Following a day running results around the fields of Wing, our intrepid president set off on Sunday to compete in the Southern Counties Vets Indoor Championships as warm-up before the National Indoors at the end of March. Gail ran in the men's race and found someone of similar pace for the first half until she graduallu burned him off. Her final time of 11.02 for the 3000m was an indoor PB and bodes well for a good summer season.
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So, this weekend LBAC put on a superb final Chiltern League fixture of the season and ended the day with promotion back to division one for the first time in three years, and we did it by taking the title.
First things first though, after much nagging and hard work, the event was a great success and that was acheived by lots of people giving up their day to support the club. This was current members, ex-members and various other people roped in to help out both on the day and the day before, so thank you to all of you who volunteered, it was much appreciated by all the runners. Particular thanks go to Richard Inchley who has co-ordinated the races at Cottesloe for the last 15-20 years and once more organised an excellent event.
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.
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.
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.