ROYAL PARKS, BRITISH MASTER MARATHON & PLYMOUTH 10k

Some brilliant performances by many penguins over the weekend as the reports clearly show.

I’m awaiting the results of yesterday’s xc results from Stover where we had 19 competing in the Devon sunshine.

NEWQUAY ROAD RUNNER CELEBRATES A GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY AT THE ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON

This was the tenth running of the Royal Parks Half Marathon, a stunning central London annual event. On closed roads, the route takes in many of the Capital’s world-famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Horse Guards, Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and The Strand, as well as four of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Since 2008, more than 112,000 runners have crossed the finish line, raising over £30m for more than 750 charities.

Although at the time of writing the full results list was unavailable we do know that Newquay Road Runners (NRR) had just one competitor, John Lillis, who had previously completed the race in 2011. He finished in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes 47 seconds, nearly 9 minutes faster than his effort in 2011.John completely puts down this improvement to the encouragement he has received since joining the NRR some 4 months after the 2011 race with the aim of improving his race speed and stamina.

The race also marked the Golden Anniversary of John’s first appearance in Hyde Park. In 1967 he ran a 5k leg in the Imperial College Hyde Park Relays. That event been going since 1948 and includes teams of six from many top universities and has seen some very famous past runners, including a certain Sebastian Coe, as well as NRR former President Martin Davis.

CHESTER MARATHON (incorporating the British and Irish Masters Championships)
SARGENT RUNS FOR ENGLAND

Newquay Road Runner (NRR) Pete Sargent achieved his ambition of running for his country in the British & Irish Masters Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Chester Marathon. Pete was 8th in the 70-74 male category. Although being unwell for 10 days in the lead up to the event he showed tremendous determination to finish in a very respectable time of 4 hours 13 minutes 21 seconds which was an amazing 29 minutes faster than his time in the Manchester Marathon which was one of the England Masters selection races. The winner in Pete’s category was Bedford Harrier Bob Wells in a brilliant 3.07.04. Pete was 8th in his category out of the 16 who managed to finish, overall he was placed 1229th out of the 2644 who managed to finish. Also running for England from Cornwall, was Justin Thomas, Cornwall AC whose 2.41.59 placed him 29th overall and 10th out of the 367 in the 40-44 male category.

The race was won by Mercia fell Runner Lloyd Biddell in a very respectable 2.26.11 and the first lady home was Sheffield RC’s Sarah Lowery in 2.44.24 which placed her 43rd overall.

PLYMOUTH 10K –
ANOTHER PERSONAL BEST FOR SPENCER
Newquay Road Runner (NRR) Leigh Spencer continues to produce personal bests, the Plymouth 10K was her latest conquest where she ran superbly to finish in 45 minutes 50 seconds which placed her 235th out of the 2656 finishers. Another string to her bow was that she was 2nd lady under 20.

The race was won by Jordan Andrews in 32.51 and the first lady home was Bex Ezra in 37.47 which placed her 23rd overall.

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