Road Runners Weekend Roundup

The London 10 mile

The London 10 mile is a brand new closed road race which leads runners around the stunning countryside of Richmond Park.

On a hot and sweaty morning three D&T members took on the inaugural event with great results.

Liam Ahern was first home in a super speedy 1:09:36 followed by a new PB from Ben Stratford in 1:11:54. Next up was Rob Davies in 1:25:51.

Each runner took home a fantastic medal and goody bag plus free finishers photos!

The Shires and Spires Ultra

Another weekend and another ultra run for Jan Strachan who on this occasion acted as mentor for friend Sandra Mogan who undertook her longest run to date at the Shires and Spires which follows a 35 mile loop around Northamptonshire taking in some of the most interesting country houses and historical sites in England.

Jan, sharing her experience and knowledge, paced Sandra to her finish, narrowly missing the 8hr mark by a mere 4 minutes possibly due to some dubious map reading skills leading to some navigational mishaps.

Jan said “Glorious day, lots of blue skies and sunshine, couple of showers were a welcomed relief, pollen was high and did for my eyes, lots of rutted technical terrain, evil stiles, a few cheeky hills, a fantastic day out with stunning scenery”

Amazing effort ladies. Well done Sandra on achieving your longest run.

The Regents Park 10k

Despite yesterday’s awful events in London, Mark Worley was not deterred and boldly travelled into London to take part in the Regents Park 10k. Before the start, all runners observed a minute’s silence in memory of the lives lost last night in the attacks.

This run takes place in the confines of one of London’s most iconic and popular parks in the heart of the Capital. This is race number 3 in a series of 6 with runs in July, August and September left to run.

http://www.regentsparkraces.org/index.htm.

Mark finished in 57:48 and said “conditions were good, if a little warm. The course was narrow and congested which held me up at some points. Although I didn’t get a PB, I’m sure I’ll be back another time to try beating my time!”

Well done Mark for refusing to allow the senseless events in London prevent you attending your 10k. Not every run can be a PB. We hope you enjoyed the race and we have no doubt you will better the time at another 10k.

The MK Sprint Triathlon

Chris Kitchener took a short trip up the M1 this morning to take part in the MK Sprint Triathlon. The rural setting of Emberton Country Park was the venue with the organisers utilising one of the on site lakes for the swim and the attractive grounds for the run. Chris finished the 750 metre swim in 15:41, the 20km road cycle in 39:45 and the 5km run in 22:59. With transitions his finishing time was 1:21:41 which put him fourth in the M45-49 age group and 20th male finisher.

70.3 Middle Triathlon

D&T roadrunner Rich Belsey has been entering sprint triathlons for the last few years and been making positive progress with his times. On Sunday he upped the ante and tested himself at the “middle” distance also known as a 70.3 due to the total mileage covered by finishers. The distance is made up of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle and a half marathon to finish.

He chose to make his 70.3 debut in the historic city of Chester in the aptly name Deva Triathlon. Rich had a pre race target of finishing within 6 and a half hours but on the day he blew the game plan apart and crossed the finish in a very impressive 5:45:05. His splits were 41:15 for the swim, a 2:47:14 bike and a run of 2:13:11. It is said there is no gain without pain and that was certainly the case for Rich. He took a tumble 2km into the run, as well as grazing his shoulder he managed to dislocate some fingers. Conscious of wasting the minimum amount of time he manipulated his fingers back into the correct position and soldiered on to the finish where he received professional medical attention.

Wolf Run

D&T thrill seeker Kate Crossland went travelling again this weekend in search of some muddy excitement . On Saturday she was in the Midlands to take on her sixth Wolf Run. This is an obstacle course race ran over 10km and features hazards such as The Quagmire (a giant mud pit), some lakes to swim across, multiple walls to scale and crawl under as well as the old classic Monkey Bars which Kate was especially pleased to get across. To tie in with the race title Kate wore her wolf hat which attracted banter and hi fives from the friendly team of marshals.

She completed the course in a fine 1 hour 22 minutes which is her fastest time yet.

Parkrun

It was another hot and sweaty parkrun this weekend, but despite, injury, illness and the odd hangover Dacorum & Tring runners still flocked in their droves to their local events.
At Gadebridge Phill Oddy was the first member home and second overall in 18:55 followed by Jamie Saunders in 21:03, Ben Stratford (21:38) and a new PB from Timothy Fryer in 21:39.
Michael Lamb scored a 22:35 on his 251st parkrun with Toby Evans (23:06), Patrick Mostyn (24:01) a new PB from Giles Leather in 24:03, Celia Findlay (24:09), Hiedi Greaves (24:41) and Ken Perry (26:00).
Mustafa Readdie was up next in 26:12 closely followed by Gwen mostyn in 26:43 and Matthew Warner in 27:59 with Angela Aikmen (29:07). Emma Edmunds-Fahey scored a new PB of 29:08 with Gemma Mosely (29:32), Dennis Chemweno (29:55), Kirsty Russell (34:53) and Lorraine Ellis (38:31).

Over in Aylesbury Jamie Marlow was second overall in 17:26 with Richard Slack in 21:08, Danny Wells (23:30), Matthew David Stears (23:50) and Louise Flower (24:15). Erica Klein smashed her PB in 24:35 paced by Simon Evans in 24:36 with Michelle Ashwell in 27:20.

In Tring, John Hopper crossed the line in 22:40 followed by Kate Bailey (25:20) a new PB from Andrew Guilder (26:39), Patrick Ashton (27:39) and Kate and Louisa Hopper running together in 37:58 and 37:59 respectively.

Kate Rennie raced over the finish line as second overall and first lady at Cassiobury in a fantastic new PB 17:58 followed by Duncan Hamilton in 23:46, Katy Wolstencroft (25:26), Luke Mahoney (25:50), Rachel Hamilton (29:02) and Esther Hamilton (36:31).

In South Oxhey, Tim Churchill was our sole finisher in 25:30, whilst at Black Park Alan Grover crossed the line in 30:00 and at Rickmansworth John Stevens raced to a 23:40 finish.

Janice Briggs and John Cooper took on St Albans finishing in 25:36 and 26:06 respectively.

Rasmi Nanda (24:43) was at highbury Fields, whilst Michael Turner (19:51) was at Wycombe Rye and Annette Howard (32:12) headed to Stevenage. Anya Higgens (29:46) was at Ormeau, Louise Tainsh (30:23) headed to Seaton (30:23). Chris Kitchener was at Ellenbrook Fields (21:33) and in Allison Kaye (24:40) took on Aldenham.

 

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