Road Running Update - An 'ultra' busy few weeks
Updated: Jun 5
The last few weeks have seen a multitude of races taking place across a mix of terrain and distances. The road runners have shown their depth and quality across distances from 5km to 100km, with personal bests, overall wins and age category wins shared out among the various races.
Mark Penny - Double Winner
Mark has been busy racing over the last few weeks. He raced at the Betteshanger 5 mile on Sunday 16th May where he came 4th overall and the 1st Veteran clocking in at 29:32. Then on Sunday 23rd May Mark opted for a muddy, hilly ‘Tough Runner’ race and won it with a time of 51:03. Great effort all round.
Battersea Park – Run Through 5km (Thu. 27th May)
A warm evening saw Danny Easton (1st M35) run a personal best in 17:34 and Clinton Lowe clocking 17:52, also a PB lowering his previous best time by almost a minute. Battersea Park continues to deliver, coupled with the hard efforts recently at the track it is no surprise these results are coming through.
Battersea Park Friday Night Under the Lights 5km (Fri. 28th May)
Lewis Baker clocked a very impressive 16:07 at a busy Battersea Park on Friday evening. Lewis was the only Cambridge Harrier to run on this occasion and is steadily creeping closer to a sub-16-minute time.
James Macdonald - 100km Ultra Marathon London2Brighton (Sat. 29th May)
Although James has been known to run casually to Brighton as part of a typical long run, he decided to put his stamina and mental strength to the ultimate test by entering the London2Brighton 100km race. Most of us would find cycling this distance a reasonable effort. James managed to win the race in a time of 9 hours 50 minutes. The race covered road, trails, mud and some serious climbing. A well-deserved win and perhaps more to come in these types of races from James.
Folkestone 10km (Sun. 30th May)
Nine Cambridge Harriers made the trip to Folkestone for the popular, flat, coastal race. An inevitable coastal headwind made it a little tough heading out but allowed them to gain some added speed on the way back home. With such a good Cambridge turnout, it is likely this race will become one of the road running nominated races in future. Some outstanding results in various age category positions to note; Holly Dixon was the first female home, Dominic Fiore finished 3rd in his V45 category. An equally great performance from Sally Carr in 2nd place for her age category.
18. Holly Dixon (SENW) 34:49; 32. Dom Fiore (M45) 37:03; 33. Luke Ford (SENM) 37:04; 47. Mark Penny (M35) 38:33; 118. Hayley Newman (SENW) 44:11; 182. Sally Carr (W50) 48:00, 209. Paul Ford (M50) 49:05; 334. Angela Ford (W50) 54:45; 350. Alice Bodie (SENW) 55:25.