April 28th 2015
It's that time of the week again...weekly round-up time. It's been another busy old week again for DH Runners and it doesn't look like it's going to ease up anytime soon. Loads of runs and events in the pipeline including a group outing to Moorclose 10k on 12th May. While I'm on that subject, if you want to be part of the club championship and you have yet to submit your membership forms then we will need those in on 12th of May for you to qualify this year. Any forms submitted after this time will, unfortunately, miss out on the club championship this year. Moorclose will be the second run in our club championship and it looks like it's going to be a big field of DH Runners toeing the start line. I, personally, cannot wait.
Just a quick mention for the group who headed out to Keswick for the Round the Houses 10k on 22nd April. Natalie Kay, Susan Fawkes, Lindsay Graham, Julie Story, Neil Scott and myself had a blast around Keswick on, what turned out to be, a fairly technical and hilly course. The times were as follows:
Steve Claringbold - 49:10
Susan Fawkes - 49:59
Julie Story - 51:19
Natalie Kay - 53:32
Lindsay Graham - 54:31
Neil Scott - 59:24
Many thanks to Keswick AC for the warm welcome and the well marshalled event.
Carlisle parkrun on Saturday saw a shedload of PB's including the following for DH Runners: Ruth Woodhouse, Lucy Cowton, Kathryn Holliday, Jill Glencross, Julie Story, Heidi Farren, Jon Haymes, Susan Fawkes, Rebecca Wilson, Heather Brown, Tasha Scott, Nicola Jackson, Simone Rouse, Rachael Brunskill, Lucy Jackson, Neil Scott, Emma Richardson, Gordon Beattie, Tony Mills (6 days after a marathon!) and Lindsay Mechie (also 6 days after a marathon). We also welcomed Simon Dolman to the table this week.
Over at Bushy parkrun (where parkrun was originated) Kev Mulvey knocked out a time of 19:34.
There was attendance in Blackpool for the Blackpool 10k on Sunday. David Macnaughton, Mark Drummond and Helen Cupac took part and the results were as followed.
Helen Cupac: 1:06:18
Over the coming weeks a lot of our beginners are going to be taking part in events such as Moorclose and a couple of events at the Keswick festival. We wish them the best of luck and continue to support them all the way.
Over in that there London were Paul Graves and Female Club Captain Michelle Mackay for the London Marathon.
Paul had an amazing marathon and a moment of fame when he was pictured on the tv overtaking Paula Radcliffe and her posse. Paul finished with a time of 2:35:55 in position 166. That was out of a field totalling over 35,000. Amazing.
I'll let Paul fill you in on his experience:
"This was my 6th London marathon in total & was a 7 minute PB & 13 minutes quicker than last year's London marathon.
Went down on the Friday & headed to the expo to collect my number which I was pleased to actually get in my hand as I'd had a struggle getting London marathon to upgrade me to the Championship start which they had initially agreed to do back in February.
I had the worst nights sleep ever and when I got up on Sunday I felt awful and really nervous, it wasn't until I got off the crowded and ridiculously hot train at Blackheath (blue start) that I started to feel a bit better.
After seeing Michelle, Frances & Adrienne at the entry to the blue start area and wishing Michelle luck for her 1st marathon I located the area for the championship entry runners. Now, I'd been told about these 'posh' toilets etc but when I got there all I saw was 2 changing marquees (male/female) and a couple of rows of portable loos, not to worry, at least I didn't have to queue! Oh and we got a small warm-up area on the road about 100 metres long where I managed to spot Steve Way who represented England in the Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow.
Eventually we got escorted to within 10 metres of the start line and could see the elites warming up, Paula Radcliffe was then introduced to the crowd before she took her place at the front of our pack. We got underway & I got into a rhythm straightaway & my 1st mile was around my goal pace of 5:54 (a definite advantage of being on the championship start).
The next few miles were uneventful and I hit 10km in 36:19. It was round about this time when I 1st caught a glimpse of Paula Radcliffe about 20-30 seconds up the road & I thought that I would probably catch her over the next few miles at this pace as she seemed to be settling into a more realistic pace after setting off a bit quick. What I couldn't imagine was catching her right on Tower Bridge where I knew the TV would be focusing on her at that point! Needless to say, this was a great moment for myself, running alongside the fastest woman ever at this distance and at 1 of the most iconic settings of any marathon in the world. For it to be captured on camera as well just made it even more special. However, it could have been oh so different as former Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis attempted an interview with Paula, & after struggling to keep up with her came to an abrupt halt in the road forcing me to dodge her and the cameraman at the last minute! I went through halfway in 1:16:56, fairly comfortable but knowing of much tougher times ahead.
At about 17ish miles I heard a shout from the side of the road from Kev, Frances & Adrienne which was about the point where I was going through a bit of a rough patch and I had to really dig in at this point as to not let my pace drop rapidly as 9 miles at the end of a marathon when struggling can seem like an eternity. I rallied through Canary Wharf and posted a couple of miles in the 5:50 region.
I have to say from about mile 22 the rest of the race was a bit of a blur to be honest, I sensed my pace was dropping slightly, & I never really looked at my watch from this point as my Garmin was out of sync with the mile markers by now due to loss of signal briefly in underpasses and around Docklands due to the high buildings. I just put all my efforts into keeping going at a decent pace knowing I wouldn't be too far away from where I wanted to be at the finish if I could keep going.
I tried to keep picking people off and latching onto the next runner but by Big Ben it was all about counting down the yards to the finish. It was about this point when Steve Way came breezing past me, obviously on a training run, and then I caught site of Joanne & my Mum & Dad who had came down to support me.
After giving them a brief wave it was the last 800m and I was fairly confident of breaking 2:36. When I turned at Buckingham Palace I could see the finish line and the clock, and worked out I'd have to put the foot down a bit and crossed the line in 2:36:02 but 2:35:57 by my watch.
It wasn't until later on that I remembered that the Championship race is based on gun time so I was a little bit annoyed at myself for not remembering that. However today (Tuesday) the chip times have been released and my official time is 2:35:55 so I'm well happy with that outcome!!
About a minute after I finished Paula Radcliffe crossed the line and me and the other finishers at that point all summoned some energy from somewhere & gave her a round of applause before she was whisked away for a live TV interview.
It was then a hobble to get my bag & get changed to but totally worth it with the finishers medal around my neck.
I met up with Joanne & my parents and went for a shower and a couple of pints and something to eat before getting the train home!
I was also pleased to find out that Michelle had finished her marathon as well…a massive well done to her!!
An absolutely fantastic event, 1 which everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. Hopefully I'll be back next year for number 7!!!"
I just want to take this time to say how massively proud we all are of Paul. Everyone was tracking him and Michelle (more on her later) on the day.
Now on to our female club captain Michelle. Michelle was taking part in her first marathon. She finished London in 5:13:17 and words cannot express how chuffed we are for her.
Again, I'll let Michelle fill you in on her experience:
Sunday saw me heading down to London for my first marathon having been support crew on a number of occasions it felt strange being the other side!!
The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. The atmosphere of a big city marathon was electric like nothing I've experienced before.
The event went like clockwork so organised from start to finish so anyone unsure of the marathon my advise would be if you can commit to the training then do it!!
I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately but it's been so good to see Michelle's journey from where she started with us to her completing her first marathon.
Paul and Michelle will hopefully inspire other DH Runners to have a bash at London next year. Ballot opens next week people.
Until next week. Happy Running Guys.
April 25th 2015
It’s been a busy old weekend for team DH. First up at Carlisle parkrun the following people achieved PB’s:
Natalie Kay, Paul Graves, Gillian Holmes, Emma Richardson, Karen Thomson, Gordon Beattie, Dario Mezzullo, Mark Davidson, Ruth Woodhouse, Diane Graham, Wayne Watson, David Macgillivray, Joanne Graves, Mitchell Carruthers, Kirsty Mahoney and Tony Carrigan. Well done all, the conditions were perfect last weekend and it’s great to see the A course back in action.
Over at Hawkshead Rachel Lee was back in action taking in the Hawkshead 10k trail and finishing with a time of 1:34:21.
At Langdale a small contingent were taking part in the St. George’s 10k. Kev Mulvey, Anni Stumpf, Stu Windsor and Katriona Sharpe were all in attendance. Stu Windsor finished in position 3 with a time of 36:40,
Kev Mulvey finished in position 14 with a time of 41:35,
Hot on Kev’s heels was Anni Stumpf at position 17 with a time of 41:50 and Katriona Sharpe finished at position 149 with a time of 1:06:31. Stu and Anni both won prizes for their finishes. Well done guys.
Taking in the sights and hitting a half marathon in Budapest were Matt Begg and Simone Rouse. Matt finished with a time of 1:35:25 while Simone finished with a time of 1:38:50.
While Manchester bound were Stephen Weston, Ian Harkness, Michael Irving, Mark Story, Lindsay Mechie, Andrew Graham, Kev Scott, Jo Hazell, Tony Mills, Ian Keal, Steve Claringbold, Dean Lightfoot, Sarah Hamilton and Frances Braithwaite for the Greater Manchester Marathon. Support crew also came down on the Saturday with some following down on the Sunday morning. Before announcing the marathon results I’d like to take a minute on behalf of all participants to thank the support crew for their kind words of encouragement pre-race and their support on the day. It was fully appreciated and hopefully we can repay the favour at another event to support you guys. Also a token of thanks to Lindsay Graham for managing to organise a group of well over 20 people into a reservation for Pizza Express and ensuring the orders were correct.
Now, to the results…
Stephen Weston – 2:42:13
Michael Irving – 2:46:02
Ian Harkness – 2:55:52
Andrew Graham – 3:11:45
Kevin Scott – 3:11:50
Lindsay Mechie – 3:13:41
Mark Story – 3:16:25
Joanne Hazell – 3:19:27
Tony Mills – 3:21:25
Ian Keal – 3:49:29
Steve Claringbold – 3:54:07
Dean Lightfoot – 4:57:55
Sarah Hamilton – 5:28:52
Frances Braithwaite – 5:33:28
Personally, it’s been great to see people’s journeys from where they began with us to doing 5k’s, 10k’s, 10 Milers, Half Marathons, 20 Milers and Marathons. Whatever your goal we’re pleased to be a part of it and will do our very best to help you attain it.
If you’re taking part in an event at the weekend please let us know. Again, just a small reminder to enter races as a DH Runner. If you have a problem with this then don’t hesitate to contact myself, Steve Claringbold, and I’ll speak to the organisers on your behalf.
And finally, the very best of luck goes to Paul Graves and Michelle Mackay in the London Marathon at the weekend.
Happy Running, Steve.
April 15th 2015
First up for the Weekly round-up was Carlisle parkrun - Congratulations to Nicola Jackson, Mark Davidson, Heidi Farren, Kirsty Mahoney, Ruth Woodhouse and on his 50th parkrun Matt Begg. Well done folks. Congratulations especially to Matt, who has ran 50 parkruns now and continues to excel at running. Not bad for someone who turned up to parkrun on a whim.
April 12th 2015 was probably one of our biggest group outings to date. The gang headed down to Lancaster for the Three Bridges 10k courtesy of Reays Coaches.
There was a heady mix of runners plus support crew (including the next generation of DH Runners).
On arrival in Lancaster everyone was jubilant to find that it was absolutely chucking it down. It meant that we could all find out if our waterproof mascara worked. Answer: It did.
11am, and soaked wet through, and we were off.
Three Bridges, as the name suggests, takes you over three bridges throughout the route as well as a climb up a whole bunch of steps at mile 3. Generally, other than the steps, the route is flat. Sunday was a wet and windy affair but despite that everyone put in an awesome effort. So how did we get on:
First up was Stu Windsor in position 11 with a time of 38:07
Next was Kev Mulvey in position 26 with a time of 40:37 (PB)
Olly Ewbank finished in position 33 with a time of 41:32 (PB)
Anni Stumpf was next up in position 44 with a time of 42:32. This was Anni’s first outing for DH Runners and resulted in an overall position of 3rd female finisher and a prize winning finish. Well done Anni.
Wayne Watson came in at position 58 with a time of 43:42 (I believe that was a PB Wayne?)
Next up was another prize winning finish with Steve Viney finishing in position 81 with a time of 46:04. (First Male Vet 65).
Susan Fawkes was next up with a time of 46:51 at position 88.
Next up was myself, Steve Claringbold, with a time of 47:43 at position 101.
Chris Knox came in next at position 122 with a time of 49:32.
Julie Story finished in position 127 with a time of 50:21.
Next up was Natalie Kay at position 129 with a time of 51:17.
Lindsay Graham finished with a time of 51:32 at position 133.
Team Captain Andy Baker rocked up next at position 139 with a time of 51:42.
Mike Holmes was next up with a time of 52:10 at position 143.
Diane Ackley finished with a time of 55:48 at position 188. (PB)
Nina Errington was next up with a time of 1:00:11 at position 223.
Kate Whalen was close behind with a time of 1:00:19 at position 224.
Hannah Beattie came in next with a time of 1:01:12 at position 231. (PB)
Immediately following was Andrea Young with a time of 1:01:16 at position 232.
Following next was Heidi Farren with a time of 1:02:17 at position 240.
Gillian Holmes came next with a time of 1:11:36 at position 272. (PB)
Emma Richardson finished up with a time of 1:12:59 at position 275.
There were some absolutely awesome track finishes with everyone pushing hard and moving up positions by hitting the track hard and finishing strong.
I'm sure there were a few more PB's in that lot but you didn't tell me did you, you naughty monkeys.
Meanwhile, on the bus home DH Runners Chairman Kev Mulvey managed another triumph by bagging himself a £1 goblet for his celebratory wine. Well done Kev...I'm sure we'll see the goblet make another appearance soon.
Point of order, most of you should have received your UKA registration numbers now. Please, please, please sign up to races using this and remember to sign up as a DH Runner. It makes my job a lot easier collating results for these round-ups. If the race sign up doesn't give you the option to sign up as a DH Runner please contact me and I'll get in touch with the organisers to get it rectified.
Best of luck to the team heading to Manchester for the marathon this weekend and also best wishes go to Simone and Matt who are heading to Budapest to take part in a half marathon. Good luck all.
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