Updated: Oct 15, 2018
Another busy weekend for Telford harriers saw a multitude of different events beog attended by the green and gold faithful. From cross country to metric marathons, the weekend of the 6th and 7th October had it all.
North Wales XC League - Baschurch
Saturday 6th October saw the start of the North Wales XC league with a handful of Harriers making the short trip to Walford College, Baschurch full of confidence following the earlier efforts at Winsford.
The winter cross country league is a five race series that takes place across North Wales and the borders. Runners compete for both individual and team points and our runners were fit and ready to take on the Baschurch course.
The ladies led out first over the 5k course with runners coming home as follows:
55th place: Vic Doran - 28:39
59th place: Kerry Richardson - 29:09
75th place: Christina O'Brien - 30:19
135th place: Georgina Westwood - 37:25
Next up where the men running over a slightly longer 8k course with runners coming home as follows:
14th place: Dean Aston - 32:30 92nd place: Steve Walker - 39:43
Mens 65+ Category
5th place: Dave O’Loughlin - 30:08
Overall some great performances by our team as we look forward to the next event in the XC season in a few weeks.
Chester Metric Marathon & Marathon
Always a firm favourite with the Harrier collective, The Chester Metric Marathon is now a popular fixture in the race calendar. This race gives runners the only opportunity to run a 26.2km (16.3mile) race which is the ideal stepping stone from a half marathon to a full marathon.
Harriers has a good showing at this years event and were proudly representing the green and gold of our great club. The route is on closed roads and leading runners past all Chester's iconic landmarks including the Roman Walls, Chester Cathedral, Medieval Rows and Eastgate Clock before heading out to the stunning Cheshire countryside and villages. After joining the marathon runners at Aldford runners begin the return journey, coming into Chester alongside the River Dee for a well supported finish at Chester Racecourse.
Runners competing in the marathon leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre and through the Roman Walls before heading out of the City across the Old Dee Bridge.
The route then leaves Chester before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett and heading into rural lanes. The finish is as the metric, at the Racecourse where runners are applauded home by the fantastic crowd.
We had runners competing in both races and some fantastic performances were put in as follows:
Marathon: 2309th place: Sonia Edmonds - 4:42.52 - NEW PB
2312nd place: Simon Aries - 4:45.45
2780th place: Lisa Butler - 6:22.46 - NEW PB
113th place: Rob Friel - 2:09.09 - 7min Course PB
131st place: Paul Ruscoe - 2:10.13 - 7min Course PB
153rd place: Gus Erlandson - 2:13.16 - 4min Course PB
872nd place: Paula Johnston - 3:40.47
Cardiff Half Marathon
Anyone running this fantastic half had the pleasure of sharing the streets with over 19,000 fellow runners from across the globe. The route takes runners past the capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The predominately flat and fast course makes it ideal for beginners and elites.
Kicking off at 10:00am, this iconic race had18,985 runners finish with eventual winner being Australian runner Jack Rayner showing a very strong finish over the last mile.
Within those finishers where some hard working green and gold runners registering the following times:
4673rd place: Mike Rickus - 1:52.42
Sam McLelland - 1:57 - NEW PB
7428th place: Kelly Kempin - 2:00.42 - NEW PB
9928th place: Karen Foreman - 2:07.35
9934th place: Suzanne Steadman: 2:07.35
11300th place: Hannah Bandy - 2:16.46 - NEW PB
13557th place: Joanna Harris - 2:26.49 - NEW PB
And so draws the close to another fantastic weekends racing for the Telford Harriers. Onwards to the next....