Category Archives: Race Report

Watford Half Marathon

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. read more

Solid Turn-out Encourages Promotion Chances

LBAC extended their lead at the top of division 2 of the Chiltern Cross Country League after the senior men had their best turn-out of the year, and had some excellent support from a small but vital group of juniors and ladies. With one fixture to go there are a number of individual and team medals available to various members of the club.

As always the junior races took place first with Jamie Stancombe leading the way as our only representative in the U11 races and he came home in 45th place in the combined division results. Our U13 boys continue to lead the way at the top of the table after another solid performance with Joe McGarry coming home in 8th place and leading Jordan Clay, Jake Irvine and Luke Pratt, making his debut, to 4th place team on the day. In total however, they still lead overall on 188 points, but both Wycombe and Chiltern are within 5 points, so it is crucial that they have the strongest possible team out on the 13th February to retain their lead. read more

Richard on Tour

Whilst spending Christmas in North Somerset, Richard Inchley ran in the Clevedon 4 mile race, with 855 finishers on a cold but ice free day, Richard (Vet 60 category) finished the race in 385th place in a time of 30.10. The course is a flat first two miles then with a big hill and some undulations before a fast downhill finish on the sea front.

Boxing Day Run

Unfortunately, this year's boxing day handicap race was postponed due to dangerous icy conditions on the pavements of Leighton Buzzard following freezing temperatures and overnight rain in the town. (The current plan, which is yet to be confirmed, is to hold the race on Sunday 17th January instead.) As a result the 22 runners from both LBAC and the Fun Runners crossed town and went for a sociable run around Stockgrove Park, where the underfoot conditions were a lot more suitable for running, on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Here is the motley crew who ran off a few of their mince pies. read more

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

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