Thursday 3rd November 2016
Hello everyone, We’ve been updating the website over here at DH Towers so we’ve been holding off on adding content until it was all up and running. Having said that, it’s now time to get back to rounding up the results and events.
On September 17th Paul Todd was over in the US of A to take in the Houston Astros Badges and Bases Charity 10k in Houston, Texas. Paul finished the race in 67:31 and said afterwards that, “It was very hot but I still wore my DH T-Shirt. The finish line was inside the Houston Astros Baseball Stadium.”
On September 25th Stu Windsor, Andrew Pescod, Chris Knox, Louise Duffy, Anthony Nicholson and Kevin Scott were in attendance at the Stoneybeck 10k (Hosted by Eden Runners).
Stu Windsor finished 4th in 38:28
Kev Scott finished in 41:21
Chris Knox completed in 44:28
Andrew Pescod finished in 51:33
Louise Duffy was next up in 51:49
Closely followed by Anthony Nicholson in 52:07.
Also on September 25th Mel Warwick took part in the Pieces of Eight Half Marathon. Completing in 2:57.52 and bagging a nifty little medal to boot. The pieces of eight half marathon is set on the fantastic trails which surround the Penshaw Monument near Tyne and Wear.
Over in Berlin, also on September 25th, Emma Richardson was taking part in the Berlin Marathon. Emma finished the marathon in 6:25.23. Great work Emma.
Finally, rounding off September 25th, David Macgillvray was over in Windsor taking part in the Windsor Half Marathon.
October 2nd was also a busy day in terms of runners taking part in events.
In Chester, myself (Steve Claringbold), Stephen Weston and Ian Harkness take part in the Chester Marathon.
Wes crossed the line in 2:41.52 (in position 12th)
Harky finished in 2:56.24 (position 55)
And I finished in 3:31.55 (position 470) bagging an 18 minute PB in the process.
While over in Kielder Anthony Nicholson was taking part in the Kielder Marathon. Anthony finished in 4:22.09.
Heather Eccles took part in the Great Scottish run half marathon finishing in 1:42.15. The Great Scottish Run is held in Glasgow
But the big home event was the Cumbrian Run.
Paul Graves finished 2nd in a time of 1:13.12
Michael Irving finished in 1:22.00
Stuart Lightfoot completed in 1:22.52
Kevin Scott finished in 1:32.12
David Macgillivray was next up in 1:36.58
Tony Mills completed in 1:37.00
Chris Knox was next in 1:38.44
Michael Storey finished in 1:38.52
Followed by Andy Baker in 1:39.19
Brian Hazelwood completed in 1:39.54
Carl Deane was next up in 1:40.00
Matt Begg finished in 1:41.48
Matthew Holliday completed in 1:47.41
Caroline Evans finished in 1:47.43
Richard Henry was next in 1:50.56
Then Natalie Storey in 1:51.06
Daniel Gill was next up in 1:51.56
Lorna Graham finished in 1:56.45
Karl Douglas completed in 2:00.42
Fiona Moore finished in 2:05.01
Louise Porter crossed the line in 2:12.56
Steve Viney was next up in 2:16.11
Lucy Jackson completed in 2:19.03
And Nicola Jackson finished in 2:40.08
These results were picked up by filtering those who showed up on the results as DH Runners so if you’re missing from the results here it’s because you didn’t enter as a DH Runner.
Sunday October 9th saw several DH Runners head down to York to take part in both the Yorkshire Marathon and the Yorkshire 10 miler.
Taking part in their first marathon were Kate Whalen and Andrea Young. Both were nervous and excited on the morning of the race. I’m pleased to say that Andrea finished in 5:21.30 with Kate following in 5:21.31. Andrea was raising money for The Stroke Association while Kate was fundraising for Tiny Lives.
Also taking part in the marathon was myself (Steve Claringbold) finishing in 3:41.53.
Congratulations also need to go to Swindon Harriers runner Barrie Brown who ended up being seconded as a DH Runner for the day. Having been kidnapped by the ladies that morning poor Barrie didn’t know what hit him. Clearly shell-shocked by the force of nature that is the DH Runners ladies he was a sight to behold by the time he got to me but just about managed to get himself together for the start.
Barrie finished in a time of 3:47.21.
The 10 mile was also running that weekend and saw participation from Mark Drummond, Michelle Mackay and Frances Braithwaite.
Mark completed in 1:37.59
Michelle was up in 1:42.01
And Frances completed in 1:56.12 (for some reason Frances entered as a member of the 100 marathon club).
Sunday 9th October also saw Glenda Blakey take part in the Penrith Rotary Club Trail 10k. Glenda finished in 1:04.06.
Finally, also on Sunday 9th, the Ennerdale Ultra was taken in by Richard Henry, Daniel Gill and Andy Shannan. Andy took part in the 25km event and finished in 2:07.49. Daniel also took part in the 25km finishing in 2:40.53. Richard completed the 50km event in a time of 7:30.40. Well done to all on the amazing efforts.
Saturday October 15th saw Paul McKnespiey take part in the Grand Day Out Langdale 10k. Paul finished 3rd in a time of 45:52. This was the first running of this trail 10k and was part of a weekend of events aimed at raising funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.
Sunday October 16th saw a small group of DH Runners taking part in Manchester Half Marathon. Including the sneaky Nina Errington who kept her entry on the hush hush.
Bev Armstrong finished in 1:47.48
Derek Johnstone finished in 1:55.54
Paul Todd completed in 2:01.02
Followed by Nina Errington in 2:10.25
Kirsty Mahoney completed in 2:15.47
And Gordon Beattie finished in 2:44.52.
Sunday 16th October also saw Glenda Blakey take part in the Heart of Eden Half Marathon in Appleby finishing in a time of 2:10.38 over a challenging course. Well done Glenda.
Mel Warwick took part in the Ullswater Way Challenge (24 mile trail) on October 23rd finishing in a time of 6:27.36. Well done Mel.
Sunday 30th October saw Kevin Scott take part in the Lancaster Jailbreak 10k. The race starts on the famous Giant Axe site just a short walk from Lancaster Castle and finishes inside the castle itself. The last slog into the castle is up a steep incline and, having gone up it myself in the past, can definitely destroy the legs for the final stretch into the castle. Kev finished in 39.37 taking in 8th place in the process.
A return to the racing schedule saw the Morpeth to Newcastle Marathon. The original M2N started in 1904 as a half marathon. In 1983 the run was changed to a 14.1 mile road race and in 2002 was retruned to a standard half marathon. Sadly, due to various main road closures and rising costs the event was cancelled following the 2004 staging. Following various discussions between local councils and partnerships the event is back as a half marathon and marathon with a cycle sportive and a mini mile taking place also. Our very own Lindsay Mechie toed the start line for the marathon leg finishing in Newcastle Quayside in 9th place with a time of 3:00.53. Great going Lindsay.
Making his first entry onto the results is John McGibbon. John took part in the Cumbria Cross Country series race 2 at Penrith finishing in a time of 36.36. John said afterwards, “This is the 2nd race of the series with another 3 to go (Keswick, Workington and Carlisle) and is a great entry to cross country.”
And finally, our heartfelt congratulations and well wishes go to Stephen Weston. Not only has he bagged a PB at the Venice Marathon on Sunday October 23rd with a time of 2:40.46 (19 second PB) but he has also qualified to run for England next year in the marathon masters 35-39 category. Wes qualified following his fantastic effort at Chester. Following his qualification Wes said, “Absolutely over the moon that I've qualified to run for England next year in the marathon masters 35-39 category. If you want anything in life, go out and work for it, day in, day out. If you want it bad enough you’ll get what you deserve.”
I think that’s everything caught up on. If I’ve missed any events or anyone off any results I can only apologise. Normal service will be resumed next month.
Until next month - Happy Running, Steve.
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