Last weekend our resident international athlete went off to Cardiff to compete in the British National Masters (Vets to most of us)Championships. In very windy conditions, Gail annihilated the rest of the field to lead the race from gun to tape and take the V55 gold medal with a time of 19:22. This was a great effort, when running twelve and a half laps on her own. This is a warm up to the European championships in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary later this month! Just for good measure, Gail also ran at Watford last week and is now the top ranked V55 in the country over 1500m after running 5:20 for a distance which is not her speciality!
Category Archives: Race Report
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.
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.
LBAC's four teams in the Greensand Ridge Relay ran very well on the traditionally hot day as the counties club's raced cross-country from Leighton Buzzard to Sandy in teams of six.
Leighton entered two men's teams, a ladies team and one mixed team, made up of six Inchleys. The event is based on age and gender related hadicapping where each team adds up their "predicted" times from a table and work back from 5pm to get a start time. The four trophies that are competed for are, fastest overall team, fastest ladies, fastest mixed (3 men and 3 women) and first across the line which corresponds to the team who beat their handicap by the most.
The six legs make a 33 mile route and go from Waterside Park in Linslade, through Stockgrove, then Woburn, Millbrook, Haynes, Ampthill, Deadmans Cross and finally to the quaint village of Northill near Sandy. Everyone then piles into the pub, where a barbeque is put on and trophies are dispensed.
The West Country was yet again the destination of two LBAC members, with Joby Hobbs and Jill Richardson running the Warminster Forest 10 mile race on Sunday 20th June. With a field of 134 runners the race took a very scenic route around the Wiltshire Forest, taking in the Shearwater Lake, although running the course made taking in the views something of a challenge!
The first 5 miles went uphill. So much so that Joby ran the second half four minutes quicker than the first with his quickest mile between 7 and 8. he finished the course in 68:37, crossing the finish line in 6th place. Jill battled round the "undulating" course to come home with a smile in 82:26 and 50th position.