Russ dashes to PB in Leeds
A new race on Russ's calendar "The Leeds Abbey Dash" brought a PB. A pleasing 30min 35 second finish, in rather damp misty conditions. It didn't stop local friend Johnny Taylor finishing in 29:23 seconds to take first place, a brilliant victory, as the final sprint was a close run battle, a long uphill gradient to the welcoming crowds on the finish line. Out for his morning long run El Jackson came along to share success stories following his 2k run indoor at Sheffield the previous day. Certainly a hairstyle designed with speed in mind! Within the 6,000+ throng Erin Pearson, 42:18, Jim Conaghan 50:04, 1st V75 and Phil Stone 55:51 enjoyed good results .
Well done to Erin Pearson who clinched her first overall victory in the Maltby 7 in a time of 48:27. Mark Bradley was 3rd M50 in 45:26 and Jim Conaghan was pipped in to 2nd place in the M70 category in a time of 57:46. Also running were Doug Scott, Janet Todd and John Smith.
2011 BUPA Great Birmingham Run - Half Marathon
Not everyday you get up close to Haile preparing for a race, but wearing a blue New Marske jacket made me almost indistinguishable from the Great Run staff in their blue jackets. Despite appearing to struggle putting his shirt on, Haile was quite relaxed and chatting to spectators 5 minutes before the start of the race. I had entered the race myself, what was to be first half marathon, only to pick up an injury a few weeks before. Having only entered because I had, Kath was left to run the race on her own.
Yorkshire 10k 30/10/11
The men’s race was dominated by New Marske men with Andy Wiles coming home 1st in a new PB of 30:57. Mark Shaw was 2nd close behind in 31:22, Russ Best 4th in 32:38, Alan Piggford 6th in 34:50 and Jim Conaghan 1st v75 in 51:32. A delighted Wiles said: “I was very happy with the time, I woke up at 5am on the morning and went out for a jog, it was chilly then, but it was certainly a bit warmer when the race got going. The wind was the main problem on the way out and the way back in.” The men also took away the team prize.
It was an eventful 24 hours – starting the night before when Steve Shaw received a text from Ricky Stevenson saying that he was still in New York!
No panic (well a little)....
According to the info we could amend the team online up to 8pm – but as you might guess the system wouldn’t let us – however Jon Pearse emailed through the details of our new member Nasir Hussain (late of Sheffield Hallamshire AC). On the journey down the Sat Nav sent us round in circles when picking Russ & Elliott up in Leeds meant we were late arriving in Warrington – which required a re hash of the running order