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Solihull Half Marathon, Sunday 8th April 2018 Print

Vicki writes:

Four of us took part in the second Solihull half marathon on the 8th April. Tahir was there too but as a photographer rather than a participant. I couldn’t remember much about the course from the previous year but it soon came back to me, especially when battling up some of the hills! It’s a very scenic route and great that it’s so local for us. It was very well-organised too and a lot of clubs were represented. I was pleased to take two minutes off last year’s time (it was only 2 weeks after the marathon I’d done last year) and to finish as 7th female finisher.  Team Sparkhill all did very well. Hopefully more of us will be able to do it next year.

 Vicki Bone 
 Dave Pearson 1.40.11
 Emma Donnelly  1.43.44
 Simon Sheppard 1.49.56 

Full results can be found here .

Midland Spring Road Relays, Sat 17th March 2018, Sutton Park, Birmingham Print

ImageThe day started with the 5K age group championships and 1st and 2nd places for Zac and Dillon in the under 17 boys. Further report to follow.

The Ladies 6 stage and Men's 12 stage races are pretty much run concurrently so it is a great chance to see each other and give support. This was useful as conditions on the day were awful and any encouragement was gratefully accepted. The amber weather warning, gusty winds and the 'min-beast from the east' seemed to have had an effect on numbers which was evident from the thinning of the field and the lack of club tents. With many local events being cancelled this weekend we were probably lucky to be running at all. However, there was still plenty of quality racing going on. Everyone gave their best under extremely taxing conditions and debutante Tim even said he really enjoyed it. Weird. Maybe that had something to do with a 5K PB.  Rob came in looking like he had been in a snowball fight whilst Tahir was considering his previous life choice to leave sunny Leeds for snowy Birmingham.

Ladies A 6 stage (long legs in bold)

 Clare Bovill
 32 Clare Molloy 
 27 Emma Donnelly 
 27 Kitty Iles
 26 Claire Welbourn
 26 Jenny Price

B (incomplete)

 Manisha Parmar
 53 Gill Millicheap


Men 12 stage (long legs in bold)

 Tahir Akhtar 
 45 Nick Stringer 
 45 Andy Law
 46 Barry O'Neill
 46 Paul Webster 
 47 Kevin Morris
 47 Dave Pearson
 46 Patrick Finnegan 
 45 Rob Mills
 43 Andy Carrol
 41 Barry Crowley
 42 Tim Hughes

Full results can be found here .

Many thanks to the organisers and marshals for their efforts and suffering in the cold.


Midland Counties Road Relays, Sutton Park, Saturday 23rd September 2017 Print

ImageSenior Men (6x5.88km)

 Mark Williams 
 Nick Stringer
 74 Patrick Finnegan  24.18
 Tahir Akhtar
 69 Stuart Underwood 
 71 Barry O'Neill

Team finished 70th of 101 complete teams in 2.23.47.

Full results can be found here .

Masters Men (6x5.88km)


 Andrew Manning
 22 Andy Law
 Craig Hinks
 22 Rob Mills
 21 Stuart Minchin
 21 Dave Pearson

Team finished 21st of 22 complete teams in 2.40.09.

B (incomplete)

 Simon Shepherd 
 Barry Crowley
 Martin Millicheap
 Mick Edwards

Full results can be found here .


Senior Ladies (4x4.33km)


 Emma Donnelly 
 Clare Bovill
 83 Gill Millicheap
 77 Pauline Hygate

Team finished 74th of 99 complete teams in 1.26.24.

B (incomplete)

 Jenny Price 

Full results can be found here .

Wolverhampton Half Marathon, Sunday 3rd September 2017 Print

Katie and I took part in the Wolverhampton Half Marathon today (3.9.17). It was the 20th anniversary of the event which was an added bonus too. Luckily the weather turned out perfect for us as it was cooler with a nice cooling drizzle too which made running much more bearable. The course isn't the most scenic but there was a nice part along the canal and the residents whose estates we invaded were keen to cheer us on. It is an undulating course but the hills aren't too horrific. It was very well-organised too as there was a marathon, half-marathon and 10k event plus a cycle race all going on at the same time so the marshals did very well. We both really enjoyed the event and I was very pleased to come first in my age category. I think we both would recommend it and the Greggs goody bag at the end did the trick!


 Vicki Bone 
 Katie Meredith 1.51.31

586 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Ballater 10, Sunday 30th July 2017 Print

Perhaps a little far away for most, but a wonderful place to run.

Where you may ask, well a quick Google map check shows a round trip from the Fox Hollies clubhouse of 816 miles so perhaps a little far for a day trip, however if you happen to be holidaying in the Cairngorms or visiting friends at nearby Balmoral for the weekend of this race I can strongly recommend. Ballater is a very pretty village or maybe a small town situated on the river Dee, and the race mainly on quiet roads, although a couple of miles were on forest roads, weaves it way alongside a couple of rivers, through forested areas, in stunningly beautiful countryside. A couple of short off road diversions (as some roads were washed away in the floods of 2015 and are not yet repaired) added to the challenge. Quite a late start for a race (midday) but given the rural nature of this part of Aberdeenshire I guess that is to allow sufficient time for participants to arrive.

The event was organised by local club Deeside runners and was well marshalled and organised. Personally I really enjoyed this event, perhaps could have gone somewhat faster, but gawping at all the gorgeous countryside as I ran is perhaps not the best single minded focus.

 Andrew Wadsworth 

222 runners, a mixture of local clubs and a few visitors from further afield including the winner from Poland, plus non club participants, prizes for the top three in each gender and age category of beer, cheese (or both for the first).

Full results can be found here

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