Mike Westland’s travels last weekend took him to Brighton to take on the Marathon.
This year the race had a new more hilly route which started at Preston Park. The runners head into Withdean before turning back down the London Road towards the city. Once past the Pavilion, the route goes up into Kemptown and then follows the coast to Ovingdean before a final turn back for a breath taking view of the city, following the coast along the promenade and into Hove finishing at The Lawns.
The weather, in sharp contrast to the morning here in Devon was cold and overcast.
Unfortunately Mike ran into difficulty very early on with muscular problems perhaps bought on by the cold start or maybe setting off a little too quickly. In any event he was forced to take painkillers as early as mile 2. At this point he was not expecting to see the finish line but after 4 hours 54minutes and 23 seconds of dogged determination see it he did. Well done to him on a gutsy performance.Great Welsh Marathon
Andrew Vernon ventured over the border to compete in the Great Welsh Marathon. He ran a great time of 3.16.07 to take 3rd place in his V50 age category.
Club 1 Mile Time Trial
Instead of a steady Tuesday club run members headed straight up to the Granite Way to test their endurance and speed in a 1 mile time trial. It is always great to see new members taking part in this challenging and uncomfortable task but the finish line euphoria and camaraderie is worth it at the end. Results below.
Powderham Castle Power Run 5 & 10
The Power Run at Powderham Castle, was set within the beautiful private estate. The multi-terrain route took runners on a tour of some of the estates real gems, such as the Deer Park, Belvedere Tower, American Garden and Old Plantation. The race started and finished in the castle’s courtyard. The toughest climb was the opening mile leading to great views at the top. Recent rain created a few slippery and boggy spots en-route but the weather was warm and dry on the day. Two laps gave a 10 mile option which a few ORCs chose.
10 Mile Results
Joanne Page 1:16:38 2nd female 1st Senior female 7th overall
Mike Saywell 1:23:28 15th 3rd MV40
Lucy gooding 1:59:11 6th Senior Female
5 Mile Results
Daniela Tansley 54:07 3rd FV40
Jane Richardson 57:01 1st FV70
Discounting the club time trial earlier in the week this was Jane Richardson’s first race after a year.
Great Welsh Marathon
Andrew Vernon ran the Great Welsh Marathon from Pembrey Park to Llanelli and back along the Millennium Coast Path. This fast and flat course had excellent weather and running conditions. Andy ran a new PB of 3.15.55 and reports that he really enjoyed it except last 3 miles. He achieved an excellent result of 3rd Vet 50 and 50th position overall.