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Midland vets road relays, Moira, Sunday 23rd April 2017 Print

Four Sparkhill teams had a successful morning in the Midland vets road relays on Sunday 23rd April at Moira. On a 4.4km course the M65 team of Mick Edwards, Barry Crowley and Martin Millicheap defended their title to again win their category. The M55 team (Patrick Finnegan, Andy Wadsworth, Tahir Ahktar) finished second as did the M45 team (Nick Stringer, Grahame Hygate, Darren Riley, Rob Mills). The W45 team of Manisha Parmar and Gil Millicheap were leading however had an incomplete team on the day.

Individual leg teams on the day were:
M65: M.Edwards 19.36, B.Crowley 21.52, M.Millicheap 21.51
M55: P.Finnegan 17.15, A.Wadsworth 17.28, T.Akhtar 18.11
M45: N.Stringer 15.58, G.Hygate 18.31, D.Riley 16.32, R.Mills 18.28
W45: M.Parmar 24.41, G.Millicheap 27.17  
Great runs by all who took part.

Full results can be found here .

Paris Marathon, Sunday 9th April 2017 Print

Clare Bovill writes >

Preparation in the week before had been affected by my father’s sudden illness and subsequent unexpected death, so it was with mixed feelings that I headed to France.

On a very hot day - 25 degrees - I was pleased with my time of 3:50:01.  I had been on track to get a 3:40 time but I pulled a calf muscle at 18 miles and had to slow down and reduce my cadence.

I finished in the top 25% overall and the top 9% of women.

Please thank those club members who offered messages of support and condolence at a very difficult time, they were really valued. 

 Clare Bovill 

42483 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Massey Ferguson Tractor 10k, Stoneleigh, Sunday 16th April 2017 Print

Andrew Wadsworth writes>

Easter Sunday and the inaugural race in the Warwickshire Road Race League for 2017, this year the event moved from the War Memorial Park to the site previously used by the Royal Showground, which meant among other things plenty of parking as well as good pre and post facilities for the runners.

The course was almost flat, a couple of gentle inclines per lap, two and three quarter laps in total, with an additional small lap to start, plus a 200m final sprint to the finish away from the main route. Perhaps slightly more turns than one would expect in a typical road race, and the occasional speed bump to be aware of, however it had the great advantage of being completely traffic free

Four representatives from Sparkhill Harriers, all completing the course in respectable times


  Andrew Wadsworth 



  Andy Manning



  Emma Donnelly 



  Mick Edwards


As always the organisation by the Massey club was excellent, prize-winners receiving trophies and Easter Eggs. Despite it being Easter Sunday the results were published that evening, with the promise of photos to come later.

It was advertised as a PB course, and as I managed that, who am I to disagree.

365 runners participated in the event, mainly club runners.

Full results can be found here

Solihull Half marathon, Sunday 2nd April 2017 Print

Finally, the running of the first Solihull half marathon after last years postponement. The  course appears to have  been generally well received.

Vicki Bone writes >

A few of us took part in the first ever Solihull half marathon on Sunday 2nd April. Quite hilly in places but a good course and definitely worth another go.

 71 Tahir Akhtar 
 85 Vicki Bone 1.38.51
 123 John Goulding  1.43.39
 147 Andrew Hussey 1.45.41
 160 Emma Donnelly 1.46.43
 Patrick Purcell 1.48.53
 211 Mark Williams

729 runners completed the race .

Full results can be found here .

Midlands 12 and 6 stage relays, Sutton Park, Sat 25th March 2017 Print

mcaaLadies 6-stage

 Emma Donnelly 
 51 Manisha Parmar 
 48 Clare Bovill 41:15
 47 Sarah Norman 30:11
 46 Pauline Hygate 25:31 
 45 Jennifer Price 26:50

The team finished 44th in 3:14:15

Full results for the ladies' race can be found here .

Men's 12 stage

 Paul Webster 
 52 Darren Riley 34:26 
 52 Nick Stringer 33:40 
 53 Stuart Underwood 
 54 Grahame Hygate 22:28
 54 Daniel Roulston 21:23
 49 Patrick Finnegan 20:24
 47 Andy Manning 21:33
 50 Robert Mills 22:55
 49 Charles Fentiman 23:47
 49 Tahir Akhtar 21:43
 48 John Goulding 21:52

Team finished 47th in 5:14:42

We also had an incomplete 'B' result

 Mark Arnold 
 73 Pete Reeves 
 72 Kevin Morris
 71 Mick Edwards 
 69 Barry Crowley 
 69 Craig Hinks

Full results for the mens' race can be found here .

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