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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 .

Wrexham Marathon Festival 2017, Sunday 12th March 2017, Wrexham. Print

Congratulations to Vicki on smashing her marathon PB by an hour or so.

A few words from the lady herself:

This is what a PB looks likeThe last thing on my running wishlist was a sub 4 hour marathon so I decided to take on the challenge! I'd run the London Marathon but, on both occasions, the weather had been a bit too warm for me and I'd found it a real struggle. With that in mind I came across the Wrexham marathon scheduled for early March and thought it incredibly unlikely that North Wales would be affected by any kind of heatwave at that time of year. I did find the extra training quite daunting but luckily Emma and Jenny accompanied me on some of my evening runs which made the runs more bearable and even good fun.

Unfortunately I got tendonitis in my foot over Christmas which meant 5 weeks of no running but, as soon as I could, I started to build up the longer runs but just ran 3 times a week instead of 5 and hoped I would be ok on the day. Wrexham was not quite what I expected but the advantages it had were the ease of parking (right at the start and finish area) and not many people take part compared with London and Manchester. The course itself was not exactly scenic and seemed to involve miles of running around industrial estates and biscuit factories but the crowds did support us and provided extra water and custard creams. It did have a few hills but nothing horrendous. I was determined to get round and was so pleased with my time of 3.35.12. It was a lovely surprise to see that time as I hadn't checked my watch the whole way round. I was particularly pleased and surprised to be second female in my group and fifth overall especially having lost 5 weeks of training.

I've promised my friends and family (and Craig) that I won't do any more marathons now and I'll happily stick to that. I would recommend Wrexham to anyone who wants to do a less crowded marathon but you'll have to sacrifice the buzz and atmosphere that other marathons have and learn to love Welsh industrial estates.


 Vicki Bone 

167 runners completed the marathon.

Vicki was 5th female and 2nd female  in her age group. Congratulations.

Full results can be found here .

Tamworth 10K, Sunday 9th October 2016 Print

Vicki Bone writes >

Jenny, Mick and I took part in the Tamworth 10k on Sunday 9th October. It was the first time I’d been to Tamworth but a few people had recommended the course as it was reasonably flat and scenic. It was a nice run to do and seemed quite well-organised apart from the inflatable finish tower collapsed at one point and the timing clock at the end stopped! Both were quickly fixed. There was some nice scenic parts by the canal and the castle and was very well-supported. We were all pleased with how we did and I was really pleased to come second out of the ladies and receive a trophy!

From the event website >

Today’s TCR FM TAMWORTH 10k was won in style by Lloyd Biddell (Mercia Fell Runners) in a fast time of 34:14 on a dry and still early autumn morning, drawing a record entry since the race was relaunched in 2012. Biddell really turned the afterburners on in the second 5k and pulled away from second placed Simon Birch (Hinckley Running Club) 34:47 who pipped third placed Scott Hudspith (Tamworth AC) (same time) on the line!!
First female athlete home (and seventh overall) was Sarah Julius in a very creditable 39.12 with Vicki Bone (Sparkhill Harriers) was second home in 42:51 and Libby Dunne (Cannock and Stafford AC) third in 44:52.

  Gender position 
 Vicki Bone 
 Mick Edwards 
 52     46.37   
 Jenny Price 25     51.18 

 There is a nice picture of the leading ladies including Vicki with her trophy on the event website above.

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