April heralded the start of the popular Sexarathon series of races put on each year by Telford Athletics Club. The series of races are spread over 6 midweek events from April to September, varying in distances from 5k to 5mile and are incredibly popular with local running clubs.
First race up was the Lilleshall 5miler, known as probably the most technical race in the calendar. Not because of the distance, but because the route is challenging and requires some careful planning by runners taking into account the long uphill section near the end.
The race starts by the football fields at the rear of Lilleshall Sports Centre, taking runners up a slight incline before running past the sports therapy units. From there the route hits the long driveway taking runners away from the centre.
With the first few miles being pretty much downhill, many runners took advantage of the downward elevation to clock some good times.
After turning right on Pitchfork Lane, there is a short undulating loop which brings runners out on the main road. After a small section running adjacent to the road, runners take a sharp left onto the driveway road leading back to the centre.
What goes down, must come up! And this race is well know for the 1.8 miles of hard up hill slog back to the centre before a short section to the finish line where the race began.
Due to its popularity, the series of races were sold out several weeks ago and there was a huge turnout from the green and gold of Telford Harriers. A total of 58 runners turned up at Lilleshall to take on this race, which was the longest of the series and boasted a total of 438 runners completing the course.
As the gun sounded at 7pm, we had a good contingent of Harriers in the lead pack. Dean Aston, Michael Smith, Chris Doran and Victor Bennett led the charge for the men with Hannah Creamer, Lucy Maloney, Gemma Chilton and Nicola Atkins looking to stride ahead in the ladies categories.
As the race unfolded, Dean Aston kept the pressure on the lead runners and managed to secure a top 10 finish coming home in 9th position overall and as first male Harrier in a time of 27:39. Michael Smith followed closely behind to secure 15th place and 2nd Harrier home in a time of 28:46.
In the ladies categories it was Hannah Creamer who was first Harrier home in 116th place and with a time of 35:52 with Lucy Maloney coming in just 2 mins behind and as second Harrier home in a time of 37:41.
Our full list of results as follows:
9th: 27.39 - Dean Aston
15th: 28.46 - Michael Smith
52nd: 31.52 - Chris Doran
60th: 32.21 - Victor Bennet
64th: 32.38 - Jamie Anderson
67th: 32.50 - Steve Walker
80th: 33.49 - Andy Pigg
83rd: 33.55 - James Wilson
89th: 34.23 - Jon Edmonds
99th: 35.01 - Rich Palmer
101st: 35.07 - Jon Mahoney
110th: 35.38 - Richard Bailey
116th: 35.52 - Hannah Creamer
132nd: 36.46 - Darren Owen-Jones
138th: 37.05 - David O'Loughlin
145th: 37.37 - Paul Ruscoe
147th: 37.41 - Lucy Maloney
148th: 37.48 - Gus Erlandson
155th: 38.25 - Richard Nicholls
162nd: 38.51 - Ian Maxwell
167th: 39:00 - Gemma Chilton
168th: 39.05 - Nicola Atkins
169th: 39.15 - Robin Chebsey
170th: 39.20 - Angela Vinall
195th: 40.13 - Mark Rogers
201st: 40.32 - Rob Friel
209th: 40.54 - Lou Bromley
212th: 41.05 - Kelly Mackay
214th: 41.13 - Danny Jones
215th: 41.16 - Lisa Yeomans
219th: 41.26 - Sam McLelland
223rd: 41:48 - Ashley Kirkham
224th: 41.49 - Nina Biggs
227th: 41.53 - Lisa Thomas
230th: 41.58 - Matt Giles
236th: 42.27 - Kerry Richardson
248th: 43:12 - Jim Vidler
255th: 43.54 - Naomi Ashmore
259th: 44.02 - Kelly Kempin
261st: 44.06 - Phil Sheiber
262nd: 44.09 - Caroline Deacon
268th: 44.34 - Karen Foreman
330th: 49.28 - Sonia Edmonds
337th: 50.54 - Naomi Wrighton
355th: 52.13 - Tania Willoughby
357th: 52.15 - Claire Rogers
360th: 52.31 - Stephanie Eggleston
365th: 53:00 - Natalie Dimmock
416th: 1.00.09 - Hannah Bandy
419th: 1.01.36 - Jim Hussey
420nd: 1.01.46 - Allison Canham
422nd: 1.01.52 - Samantha Grimes
424nd: 1.02.18 - Jo Snowden
425th: 1.02.20 - Paula Johnston
426th: 1.02.25 - Sue Price
427th: 1.03.05 - Deborah Meredith
428th: 1.03.10 - Sara Meredith
438th: 1.18.18 - Marie Ruscoe
Full race results can be accessed by clicking HERE
Official photos can be seen by clicking HERE
A huge well done to alL our runners and supporters, a brilliant turnout by the club and just shows how great Telford Harriers are.
Next race in the series is the Phoenix Flyer 5k road race on 15th May.