With the winter season now firmly behind us, and the clocks going forward allowing for lighter nights, marathon season really kicks into gear.
Lots of hard work has been put in over the dark, cold winter nights with hundreds of miles clocked up in preparation for the many marathon races of the 2019 season. So as Manchester marathon weekend arrived, our Telford Harriers were ready to take on what the streets of Manchester had to offer!
Asics Greater Manchester Marathon
The ASICS Manchester Marathon is one of the UK’s premier running events, famous for its fast, flat and friendly route.
The amended route takes a three-mile loop into the city centre, showcasing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Manchester Opera House, Spinningfields, Albert Memorial Hall and The Midland Hotel amongst many others.
Roads were completely closed, allowing the estimated 25,000 runners to safely take part, and thousands more to gather in the city centre to watch and support.
The race started under the White City Arch, with the world-famous backdrop of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, and continued to offer its popular finish running past Trafford Town Hall and Lancashire Cricket Club.
Harriers had a number of runners competing in this race, including Robbie Chebsey who was running his first marathon, all looking to better their marathon PBs. Results as follows:
5995th - Kerry Tostevin - 03:57:56
6882nd - Gus Earlandson - 04:08:18 - New marathon PB
7625th - Paul Ruscoe - 04:12:11 - New marathon PB
9637th - Robin Chebsey - 04:27:34 - 1st marathon, new marathon PB
12731st - Darren Fawke - 05:42:54 - New matarhon PB
Starting and finishing at Sir John Talbot’s School, the Whitchurch 10k road race course is mainly flat but organisers have incorporated some short, challenging hills just to keep runners a little challenged!
The race is confined to roads within the boundaries of the historic Market Town. The Town centre, with its half-timbered buildings, bustling pubs and the imposing Georgian Grade 1 listed St Alkmund’s Church forms part of the course, where residents of the Town and visitors alike, usually congregate to shout, cheer and encourage all runners.
We had a small number of runners attending this race with results as follows:
4th - Dean Aston - 34:24 - 2nd in age category and new 10k PB
32nd - Victor Bennett - 40:57 - 2nd in age category
276th - Kelly Mackay - 52:16 - New 10k PB
750th - Cynthia Lewis - 1:07:44
Cathedral to Castle
The Cathedral to Castle 10 Mile Multi Terrain Run – or ‘Cathedral to Castle’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the most exciting urban and country road events in the UK. It is also aiming to be the largest charity fundraising running event in the Staffordshire region.
The course itself is fast and relatively flat making it suitable for all abilities – for beginners whose key objective is to complete the course, to more regular long-distance event runners, looking to beat their personal best time. It covers a 10 mile course from Lichfield Cathedral, passing through Hopwas Woods and finishing at Tamworth Castle where you’ll be greeted by an action-packed family fun day across the Castle Grounds.
Our runners came home with the following results:
143rd - Gemma Chilton - 1:19:34 - New 10mile PB
144th - Angela Vinall - 1:19:40 4th in age category, new 10mile PB
889th - Marie Mason - 2:02:00
In another busy racing weekend, everything kicked off with the regular Saturday morning Parkrun, always a firm favourite with Telford Harriers.
We had a few runners take part in Telford Parkrun, with results as follows:
Karen Mann - 41:37 - new 5k PB
Marie Ruscoe - 46:30 - new 5k PB
And so ends another great weekends racing, see you all next week.