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Jun 27, 2022

Almosts Race to the Tower

After months of hard preparation, a number of club members were up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to tackle the Race To The Tower, a technically demanding but beautiful double marathon along the Cotswold Way. The Standish to Broadway route can either be tackled in one day or two, and the AAs had members taking on both formats. Running the 53 miles non-stop, Thom Stephens finished in a spectacular time of 10:10:24, putting him in an impressive 14th place overall. He set off with Jack Goodwin who finished in 11:42:25, Lizzie Renn who finished in 12:57:28, and Craig Bullingham who crossed the finish line in 14:18:29. Elliot Hodges reached Broadway Tower in a time of 12:29:33, Elzbieta Antosiewicz conquered the course in 13:32:31, and Glenda Gill put in a mighty run to finish in 15:08:16 just a week after Covid.

In the two-day format Rose Hubbard led the charge for the club, somehow managing a sprint finish to clock a time of 10:37:24, a first place category finish, second place woman and ninth place overall. Des Beer completed the weekend course in 13:49:58, making her fifteenth place woman and first placed in her category, and Graeme Stopp finished in 13:50:01.

Andrea Hardy took on the first day route from Standish to Cheltenham. She completed the marathon distance in 6:07:09, earning her a second place category finish and smashing her PB by 42 minutes.

But for some people, 53 miles on the Cotswold Way isn’t far enough. Mark Newton completed the epic 100km loop of the Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge in 13:54:46, climbing a ridiculous 8000 ft over the course of the event.

That wasn’t the only event to see club members flying up local hills this weekend. Shaun Carr (4:28) was first to finish in the Cheltenham Three Peaks Challenge, a 30km route crossing Cleeve Hill, Leckhampton Hill, and Crickley Hill, in support of the local charity St Vincent’s and St George’s Association. Bob Spawton, Gary Whiting and Julie Scourfiled also took part.

A long way from Gloucester Chaweewan Hartley ran the Match Run Bangkok Century event. Such was the heat and humidity locally that the event started at 4am, and Chaweewan was done in time for an early breakfast in 1:09:39.

On Sunday, many of those who weren’t resting their tired legs from huge distances covered the previous day took part in the Gloucester 10k, always a popular event with the club. Thirty three AAs completed the course, with Olga Goffin (44:48), Rachel O’Bryan (47:21), Alison Hume (52:05) and Hayley Woolnough (52:11) bringing home the 1st Ladies Team prize for the club. Second claim member Joanne Johnson earned a second place category finish with a strong 43:22. Mike Kennedy was the next club member to finish in 43:53, and earned a fourth place team finish alongside Ian Poole (44:08), Peter Morris (44:38) and Pete Mitchener (45:04).

Steve Yarnold ran a strong race to finish in 58:10, and there were PBs to celebrate for Jeffrey Tibbles (53:33), Mark James (57:45), Corinne Cooper (1:03:31) and Dave Nelson (1:06:36). Allan Green scored a first place category finish in 51:16.

There were a further two 10k events locally midweek. Ian Poole completed the first of his 10k double-header for the week at the Chippenham Longest Day 10k, finishing in 44:25. He was followed by Jeffrey Tibbles - who also did the Gloucester double - in 56:13, Cheryle Rodham (1:03:19), and David Lawrence (1:09:41).

On the same evening, other club members were tackling the Malvern Joggers 10k. Mike Kennedy was the first AA to finish in a time of 50:50 (another double 10k week), Edward Munro finished in 57:38, Victoria Kennedy in 1:04:10, and Phil Jeyes in 1:09:10.

Completing a busy round of 10ks for the week, the weekend also saw the hosting of the Race for Life 10k around Cheltenham Racecourse, with June Franks, Sandra Stuart, Jane and Steve Taylor all taking part.

Despite the busy schedule of events, plenty of club members still found time for a Parkrun on Saturday morning. Adrian Courtney reached the impressive milestone of 200 runs, with a 33:06 at Cheltenham. Nick Lewis was the first club finisher at that event in 20:13, while Matt Polson finished first place overall at Cheadle Hulme in 19:45. Mark Stojanov visited Evesham Parkrun for the first time (35:36), where Jeanette Gullick was fifth placed woman in 23:57.

During the week Allan Green ran the Ricky Races Marathon at Rickmansworth.



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Posted by: dave