Angels 10k – 7th April 2019
Six members from Bourton Roadrunners visited the village of Ashleworth, near Hartpury, for the Angels 10k; the third event in this year’s Gloucestershire AAA Road Race Series.
First home for the club was Darren Long in a time of 37:41 – good for the challenging course – 5th overall in the race and 1st MV45. Next was John Gibson in 48:35 – 1st MV65, who was being chased all the way by Susan Hunt (50:27) who was 1st LV50.
David Turnbull won a fine battle to the finish line with a fellow vet-runner to finish in 51:05. Liz Hulcup and Gill Carrick were within seconds of each other, with Liz just having the edge, finishing in 54:22 and 54:31 respectively.
Standard Distance British Duathlon Age Group Championships – 7th April 2019
At Bedford Autodrome, Margaret Hollamby competed in the Standard Distance British Duathlon Age Group Championships. Winds of 19 m.p.h made the course tough, particularly the bike section, and resulted in overall slightly disappointing times.
However, Margaret Hollamby managed to come home with a Gold Medal in her new Age Group, having completed the 10.2km run, 38km bike and final 5.3km run in 2:33:39. Her next challenge is the World Duathlon Age Group Championships in Pontevedra, Spain at the end of April, as a member of the GB Age group team, where competition will be stronger.
Manchester Marathon – 7th April 2019
Two members ventured further afield, taking on the Manchester marathon: the distance by which all runners are measured.
Michela Sartori was fully prepared for her first marathon; however, as sometimes happens, things didn't go quite to plan. Picking up a knee injury at 11 miles, she “hopped, walked and ran” to the finish. Although disappointed she still managed to complete it in a creditable time of 4:47:48.
Jenni Glass also found it hard, having been ill a few weeks before. Jenni is really proud of herself to keep going when she wanted to stop at the half way point. With sheer grit and determination she finished in 3:56:03.
Highworth 5 miles – 7th April 2019
Ian Tolfts (supported by Jo on her bike) was the sole club entrant for the Highworth 5 mile race. The race had a small field - just 151 runners as the date clashed with the Angels 10k - but was a well-run event.
A chilly start and a keen headwind for the first couple of miles focussed the mind! As ever, the “hump” - the hill into Highworth - caused the legs to work hard. The winning Male time was 27:53 and wining female time was 32:29. Ian completed in 39:37, a PB, placing him 64/151 and 14th MV50.
6 members took part in Angels 10k; the 3rd County Series event.
Darren, Susan and John amongst the prize winners.
Margaret Hollamby wins gold medal at Standard Distance British Duathlon Age Group Championships.
Michela Sartori and Jenni Glass ran the Manchester Marathon.
Ian Tolfts gets a PB at Highworth 5 mile race.
Other reports may be found on our recent race reports page.