Norwich Half Marathon
To start Well done to Husband and wife duo, Kevin and Eve Walpole who took part in the City of Norwich Half marathon at the weekend. It was the couple’s first attempt at the 13.1 mile distance being relatively new to the running circuit. The couple had been scheduled to run their first half marathon earlier in the year but cancelled due to the snow. A delayed debut saw the couple benefit from extra training and fine race conditions. Kevin, fought off a sore throat and bad cold to finish in a time of 1:34:46 with Eve crossing the line in 1:50:25.
National Road relays
Four weeks after the qualifying Midland relay event where the conditions were akin to mid-winter saw Leamington C & A C return to Sutton Park for the National Road Relays in much warmer conditions. Although clashing with the local Regency 10k the following day, the club was able to put together strong teams.
The course around Sutton Park is not flat and at times exposed to strong winds and consists of long stages of 5.38 miles and shorter 3.165 mile efforts. Team Managers had set a target of sub 5 hours and top 50 for the men. Sub 2.45 and top 40 for the women and both were achieved with plenty to spare.
The men set off first with Paul Andrew coming in 29 minutes 24 seconds for 46thout of the starting 69 teams before the shorter stage from Jack Savage 19.01 (57th) and Callum Hanlon storming round for 28.03 to move the club up 16 places to 41st. London based Charlie Eastaugh was next woth 17.07 (37th), Club Captain Phil Gould 30.47 (36th) and half way reached with John Knibb’s 18.42 (38th).
Well on target Johnny Brown suffering on the long stage with 33.45 (44th) didn’t take the emphasis away from the targets. Junior’s Keiran Chahal 18.24 (44th) Greg West 30.55 (44th) and Dean Mawby 18.30 kept the club up in 43rdplace. The final two runners, who are both running the London Marathon this Sunday, Rich Merrell 30.51 (43rd) and Charlie Staveley 18.07 brought the team home for 40thand breaking the time target in 4 hours 53.36. Tonbridge AC Won the Race in 4.17:24.
The women set off 20 minutes later also with a long stage from Zara Blower, lacking a bit of strength at the end she recorded a consistent 36.14 for 40thof the 54 staring teams. The next two stages are over the shorter distance with Elaine Sherwin running without her dog this time setting a time of 21.26 (39th) and Jade Holt’s 20.59 to move up 4 places. Courtney Thornberry, also taking on London ran the longer stage in 40.30 (38th) before Saffia Del Torre 21.57 (35th) and debutant Laura Fuller bring the team home in 20.50, a total time of 2 hours 41:56 and 30thposition. Leeds AC won the race in 2.11:27.