Where to start? Perhaps what was missed? Athletics Weekly reveals that Sam Taberner won the Barnstaple marathon in 2.42.32 on 28th September 2017, Tracy Allan was first lady and W55 at the Burnham on Sea 5K in 21.32 on 5th October 2017 and Matt Battensby finished second in the Marshfield Mudlark 11K in 44.01 on 8th October 2017. Also missed were Andrew Drake’s 81.21 Birmingham Half-Marathon and John Rooney’s 2.44.58 Chester Marathon.
European Cani-Cross Championship Italy
Pride of place must go to the club’s newly crowned European Champion, Ben Robinson and canine assistant Blake. Ben and Blake were first by some 16 seconds in 17.11. Matt Robinson was affected by illness but still came eighth in a highly competitive Masters race. The father and son combination of Matt and Ben plus a junior combined on the last day to bring the GB team home in fifth place. See club Facebook page for the podium view!
Sunday 15th October 2017 – Great Exeter half marathon
It was a double first for the club with Tom Merson taking the Men’s race in 69.39, on what is reputed to be a slow course and Annabel Granger winning the ladies race in 83.13. Berihu Hadera was eighth in 74.24.
Ellen Harrison was eleventh lady in 1.29.11. Ellen reckons she set off a bit too fast and the legs came off a bit in the last few miles.
This is a course where Luke Evans holds the course record, but Dave Hart coached Henry Cochrane wasn’t too far off Luke’s record. In a very close finish Henry finished second in 33.32, with younger brother Billy fourth in 34.55. If there was a team prize the ladies would have won it. Rhian Jinny-Jones was first lady in 39.34, Naomi Aylwin third lady in 41.09 and Meriel Bergin eleventh lady and second W35 in 44.49.
Mendip Pursuit Multi-Terrain
Greg Chance took second place and was seen clutching an outsize trophy on Facebook
Gloucester League Blackbridge – Saturday 14th October 2017
Robbie Stewart elected to have a go at the Gloucester League and finished fifteenth in the Senior Men’s race. Robbie reported a friendly atmosphere and the evidence of him taking an early lead is on Facebook.
Gwent League X-Country Llandaff Fields Cardiff
This event was run in conjunction with the British Cross-Country Challenge and there was a real buzz about the event. The club was well represented with 26 ladies and 22 men competing and it turned out to be rather a good day for the club.
For the ladies, the A team was second behind a very strong Swansea contingent and the B, C, D and E teams were all first in their divisions. The W35 team were second, W45 first and the W55 third! First home for the Club was Natalie Griffiths who ran a blinder to finish, looking strong and remarkably relaxed in the circumstances in ninth position. Natalie was followed by Mel Newberry (11th) running as an individual in club colours and Catie O’Donoghue (29th) making her debut for the club. Julia Belyavin, Imogen Peck, Sarah Everett, Daisy Mummery and Clare Jolliffe ran together throughout the race providing a formidable quintet and packed in 31, 32, 34, 35 and 36 with Anna Duran Mingo in close pursuit. Sarah Everitt and Clare Jolliffe were second and third in the W45 category. Next up were Molly Chilton (54), Laura Pankhurst (63), Tracy Allan (64) and first W55 (!), Emma Jolliffe (88), Rosey Mushens (102), Fleur Cockley (106), Nicola Oldroyd (112), Antonia Gooder (121), Helen Clarke (148) Alison Hurford (161, 8th W55), Lesley Evans (173), Mel Moss (179), Henrietta Anstey (185), Christine Burren (193), Liz Wilmot (216), Carol Kiethkuth (242). There were 323 finishers. M65 men run with the ladies and Tom Burgess finished a creditable fourth.
Not to be outdone by the ladies, the men finished first A, B and C teams and second D, first M35 team, fourth M45 team and second M55 team. The star performer was Jarlath McKenna. In what must rank as one of his best races ever, Jarlath moved through the field to finish seventh overall in the British Cross-Challenge and third in the Gwent League only 25seconds behind Cheltenham International Graham Rush. Steve Mitchell, much to the team mangers delight, turned up on the day and despite his well known aversion to the discipline finished ninth. Maciej Bialogonski, building on his success on the road, was thirteenth and Owain Jones, overcame injury and a paucity of training to finish 16th. Gary Standinger was the all important fifth finisher for the A team in an excellent thirty-seventh. They were followed by Ciaran McQuade (66) who got rather boxed in at the start, Paul Jefferson (77), Andy Molloy (82) Dan Schofield (91) and Tom Watkins (105) all of whom put in strong runs. Next up were Bill Hull (116 & 12th M45), Brad Pontin (118), Jon Bennett (126), Mark Taylor (132), Dave Bedwell with another amazing run for a 64 year old (138 and sixth M55), Michael Chandler (168), making his debut for the club, then our star M55/60 squad of Mark Scrutton( 186) Jon Goodland (198) and Pete Mountain (206) who were 9th, 12th and 13th in the M55 category. Finally Steve Grant was 311st and Hans-Peter Kiekuth 424. There were 442 finishers.
Photos of the ladies race were provided by Maciej Bialogonski Strides Photography and the men’s race by Hayley Bennett and are on the club Facebook page.