Following a few quiet weekends for racing it was back to normal for our runners this weekend with the green and gold showing up at a number of races across the UK, and further a field!!
Organised by Lawley Running Club, the Beckbury Trail is a 5.6 Mile circuit that starts in Beckbury and incorporates part of the old Badger Bite route. The majority of it is on trail paths apart from one short road section for around 300 meters.
A firm favourite with local running clubs, Harriers were well represented and the weather was just right for the race.
Kicking off at 11am, the route takes runners on a figure of 8 route to cover the 5.6 miles and is always a testing run for season runners as well as beginners.
First Harrier home was James Wilson in36th place with a time of 43:47, with Andy Buckle not too far behind in 64th and a time of 47:37.
First lady Harrier over the finish line was Naomi Ashmore who came home in 125th and a time of 56:08.
Our other runners finished as follows:
Phil Shieber - 57:08
Mark Rogers - 56:49
Darren Fawke - 1:02.53
Jo Weaver - 1:03.40
Sonia Edmonds - 1:05.55
Tania Willoughby - 1:08.00
Kelly Davies - 1:12.21
Jenny Robinson - 1:14.22
Faye Shieber: 1:22.00
Fern Millard - 1:22.45
Marie Ruscoe - 1:46.00
Photos courtesy (click links for full gallery):
Wayne Felton (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159274292@N07/albums/72157703761936275)
Windsor & Eton Half Marathon
Known as one of the most flattest courses on the race calendar, The Windsor & Eton half marathon race takes place on very flat, smooth tarmac roads and paths - completely traffic free, comprising of 4.5 loops of scenic Dorney Lake. Chip timing will be in operation for accurate splits and finish times.
Richard Palmer was our sole entrant in this race, with the add on of the Windsor & Eton 5k as an added extra.
Richard performed amazingly well, smashing his half marathon PB time by over 7 mins and recording a new personal best of 1:42.43.
To complete the weekend, Richard went on to race in the 5k event and secured 3rd overall with a time of 20:40 and the 3rd placed trophy.
Some amazing running by Richard and did a great job representing the green and gold of Telford Harriers.
Philadelphia Marathon & 8k Race
In Philadelphia, they redefine the experience of what a marathon should be. A beautiful, fast, flat and scenic course, an engaging atmosphere—it’s no wonder the Philadelphia marathon is consistently listed among the top ten marathons in the USA, recognised for its flat terrain, mellow weather and spirited fans.
Veteran Marathon runner, Art Zammit made the trip to the US to take part in this amazing marathon and also the 8k race the day before.
After completing the marathon Art said:
"Philadelphia marathon completed in 5.26. Absolutely loved it and a new PB for getting emotional, as early as 1 mile!"
"words can't justify how awesome Philly marathon is... crowds.. bands.. music.. beer... spent the whole race looking around as it felt like a street party. Supporters wanting to hug you.. run and encourage you.. waving some awesome signs which I broke out laughing at some... I could go on forever... but wow...and the bling.. or should I say blings!! If you complete the 8km and marathon it's the independence challenge and the bells do ring !!"
"Last but not least the organisation.. I had VIP access and felt so welcome...
YO HARRIERS..I DID IT"
Another amazing run from Art and is getting ever closer to his 200th marathon!!
Fast becoming a race weekend regular, we had a number of runners attending Parkrun to race the 5k course and keep the legs moving.
Sam McLelland had an amazing run at Telford Parkrun and managed to secure a PB by coming home in 24:31 which gave her 12th female and a 3rd finish in her age category.
after an amazing effort at the Snowdon Marathon just 3 weeks ago Lou Bromley got back into racing by running at Telford Parkrun also. Despite heavy legs, Lou still managed to set a course PB and come home in 25:02 and 15th female.
And there ends another fantastic weekend of running.