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Madrid Half Marathon, 24th April 2016 Print

Well done to Micheal on another race a long way from home

 Micheal Brookes 

9823 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here

Madrid Marathon, Sunday April 24th 2016 Print

Following hot on the heels of her Manchester marathon run Clare also took in the sights of the Spanish capital.

Clare Bovill writes >

I flew to Madrid to take part in their Marathon on Sunday 24th April.  Having not run marathons so close together I was a little concerned that my legs would not have fully recovered from the previous race.  Thankfully they had and I completed it in a slightly slower 3:55:17.  I had taken the decision not to look at the course - just as well; according to my gps the elevation was 2279ft compared to Manchester's 268ft!  It was a scenic course around much of the centre of Madrid passing such famous sights as the Royal Palace, Royal Opera House and both the Bernabeu stadium (home of Real Madrid) and the Vicente Calderon stadium (home of Athletico Madrid)

 Clare Bovill 

10219 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Midland vets road relays, National Cycling Centre, Moira, Sunday 17th April. Print

It was a good mornings work for the four Sparkhill age group vets teams competing in the Midland vets road relay championships held at the national cycling centre, Moira on Sunday 17th April.

The course was a lap of just under three miles on the traffic free grit paths that go all around the area. Although it was fairly flat, it was made more difficult by the ‘twisty’ nature of course, indeed at one point there was a section of eight 180 degree ‘chicanes’ to negotiate. Despite this, two Sparkhill teams finished in podium positions:  

The M65 team finished 1st (Mick Edwards, Martin Millicheap, Barry Crowley).

The M55 team finished 2nd (Mark Arnold, Tahir Ahktar, Rob Mills)

The M45 team were 6th(Nick Stringer, Darren Riley, Andy Carroll, Paul Shipway)

The W35 were 4th (Jane Bartholomew, Clare Bovill, Manisha Parmar)

Nick won the ‘award’ for the fastest Sparkhill leg on the day.

Full results and photographs can be found on the Midland Masters website .

Asics Greater Manchester Marathon, Sunday April 10th 2016. Print

Clare Bovill writes >

On Sunday 10th April I took part in the Manchester Marathon.  This race had been recommended to me by Rob and Kevin, both of whom had done it last year and said it was a fast, flat course and excellent organisation.  The first two I would agree with, however the day was slightly marred by the chaotic baggage reclaim system.  Some runners were left waiting for up to 3 hours for their bags.  I was in the fortunate position of being able to return to my friend's house, shower and return later to collect my things.  It was a beautiful day, had the weather not been so kind it could have been so different and doesn't bear thinking about.  Hopefully the organisers will have learned lessons from this and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the course with great crowd support.  I completed it in 3:53:06.  Kevin Morris (4:12:00) and Frank Inman (3.11.55) also took part.

 778 Frank Inman 
 Clare Bovill 
 5179 Kevin Morris

15149 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Midland Men's 12 stage and Women's 6 stage relays, Sutton Park, Sat 2nd April 2016 Print

ImageThis incorporated the 12 stage for men and 6 stage for ladies. Long legs are given in bold. This year the ladies were also running long legs.


 Jane Bartholomew 
 Jenny Price 26.06
 Clare Bovill 
 Sophie Arnold
 Liz Blake
 Leanne Curl

(long legs in bold)

The team finished 29th or 46 complete teams.

Full results can be found here .

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