A busy weekend for Telford Harriers saw our runners put in a bit of Parkrun tourist at Isabel Trail, take part in a duathlon and make an appearance at London Marathon.
Virgin London Marathon.
London Marathon weekend is always a special one, not just for runners but for the millions of spectators all around the world watching it on TV or on route along the streets of London. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since and is part of the Abbot World Marathon Majors!
This year we had 2 of our Harriers taking part in this iconic race, Hannah and Joanne, both running for charity and raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and Mind, respectively. After months of training, both runners picked up their race packs and prepared for the journey ahead knowing all their hard work would get them through the 26.2 miles of London streets.
Anyone who has ran a marathon knows what a tough test it is, both physically and mentally. Both our ladies did amazingly well, recording the following results
Joanne Laura Oliver: 05:11:41
Overall Place: 32,433
Category Place: 2,020
Hannah Bandy: 05:25.55 Overall Place: 35,163 Gender Place:13,200 Category Place: 6,940
A huge well done to Hannah and Joanne.
Isabel Trail Parkrun
With Telford Parkrun being cancelled, a host of Harriers opted to make the 40 mins drive to Stafford to take part in the Isabel Trail Parkrun.
Noted for its fast, flat terrain, this was an idea race to set a 5k PB with many heading out with this in mind. Despite the weather not being great, 18 Harriers made the trip over to turn the race green and gold as well as a number of supporters to shout our guys home.
Marshalling from the Isabel Trail team was brilliant and the race was a friendly and fun Parkrun to be involved in. Our runners came home as follows:
10th - Victor Bennett - 19:47
14th - Steve Walker - 20:14
16th - James Wilson - 20:26
26th - Gus Erlandson - 22:10 - Placed 1st in age category
31st - Nicola Atkins - 22:38 - Placed 1st female overall
33rd - Paul Ruscoe - 22:46
36th - Matt Giles - 22:58
45th - Rob Friel - 24:08
46th - Kelly Mackay - 24:12 - New 5k PB
49th - James Vidler - 24:25
54th - Phil Shieber - 25:05 - New 5k PB
98th - Kim Chatfield - 27:42
111th - Tracy Magoo - 29:03 - New 5k PB
113th - Sonia Edmonds - 29:08
121st - Natalie Vidler - 29:35
138th - Faye Shieber - 32:58
159th - Lisa Butler - 36:12
191st - Marie Ruscoe - 46:51
Storm The Castle Duathlon
This is a challenging duathlon set in Ludlow, Shropshire. The event distances of 10km run / 33km bike / 5km run finishing inside the grounds of Ludlow Castle will be a real treat.
We had 3 athletes taking part in this race, Jon Edmonds, Rich Palmer and Caroline Rigby, all looking forward to this tough event.
The run is approximately a 5km loop. It is a tough and hilly run including sections of road and off road terrain.
RUN 1 The first kilometre of the run is flat but soon changes as you enter Whitcliffe Common, and the ‘Lactic Ladder’, a near vertical set of steps that tested the strongest of runners.
Continuing around the common and across a viewing area giving the most incredible views of Ludlow, before descending off the Common, along The Breadwalk and back into Ludlow running around the castle walls before starting lap 2.
Bike Course From the first run, athletes turn to the challenging 33km bike section. With enough undulation to rival the hardest bike courses in the UK, this course includes approximately 500m of elevation and takes you on a route from Shropshire, into Herefordshire and back into Shropshire to finish back at transition.
RUN 2 The second run slightly differs to Run1. After crossing DInham Bridge for the first time, you turn left into the Whitcliffe area and head up the Lactic Ladder. They then complete the circuit of Whitcliffe Common again, but head immediately back up the Lactic Ladder for a final time. After completing this circuit, you then turn right to re-cross Dinham Bridge, and circumnavigate the castle, before turning into the Castle to finish.
In a very tough race, our athletes came home as follows:
195th - Jon Edmonds - 2:45:59 209th - Rich Palmer - 2:48:04
273rd - Caroline Rigby - 3:05:27
Endurancelife Pembrokeshire Ultra / Marathon / Half / 10k
As Britain's only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves, expansive sandy bays, picturesque coastal village and its abundance of marine life. The coastal trails here are wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views.
Saturday saw the staging of the Ultra Marathon (35.1miles), marathon (27.7 miles), half marathon (15.1 miles) and 10k (7.4 mile) races. The course is challenging but the views presented to you around each corner make this a beautiful course that must be experienced.
Naomi Ashmore was taking part in this half marathon event, which commanded an elevation of 1037meters over the distance and was sure to be a beautiful, yet testing, race for our runner.
Naomi managed to complete the race in 3:03:11 coming home in 155th position.
And so end another fantastic weekend of racing. Keep your eyes out for the next bumper weekend of Harriers runners race report!