It's been a bust few weeks for Telford Harriers, with parkruns, night runs, ultra's and county running to report on. So buckle up, get your reading glasses on and lets go......
Millennium Way Ultra
The Millennium Way Ultra is in its 6th year and is staged by Beyond Marathon, is a 41 mile ultra marathon that takes runners along a dedicated trail called The Way for the Millennium, a national trail that was setup 18 years ago to celebrate the millennium.
For the Millennium Way ultra this March, runners parked and registered at Burton-on-Trent (Derbyshire border); Shobnall Leisure Complex and then boarded a coach for a the 41 mile trip to the start line at Newport, Shropshire.
Runners negotiated the pretty much flat course all the way back to Burton working to a 12 hour time limit in which to complete the course. The course is essentially flat, for 41 miles with just 300ft of climbing on the whole route, so this was an ideal choice for many first time ultra runners.
All of our runners completed the course in the allowed time, coming home as follows:
35th: Steve Walker - 8:08:04 36th: Stacey Hawkins - 8:08:05
90th: Mike Rickus - 9:24:38
92nd: Kerry Richardson - 9:25:40
95th: Michael Webb - 9:35:14
96th: Paul Ruscoe - 9:35:16
97th: Gus Erlandson 0 9:35:17 - 1st in age group
An amazing effort by all of our runners to complete such a huge distance!!
Attingham Night Run
Attingham Night Run was back for its fifth year at on Saturday 2 March 2019. Night Run is a national series of night-time trail running events, held in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor.
There were two routes to choose from, the 2.5km Explorer route and the 6km Adventurer route.
The Explorer route is perfect for families and people new to running and the Adventurer route is suited for runners looking for a challenge. Both routes begin in front of the Mansion and then follow paths through the park at night.
Harriers had 3 runners take part in the night run, all entering the 6km Adventurer route, setting the following times:
Phil Shieber - 33:53 Kelly Kempin - 34:37 Sue Price - 45:39
We only had one participant in taking part in Parkrun on the weekend of 2nd March, Kelly Mackay tacked Telford Parkrun coming home in a time of 25:48.
Inter Counties XC Championships
Telford Harriers were proud to announce that Dean Aston has secured a place to run for Shropshire at last weekends ICCC in Loughborough. Dean had put in consistently solid performances across the XC season securing suitably high finishing positions across all races that were good enough to earn him a place on the Shropshire Team.
The team included five Shrewsbury AC runners and our own Harrier runner making up the 6 strong Shropshire Team ready to take on neighbouring counties in a race that would cap off a fantastic cross country season.
The route was 6.6miles around Prestwold Park and would prove a challenging route for the high quality field of country runners.
Our 6 Shropshire runners all put in fantastic performances as runners tried to impress to earn country running spots. Although official results sere not out at the time of writing this, our guys came home with the following times:
184th: Peter Middleton - 38:04
223rd: Dean Aston - 39:01
226th: Charlie Rigers - 39:03
234th Richard McKenna - 39:22
247th: Connor Middleton - 40:00
266th: Luke Butler - 40:41
On a personal club view, we were hugely proud of Dean coming home as 2nd Shropshire runner, with the team securing 30th position from 32 teams. Our ladies Shropshire team secured 20th from 29 teams.
Florette Fradley 10k
The Florette Fradley 10K is a popular run and attracts around 1,000 entrants each year. Covering flat, country roads, it’s a great event for beginners and pros alike. The Fradley 10k has previously been nominated in the national Running Awards for the Best 10k Race for personal best times.
The course was 2 laps of a 5k route, Harriers had a number of runners taking part with finish times as follows:
Both Phil and Faye earnt themselves 10k PBs too, 43seconds for Phil and a huge 1min36 seconds for Faye!!
The Trafford 10k is one of the UK’s most popular and quickest 10k’s. The flat one lap course promises fast times for club and fun runners alike and perfect for beginner runners or elite runners looking for a new personal best with road closures in operation across the entire course.
David O'Loughlin had a PB race, finishing in 424th in a time of 46:11 and securing 3rd in his age category, but was pipped at the post by 30 second by his son, Christopher, who came home in 45:35. Nothing like a family rivalry!!
To cap off a bumper issue of our rave report, we finish with a roundup of Parkrun activities. We had a few runners taking part last weekend as follows:
Mark Rogers - 24:26 - new Parkrun PB
Phil Shieber - 26:22
Another good fortnight of racing from our green and gold runners.