Dublin and Beachy Marathons

Monday saw three of the club members travel to Ireland to take part in the Dublin Marathon. The course is a city loop that starts and finishes near the famous Trinity College and attracts a field of over 15,000 runners. First home for the club, and continuing his recent good form, Anthony Brown smashed his previous PB by over 49 minutes, as he finished in a time of 3:18:36. Eddie Rodger came home next in a time of 4:20:55, followed by Helen Weeden who knocked an impressive 13 minutes off her PB as she finished in 4:32:52.

Five club members took on the challenge of the Beachy Head marathon on Saturday along with over 1400 other runners. Regarded as one of the toughest marathons in Britain, it is an off road course that is run through the South Downs National Park Countryside, and has some brutal hills for the runners to contend with, including a very sharp climb at the start of the race, and the hills keep coming along the course as the runners are tested throughout. Neil Buckley was first club member home in an excellent time of 4:45:18, finishing in 471st place, just holding off the challenge of fellow club member, Steve Hickman, who finished close behind in a time of 4:45:45 and 476th place. Amanda Bashford finished with a time of 5:29:56, and making a welcome return to racing, John Fidge finished in 6:32:56 and Anne Fidge finished in 7:07:00.

Keith Haynes smashed his personal best by over two and a half minutes as he took part, along with 20,000 other runners, in the 26th running of the Great South Run in Portsmouth. The 10 mile race was run in perfect conditions, and Keith came home in 68:03, finishing in 459th place and the 70th male vet40. Jeremy Chambers ran a good race as he prepares for his forthcoming marathon, finishing in a time of 1:40:04.

Lastly, but by no means least, Jon Wells took part in the Bury St Edmonds cross country 10k on Sunday, finishing in a excellent time of 42:02 and 2nd place.