St Albans 5K & half marathon
On a sweltering Sunday morning, D&T members headed to St Albans to tackle the 5K or half marathon events on what is renowned as being one of the hottest days of the year. So much so, every competitor receives an ice lolly for their efforts.
In the 5k, Tom Mack led the team home in 21:46 followed by Mustafa Readdie, Casper Du Buisson, Mark Worley and Annette Howard.
In the half marathon Kate Rennie (pictured above) stormed around to finish as second lady in 1:23:51 followed by Adrian Eeles in 1:36:15. Ben Stratford continued his good form to finish in 1:38:31 with Kelly Du Buisson, Kerry Ardley, Celia Findlay and Michael Lamb in pursuit.
Rasmi Nanda was closely followed by Richard Stevens, Ruth Eykelbosch, John Stevens and Janice Briggs with Julie Reagan, Simon Harris, Gary Sturdy and Rob Lewis close behind.
Malcolm Sargeant, Denise Burford, Jules Robinson and Sophie Routledge also battled the heat whilst Esther Hamilton took on her first race for while.
Danny Wells, Luke Waller and Louise Flower ran together and even stopped to help a fellow runner who was suffering in the heat whilst Charlotte Ashton ran with colleagues from work.
Heyford Park Airbase Races
Set in the beautiful Cherwell Valley countryside, Purple Patch Running Heyford Park Airbase Races offer three distances that utilise the base’s runway, RAF taxiway & NATO taxiway and are therefore pancake flat, traffic-free and pretty much PB guaranteed!
Three of D&T’s finest males were enticed by the offer of a fast, flat course and all placed in the top ten of their chosen distance.
Jamie Marlow and Chris Marriott took on the 10k as part of the series they are racing in, this being race 2 of 5. Jamie finished as second overall in 37:03.6 and Chris Marriott finished in sixth place overall in 39:26.7. Phil Oddy raced the half-marathon and finished in ninth place overall in 1:23:42.
Runstock is an annual family-friendly running festival organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports. The course is a 5k lap which includes various obstacles (eg. a water slide, monkey bars, a water crossing (reminiscent of Total Wipeout!), a ‘stunt jump’ from a platform onto an air cushion), and at the end of each lap you’re awarded a wrist band which reflects the distance run. Kate Crossland upgraded to the 50km challenge, meaning a separate pit stop between laps, an ultra vest to wear during the event, and a special mention and photograph in the post-event award ceremony for successful 50k finishes. This was her first ultramarathon, and being a runner that loves cold temperatures, the warm weather made it harder work, and meant that adequate hydration was essential. In order to complete the distance, it was necessary to complete 10 laps of the course. This tested mental as well as physical strength, as she found it was easy to forget which lap was being run; although it was advantageous knowing the course and being able to pace accordingly.
The course opened at 10am, closing at 6pm, and runners were free to run as many laps as possible in that time. Kate finished her 10th lap in 7 hours, and wasn’t tempted to go back for more!
It was another bumper week for D&T at parkrun with 49 members showing up across 12 locations. Gadebridge had the most with 18 taking part and JJ and Karen Wishart volunteering. Phil Oddy was first home in third position with Chris Marriott, Jamie Saunders and Jack Raine filling the next 3 positions. Grace Birdseye was first female finisher overall with Keith Wishart, David Stears and Jonathon Edwards being D&Ts next finishers. Also running were Gwen Mostyn, Antony Raine, John Stevens, Victoria Thornley, Claire Copperwhite , Patrick Mostyn, Amy Wilson, Caroline Warner, Kirsty Russell and Matthew Warner.
St Albans had the next highest club showing with 7 members taking part. Rhys Rowlands was first overall, also running there were Tom Mack, Rob Davies, Jim Mason, John Cooper, Rebecca White and Louise Flower.
There were 6 members at Tring where Samuel Fielding was first overall. Michael Turner, John Hopper, Rob Salt, Louisa Hopper and Alan Grover also ran. At Cassiobury we also had 6 runners, Bridie Macdonald finished as second placed lady. Duncan Hamilton, Tim Coysh, Katy Wolstencroft, Rachel Hamilton and Helen Reardon were running too.
Danny Wells, Erica Klein and Annette Howard were at Aldenham. Michael Lamb and Simon Evans made the trip to Black Park . Giles Leather was at Oxford and Rasmi Nanda ran at Dulwich. Mike Carpenter and Gemma Moseley took part at Northampton, Timothy Fryer ran at Aylesbury. Claire Hallissey was first female finisher at Wycombe Rye and Ben Stratford made his first visit to South Oxhey where Michelle Ashwell was volunteering.