On Saturday 17th October Cathy Staunton, finding herself in Ireland, took part in the famous 10 mile Coney Island Challenge. The race set off from the rugby club in Sligo and sees competitors run out to the island (accessible at low tide), round it and back; however, being Ireland, things started a little later than planned and there was significantly more water on the way back than on the way out! Cathy did fantastically to finish 11th lady in 1hour22.
In marathon news, Kirstie Elliot earned herself a new PB of 3.15.54 during her home race – the Leicester Marathon – on 25th October, whilst Natalie Baker took part in her first ever marathon in New York on 1st November, coming in in 4.02.55 and having thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Luke (JM11-14) and Glen Martin ran in the Chichester parkrun on Saturday 31st October, finishing in 22.04 and 23.24, respectively, and with Luke coming in in a highly respectable 14th place. Well done!
Finally, on Sunday 1st November Simon Beedell (a second-claim Chiltern runner) was victorious in the hilly Marlow Half Marathon, with a time of 01.17.00. Alistair Melville-Smith (MV40) took the prize for his age category, with a time of 01.21.55, as did Barbara Ralph (FV60) – 01.46.26. Nathan Taylor (MV40) came in in 01.21.55; Matthew Robins – 01.22.24; Michael Bailey (MV40) – 01.56.52 and David Holmes (MV60) – 02.00.26.
On to this week’s results and we begin, as per tradition, with parkrun. David and Hywel Thomas were parkrun tourists at the South Manchester event on Saturday 7th November, where David was second overall and the fastest in his age category (JM15-17) with a time of 18.23 and Hywel also managed to take the V50 title with a respectable 20.02.
Closer to home Chiltern Harriers AC had runners at Wycombe Rye and Black Park. In Black Park Matthew Robins (VM35-39) led the Harriers home in 21.11. He was joined by Matt Channer (VM35-39) in 28.19; Paula Walker (VW60-64) – 31.15 and Sue Bree (VW55-59) – 34.02. Tom Ayres (VM35-39) managed a 26.33 at Wycombe Rye; Tony Molesworth (VM70-74) – 27.11; Joanne Murray (VW40-44) – 30.51 and Yee-King Tham (VW55-59) – 30.53.
Elsewhere Sam Meldrum (M40) earned himself a PB over in the Thames Meander Half Marathon, finishing 16th with a time of 01.33.54.
Sunday 8th November saw yet more PB action, with Andy Wiseall completing the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon in 01.23.15 and earning his first ever top-10 finish in 9th place out of more than 650 finishers. Michael Turney was 2nd in the MV50 category in 01.29.00. Also taking part in the point-to-point half were: Rik Edwards (V50) – 01.57.21; David Holmes (V60) – 01.58.49 and Cathy Staunton (V50) – 02.00.00.
In Hillingdon CHAC juniors - Millie and Maddie Hughes, Katie Repper and Lucy and Katie West - all did very well at the Hillingdon Duathlon, with Millie and Katie Repper earning themselves 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, in Tristars 2.
Further afield, Neil Brown clocked a 1.30.40 half marathon time as part of team-of-two Team Panther in the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes, alongside friend Rowan Softley. The event saw the pair complete the 26.2 mile distance between Cannes and Nice in the French Rivierra, with Neil taking charge of the first leg, and then handing over to Rowan, who brought them home with a total time of 3.13.45.
And finally, much further afield, Kate Loach took part in the historic Athens Marathon on 8th November. Despite the heat, the hills and having suffered badly with cramp and dehydration, Kate did fantastically to earn herself a season’s best time of 3.38.46. She said that the experience of running into the 2004 Olympic Stadium to finish was one of the most magical of her running life and that she only regrets not having done it before! The result in Athens follows on from a PB (01.13.30) a few weeks ago at the Ricky Road Run.