Blisworth & Bearbrook

The 6th August saw five LBAC members completing the annual running of the Blisworth Friday 5. The village of Blisworth is in rural Northamptonshire between Towcester and Northampton. The race was our club championship event for many years and is still very well run by Wootton Road Runners.

In what was a very unusual circumstance, there were more LBAC ladies taking part than the men. Emma Langdon, doing her first LBAC race for many years, was the first of the fairer sex home at sub 8 minute mile pace with 39:37. Nikki Inchley was pretty pleased with her time too as she’s done very little running over the last few years and managed to clock 42:43 to give herself a target for next time around. Nikki was about a minute ahead of Liz Miller, who has suddenly got a taste for racing again as she set a new club record of 43:45 and took 2nd place in the V60 category. read more

Cranfield 5

On Friday 2nd July 18 LBAC athletes went over to Cranfield University to compete in the club and county championships over 5 miles. On a humid night on a fairly flat course, some excellent performances were put in by the various club members.

On the ladies front, Amanda Martin managed to go around the course at under 10 minute mile pace for the first time ever and so is already planning her next venture. In front of Amanda, both Jane Sauer and Amy Inchley were very pleased with their respective PB’s! It was Jane’s first 5 mile race but was nonetheless delighted at the time she acheived just behind Amy who crossed the line smiling as both ducked under 40 minutes. The only other lady to venture onto student territory was Jill Richardson who took the club title by being a second under 38 minutes. read more

Luton 5 & MK 10K

Last Friday Fiona Towell was Leighton's sole representative in the John O'Callaghan 5 mile race in Luton. Her trip over there was definitely worthwhile though as she continued her run of improving form this year by achieving a new PB over the distance. Fi was delighted to clock 43.27 which was 20 seconds quicker than she has ever run before. She then managed to follow that up with the final glory leg for the victorious ladies team in the Greensand Ridge Relay, so all in all a good weekend. read more

Harborough 5

For those of you that are avid readers of the news updates and desperate to know how Richard got on at Market Harborough in his quest to beat his Banbury time…..well. At Banbury he was very disappointed with his 40:27 and took on the nasty Harborough course on Tuesday with extra determination and finshed up the hill to record 39:41 which made him very happy. It's amazing what 46 seconds can do for some people!

Wolverton 5

Simon Coombes lead out a team of ladies around the Wolverton 5 course on Saturday afternoon. The race, which has been running for many years, is now run around the shores of Willen Lake in Milton Keynes and attracts a some top athletes from the region at the front end of the field.

Simon's finishing time of 28.28, whilst being someway off his best, is a very respecatble time and yet only earned him 30th position in the race, which was won in 24.42 by Adam Bowden of Harrow AC. Following Simon home was club president Gail Duckworth, who's time of 31.16 gave her the award for 1st V50 by a very comfortable distance. However, we also understand that Gail's time now ranks her as the number one V50 in the country over the distance. This is a fantastic achievment Gail and so congratulations from everyone at the club. read more

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