Those of you that have been following Ruth Conquest's progress over the last few months will be pleased to know that despite the difficulties she had last Wednesday night, Ruth was able to complete the Silverstone half marathon on Sunday. It was by far the longest race she has ever done and shows great determination to get around the course in two hours and forty-five minutes.
Category Archives: Half Marathon
Last Sunday seemed to be the ideal day for clubs to host half marathon's, in preperation for the upcomin London marathon and eight LBAC runners were out running in three different races. The furthest distance was travelled by Joby Hobbs, who went down to Bath for their prestigious race. Despite having had an up and down last six months, Joby managed a PB over the 13.1 miles and completed the course in 1:25:19, finishing 280th out of over 10,000 runners.
In the Berkhamstead Half Marathon Chris Norman took to the streets and ducked under 1.30 for the first time with 1:28:44 despite spending Saturday sobering up after developing a new nickname on Friday at the bowling! Jane Sauer and Louise Flack also both ran with Jane achieving a new PB of 1:52:23 off the back of an injury prone winter and Louise clocking 1:52:44.
There were some excellent performances last weekend at the Watford half marathon as three LBAC athletes took on a race that is traditionally a warm-up towards a spring marathon.
First home was Ian Hosley, who's time of 1.28.57 was a personal best over the distance and continues an excellent run of form that Ian has had on the road. Following him back into Cassiobury Park was Fred Watt, who's time of 1.34.46 saw him finish in 293rd out 1849 runners, which is very good indeed for our leading V60. The third and final person to cross the line for the club was Jill Richardson, who was delighted to smash five minutes of her previous best time over the distance to complete the 13.1 miles in 1.43.48. Apparently they are all looking to continue their strong form in the Milton Keynes half marathon in March.
Twelve LBAC athletes enjoyed success in the last club championship race of the year at the Bedford Half Marathon. The day was chilly and damp, but the rain stayed away to give everyone excellent running conditions over the tough undulating course.
There were two ladies who took the opportunity to compete in a big half marathon close to home. Claire Kleanthous is looking to increase her running, having spent a few years focussing on the other two aspects of triathlon and came home in 2.18. Ahead of Claire, Amy Inchley retained her half marathon title with a time of 1.55.12. Having had an up and down couple of months, she was pretty pleased with the solid time.
Last weekend Peter Mackrell made the short trip over to the Stevenage for the annual half marathon hosted by Fairlands Valley Spartans. On what was a pretty wet and windy day, Peter's northern upbringing made him feel right at home. Not only did he finish in an excellent 14th position out of 677 finishers he smashed his personal best time by recording a superb 1.19.55, although he has commented that a V45 lady pipped him by 2 seconds – sorry Peter. This just goe sto show what a bit of serious marathon training can do for your times as Peter is in training for the Luton marathon at the beginning of December and we wish him well in that.