LBAC… to the Capital!

Vitality London 10,000


On Bank Holiday Monday, Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club once again travelled down to the capital en masse to take part in the Vitality London 10000. With places at the Rio Olympics still to be decided there were a number of high profile elites leading us out as the route took in some of the major tourist sites of Central London.

The route headed out along the Mall and underneath Admiralty Arch, past Trafalgar Square, along the Strand, around the Bank of England, past St Paul’s, back along the Strand, down to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament before a final burst along Birdcage Walk to finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

As with last year, club was offered some complimentary places meaning that we had 13 members out pounding the Queen’s streets and able to soak up the unique atmosphere you only get when running in the capital.

A number of people achieved fantastic PBs in what was yet another successful day for the club and just shows how well we are doing as a whole.

Charlie, Sam, Jo, Andrew, Lisa, Alex and Susan prepare for the race in Green Park

Charlie, Sam, Jo, Andrew, Lisa, Alex and Susan prepare for the race in Green Park

First to finish was Elliot Hind, who fresh from his brush with being a minor celebrity the week before, broke Simon Coombes’ club record with a time of 32:19 and finished in 41st place overall. (Simon ran as well but was donning his Herne Hill colours for the day). More PBs followed with Adam and Sam smashing theirs and both running negative splits while Charlie had difficulty getting through the crowds in the first mile and would have certainly beaten his PB on a quieter course looking at his pace on the other 5 miles!

The first lady home for the club was Laura Brine who continued her marvellous run of PBs this year to get under the magic 40 minute mark for the first time and finish in 39:53 and the 92nd lady overall. Jo Sharples followed with a consistent run just ahead of Colin Postawa who was another to gain a PB.

Further PBs were achieved by Alex Killick and Annis Turner who have both put it down to the Monday night speed sessions they have been attending, (that’s not meant to be a plug!) Annis in particular ran a magnificent second half of the race, almost 3 minutes faster than the first half, so maybe there is some truth in it!

Full times and a summary of the LBAC runners can be found below. Hopefully we will be offered more free places next year so another group can tackle the capital in their quest for a 10k PB!

Place Place in Age Group Place in Gender Comment Name 5k Split Finish time
41 38 41 Club Record & PB Elliot Hind 16:10 32:19
246 184 227 PB Adam Haylock 18:05 36:05
339 238 305 PB Sam Dear 18:58 37:12
427 284 376 Charlie Mead 19:21 38:15
615 81 92 PB Laura Brine 19:50 39:53
1016 132 166 Johanna Sharples 21:15 42:26
1238 697 1026 PB Colin Postawa 21:30 43:33
1928 998 1589 Andrew Hallworth 23:09 46:24
2604 356 499 Lisa Bowyer 24:49 48:48
5718 1148 1705 PB Annis Turner 29:38 56:28
7479 351 2706 PB Alexandra Killick 30:41 1:00:31
10455 72 4709 Susan Johnson 34:29 1:10:40
10955 393 5074 Theresa Keefe 36:54 1:14:01