Road Runners Weekend Roundup

(pictured above, Adrian Eeles at the Bath Running Festival)

Ride London

Everyone knows David Stears as an avid marathoner, a man who resembles the Duracell Bunny with a never-ending supply of energy and who never stops running. Today though David showed he had other sporting attributes and took to 2 wheels to take part in Prudential Ride London. Ride London comprises a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.

David, taking part in his first ever organised cycling event, completed the route in 2:22 and said he “loved it”. He loved less the 6hr commute home due to some shambolic organisation with regards to transport and will no doubt sleep well tonight after his long day out!

Enigma Planes Marathon

Simon Evans showed a courageous display of determination and perseverance to earn himself his marathon finish at the Enigma Planes Marathon at Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes yesterday. This small field of just 50 marathoners and 30 half marathoners entails 7.5 scenic laps of the lake.

Simon has experienced some health issues this year which foiled his earlier marathon attempt in April and despite yesterday’s race not being plain sailing, Simon dug deep, refused to give in and was rewarded with his marathon finish showing he has the mental and physical strength to overcome adversity.

Amazing display of tenacity and sheer stubbornness Simon! Welcome to the Marathon Club.

Bath Running Festival

Sunday’s Bath Running Festival included a long half trail marathon – long meaning almost 26K, including 3 significant hills which account for the bulk of the 1215ft of climb.

D&T were ably represented by Adrian Eeles, Simon Evans and Rebecca White.

Despite the rain and inevitably slippy conditions, Adrian finished in an impressive 2.22.55 which is a PB on last year’s time. This was the third and final race for Adrian in the Mini Beast of Bath challenge. The challenge began with a 5k in Jan followed by a 10k in May, Adrian was rewarded with an etched glass block trophy to mark the achievement.

Simon and Bex ran together and reported beautiful countryside, amazing marshalling, the best water / food stops.

parkrun

This weekend saw 46 Dacorum & Tring runners at 14 different locations running 11 PBs.

Being the last Saturday of the month saw Gadebridge parkrun being run in reverse. Mike Carpenter was the first member home and first overall in (18:38). Lewis Jones made his parkrun debut and came in second overall in (19:08). Chris Marriott was next in for the club in (19:48), Bruce Milligan in (22:31), Michael Irvine (23:26), Patrick Mostyn (24:31), Toby Evans (25:09). First female in from the club was Gwen Mostyn (25:42), closely followed by Heidi Greaves (25:43), then Ken Perry in (26:12), Antony Raine (27:05), Andrew Guilder (27:38), Matthew Warner (27:47), John Cooper in a new PB of (27:52), Kate Crossland (29:29), Clare Hunt taking on Gadebridge for the first time in (29:32) and Caroline Warner (44:27).

Over in Cassiobury and first home from the club in a new overall PB was Thomas Mack in (20:17) with Luke Waller on his tail in another overall PB of (20:56) and running sub 21 for the first time. Followed by Louise Flower (24:14) and Esther Hamilton tail walking in (54:39).

St Albans saw six members with Ben Stratford finishing in (20:50) closely followed by Andy Wass in a PB of (20:54), Mustafa Readdie in an overall PB of (23:23). Janice Briggs (24:30), Karen Wass (25:43) and Annette Howard in (43:01).

In scenic Tring there were two members of Dacorum & Tring with Patrick Ashton finishing in (21:54) and Danny Wells in (39:22). Whilst at South Oxhey, Matthew David Stears ran a new PB of (24:32), Victoria Thornley (27:36) and Kirsty Russell also with a new PB of (28:25).

Sandridge in St Albans saw the inaugural Heartwood Forest Parkrun take place. Rhys Rowlands was third overall in (17:49), Robert Davies (24:15) and Jim Mason in (25:27).

With lots of tourism saw the following. Taking on Luton Wardown was Richard Slack finishing in (20:42). Warrington parkrun saw John Hopper in a new PB of (21:57), Daniel Hopper (27:55). Kate Hopper (29:11) followed by Louisa Hopper in (29:12) both achieving PBs. Keeping up his continued tourism in Westmill parkrun was Rasmi Nanda (41:13). Wanstead Flats parkrun saw Michael Lamb in (21:54). Canons Park saw Timothy Churchill in (33:29). Lowestoft was taken on by Gareth Clark in (21:10).

The two furthest afield at Bushy Dublin parkrun in Ireland was Niamh Morrin in a PB of (21:29) while up in Scotland at Ganavan Sands Rebecca White ran (32:27)

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