Saturday 29th July saw the second event of the year at Long Marston Airfield – The Summer Shakespeare. The weather for runners and volunteers alike was kind with cloudy skies, but with no rain and a gentle wind to keep everyone cool. In fact, perfect for long distance running! Accordingly, there were some impressive performances witnessed by a good crowd of supporters, family and friends.
Kids Run Free 1k set the days precedent with lots of positive energy from the children, parents and spectators alike. Our very own KRF Measurement and Evaluations officer, Rob Hotchkiss led the children into a motivational warm up before setting the pace for the race. The roars from the crowd pushed all the kids round the track leading them over the finish line where they were met with their very own medal. With a record number of children entering both the 1k and 5k this year the adults need to watch out as the younger generation are set to give them a run for their money!
We would also like to mention proud father Dan James. His children Ottie and Effie thoroughly enjoyed a day being pushed around the track in their buggy not only once for the KRF 1k, but then on to join the 5k too and collect a PB time! We hope to see all three of you back for the Autumn race!
56 runners entered and completed the 5Km run and first male runner back was overall winner Anderson Hirst of the Fell Runners Association in 19 mins and 29 secs closely followed by Thomas Hazell of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Harrow AC in 20:32. Local boy Christopher Hunt of Stratford upon Avon Athletics Club was third in 20:56. For the Women first home was Anne Cotton in 28:00 just six seconds ahead of Molly Thomas in 28:06. Then just two seconds separated her from Lucy Gibbins in third place in 28:08.
In the 10km, there were 208 finishers from 211 starters and the overall and male winner was Ben Plummer of Barrow Runners in 36:43 followed by Michael Hobbs of North Cotswolds Tri and Run in 37:54 for second spot. Third in 38:31 was Tom Kabala. The fastest woman was Laura Pettifer of Kenilworth Runners who was back in a time of 42:26. Second was Rebecca Ferry of Oxford City in 42:38 and third woman home was Jo Wilkie of Cheltenham and County Harriers in 43:38.
173 runners finished the half marathon. They were led home by Peter Middleton of Shrewsbury AC in a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Peter was 1 minute and 18 seconds ahead of James Marshall from Droitwich who finished second in 1:18:46. Third for the men was Duncan Campbell-Cave of Kings Heath Running Club in 1:21:50. For the women, Sophie Carter of Belgrave Harriers was the star finishing in 1:28:04 and in 10th place overall. Second woman home was Sally Holt of Wallasey AC in 1:35:05 and in third was Camille Aryeetey of UTS Running Club in a time of 1:41:33.
You may well have seen Sam Bartholomew, a medic at 42 Commando Royal Marines in Plymouth. In gull battle fatigues and with a full back pack, he ran for Combat Stress, a charity for veterans suffering with PTSD. This amazing cause provides lifesaving mental support for his friends and veterans. Well done Sam!
Regrettably this was the last but one Raceways event at Long Marston before the site is redeveloped for housing – but there is still time to enter the final event, the Autumn Shakespeare which will take place on Saturday 11th November! Book in now!
List of results - Click here - http://www.stuweb.co.uk/results.html
After recent rain, the day dawned bright and clear for the fifth Avenger Triathlon in the magnificent setting of Ragley Hall, near Alcester in Warwickshire on 11 June. The only issue was a brisk wind to make swimming and the bike leg particularly challenging. There were three distances, Middle, Standard and Sprint and there was also the 10Km Ragley Off Road Run.
The start and finish for all activities was the Ragley Hall grounds, which also provide activities for all the family. The swim took place in the boating lake and was based on a 650m lap. From the lake there was a short, slightly uphill run to transition. The bike routes then took the triathletes along the drive and out into the beautiful, rolling Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside, returning to Ragley Hall via the imposing main gates and up the sweeping drive past the Hall itself. The run course, used for the first time in 2016, was based on a 5km lap through woodland tracks, gardens, historic outbuildings and the rolling fields of the estate. This provides all the competitors with a chance to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery Ragley Hall can offer. The run course was tough, but stunning with great volunteer and spectator support all the way round.
With nearly 400 registered for the triathlons and a further 165 for the Ragley Run – a record for the event – organisation and smooth logistics were paramount and Raceways’ sincere thanks are extended to all the volunteers who gave so freely of their time to ensure the events passed off so successfully and safely. A number of local clubs provided marshals including Triathlon Redditch, Evesham Vale Triathletes, Red Kite Belles on Bikes and Alcester Runners.
The event was supported by Cycle Studio, which provide the winners prizes for the triathlons, Tesco and the Blakemore Foundation which provided the post race and volunteer refreshments and Carl Adams who provided the post race therapy. Jo’s Coffee and Savva Bars Co supplied the excellent coffee, cakes and hot food. The water safety kayakers are all members of Warwickshire Search and Rescue and the RLSS coordinated the lifeguards. So thanks to all of them.
Runners and volunteers alike enjoyed the balmy weather, at least by Long Marston Airfield standards, for the Spring Shakespeare.
First runner back was the 5km winner Philip Harrison of Edinburg Triathletes in 17:32, followed 10 seconds later by Gregor Kelling of Banbury Harriers AC with Jorge Sanchez of Solihull in third place with a time of 18:50. The women’s race was not so close. Fastest was Jill Pittard of Northbrook AC in 21:32 with Toni Gaskins of DO3 second in 23:036 and Rachel Edwards third in 24:02. Other notable results were 8 year old Jefferson Tear who was 17th in 29:02 and seven year olds Marjieka Tear, 12th female, in 30:02 and Arwen Fogarty who finished in 37:02
In the 10km, Richard Hayes of Penistone FR &AC was fastest in 36:05 while Matt Johnson of Hinkley RC just pipped Jason Brotherhood of Coventry Godiva for second place with times of 36:42 and 36:46 respectively. The fastest woman was Gail Audhali of Kenilworth Runners with a time of 44:08. Laura Foster of Kings Heath RC followed her home in 44:37 and Lucy Garrod of Witney Road Runners came in third in 45:48.
We were very pleased to welcome Stefan Couture and his daughter Chloe to the 10km race. Stefan propelled Chloe around the two laps in her wheel chair 54:29. Their story is an inspiring one, competing in various events including open water triathlons. You can read more about them in this article from Triathlon Plus.
The Mad Dash 2017 was a huge success, with many more runners than in 2016. Congratulations to the fastest 10km runners, Toby Spencer and Tamsin Bowdenfirst, who finished in 30:58 and 41:30 respectively. Matthew Allen and Emily Seward were the first male and female 20k runners with times of 1:10:47 and 1:29:46 respectively. All age group winners will be notified now that the queries have been resolved. The final results are now available on the Results page.