Sun Shine and Run Time

After a few weeks of miserable, wet weather the sun finally made an appearance to bring a touch of warmth to the latest races in the Telford Harriers calendar.

Sexarathon Ironbridge 4 Miler

June and July signals a busy time for the Sexarathon series as we see 3 races in a matter of 4 weeks. With the Shropshire 4miler already done, Harriers turned their sights to the Ironbridge 4miler, which took place on Wednesday 26th June.

The weather conditions were pretty much perfect, overcast and around 16 degrees, as 439 runners congregated by the Ironbridge to take part in the 2019 Ironbridge 4 miler race. Harriers had a great contingent running at this event, all looking to score some good points to improve their series rankings.

The course is a mix of road and trail, taking runners out and back alongside the River Severn, with a turning point over the Coalport Bridge.

This years race was a fast one, with the winners finishing in just 21:04. However our first Harrier home wasnt too far behind with Dean Aston finishing in 9th overall position and in a time of 22:20.

Michael Smith was second Harrier home in 27th position with a time of 23:32 and Chris Doran came on 3rd Harrier in 58th with a time of 26:00.

For the ladies, Hannah Creamer put in a good performance coming home 1st for the green and gold and 129th overall in a time of 29:10 followed by Lucy Maloney just 2 second behind in 130th position and in 29:32. Cristina O'Brien registered 3rd Harrier and 162nd overall with a time of 30:39.

Our full list of finishers as follows:

9th: Dean Aston - 22:20 27th: Michael Smith - 23:32 58th: Chris Doran - 26:00

60th: Jamie Anderson - 26:07

62nd: Mark Griffiths - 26:13

69th: Victor Bennett - 26:31

76th: Andy Pigg - 26:47

85th: Darren Owen-Jones - 27:09

90th: James Wilson - 27:27

99th: Richard Palmer - 27:54

100th: Jon Edmonds - 28:00

101st: Steve Walker - 28:01

129th: Hannah Creamer - 29:10

130th: Lucy Maloney - 29:12

139th: Jon Mahoney - 29:24

151st: Gus Erlandson - 30:12

152nd: Dave O'Loughlin - 30:16

162nd: Cristina O'Brien - 30:39

176th: Paul Ruscoe - 31:10

179th: Ian Maxwell - 31:14

184th: Gemma Chilton - 31:30

187th: Robin Chebsey - 31:35

200th: Angela Vinall - 32:03

207th: Rob Friel - 32:25

209th: Sam MacLelland - 32:34

211th: Lisa Yeomans - 32:41

212th: Louise Bromley - 32:43

215th: Steve Bajic - 32:48

228th: Lisa Thomas - 33:14

233rd: Danny Jones - 33:25

234: Naomi Ashmore - 33:30

238th: Ashley Kirkham - 33:42

239th: Kerry Richardson - 33:45

241st: James Vidler - 33:46

244th: Nicola Atkins - 33:53

245th: Mark Rogers - 33:54

260th: Phil Shieber - 34:41

277th: Simon Aries - 35:15

294th: Caroline Deacon - 36:14

297th: Karen Foreman - 36:20

320th: Melissa Williams - 38:05

340th: Hannah Bandy - 39:27

350th: Tania Willoughby - 40:55

356th: Darren Fawke - 41:10

362nd: Sonia Edmonds - 41:40

367th: Claire Rigers: 41:57

368th: Natalie Vidler - 42:20

373rd: Amanda Sands - 42:52

380th: Naomi Wrighton - 43:07

383rd: Olivia Witcomb - 43:21

384th: John Strange - 43:28

391st: Rachael Kay - 43:53

393rd: Samantha Grimes - 44:02

410th: Deborah Meredith - 47:01

412th: Sara Meredith - 47:05

417th: Paula Johnston - 48:39

427th: Sue Price - 50:59

428th: Jo Snowdon - 51:17

433rd: Jim Hussey - 53:18

439th: Marie Ruscoe - 1:03:10

More fantastic photos of the race can be found here:

Shifnal Half Marathon

The fifteenth running of the Shifnal 'Steeplechase' Half Marathon followed a rural route between the churches of Shifnal, Ryton, Beckbury and Kemberton before returning to Shifnal.

The course is multi-terrain with the majority on quiet public roads, with three sections of approximately a mile along bridleways and footpaths. 

The start near Shifnal Church first goes through a housing estate before heading south into surrounding countryside.  After two miles the route turns onto a farm track leading to a footpath up to Ryton Church at four miles. 

After a slight detour along roads the race arrives at Beckbury Church at six miles.  At just after seven miles the route goes off-road again crossing the small River Worfe using a footbridge.  At around eight miles is back on a quiet country road to Kemberton Church just after nine miles.  At approximately 10.5 miles the route follows a footpath to mile twelve where Shifnal Church comes into sight again. The last mile is through the town and on to the finish at Idsall Sports Centre.

Despite the clubs 'Summer Social' event being the night before, we still had some brave runners line up on the start to tackle this tough 13.1 mile race, results as follows:

78th: David O'Loughlin - 1:53:04

93rd: Madhu Nachiappan - 1:56:22

101st: Michael Webb - 1:57:57

148th: Simon Aries - 2:11:43

185th: Marie Mason - 2:26:35

193rd: Tania Willoughby - 2:28:11

Penkridge Fun Run

The annual Penkridge Fun Run & Fun Day is organised by the Penkridge Round Table. The day starts with a 2.5mile Fun Run around Penkridge, and once again there was another MASSIVE turnout!!!

Added to the run there is always lots to see and get involved in with over 30 stalls from different groups, Schools, charity and businesses and is always a fund day out for al the family.

There were over 600 people taking part in the fun run, opting to go for a PB or just walk and enjoy. We had a few runners take part, with results as follows:

22nd: Hannah Creamer - 17:32

43rd: Paul Ruscoe - 18:52

118th: Hannah Bandy - 22:30

556th: Marie Ruscoe - 38:36

Wenlock Relays

Staged by the Wenlock Olympian Society, this was the second Wenlock Relays to be staged with 21 teams entered, and 18 actually making it to race day. 

Representatives from 8 clubs across Shropshire battled it out along the old railway line and then back over the sting in the tail that is Windmill Hill, all looking to be the fastest team in their category. Harriers entered one team into the Vets category, comprising of Nicki Atkins, Rich Palmer and Andy Pigg, with Lawley runner Lisa Pigg, aptly named BadTownRunners!

A sunny, but slightly cooler race than last year made for some perfect running conditions and we saw a new course record of 31.25 set by the winning team – Shrewsbury Rockets (junior category – also the youngest team by average age in the whole competition). 

Last year’s overall winners, The Great Gibbons, held on to win the family category again, in a time of 32.20.  Winner of the Vets competition was our very own Harriers/Lawley team, Bad Town Runners, in a time of 38.22.

And in other news...

We had a small number of Parkrunners at the weekend, all tasking part in varous 5k races with results as follows:

Darren Owen-Jones - Isobel Trail - 19:48

Phil Shieber - Telford - 25:55

Fern Millard took part in the Oswestry Colour Run, which wasn’t a timed event but one for the kids. It was a fab 3K course and of course made fun by the paint being thrown around!!

And so ends another busy 7 days racing for the Telford Harriers. See you on the start line of your next race!!



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