three is Tom Lynch 125.5 pts, Dominic Egan 117 & Chris Tomlinson 117, see the full handicap table here.

October’s handicap is the Colin’s Calverley Handicap on Saturday 10th.

The results below have been adjusted to take account of a few setting off a little after their scheduled time.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Mick Jeffrey 16:34 02:40 13:54 15
2 Tom Paget 17:02 05:30 11:32 14
3 Graham Lake 17:03 06:50 10:13 13
4 Steve Robinson 17:04 05:50 11:14 12
5 Andy Webster 17:04 04:30 12:34 11
6 Antonio Cardinale 17:05 00:00 17:05 10
7 Howard Jeffrey 17:05 04:50 12:15 9
8 Ian Broadbent 17:10 04:30 12:40 8
9 Christian Hosker 17:15 05:00 12:15 7
10 Chris Tomlinson 17:28 04:10 13:18 6
11 Eriks Zvaigzne 17:28 03:40 13:48 5
12 Dominic Egan 17:32 03:30 14:02 4
13 Adam Paget 17:34 01:40 15:54 3
14 Charlotte Tomlinson 17:36 02:50 14:46 2


Sunday 6th September: Middlesborough Tees Pride 10k

Report from Jamil

Zack, Nicky and I decided to venture up to the north east for this well attended 10k. The course is slightly undulating but with the potential to run a fast time. Zack and I both recorded our fastest 10k times of the year, indeed for Zack it was his 2nd fastest time ever over the distance. Nicky ran well too as she prepares for her first half marathon in two weeks. The event was certainly a jolly affair with a live rock band and various musicians dotted along the course. I certainly recommend the event if not for the race but to witness the longest row of portaloos I have ever seen. One was spoilt for choice.

1st Tadele Mulugeta 30.36
4th Jamil Parapia 31.37
7th Alyson Dixon 32.17 (1st female)
14th Zack Whitehead 33.13
434 Nicola Lee 46.23 (11th FV35)

In total there were over 2000 runners.


Sunday 6th September: wetherby 10k

Report from Andy Webster:

Probably best I preentered this race as was feeling particularly tired after only 2 hours sleep following a busy night shift in LGI.

Felt good for two miles but then quickly tired. It was a good course of road and trial and the weather was warm and sunny. Ended up finishing in 46:22 which post nights was not to bad.

The winner was Mike Burrett Leeds City 31:55
I finished 160 in chip time of 46:22 Philip Robinson ran in 50:01 finishing 258, Billy Rayner 53:02 in 331 and Gloria Jackson in 1:07:04 in 637.

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Sunday 6th September: Wissey half marathon

Report from Mark Hall:
Wissey half marathon (incorporating British Veterans half marathon championships)
300 starters
Winner Phil Sanders Kent ac 1.11.28
My time 1.17.26
10th overall

A couple of months ago I started to think about this event and as it approached it motivated me to train harder. After a long period of injury I needed a focus and despite lacking race fitness the old diesel engine was still turning over even if there is the odd misfire.

I drove the 160 miles to the event, south of Kings Lynn on the day, not the best preparation but circumstances dictated that I could do no different.

I had previously won the British half champs in 2011 as a V50 and finished 3rd behind a certain Paul Evans(2x Chacago marathon winner) in 2003. I finished 3rd in the 5k British vets champs this year despite injury, so knew I had a good chance at the longer distance.

The course was said to be flat but was undulating with a mile long climb at 8 mile, conditions were very good. I managed to hang on to a small group that pulled me to the finish.

I finished 10th overall in the race. setting a 2015 UK best for V55 by a minute, which also gave me a British championship at V55 half marathon.


Sunday 6th September: Hatters half marathon

Report from Ian Broadbent:

I ran the Hatters Half Marathon today that started and finished at Stockport County FC. Initially a bit disappointed with 1:47:50 128/335 but didn’t particularly train for a half and it was on trails, muddy in places and often single file. However it was a pleasant run on the trans pennine trail mainly along the Mersey, I’d definitely say not a PB course.

Well marshalled and good facilities at the start and finish, a little disappointed given it was sponsored by Robinsons Ales that there was no bottle of beer at the end but otherwise a good event.

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