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Ryton Pools 5, Ryton Pools Country Park, Coventry, Thursday 24th May 2018. Print

Nice warm evening for this 5 mile, 3 lap, mid -week journey around Ryton Pools Country Park. The scenery was splendid, the course mostly flat and the marshals plentiful and encouraging. Being a WRRL event nearly everyone there was in a club vest with masses of Leamington, Kenilworth, Spa Striders, Sphinx, K&D and Massey Fergusson etc. More moderate numbers represented Sparkhill with Andy Manning, Andy Wadsworth, Barry O'Neill and Andy Hussey making the trip. The general feeling was that it was well worth it and we would recommend this for next year. Many thanks to Spa Striders hosting an excellent event.

 105 Andrew Hussey 
 Andy Wadsworth 
 144 Barry O'Neill
 151 Andy Manning

339 runners completed the race.

Full results are currently available here .
Milton Keynes Marathon, Monday 7th May 2018 Print
Clare Bovil writes >
Although Milton Keynes might not spring to mind as the venue for the most inspiring of long distance events, however I was pleasantly surprised by the scenic course.  With the exception of the first 4 miles which were on-road, the remainder of the course was on cycle ways and traffic-free country lanes.  Given the temperature of 26oC I was pleased with my 3:53:04, 31st woman overall and 6th in my age group.   It was certainly a unique medal.

Sunderland Half Marathon, Sunday 13th May 2018 Print

Vicki Bone writes >

Jenny and I both applied for the Great North Run but weren't lucky enough to get in. Determined to do a North East half marathon I came across the Sunderland half marathon and persuaded Jenny to give it a go too. It was the 8th year of the event and only just over 1000 entrants took part though there was a 10k event too which seemed more popular. The run marketed itself as flat but the reviews seemed to paint a different picture and actually described it as undulating so we weren't sure what to expect.

The event was very well-organised and the weather conditions were perfect for us. Although not as hilly as some of the half marathons we've done it was not flat and involved traversing the city centre shopping street about four times. The twelfth mile seemed particularly hard going and had an uphill finish to finish us off completely! Jenny did really well and took an impressive chunk off her PB (those Sunday morning training runs with Manisha certainly paid off) and achieved a very good and well-deserved time of 2.01.  I managed to knock a minute off my PB to get 1.34.33 and was very pleased to finish as 10th female finisher as Paula Radcliffe gave it a miss this year which helped us mere mortals.

Jenny seems to have the half marathon bug now and is already planning her next one. I think Sunderland was a good course and would recommend it but don't believe them when they say it's a flat course (it isn't)!


 Vicki Bone 
  775 Jenny Price 


Full results can be found here .

BMAF road relays, Sutton Park, Sat 28th April 2018. Print

Another glorious day (I jest) at Sutton Park for the master' relays. We entered a ladies w35 team, a m45 team and two m55 teams. While the ladies team was predominantly w45, the m45 team was really a mishmash of age groups. The most important thing was a good competitive run from all athletes over the 5K course.

Ladies W35

 Jane Bartholomew 
 12 Vicki Bone
 13 Clare Bovill
 19 Manisha Parmar 

The team finish 19th of 29 complete teams

Men M55 'A'

 Nick Stringer 
  8 Darren Riley
 10 Andy Law

The team finish 10th of 29 complete teams

Men M55 'B'

 22 Tahir Ahktar 
 22 Andy Carroll 
 Rob Mills

The team finish 20th of 29 complete teams

Men M45

 Barry O'Neill 
 42 Dave Pearson 21.51
 42 Andy Wadsworth 
 41 Mick Edwards

The team finish 41st of 43 complete teams

Full results are currently available here and will eventually be available on the BMAF website .

Many thanks to Darren for arranging everything and Jenny for the tent and her support.

Sheffield Half Marathon, Sunday 8th April 2018 Print

Sunday 8th April was the date for the Sheffield half marathon, with a route change in recent years from exploring the industrial heritage of the region to one which heads out from the city centre down celebrated Ecclesall Road taking in its selection of bars, restaurants and independent shops before traversing uphill into Derbyshire giving some spectacular views of the city and the Peak District. With these scenic delights comes a route with some significant climbing, 958 ft according to the route plan, all essentially done in the first four and a quarter miles. After a gentle first mile from the city centre, the next four and a quarter miles of progressive uphill tests the legs, however once that high point has been reached significant downhill sections beckon the weary runner.

Just to add to the novelty a king and queen of the hill award is made over a timed mile towards the latter section of the climb, in case additional motivation was needed to exhaust oneself further over this section.
Wonderful marshals throughout with plenty of drinks stations, big race closed road feel, and incredibly supportive and appreciative crowds made this an event to remember, alongside the interesting yet challenging course. Highly recommended for those seeking a challenge next year, plus an impressive goody bag at the end.

Three Sparkhill runners on the day. (race positions and chip times)

 Andrew Wadsworth 
 Martin Millicheap 2:19:26 
 Gill Millicheap 2:36:10

5476 runners completed the race.

Full results are available here .

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