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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 7th Feb. 2024

Cambridge Harriers Club 10 Mile Cross Country, Joydens Wood (Sat. 3rd Feb.)

Young Amelia Lawrence (pictured below right), winner of our 5 mile race earlier in the season, again left many of the club's senior men trailing in her wake as she won the 10 mile version, writes Clem Dixon, seemingly unfazed by the doubling of the distance. Her winning time of 70:40 was the second fastest by any female in the 20 years for which we have results. The women's trophy for this race has gone missing (again!) but Glynis Penny has kindly donated one of hers which has been rebadged. Glynis originally won it for a 10 mile road race, her winning time was 56:25, her PB for the distance and still the club record.

For the men Tom Brooke (pictured above left) retained his title, and the impressive trophy that goes with it, with ease in a time of 58:31, knocking over a minute off his winning time from last year; in the last 20 years only Dean Lacy has gone quicker. Second was John O'Mahony and third, new member Jamie Evans who trains with John at the track. Second and third women were Victoria Carter (Thames Valley) and Sally Kyle (CPA), second and third Cambridge women were Joanne Barber and Maria Macdonald.

Jonathan Sargent - Luke Ford - Jamie Evans

Competition for the trophy for the best combined performance over all three races was very closely fought with James Floyd just edging it over Jon Wilson.

Full results can be seen here.

RunThrough Olympic Park 10k, London (Sat. 3rd Feb.)

Emily Meins finished on the ladies podium having finished 21st overall and third women in a time of 40:10.

SEAA Senior/U20 Indoor Championships, Lee Valley (Sat. 3rd/Sun. 4th Feb.)

Compared with the Under 17’s and Under 15’s, entries from club members were fairly thin for this event, reports Mick Bond. Despite this there were some encouraging performances. Keziah Olaleye improved her PB in both the 60 hurdles (9.29s) and 400m (60.34s). Doyin Aderinto ran a season’s best of 7.67s in the senior women’s 60m but got knocked out in the heats whilst Omari Markland-Montgomery made it to the 60m semi-finals running 6.94s and then 6.96s.

Murcia Marathon & Half-Marathon, Murcia, Spain (Sun. 4th Feb.)

Four of the clubs road runners travelled to the south-eastern city of Murcia in Spain for the Murcia marathon and half-marathon. James Macdonald finished in an excellent sixth place in a time of 2:33:39 with Ben Shearer finishing a handful of places behind him in 11th with 2:36:16. These performances place them second and third respectively on the runbritain marathon rankings for 2024. Rob Shearer recorded 3:02:15 in 87th place. In the half-marathon Phil Dickins was 28th in 1:15:45.

Chichester 10km, Goodwood Motor Circuit (Sun. 4th Feb.)

The Chichester 10k is fast & flat and starts in front of the of the main grandstand of the historic Goodwood motor racing circuit and begins with a lap of the wide motor circuit. Runners then exit via the main gates for a 5km section on the surrounding country roads, returning for the final 1km sprint to the finish. This years race incorporated the British Masters 10k road championships.

Liam Carr crossed the line in 279th place and 6th U20M in a time of 39:49. Susan Dixon was 397th and 7th W55 with 42:20 and Sally Carr 571st and 12th W50 in 47:09.


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