Thursday 4th May 2017
Yet again there is a lot going on so let’s get straight down to the results and round-ups for April.
It seems like ages since a bunch of DH Runners headed down to Manchester to take part in the Manchester Marathon on April 2nd. So many events have taken place since that it seems a lot longer than just four weeks ago.
18 DH Runners (plus supporters) took part on the day including many making their marathon debuts.
The results as follows:
Michael Irving – 2:45.26, Ian Harkness – 2:50.27, Lindsay Mechie – 2:55.51, Matt Tyson – 3:05.37, Stuart Lightfoot – 3:07.44, Anni Stumpf – 3:08.12, Steve Claringbold – 3:24.45, Tony Mills – 3:26.40, Brian Hazelwood – 3:41.57, Bev Armstrong – 3:44.30, Richard Henry – 4:16.27, Paul Todd – 4:25.14, Kathryn Holliday – 4:30.52, Glen Blakey – 4:47.33, Mark Drummond – 4:48.49, Helen Cupac – 5:37.39, Nicola Jackson – 5:37.40 and Gordon Beattie – 6:19.24.
Congratulations to all those who set course PB’s and those who completed their first marathon. It was an emotional day all around and it was a great day to be a part of.
Also on Sunday 2nd April a small group headed over to Buttermere to take part in the Buttermere 10 Trail Run.
Overall winner was our very own Michael Holliday who finished in a time of 1:09.09. Also taking part for DH Runners was Keith Atkinson (01:39.30), Rosie Billet (01:39.46) and Daniel Gill (01:49.21). A huge congratulation goes to Michael for the win.
The Brigham 10k was held on Sunday 9th April. Taking part were Matt Charlton, John McGibbon, Martin Grey, Caroline Evans, Andrea Young and Mark Drummond.
Results as follows:
Matt – 40:32 with an impressive 7th place finish, John – 46:14, Martin – 46.57, Caroline – 52:37, Andrea – 59:55 and Mark – 59:57. Well done everyone, great running.
Also on Sunday 9th April was the 3 Villages 10. A 10 mile road race taking in the villages of Wetheral, Cumwhinton and Scotby.
Due to it being a local event there were plenty of DH Runners in attendance (as well as those who marshalled and volunteered). Results as follows:
Stu Windsor – 1:06.42, Andrew Graham – 1:10.24, Heather Eccles – 1:15.55, David McGillivray – 1:15.55, Simon Dolman – 1:19.28, Lynn Connolly – 1:22.19, Chris Knox – 1:22.34, Andrew Pescod – 1:22.38, Anthony Nicholson – 1:27.33, Shona Carey – 1:31.22, Mel Warwick – 1:32.08, Hannah Baker – 1:33.21, Carl Douglas – 1:33.39, Glen Blakey – 1:33.43, Michael Holmes – 1:36.41, Kate Imrie – 1:37.53, Steven Storey – 1:38.25, Suzanne Osborne – 1:39.36, Tracey Pagin – 1:41.08, Rebecca Wilson – 1:42.19, Heather Harrison – 1:46.25, Russell Hind – 1:46.29, Rachel Lee – 1:46.55, Jill Glencross – 1:47.25, JP Whalen – 1:47.33, Emma Taylor – 1:49.42 and Kate Whalen – 1:53.11.
A great turn-out all in all. Well done everyone and many thanks to those who volunteered to help Sport in Action on the day.
Also taking part were some new club members – Carole Steel (1:47.23), Garry English (1:48.10) and Susan Steel (1:52.37). Welcome to the club.
A few club members headed down to Cockermouth on Saturday 15th April to take part in the Isel Cross 5.5mile road race. Matt Charlton finished 10th with a time of 36:01 with John McGibbon finishing in 42:24 and Caroline Evans in 45:12. That’s some great running from you all.
Wednesday 19th April saw the Round The Houses 10k organised by our friends at Keswick AC. Results as follows:
Matt Charlton – 33:40, Andrew Graham – 36:04, Tony Mills – 38:09, Michael Storey – 39:07, David McGillivray – 39:13, John McGibbon – 39:45, Beverley Armstrong – 40:55, Lynn Connolly – 40:55, Caroline Evans – 42:19, Hannah Baker – 45:05, Mark Drummond – 45:52, Tracey Pagin – 47:16, Paul Todd – 48:11, Karl Douglas – 48:15, Carol Douglas – 48:16, Glen Blakey – 48:31, Andrea Young – 49:11, Christine Alcock – 51:45, Emma Taylor – 52:38, Adrienne Harris – 57:23, Michelle Mackay – 58:52, Sarah Hamilton – 58:58 and Gordon Beattie – 1:02.30.
From what I hear the highlights of the evening were the epic hill on the course, Lindsay’s Facebook Live video plus hilarious commentary and the post run chips. What a great turnout.
Next up was the London Marathon. Taking place on Sunday 23rd April it was set to yet again be the main event on the running calendar. Again, club runners headed down to the big smoke with plenty of supporters in toe and again there were experience marathon runners and those taking part for the first time.
Paul Graves – 2:31.48 finishing an astonishing 85th overall, Stephen Weston – 2:42.41, Michael Irving – 2:47.34, Paul McKniespiey – 2:57.48, Stu Windsor (club ballot winner) – 3:06.28, Kevin Scott – 3:24.24, Susan Fawkes – 3:35.15, Anthony Nicholson – 4:21.17, Kirsty Mahoney – 5:09.40 and Adrienne Harris – 5:10.24.
Conditions on the day were pretty warm by all accounts but from what I’ve heard everyone seemed to have a great experience nonetheless.
Also taking place on Sunday 23rd April was the Blackpool Half Marathon and Marathon.
Taking part in the half were John Colquhoun, Paul Todd and Michael Pearce.
John finished in 1:41.41, Paul in 1:55.20 and Michael in 2:00.36.
In the marathon were myself (Steve Claringbold) and Dan Mullinder. Dan finished in 3:23.47 and I finished in 3:38.16.
Again, the conditions were scorching on what was difficult, and sometimes lonely, course.
Which brings us on to the secret marathon of one Julie Story. Julie rocked up to the Madrid Rock N’ Roll Marathon (also on Sunday 23rd April) and finished in 4:08.23 equalling her PB in the process. Well done Julie.
The Keswick Half Marathon (dubbed the hardest half marathon you’ll ever take part in) took place on Sunday 30th April.
Martin Grey and Paul Todd were both in attendance with Martin finishing in 1:46.30 and Paul finishing in 2:08.49.
Also on the 30th April was the Three Bridges 10k in Lancaster which saw attendance from myself (Steve Claringbold), Heather Eccles and John McGibbon.
Results were: Steve – 41:30, Heather – 43:46 and John – 44:01. It’s a pretty fast course with the exception of the two sets of steps that you have to navigate around halfway.
Taking part in the Highland Fling 53 Mile Ultra was Michael Holliday who finished in an impressive time of 9:05.53. Michael was supported by his partner Rosie and was powered by Irn Bru and Chocolate Milkshake. You can read more about Michael’s adventure at his blog - http://timeonfeet.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/highlan...
Sunday 30th April also saw a bit of a DH Runners club outing into the nightlife of Carlisle to let our hair down for a bit. A good night was had by all (maybe too much of one in some cases!!!).
May doesn’t seem to be letting up in terms of events. We have a club road trip to Lancaster to take part in Lancaster Race Series 5k. Some of our beginners will be taking part and we wish them the very best of luck.
There will also be attendance at Chester Half Marathon, Lazonby 10k and Liverpool Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon and Marathon.
Best of luck to everyone whatever you have planned.
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