Race Reports – Imerys/Dorchester/Manchester/Plymouth/Edinburgh

A rather busy 8 days for some of our penguin colleagues.

Here are the reports, these have also been posted on the club’s FB page:

EDINBURGH MARATHON – 27TH MAY 2018

A new course greeted the athletes for 2018, primarily to make it far more spectator friendly. The Scotsman newspaper described the route as arduous, an estimated 35,000 participants were apparently unperturbed by the damp and misty conditions which were accompanied by a strong wind particularly along the coast. The winner was Joel Kiptoo in 2 hours 13 minutes 33 seconds, the first lady home was Caroline Jepchirchir in 2.47.35 which placed her 47th overall. There were two Newquay RR competing, Ariane Novales who has been unable to train as she would have liked in recent weeks but managed to finish in 4.17.12 and Megan Schmid, who has trained superbly and was hoping to break 4 hours but the race didn’t go to plan she got a massive blister at 13 miles and required quite a few stops thereafter but bravely still managed to record a personal best of 4.25.41
Both these ladies have what it takes to break the 4 hour barrier.

DORCHESTER MARATHON – 27TH MAY 2018

Newquay Road Runner, Jim Murray completed his 178th marathon in Dorchester and despite unfavourable conditions over a challenging hilly course he finished in a very respectable 3.31. Ten minutes before the start it was 15C with torrential rain by the finish it was sunny and 25C. Jim is averaging 10 full marathons a year and will reach the 200 mark in a couple of years. The race was won by unattached runner Steve Way in 2 hours 28 minutes 19 seconds and the first lady home was Poole’s Hayley Merifield whose 3.24.27 placed her 22nd, Murray was 35th out of the 607 finishers

On the 20th May there were a number of races in which Newquay Road Runners were represented. Weather conditions for the vast majority were not conducive for fast times owing to clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s.

PLYMOUTH 1/2 MARATHON – 20TH MAY 2018

Tavistock’s Ben Neale won in a very respectable time considering the unfavourable conditions of 73 minutes 12 seconds. The first lady home was Katie Synge whose credible time of 82.06 placed her 21st overall.

There were 15 Newquay Road Runners (NRR) competing with Lee Carter leading the team home in a brilliant 2 min personal best (PB) of 1.46.35 this was also over 7 minutes faster than Lee’s previous course best. Not too far behind and leading the Newquay ladies home was Michelle Steele continuing on from her fine run in last month’s BrightonMarathon, her time was 1.47.58 which also gave her a course (PB) of nearly 8 minutes.

Times and overall placings of NRR:

Ladies:

Overall
Position (Ladies)
Name
Time
75th
Michelle Steele
1.47.58
136th
Vanessa McBain
1.54.12
161st
Karen Walters
1.53.36
174th
Anne Carter
1.55.00
191st
Amy Gregory
1.57.19
319th
Liane Holt
2.02 33
365th
Lucy Emmett
2.04.24
473rd
Karen Masters
2.08.31
554th
Samantha Jayne
2.11.30
661st
Emma Kent
2.14.31
698th
Sara Needham
2.17.34

Men:

499th
Lee Carter
1.46.35
1038th
Wayne Caff
2.00.53
1485th
Tristan Caff
2.15.40
1567
Nick Savin
2.22.12

IMERYS CLAY COUNTRY COUNTRY MARATHON & ½ MARATHON
ONE OF CORNWALL’S TOUGHEST MARATHONS’ MADE TOUGHER BY VERY HOT TEMPERATURES

The Imerys Clay Country Marathon and ½ Marathon are 90% off-road and offer a very tough challenge no matter what the runner’s ability. The races are predominately run on Imerys sand roads and trails. Imerys Minerals kindly authorised the use of not only some of their clay trail network, but many other areas which are not normally accessible to the general public. The event was organised by St Austell Running Club.

The course delivers on its promise of being challenging and rugged, especially the brute of a hill that meets all the athletes at 10 miles and the full marathon competitors again at 24 miles. The one plus side is that there are some spectacular views on offer and the chance to pass through a number of disused clay pits in addition to restored and operational areas.

The weather was not that conducive to fast times as it was very hot with very little breeze to cool the runners down and very little shade. The race was won once again by East Cornwall Harrier Oliver Jones in 2 hours 59 minutes 16 seconds. Cody Kiefer whose time of 4.03.20 placed him 27th overall led the Newquay contingent home which was just over 3 minutes ahead of James Murray who was 2nd home for the NRR in completing his 177th full marathon

The ladies race was won by Truro’s Rebecca Morgan whose excellent 3.48.05 placed her 17th overall in 3.33.06 which placed her 12th overall. Ultra distance specialist Sarah Hill was Newquay’s only female representative and finished a very credible 59th overall in 4.40.42.

Overall
Position
Name
Time
27th
Cody Kiefer
4.03.20
30th
James Murray
4.06.56
40th
Nick Whittaker
4.16.20
49th
Phil Ciano
4.27.05
59th
Sarah Hill
4.40.42
63rd
Pat Lockett
4.56.57

HALF MARATHON – WALKER WINS IN STYLE AFTER MAKING A WELCOME RETURN TO THE RACING CIRCUIT

There were 272 finishers in the ½ marathon of which 10 were representing Newquay Road Runners.

The men’s race was won by Newquay’s very own Ken Walker, in a credible time of 1 hour 23 minutes47 seconds. Ken has not been racing for a few months and it’s an absolute delight to see him back. He has been one of Newquay’s finest runners over the years and is always a team player. It’s great to see him back and running so well again. The NRR men’s A team of Walker, Craig Webster, Samuel Barnes and Charles Buscombe were 2nd team home not far off the score of Truro RC who took the honours. The ladies race was won by Newcastle/Staffs runner Kerry Marchant in 1.34.18 which placed her 14th overall. Newquay’s ladies captain Kelly Woodfine-Beard was the club’s sole representative she did herself and NRR proud by finishing 150th in 2.07.2

There were category prizes for the following:

Ken Walker 1st overall and 1st male 40-44, Craig Webster 2nd 40-44, Peter Allen 2nd 60-64

Overall positions and times for the Newquay Road Runners were as follows:

Overall
Name
Time
1st
Ken Walker
1.23.47
7th
Craig Webster
1.33.01
35th
Samuel Barnes
1.40.44
43rd
Charles Buscombe
1.43.20
59th
Elliott Walker
1.49.30
91st
Peter Allen
1.54.47
93rd
Matthew Wale
1.55.19
135th
Steve Elson
2.04.15
150th
Kelly Woodfine-Beard
2.07.21
157th
Barry Osborne
2.10.51

MANCHESTER
A top quality field was assembled for the 10K through the streets of Manchester. Mo Farah, now the fastest ever British Marathoner after his exploits in last month’s Virgin London Marathon won an exciting race in 28.27, just 1 second ahead of Uganda’s Moses Kipsino, the ladies race was also top quality with Ethiopia’s Turinesh Diababa winning in 31.08. Also competing were newquay’s Mike lackey who had calf trouble just 2Ks into the run but he managed to get to the finish in 49.50 which placed him 865th, his better half Debbie, who has also been blighted by injury over many months finished in 69 minutes in 10979th and was delighted with her effort especially as there were many thousands behind her.
In the ½ Marathon which took place on the same day Craig Pilsbury wan in 73.55 and the ladies event was won by Luljela Shala in 84.16, coming home in 67th position for Newquay was Andy Davis who was pleased with his time of 88.13.

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