Celia, Rhys, Sam and Jonathan smash club records as 2017 tally hits 81

Congratulations to Celia Findlay, Rhys Rowlands, Samantha Fawcett and Jonathan Hoggett for their new club bests achieved over the weekend – with all three breaking records they had set themselves at previous events.

Indomitable marathoner Celia finished the San Sebastian marathon in a superb 3h36.49, for fifth fastest in the VF50 age group, and in the process, she broke the club VF50 marathon record by a whopping five minutes!

This is the third VF50 club marathon record that Celia has set this year – her first was in London in April (3h47.36) and the next was her 3h41.58, set in Dublin last month.

Celia is closing in on 100 career marathons, but she doesn’t limit her running to the long stuff: she’s also speedy over the shorter distances – she’s set two club records this year over 10 miles on the road and she competes for the club in cross country and other events. No wonder she was voted the D&T Road Runners “Female Runner’s Runner of the Year” at this month’s Awards Presentation.

Rhys broke his own U20 men’s record at the 5 mile distance with his time of 28.29, set at the Hatfield 5 Miler on Sunday – taking 25 seconds off his previous best set at the same race last year. Rhys finished inside the top-20 at 19th overall (out of 566 finishers) and 15th senior male – and he was also first across the line for Dacorum & Tring.

His coach, Mike Dunphy of the D&T Middle Distance Group, said that when Rhys first ran in this race three years ago his time was 30:52, which “shows just how much improvement can be made by any runner who is prepared to do the training required.  Rhys, you are a great example for the rest of the group to follow!”

Sam once again proved that she’s one of our top ladies over the shorter road distances when she posted 31.21 at Hatfield to finish fifth overall and fourth senior lady.

Sam took an astonishing 19 seconds off her time from last year’s Hatfield race, where she set the previous club record, showing that her multisport training is having a strong impact on her run times. Sam has been accumulating serious amounts of silverware in international triathlon and duathlon competitions, with her most recent result a fantastic silver medal in her age group at the 2017 World Duathlon Championships in Penticton, Canada.

Jonathan has marked his entry into the VM40 age category with a blistering new club record of 29.08 for 5 miles, also achieved on the weekend in Hatfield, where he finished 28th in the race and seventh in the very competitive VM40 age group. He was also third across the line for the club, just 39 seconds behind Rhys.

Jonathan’s time was his first club record, and an impressive one at that – he took 2.40 off the previous record, which was set in 2012. We’ll be expecting many more new club records from him!

These four records come just one week after Jack Parslow set a new club record for the men’s marathon, posting 2h30.54 in Valencia.

Well done all! Fully 30 of the 81 club records set so far in 2017 have been on the road, thanks to the Road Runners and the Middle Distance squad, and there’s still time for more before the end of the year.

Click here to see updated club records for 2017 and across all age groups and disciplines.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.