What a day to remember !
I can not recall another time when 26.2 has recorded so many awards. Not only did Luke McDonagh convincingly win overall, Declan Flynn won the Mens M50 category and Zoe Ashcroft and Laura Roberts received awards. To cap it off the Mens team of Luke, Declan and Dominic Collier beat Tadworth to take the Mens Team prize and Zoe, Laura and Libby Marchant swept away East Grinstead Tri and Stragglers to win the Ladies team Prize. If there had been one, we would have easily taken the Mob Match award also.
Well done every one of the 36 club runners who took part in a most enjoyable Sunday morning run. Full race results and race report set out below:
It was a mild morning but the wind occassionally blew rather blustery for the first running of the new 2 lap course in Nonsuch Park. While generally accepted as not quite as challenging as the previous route over the Epsom Downs, the conditions underfoot were on the damp side and the twists and turns made the route more varied than most of us had anticipated from the limited potential of Nonsuch park.
With several places where the looped course cut back on itself there were many opportunities for those of us in the second half of the field to see what was happening higher up, which I thought was a nice aspect of today’s race.
Anyhow, to the race itself. Luke set off and immediately took the lead on the initial the tarmac surface. Dominic also started strongly (apparently 6:15 for the second mile) before Declan drew up on his shoulder and went past. These three went on to all finish in the top 10 in the overall race to convincingly take the mens team prize ahead of Tadworth. Also coming home before Tadworth’s third scoring runner was our second team of three, Joe Chang, Steve Watkins and David Pimm.
Also having a great run today, after a good result at the Cross country yesterday was Ed Brunskill, coming home in the the top 10% of finishers overall. Well done Ed. Stephen Blakeney and Alan Collis both also turned in good times.
In the Ladies, the marathon training seems to be yielding some good results for Zoe and Laura with the two Vet ladies coming home ahead of the youth of Libby Marchant and Nathalie Randell. Next home for the ladies were the ever improving Sue Garnish and Andrea Bennett. Theirs was a head to head battle from the start; Sue started out strongly and built up maybe a 30 – 40 meter lead and then Andrea slowly and surely wound her in so that by 9k they were shoulder to shoulder. Both increased the speed in the final kilometer and briefly overtook Kevin Stone in the run in, only for Kevin to kick again and hold them both off. However, in the end Sue came in ahead of Andrea by a few seconds but it was good racing by all and good to see.
I enjoyed a lovely run towards the rear of the field today and enjoyed the chit chat and banter with Jacqueline, Grant Davison, Kevin Furlong and Matthew Pritchard before picking up the pace in the last 2k to see how my suspect calf would react. Thanks guys.
Overall I really enjoyed the morning. A pleasant run, great technical shirt for all finishers and some of Ann’s wonderful cakes (thanks Ann) and post run banter before proudly seeing so many from the Club receive their awards. WELL DONE EVERYONE.
Please see the Sports systems provisional and the Grand Prix cumulative points tables are shown below:
|1||00:38:01||Luke McDonagh||1ST Senior Men|
|6||00:39:48||Declan Flynn||1ST Vet Men (50-59)|
|10||00:40:22||Dominic Collier||Vet Men (40-49)|
|15||00:41:05||Joseph Chang||Senior Men|
|19||00:41:30||Stephen Watkins||Senior Men|
|24||00:42:06||David Pimm||Vet Men (50-59)|
|28||00:42:38||Edward Brunskill||Senior Men|
|44||00:44:19||Joseph Brewer||Senior Men|
|48||00:44:54||Stephen Blakeney||Senior Men|
|81||00:48:56||Richard Goulder||Senior Men|
|102||00:50:29||Alan Collis||Vet Men (50-59)|
|103||00:50:30||Greg Whiteman||Vet Men (40-49)|
|157||00:54:48||Andrew Pengelly||Vet Men (40-49)|
|161||00:55:05||Grant Davison||Senior Men|
|169||00:55:30||Kevin Stone||Vet Men (40-49)|
|176||00:55:54||Kevin Furlong||Vet Men (40-49)|
|188||00:56:57||Neil Sunderland||Vet Men (50-59)|
|190||00:56:58||Peter Tozer||Vet Men (60-69)|
|199||00:57:38||Matthew Pritchard||Senior Men|
|250||01:05:45||Derick Wilkie||Vet Men (60-69)|
|258||01:06:50||Fred Toerien||Vet Men (50-59)|
|50||00:45:13||Zoe Ashcroft||Vet Ladies (35-44)|
|95||00:49:56||Laura Roberts||Vet Ladies (35-44)|
|130||00:52:41||Libby Marchant||Senior Ladies|
|131||00:52:45||Natalie Randell||Senior Ladies|
|170||00:55:32||Sue Garnish||Vet Ladies (35-44)|
|171||00:55:35||Andrea Bennett||Vet Ladies (45-54)|
|187||00:56:51||Sarah Pettefer||Vet Ladies (45-54)|
|198||00:57:38||Jacqueline Chang||Senior Ladies|
|203||00:58:20||Ann Bath||Vet Ladies (55-64)|
|Jo Page – not a 26.2 member ?|
|224||01:01:41||Elaine Dodds||Vet Ladies (45-54)|
|249||01:05:44||Lindsay Baldwin||Vet Ladies (35-44)|
|259||01:06:50||Megan Toerien||Vet Ladies (55-64)|
|285||01:14:06||Joanna McDonagh||Senior Ladies|
|292||01:19:51||Lizzie Wilson||Vet Ladies (45-54)|
Grand Prix tables are available in the downlaods section
|Mens – Past The Post||Total|
|Michael O’ Neill||10||1|
|Mens – Age Graded||Total|
|Michael O’ Neill||5||1|
|Ladies – Past The Post||Total|
|Ladies – Age Graded||Total|