Marian’s Weekly Race Report – w/c 17/03/14

The latest Club Championship race, the Lightwater Valley 10k, attracted almost 30 members out of a field of 303.  The multi-terrain course had some awkward gravelly tracks at times, with short stretches of road helping to even things out a bit, but as ever recently, the wind was a constant factor.  At least the course was almost totally dry!  There was serious competition among club members, and Walter Busuttil ran well to finish 17th in 39.15 with Stephan Tomaszewski 18th in 39.26,  Rob Burn 30th in 41.22 just pipping Rob Lickley, 31st in 41.26. Paul Atkinson was next, 43rd in 43.14,  Iain Milner 53rd in 44.19,  Martyn Coy 55th in 44.27,  Marc Davies 90th in 47.15,  Hilary Coventry 108th in 48.24,  Hywel Smith 112th in 48.44,  Bryan Miller 122nd in 49.25,  Mandy Capell 129th in 49.45,   Geoff Bullock 135th in 50.13,  Alan Rylance 142nd in 50.45,  Duncan Fothergill, in his first outing for the club, and, in fact, his first 10k, 164th in a very promising 52.42,  Brian Smith 180th in 54.20,  Chris Sykes 182nd in 54.23,  Faith Coy 186th in 54.27, just ahead of David Goddard, 187th in 54.33,  Claire Gillan 226th in 57.54,  Andrea Almack 230th in 58.39, Christine Burn 232nd in 58.54,  Janet Balmain 243rd in 59.30,  Lynne Jackson 254th in 60.12,  Ian Codling 274th in 65.08,  Bev Davies 293rd in 73.25,  Marian Codling 297th in 75.37 and Pamela Sherlock 298th in 77.37.

Harriers at the finish at the Lightwater Valley 10k  
L to R, mostly in club vests,  Andrea Almack,  Bryan Miller,  Claire Gillan,  Lynne Jackson,  Bev Davies,  Brian Smith, Faith Coy,  Martyn Coy  

Alan Harman was among the 591 entrants of the Northumberland Half Marathon, where strong cold winds were a serious handicap, and Alan took 2.00.06, just missing the magic 2 hour mark!

To round off a relaxing weekend in Derbyshire, Alan Wikeley decided to enter the Wolf’s Pit Category A Fell Race in the Hope Valley!  The race, incorporating the Nottinghamshire County Fell Race Championships, had a field of about 400, and was 9.2k in distance with about 1500 feet of climb!  There was a punchy 600 feet to climb almost at the beginning, and  – a real sting in the tail – the same climb had to be repeated near the end, with open moorland and a severe drop down before the final climb.  Once again, it was cold and windy making conditions far from ideal.

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