Category Archives: Race Report

Bedford Half Marathon

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. read more

Very Tight at the Top

The overall situation at the top of division two of the Chiltern Cross Country League could barely be any closer. After three races there is just two of points between LBAC and Wycombe Phoenix at the top. Considering we have approximately 2100 points it is virtually nothing. Additionally Gade Valley Harriers are only 50 points behind, and Thame Runners just over 100 back.

The most recent races held at Upton Court Park in Slough over a flat fast course, were kicked off as always by the U11’s. As the sole representative Luke Orlando ran well to finish in 45th position. Next out on the course were our squad of U13 girls who managed to field a complete team of three for the first time this season with Lauren Parker joining Beth Tipitte and Kirst-Anya Shefferd for the lap of the park. Beth lead them girls home in 20th place with Lauren and Kirsty-Anya having a little battle between themselves to take 30th & 32nd respectively. read more

Joe Completes Luton Marathon

Joe Hurley completed yet another marathon on Sunday around the streets of Luton. In breezy conditions Joe completed the course in three hours and thirty six minutes. This is some way outside his best times for the distance, but with various nagging injuries he hasn't managed to get in the long runs he was hoping for over the last couple of months and found the last few miles a real struggle. Nevertheless, it's another one for him to tick off his list and most people would be delighted with the time he achieved. Well done Joe. read more

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

Home Countries International

Last Saturday, saw LBAC's club president representing England in the British & Irish Cross Country International in Perry Park in Birmingham. Gail Duckworth has run for the country on a few occasions now, but is particularly pleased with her current form as she is at the top end of her age category this season.

The event is organised by the British Masters Athletic Federation and sees teams from the four home countries, plus Ireland represented by their top age group athletes over various distances. In Gail's race, a team of three were required to score points for each country over a 6K course and the ladies had the worst of the weather, with the heavens opening during their second lap. The horrendous conditions made the event all the more challenging and when Gail came home 3rd for England in 6th place overall, the team were celebrating victory. However, the different age groups all run together and what they hadn't realised was that the cheeky Irish had 1st, 4th & 5th places which gave them a win by one point in the team calculations. read more

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