Great Bristol Run 10km - England Vest for Susan Dixon
On Sunday Susan Dixon (W55) pulled on an England vest after qualifying for an England Masters Athletics team place at this year's Great Bristol 10km. Susan joined almost 200 age-group runners who represented England Masters in a Home Nations International 10km.
The race started in the city centre and took the runners past the vibrant waterfront, before crossing onto Spike Island, through Wapping Wharf, and looping around beautiful Queen Square at the halfway point. Runners then crossed over into Redcliffe before rounding historical Castle Park on a final section through Old City, before a grandstand finish on Anchor Road.
Susan crossed the finish line in 303rd overall with a time of 41:48. Other club finisher Sally Carr (W50) clocked 46:38 in 640th place.
South of England AA Road Relays, Crystal Palace
In a smaller than usual field due to a breakaway event at Aldershot, two women’s teams from the club lined up on a mild bright day at Crystal Palace, reports Peter Hamilton. A confident Megan Marchant (17:40) took an early first leg lead but suffering the effects of a lingering cold handed over 2nd to Natasha Sinha. Keeping us in touch in strong competition, Natasha handed over 6th and rising to the challenge Holly Dixon ran the fastest leg of the day and into the medals. Then came Sabrina Sinha who with a well-judged effort steadily ran down the 91 second Belgrave lead, to put the club ahead with 250m to go and win by 10 seconds. A strong B team took 7th place (first B team) after a solid opening leg by Julie Backley with great back up from Emily Meins, Lucy Foreman and Lucy Marlow.
Natasha - Lucy M - Sabrina - Holly - Lucy F - Julie - Emily - Megan
Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge
The Eridge 10 is surely one of the best races in Kent, reports Clem Dixon, 10 miles of varied terrain in an area of lovely countryside not normally open to the public (it is owned by the Marquis of Abergavenny - apparently). And your entry fee includes a quality T-shirt, a pint of Larkins and as much cake as you can eat! Five of us took the challenge this year, if we had a quibble, it was that prizes were only awarded for first places in each category so Christian (2nd M50), Clem (2nd M60) and Christian, new member Matt and Graham (2nd male team) all missed out.
Matt - Christian - Clem - Steve- Graham
8th Christian Poulton 1:14:17
14th Matthew Durrant 1:20:43
23rd Graham Maynard 1:23:39
29th Clem Dixon 1:27:51
65th Steve Brown 1:36:44
12th Dartford Bridge 10km
It was a podium finish for Luke Ford at the 12th running of the Dartford Bridge 10km, recording a time of 36:42 for third place. Martin Hawkins (M60) 45:45 in 27th and Rose Baker (W50) 46:01 in 29th both won their respective age groups.
The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon
Greg Hills was the club's sole representative at the Folkestone half-marathon crossing the line in 15th place with a time of 1:23:32.
BMW Berlin Marathon
In the race where Eliud Kipchoge took 30 seconds of his own world record Cambridge had three runners, reports Clem Dixon, three PBs and two new entries to the sub-3 club.
1616th Ross May 2:56:17
1884th James Pitts 2:58:06
3358th Tom Coghill 3:11:03