We’ll kick things off with the Maidenhead Easter Ten (mile), which took place on Good Friday 25 March. Derek Brown was in fine form, the first Harrier home, and in under an hour in 58.45. That also earned Derek first position in the M50 category. Not far behind him were: Michael Turney – 1.04.14 (9th M50); Nathan Taylor – 1.04.46; David Breingan – 1.10.04 and Roger Ellerby – 1.21.21.
Further afield, Joanne Murray got a PB in Newcastle – 26.36; Trevor Brawn joined son David at the Queen Elizabeth parkrun in Portsmouth – 27.19 (David finished 10th with a PB); Sam Ditty clocked 22.05 in parkrun number 10 in Bangor; Rachel and Tom Ayres both got PBs in Lowestoft (26.03 and 26.05, respectively) and Julia Aliaj – 24.55 in Clair Park, Haywards Heath.
Mairead O’Rourke won the St Alban’s event for the ladies in a speedy 18.50 (PB). Sam Meldrum clocked 34.27 in St Helens (with Lucy – 34.25). At Wycombe Rye the familiar name of Fabian Downs (representing Bangor University) topped the leaderboard in 15.46. Hannah Edwards of Chiltern Harriers clocked 25.42 (PB) and Yee-King Tham – 29.22. At Gadebridge David Saul managed 24.07. Jon Taylor was 6th in Aylesbury in 19.43 (and joined by Sarah Needleman, representing Cambridge University Hare & Hounds, winning in 21.32). Finally, in Tring Grant Whitaker was 8th in 22.41, joined by Mark Fry – 25.51 and Raphael Baker – 43.44.
Elsewhere on Saturday 26 March, the Beedells (Tom and Simon) were in action in the Cardiff Half Marathon, finishing in the enviable times of 1.10.32 and 1.12.15, respectively (comparable times to the elite runners taking part in the Half Marathon World Championships at the same event). Judging by the television coverage, the conditions can only be described as nasty.
On Bank Holiday Monday 29 March Matthew Robins finished the Hillingdon Half Marathon, hosted by Brunel University in 1.43.52. Eight club runners braved the wind and rain to take part in the Beaconsfield 5 miles trail race. Fabian Downs was 2nd in a blistering 27.40. He was joined by: David Breingan – 35.04; Daniel Buckingham – 35.52; Tim Dawson – 37.19; Sarah Needleman - 37.37; Natalie Baker – 43.26; Matt Channer (in his first race after injury) – 45.30 and Paula Walker – 55.51.
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