Grand Prix 10: Resolution Half Marathon 4th March 2012

It seems that the bad weather brings out the best of runs from 26.2 RRC.  While others stay indoors 26.2 take on the challenge and this weekend saw some notable successes.

While John Matthews battled the wind and torrential rain over the South Downs to finish 8th (out of 260) at the Steyning Stinger Half, Ann Bath took on the challenge of the 100 mile Centurion TP100 to finish in an amazing 26 hours 55 minutes before the race was abandoned due to the conditions, Joe Chang won the Maidenhead Bunny Fun run and Jack Holland came home in first place in the Resolution Half in Richmond Park (out of 337 finishers).

 The Resolution Half was the replacement Club Championship for the Watford Half Marathon following its cancellation during the snows of February.  It seems that the weather gods don’t like our Championship Half Marathons as the snow was replaced with wind and cold driving rain.


The Resolution Half was chosen as the replacement Half marathon as it was local and in the lovely Richmond Park, advertised as Chip timed and supported a worthy charity at a reasonable cost.  However, it was the first time of running and I will be honest in that I was disappointed with some of the issues that took the some of the shine off our Championship event.  These included the staggered start (although most of our runners started in a couple of groups together), an over distance course (13.3 miles by my garmin) and some very laid back marshalling around the several of the potentially high risk road crossings (not the one manned by our own Karen Hardy however).  Also, the new style disposable chip timing seemed to be unreliable as some times bore no resemblance to reality as my time was inexplicably recorded as some 20 minutes slower.  To cap it all, when the results were published only runners’ numbers were noted – no names !  This made the collation of the results for the Grand Prix rather challenging.  Consequently, if you ran and I have not included you in the results below, please email me (ajpengelly [ at ] hotmail.co [ dot ] uk) and I will include you.  Therefore, the results should be considered provisional for now.

 My race report follows:

I was planning on cycling over to the park and spectate so was sitting having a full English breakfast when Richard Goulder called me at 9:00 on the morning to ask if I wanted to run with his number as he had a tight calf, so I quickly got my kit together drove over and picked up the number and found myself at the start within the hour.  So having been out injured with no running for 8 months since the Boston Marathon last April, and my recovery consisting of half a dozen parkruns and a couple of 7 mile training runs I was at the start of a half marathon.  Hardly good preparation.

However, once at the start I met up with Mike Gray, Libby Marchant and Alice Tozer who I started with.  Having run a half marathon in the low 1:30’s last month, Alice flew off as if she had a plane to catch (which it turns out she had) and that was the last we saw of her.  It was good running with Mike and Libby as they kept me at a steady 9:00 min mile pace for the first five miles and we chatted easily.  Thanks guys.  I then went ahead, progressively increasing the pace mile by mile and was encouraged by marshall Karen Hardy and Zoe Ashcroft who was on a long training run going the other way around.  On my second lap Jack Holland ran effortlessly past me going at 6:00 min/mile pace, but still had time and breath to offer words of encouragement to this old 26.2 runner which really helped me on my way. I was pleased to hear that Jack went on to record the overall winning time for the over distance course of 1:21:00 and taking the Club Championship honours in the Senior Men’s category. 

In the last few miles, I spied the club vests of Derick Wilkie and Marie Cenalmor up ahead which pulled me along and had the briefest of words with them both before being politely encouraged to head on to the finish.  They were both running well given they had raced in Barcelona and Brighton Halves only a couple of weeks previously so well done both of you for sticking to the tough task in hand.  Maria takes her first Club trophy as being the winner of the Ladies Vet category.

After what was my slowest half marathon ever; although not surprising given the absence of any real training, I was encouraged over the line, by Pete Tozer, who was bearing the brunt of the wind and rain as a hardy spectator and he brought me up to speed that Alice had run a good time of 1:38:28 (Senior Ladies Champion) and Greg Whiteman had run strongly to finish in 1:44:07 and that Simon Gerrard had run 1:40:30 in his first Half Marathon to take the Mens Vet Category trophy.  The ever smiling Libby then finished in a good time of 1:58:12 shortly followed by Mike Gray had kept to his pace and finished in 2:00:51 to win the Men’s Senior Vet category.  Well done Mike.

I later saw Linda Grossman give her all to finish in a very respectable time of 1:55:39 before collapsing on her back shortly afterwards.

It was a tough run, not helped by the conditions or the problems offered by the rather basic organisation but I must confess that I did enjoy the run out.  However, it was a lesson learned in event selection and I can’t say that I would run an event organised by the Stroke Association again.  Well done to all of you that ran on Sunday  – wherever that might have been – and thank you to those that came out to support or marshall in such poor weather conditions.

Enjoy your running

 Pegs

 The Grand Prix tables have been updated and can be found in the downloads section but are summarised below:

 

Men

 

 

Past the Post

Age Graded

 


AGE

Time

Points

%

Points

Jack Holland


27

1:21:00

20

73.11%

20

Simon Gerrard


40

1:40:30

19

61.38%

19

Greg Whiteman


43

1:44:07

18

60.69%

18

Andrew Pengelly


44

1:52:30

17

56.62%

15

Mike Gray


55

2:00:51

16

57.87%

16

Derick Wilkie


65

2:11:26

15

58.42%

17

 

Women

 

 

Past the Post

Age Graded

 

 

AGE

Time

Points

%

Points

Alice Tozer


26

1:38:28

20

66.86%

20

Linda Grossman


29

1:55:39

19

56.92%

19

Libby Marchant


26

1:58:12

18

55.70%

18

Maria Cenalmor


39

2:11:12

17

51.94%

17

 

 


 

 

 

 

GRAND PRIX SERIES

 

 

Best Nine races to score

 

 

Mens –  Past The Post

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Points

Races run

Jack Holland

135

7

Joe Chang

126

8

Jason Blair

120

7

Steve Watkins

99

7

Luke McDonagh

98

5

John Matthews

97

6

Greg Whiteman

87

9

Simon Gerrard

69

5

Declan Flynn

65

4

Matthew Pritchard

63

8

Dominic Collier

55

3

David Pimm

51

4

Kevin Parker

51

4

Ben Downe

46

4

Edward Brunskill

45

3

Javier Fuentes

44

7

Robb Reeves

40

5

Moustafa Fawzy

39

4

Steven Ramek

39

3

David Pearce

38

6

John Neal

37

3

Richard Goulder

36

3

Mike Gray

36

4

Rob Hinton

32

2

Derick Wilkie

31

5

Neil Parker

29

4

David Maher

28

2

Chris Coghlan

26

2

Mark Osikoya

22

2

Marcus Dinardo

19

1

Peter Grecian

18

2

Jim Ley

18

1

Graham Ashby

15

2

Ricky Emery

15

1

Mark Weight

14

1

Grant Davison

14

3

Oliver Webb

14

2

Kevin Stone

13

4

Neil Sunderland

13

3

Peter Tozer

7

2

Mike Bryant

7

2

Fred Toerien

5

1

Mark Smithson

4

1

Kevin Furlong

2

2

Tom Wilkinson

2

1

Howard Brinkworth

1

1

Ross Muir

0

1

Andrew Pengelly

17

1

Mark LaFrenais

0

0

Stephen Blakeney

0

0

Don Esslemont

0

0

Alan Collis

0

0

Dave Wilson

0

0

Tony Sayers

0

0

Charlie Foster

0

0

Marcus Chilton

0

0

Michael O’ Neill

0

0

Mark Gerrard

0

0

Jonathan Wilson

0

0

Derek Summers

0

0

Simon Finch

0

0

Dave Ashburner

0

0

Paul Zeila

0

0

Steve Blake

0

0

Adam Sullivan

0

0

Alex White

0

0

Dave Sheridan

0

0

Mike Crimmen

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Michael Stone

1

1

 

0

0

 

 

0

Check =Ok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mens –  Age Graded

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Points

Races run

Jack Holland

125

7

Joe Chang

112

8

Jason Blair

110

7

Steve Watkins

103

7

John Matthews

101

6

Luke McDonagh

84

5

Greg Whiteman

84

9

Declan Flynn

80

4

David Pimm

72

4

Simon Gerrard

70

5

Dominic Collier

58

3

Robb Reeves

54

5

Derick Wilkie

54

5

Mike Gray

52

4

Matthew Pritchard

50

8

Kevin Parker

45

4

Edward Brunskill

44

3

Steven Ramek

41

3

Javier Fuentes

39

7

Rob Hinton

37

2

Ben Downe

37

4

John Neal

36

3

Richard Goulder

36

3

Moustafa Fawzy

33

4

Peter Tozer

27

2

David Pearce

25

6

David Maher

23

2

Mark Osikoya

22

2

Graham Ashby

19

2

Peter Grecian

18

2

Neil Parker

18

4

Marcus Dinardo

17

1

Jim Ley

17

1

Neil Sunderland

17

3

Chris Coghlan

16

2

Mark Weight

16

1

Ricky Emery

15

1

Andrew Pengelly

15

1

Kevin Stone

12

4

Grant Davison

12

3

Oliver Webb

12

2

Mike Bryant

10

2

Fred Toerien

5

1

Mark Smithson

4

1

Kevin Furlong

2

2

Tom Wilkinson

2

1

Howard Brinkworth

1

1

Joe Brewer

0

0

Mark LaFrenais

0

0

Dave Wilson

0

0

Don Esslemont

0

0

Tony Sayers

0

0

Stephen Blakeney

0

0

Derek Summers

0

0

Marcus Chilton

0

0

Charlie Foster

0

0

Tim Lunn

0

0

Michael O’ Neill

0

0

Jonathan Wilson

0

0

Mark Gerrard

0

0

Simon Norman

0

0

Daniel Brett

0

0

Simon Finch

0

0

Dave Ashburner

0

0

Steve Blake

0

0

Adam Sullivan

0

0

Alex White

0

0

Dave Sheridan

0

0

Mike Crimmen

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Michael Stone

1

1

 

0

0

 

 

 

 

Ladies –  Past The Post

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Points

Races run

Aimee Billington

159

8

Libby Marchant

153

9

Zoe Ashcroft

149

8

Ann Bath

79

7

Sue Garnish

79

5

Maggie Stacey

76

4

Natalie Randell

75

5

Andrea Bennett

72

5

Linda Grossman

61

4

Sarah Pettefer

60

4

Jane Calderbank

51

3

Fiona McDonnell

31

2

Janneke Zoeteman

29

3

Zoe Wingfield

27

2

Alice Tozer

20

1

Nikki De Sousa

19

2

Katherine Wilson

18

1

Maria Cenalmor

17

 

Laura Roberts

16

1

Megan Toerien

15

1

Lindsay Baldwin

14

1

Emilie Wilkinson

13

1

Krystal Newbury

13

1

Jacqueline Chang

12

1

Jo Newstead

11

1

Caroline Dawson

11

1

Julie Chasin

10

1

Carmela Pengelly

10

1

Amy Tomlins

10

1

Amanda Waaler

9

1

Irene Rowe

8

1

Sue Esslemont

6

1

Elaine Dodds

5

1

Lizzie Wilson

3

1

Cass Brewer

0

0

Erin Robinson

0

0

Sharon Andrew

0

0

Karen Brewer

0

0

Zoe Foster

0

0

Janet Hyde

0

0

Melissa Guler

0

0

Jo McDonagh

0

0

Usha Ganshalingam

0

0

Maryka Sennema

0

0

Bethan Smith

0

0

Bronwynn Joyce

0

0

Madeleine Stephens

0

0

Zoe Shewing

0

0

Karen Hardy

0

0

Victoria Rolfe

0

0

Marice Harrison

0

0

Hattie Burgess

0

0

Naomi Elson

0

0

Heather Mackay

0

0

Irene Sayers

0

0

Catherine Wilks

0

0

Nicci Porter

0

0

Sabien Khan

0

0

Victoria Hyde

0

0

Nicci Moms

0

0

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

Check =Ok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies –  Age Graded

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Points

Races run

Aimee Billington

150

8

Zoe Ashcroft

146

8

Libby Marchant

139

9

Ann Bath

132

7

Andrea Bennett

81

5

Maggie Stacey

79

4

Sue Garnish

75

5

Sarah Pettefer

64

4

Natalie Randell

62

5

Linda Grossman

52

4

Jane Calderbank

44

3

Fiona McDonnell

30

2

Zoe Wingfield

25

2

Janneke Zoeteman

23

3

Alice Tozer

20

1

Katherine Wilson

17

1

Maria Cenalmor

17

1

Megan Toerien

15

1

Jo Newstead

14

1

Nikki De Sousa

14

2

Elaine Dodds

13

1

Caroline Dawson

13

1

Lindsay Baldwin

13

1

Krystal Newbury

12

1

Laura Roberts

11

1

Emilie Wilkinson

11

1

Carmela Pengelly

11

1

Jacqueline Chang

11

1

Amanda Waaler

10

1

Amy Tomlins

10

1

Julie Chasin

8

1

Irene Rowe

8

1

Sue Esslemont

6

1

Lizzie Wilson

5

1

Mandy Brown

0

0

Cass Brewer

0

0

Sharon Andrew

0

0

Janet Hyde

0

0

Zoe Foster

0

0

Meg Toerier

0

0

Melissa Guler

0

0

Jo McDonagh

0

0

Zoe Shewing

0

0

Victoria Rolfe

0

0

Victoria Hyde

0

0

Usha Ganshalingam

0

0

Sabien Khan

0

0

Nicci Porter

0

0

Nicci Moms

0

0

Naomi Elson

0

0

Maryka Sennema

0

0

Marice Harrison

0

0

Madeleine Stephens

0

0

Karen Hardy

0

0

Irene Sayers

0

0

Heather Mackay

0

0

Hattie Burgess

0

0

Catherine Wilks

0

0

Bronwynn Joyce

0

0

Bethan Smith

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

 

0