Updated: Sep 11, 2018
As we enter September the race calendar hots up with more frequent half marathon and marathon events being staged, not to mention the start of the cross country season and many 5K and 10k races.
The weekend of 8th and 9th September saw many of our fantastic Harrier runners compete in some great events. We had runners competing in the worlds larges half marathon, The Great North Run, others at the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Wales. Added to that even more of our green an gold troops putting in fantastic performances at Shawbury 10k, Lawley 5k fun run and even one runner making the trip to Belgium for the Flanders Marathon.
So how did our runners fair, well here is a breakdown of each event:
Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon
Set in the picturesque location of Lake Vyrnwy, this race is staged every September, first taking place in 1988. A strong team of 11 Harriers were in attendance to take on the route which starts at the old school in the village.
Runners are guided up approx 1 mile from the start line to the lake, do one full lap before heading back down the hill to the finish line. This is a great PB course due to its flat nature and our runners didn't disappoint with some fantastic performances:
First Harrier home was Gus Erlandson in 352nd place in 1:42.59. That time knocked off a huge 5 mins from Gus's PB that he had set just 7 days earlier at the Wolverhampton Half Marathon.
Another fantastic PB effort was from female Harrier Louise Bromley who smashed her previous best of 1:53 with a stunning 1:48.25.
There were an array of great performances on the day which included PB runs from Tink Brasenell, Robbie Chebsey, Tania Willoughby, Suzanne Steadman, Catherine Wilson and Marie Mason.
The list of all our finishers are as follows (click image to visit results page):
The Great North Run 2018
A total of over 43,000 runners took to the street of Newcastle to take on the world largest half marathon at the weekend. The privilege of being in the same race as such legends as 4 times winner Sir Mo Farrah and London Marathon 2017 winner Daniel Wanjiru is in itself amazing. Added to the the amazing street level support you get along the route really makes this run one of the highlights of the race calendar.
A small team of Harriers, many running for charity, made the long trip to Newcastle for this fantastic race.
Sir Mo Farrah got the race started at 10:40, followed by the masses of runners looking to complete the 13.1 miles which finishes on the South Shields cost line.
Just as he had done for the 4 previous years, Farrah crossed the line in 1st to recored a 5th consecutive win just 4 second shy of his half marathon PB and setting an amazing time of 59:26.
Our Harriers runners were, well not quite right behind him, but all put i solid displays where running for a time or just for fun, as follows:
Not mentioned is Lisa Pigg, wife of Harrier Andy, who also completed the race which was her first half marathon. Lisa completed the course in 2:25.42.
Also not mentioned is Lisa Butler who came home in 2:55.32
RAF Shawbury 10k
Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force, RAF Shawbury hosted its third 10k airfield race on Sunday 9th September 2018. RAF Shawbury is home to several Ministry of Defence elements including the Defence Helicopter Flying School and School of Air Operations Control.
The race took part on a fully operational airfield, and like the Spitfire 10k a week earlier, offered a flat course on well-maintained hard surfaces, including taxiways and runways, making it a perfect opportunity for a PB.
A strong collective of Harriers turned out for the event all hoping to register some good times and come home with some PBs. Everyone who took part put in 100% and came away with smiles on their faces, finishers were as follows:
Gemma Chilton - 0:51:44
Karen Foreman - 0:53:17
Simon Aries - 0:54:38
Paul McGee - 0:58:31
Jenny Robinson - 1:10:22
Paula Johnston - 1:12:22
Lawley 5k Fun Run
Closer to home, local running club LRC staged a 5k fun run in the heart of Telford. Lawley 5k Fun Run is a yearly event where all runners/walkers can do the 5k route and help raise money for a good cause.
Harriers had some runners featuring in the race all of whom put in great effort to come away with the following times:
Kelly Mackay - 26:52, 29th place and 2nd lady over the finish line
Faye Shieber - 35:12, 104th place
Sarah Turner - 38:32, 136th place
Marie Ruscoe - 50:01, 178th place
In Flanders Marathon
Finally, and by no means at least, Marathon veteran Art Zammit travelled to Belgium take part in the In Flanders Marathon at the weekend, running in memory of Ralph Chalmers, a fallen solider of WW1.
Art is no stranger to marathon running and this the latest in his long list of completed marathons reaching into the hundreds.
Art completed the 26.2 miles of this race in a comfortable 5hrs 20 and yet again does Harriers, and himself, hugely proud.
Overall the weekend provided some great displays, not just time orientated but from the experienced everyone gained from running their chosen races. A massive well done to all Harriers who ran and we now look forward to the next weekend of races.