Monday May 27th
Vitality London 10k
|Graham Le Good||44.29|
|Laurent Le Texier||49.51|
|Judith Le Good||54.39|
Sunday May 26th
Auffahrts Lauf, Switzerlad 10km
Blenheim Triathlon Saturday & Sunday
|Judith Le Good||1.48.16|
Blenheim Triathlon Report & Thanks
THANK YOU sponsors, I survived and I raised an amazing £500 for Bloodwise.
Having not done a triathlon for two years I was little worried. The swim is my nemesis, but the relatively warm water helped and I am sure I swim a longer route than everyone else. I could well have been one of the slowest swimmers in my wave, perhaps that’s why once out of the water, a kind marshal unzipped my wetsuit – she felt sorry for me! After that it went well. I was surprised to find I was overtaking lots of bikes, maybe because they were mountain bikes and shopping bikes. On the run we were rewarded with nice gentle refreshing rain and finding that I was overtaking a lot of runners boosted me on and I was happy to finish in a respectable time. I came second in my age group which pleased me, and yes there were more than two in the age group there were actually twelve ladies in this oldest age category of the event.
So a successful day, perfect weather, wonderful location and money raised for a good cause.
Edinburgh Half Marathon
|Melanie Cassidy||3.54.00||1st marathon|
Saturday May 25th
|Graham Le Good||21.22|
|Judith Le Good||27.16|
Milton Keynes parkrun
Bath Skyline parkrun
Fulham Palace parkrun
|Martin Crabb||47.48||Tail Wailer|
Monday May 20th
Sri Chinmoy – 3 mile
|Graham Le Good||20.06|
|Judith Le Good||25.15|
Sunday May 19th
Ridge Off Roader 10km
|Lindsey Smith||50.18||3rd Lady|
|Lucy Harris||54.46||2nd FV40|
Ridge Off Roader Half Marathon
|Tony Lock||1.37.20||1st MV50|
Eton Dorney Sprint Distance European Champs Qualifier Triathlon
Swim 750m, Bike 21.2km, Run 5km
|Graham Le Good||1.17.31||15:17 36:16 22:30
Qualifies for GB Age Group team EU Champs Sweden 2020
Royal Berkshire 10km
Plymouth Half Marathon
Saturday May 18th
White Peak Marathon
Race report by Jim Whelan
This marathon was recommended to me by club members who had run the race in the past (Steve, John and Martin). The event is organised by Matlock Athletic Club and hosts the full marathon and a half marathon:
The race HQ is at Cromford in the beautiful Derwent Valley where all runners register. From there the runners are transported by bus to the start points, for the full marathon near Thorpe on the Tissington Trail and for the half marathon at Friden near Newhaven on the High Peak Trail. Both races are entirely off road along former railway lines and they finish at Cromford Meadows near the Race HQ in Matlock Rugby Club.
I found the marathon to be deceptive in its challenges. It is not flat even though it follows former railway routes. I recorded the total ascent as 1284 feet. I would suggest that first time entrants to this race like I was should take the first half of the race steadily.
The course climbs consistently from the start for 7 miles and then undulates up to 11 miles along the Tissington Trail to Parsley Hay where it turns onto the High Peak Trail. It then undulates for a further 11 miles until the course drops steeply in two sections from Middleton Top, before the final mile along the Cromford Canal tow path to the finish.
As you descend the final sections of both races you might wonder why anyone would build a railway on a 1:8 incline up what is now The High Peak Trail? Well I guess that with the help of cables and winches it was the quickest way to transport mining extract and wool from the hills to the mills and rail / canal transport facilities in the Derwent Valley below.
Whatever the history, I was somewhat glad of the 4 miles of descents that those pioneering engineers had put in place many years ago. It provided welcome relief and some exciting running in the later stages of the race. However, look out for the sleeper steps which are there to protect the steeper sections from erosion.
A few things to consider,
- There are cut off times in both races, however most distance runners should be able to make them comfortably.
- The marathon is a small friendly race which had around 130 starters all of whom became spaced out along the course early on. So, unless you are happy to do a full 26.2 mile trail run on your own, I suggest you enter with a buddy who can run at a similar pace to your own.
- If conditions are dry either road or trail shoes are fine for both races. In wet conditions I would suggest wearing a good pair of trail shoes.
- There were 7 water & refreshment stations with very friendly marshals and stocks of jelly babies. Access to and exit from the course is however limited mainly to the water stations where nearly all the marshals and recovery vehicles are located. I suggest take some kit with you like a space blanket and a few small items to eat, if in the worst case you need to stop.
To summarise the race, it is a well organised and very enjoyable event. Matlock Athletic Club’s officials are very welcoming. It was also nice to be able to meet many fellow runners at the Race HQ. If like I did, you go there primarily to enjoy the run, it is good to stop briefly at the water stations and chat with the marshals and helpers. Most importantly appreciate all around you as you run.
Finally, for me the attractions of taking part in the White Peak weekend are friendliness of the event, the fantastic views as you run and the beauty of the area in and around Cromford, which is steeped in history from the industrial revolution and long before. It would be well worth staying a little longer to do some walking or cycling and get to know the area.
Eton Dorney Super Sprint Triathlon
(Swim 400m, Bike 21.2km, Run 5km)
|Callum Hodnett||1.07.41||6:43 36:20 20:25|
|Conrad Bailey||1.23.21||7:20 44:55 24:51|
Firkin 5 mile
Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Harcourt Hill parkrun
|Harriet Howard||22.07||1st Lady|
|Martin Crabb||42.16||Tail Walker|
|Graham Le Good||23.30|
|Judith Le Good||29.37|
Sunday May 12th
Henley Half Marathon Trail
Leeds Half Marathon
|John Green||2.13.43||1st Half Marathon|
Town & Gown
Gatwick Half Marathon
Tewkesbury Half Marathon
Saturday May 11th
Marlborough Downs Challenge 33 miles
|Rachel Stanley-Evans||5.15.08||3rd & 1st LV50 PB|
Marlborough Downs Challenge 20 miles
|Lindsey Smith||3.17.oo||3rd Lady|
Oxfordshire County Championships 1500m
Oxfordshire County Championships 800m
Bamstead Woods parkrun
Harcourt Hill parkrun
|Graham Le Good||22.24|
|Judith Le Good||28.02|
Teignmouth Promenade parkrun
Monday May 6th
|Chris Colbeck||36.24||2nd MV40|
|Tony Lock||37.21||2nd MV50|
Sri Chimnoy Series Race 1
Sunday May 5th
Saturday May 4th
Lakeland Trails – Staveley Race
Lakeland Trails – Staveley Challenge
Fell Foot parkrun
|Jack Hahn Hennessy||44.11|
|Suzanne Reeve||1.08.00||Tail Walker|
Thursday May 2nd
Mota-vation Series Chalton-on-Otmoor
|Tegs Jones||28.03||2nd VM40|
|Sam Upton||28.05||3rd SM|