29th October 2022
Written By: Paul Ridley
Two hardy club members took on this classic marathon in exactly the cold, wet and windy conditions one would expect to encounter this time of year in the Welsh mountains.
Edward Rodger Rodger completed the 26.2-mile distance in 5:24:37 while Steve Hickman extended his long list of marathons with his time of 5:17:59 to complete the challenging course.
Houghton Hall Parkrun
SVN Vampire Challenge Half
At her latest event in a charity series totalling 12 half marathons, Holly Forrest ran the SVN Vampire Challenge Half in 3:51:00.
Suffering from several medical mishaps and some time spent walking, Holly is now three-quarters of the way towards completing the SVN 12-in-12 Challenge for the year while raising money for Kent Air Ambulance.
Ashford & District 10 Mile
On the same day at A&D’s annual Halloween-themed race, Frazer Duncan completed the wet and hilly 10-Mile race in an impressive time of 1:11:53.
Richard Boakes put his best foot forward, and what a foot it was! So good in fact, that he completed 5k in exactly 18 minutes. Watch this space for him dipping into the seventeens!
New York Marathon
Following a rigorous training schedule for three months was only the beginning for former men’s captain Scott Scotty Lynch.
Few could have prepared properly for the warm conditions faced by entrants at this year’s race but Scotty wasn’t going to allow a bit of heat and mile-long climbs over bridges mar his experience at a major marathon.
Known by many as a tough and unrelenting athlete, Scotty finished in 3:24:05 which was admirable in a race where DNF numbers rocketed.
Runbelievable Planner Challenge
Rik Holden added yet another marathon medal to his belt with a 3:35:34 finish in wet hilly conditions. Some might say this was ‘just’ another marathon but what most might not know is that this was having run 100 miles the previous weekend! Not being one to brag, Rik’s recent induction into the ‘100 (marathon) Club’ might have been missed by some, so huge congratulations on reaching such an impressive milestone, Rik!
Hayling Island 10
Fresh from his efforts up and down Snowdonian slopes the week before, Steve Hickman also completed this event in a solid time of 1:34:22.
It appeared nobody was safe from the wet and windy weather recently enjoyed on the south coast as a handful of runners took on Deal’s 5-Mile race along the seafront and back.
Keith Lynn finished in a palindromic time of 42:24 despite sideways rain. Ailis Goddard ran a PB as she continued to improve her pace and endurance since upping her weekly mileage, taking second place in the ladies race with her time of 34:35 and a PB of over six minutes.
Emma Jenkins ran her own race while the rain lashed down to finish in 57:44.
Lucy Johnstone put in her usual level of effort to clock 44:28 while husband Andrew Johnstone appreciated the support of the crowd in helping him to a 48:19 finish time. Jaclyn Kay continues her push for pace with an impressively consistent training regime which paid off for her in gaining a new PB of 39:59.
Natalie Songhurst braved the tough weather conditions to finish in 45:22 while Sandra Gooding had her own wet run along the flat route to finish in 54:39.