Cross country season is almost upon us!
The leaves are changing colour and the wind is beginning to take on a cool edge, although the sun is shining as ever and those afternoon warm waves keep coming. The time for trail shoe shopping and digging out light running jackets has come.
Now let’s see what you’ve been getting up to! A couple of triathlons, I see…
Cardiff Half Marathon
Matthew Webb reports from Cardiff where on Sunday he came in 375 of 1100 in Mens 50–54 on 1.56.40! As he said, ‘Excellent event, with great support alll round the course. 20000+ finishers. Very humid though, and quite a few people being treated by medics for heat exhaustion’. Good to know, Matthew, and great running!
Port Lympne 5k
Closer to home, FRAC runners raced the Port Lympne 5k. This course sends runners through the ups and downs of the local wildlife reserve past animals of every description. Catherine Clipstone charged in at 29.42 as 1st Female Vet 55 of 13! Dominic Shepherd roared into 22.11 as 15th overall. We’re told Philip Bridges and Hayley Crocker got round, too! Great running, everyone.
World Triathlon Age-Group Championships
We’re very proud of Chris Childs who traveled to Pontevedra, Spain last week to represent GB in the Female 60–64 Supersprint! Chris caned it through the 300m swim (8.57), 6.4km bike (14.36), and 1.6km run (8.24) for a total finish time of 41.05! Way to set the bar for the rest of us, Chris!
Nene Valley Swimrun
We couldn’t forget another of our gritty triathletes, Kevin Whitby, who headed to Nene Valley this weekend for the eliminator event. Kevin completed five full laps for a finish place of 12th!
Collette Windsor and Twiggy Quinn report from Dover where they took on the inaugural Hell-fire 10k run. ‘It was an extremely challenging trail route completed in just under an hour and a half’, said Twiggy. Collette gives a full description as follows: ’10k trail run starting at the old prison site/the citadel. Challenging trail run with nearly 900ft of elevation. Single file a lot of the way due to hazardous route. Not chipped timed but it seemed to be more of an event about helping fellow runners and the views were just outstanding! Really interesting running around the now derelict prison site too’.
Hyde Park 10k
Finally, Darren Crew and Jody Stoakes represented FRAC at Hyde Park this weekend. Darren made a fast finish in 39.25 as 12th Male, 13th overall, and Jody in 46.47 for an impressive 10th Female! Way to go!
Even in a week where many of our veterans are away or recovering, FRAC still saw a great turnout at our local parkrun.
Nicholas Bryant 18.36 (PB!), David Gillett 19.07, Rob Collier 19.35, Tristan Bruce 19.40, Nick Steele 19.48, Dominic Shepherd 20.27, Rob Hill 21.10, Jason O’Callaghan 21.12 (PB!), Thomas Aspinall 21.14, Darren Philip 21.41(PB!), Vicky Scott 21.48(PB!), Nikki Goodwin 21.51, Bec Powney 21.58, Ian Vousden 22.15, Kirsty WIlson 22.54, Catherine O’Conner 23.21, Jason King 23.28, Ke Howse 24.24, Jane Wren 24.35 (250th milestone!), Rickard Pickering 24.39, Alan Randall 24.46, Diane Parsons 25.01, Tony Scott 25.08, Phil Haines 25.12, Chris Woolgar 25.25, Gavin Dodwell 25.31, Gail Turbutt 25.36, Gary Brazier 25.45, Richard Fowles 25.58, Catherine Clipstone 26.24, Neil Adams 26.36, Jacob Henwood 26.44, Marie Brazier 27.01, Philip Bridges 28.04, Deirdre Coombs 28.09 (highest age grade overall!), Joe Finnigan 28.19, Aldous Hosking 29.59, Julie Gibbs 30.17, Sonia Markwell 30.37, Debbie Dunham 30.39, Hayley Turrell 30.41, Jason Crockford 30.52, Roy Atkins 32.14, Kayleigh Cumber 40.51, Liam Cumber 40.51, Karen Puttock 47.43
Torben Jessen 19.08 (13th finisher)
Ferry Meadows parkrun
Kevin Whitby 26.08
Clare Evans 28.22
Kate Lancefield 32.59
Emily Lancefield 50.27
Collette Windsor 31.29
Deborah Jeffery 22.53 (8th finisher)
parkrun Park Nadnyski
Kryzysztof Klidzia 19.40 (2nd finisher)
Mote Park parkrun
Stephen Male 19.22 (6th finisher)
Dover Waterfront parkrun
Ian Merrick 18.49 (3rd), Andrew Fletcher 19.05 (4th), James Springett 19.45 (9th), Daniel Voller 20.09(PB!), Philip Maull 24.35, Sylwia Tokarska 25.35, Rebekah Newton 25.55, Andrew Tremain 27.04(PB!), Rachel Smith 27.14, Amy Owen 28.16(PB!), Maria Chapman 28.26