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Amsterdam Marathon and the Wadi Rum Ultra

It was a big weekend for several FRC members as they headed across the channel to take part in the Amsterdam Marathon. Starting and and finishing in the Olympic Stadium, the route takes in all the sights of the city and while it’s a largely flat course, the bridges across the canals feel more like mountains 22 miles in!  Thankfully for the runners, the heatwave that usually stalks Tony Scott to all his races stayed away and conditions were good for marathon running.

First to finish was Danielle Ingleston in a superb time of 4:04:39. Despite a slight mishap at 30km, Danielle finished almost 15 minutes quicker than her previous time at the London marathon.

Next across the line was Tony Scott who was looking to settle some scores with the distance after a tough run at Milton Keynes in the heatwave earlier this year. Despite some niggles that impacted his training and then a dose of flu in the week leading up to it, Tony made it to the start line and ran a great time of 4:37:14.

Not far behind Tony was Phil Maull who was competing in his first marathon. The long training runs clearly paid off as Phil finished the course in a brilliant time of 4:40:32.

Completing the quartet of marathon runners was Liz Tew. This was also Liz’s first marathon and she successfully negotiated the course in 5:16:30.

Richard Fowles also travelled to Amsterdam having booked his place in the marathon. Unfortunately Richard picked up an injury in the last few weeks of training and at the last minute took the difficult but probably wise decision to swap to the half marathon instead, finishing in 1:50:13.

For some people, a regular marathon just isn’t enough and Faith Cowell is one of those. Earlier this month she travelled to Jordan to take part in the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon. Covering 250km over 5 days through the desert, it is considered one of the toughest foot races in the world and is as much a test of mental strength as it is physical. An absolutely phenomenal achievement.

Literally a walk in the park in comparison, FRC members were out in force at local (and not so local) parkruns again this weekend. There were several ties played out in both tiers of the parkrun cup. In the main cup, Tom Leaver ran his half of his match against and despite setting a new PB of 19:04 and scoring an impressive 103.7%, Aldous’s previously set massive 109.4% was always going to be tough to beat. Also in the main cup, Alan Randall took on Kelly Flannery. Alan set a new season’s best of 24:19 to knock Kelly (29:13) out and carry on to the next round.

There was plenty of action in the B league. Kirsty Wilson took on Richard Dyer in a hard fought battle, Kirsty managed a PB and scored 103.0% (22:28), just taking the honours as Richard’s time of 24:46 scored 102.3% - a close one! Gary Brazier ran against Jody Stoakes, Gary (25:18) scoring 99.5%, but Jody (26:30) just pipped the match scoring 101.0%. CJ Woolgar was up against Laura Ballard and scored 100.7% (22:14) against Laura's 98.9% (24:06). In the final match, James Whitham took on the resurgent Torben Jessen, Jamie managed 20:26 giving him a score of 93.1% on the day however Torben achieved a new PB of 18:42 to score 101.8%. Finally, Trudi Curd (26:57) set a score of 98.8% for Angela Warren to run against next week.

There were plenty of great performances from those not involved the cup too. First overall was Steven Male who is getting quicker every week and finished in 17:46. Joe Bruce had a great run to set another new PB of 19:07 followed closely by Dad Tristan in 19:08. Dom Woolford ran 20:06 ahead of Debbie Jeffery who was first lady in 20:47. Following them were Stuart Erskine (20:53), Rob Hill (21:03), Levi Atwell (21:47), Paul Bartlett (21:52), Nikki Goodwin (22:52), David Rodacan (23:02), Andy Richardson (23:33), Vicky Scott (23:37), Hazel Green (24:19), Clive Allon (24:44), Carolyn Lewis (25:38), Neil Adams (26:31), Alan Vigrass (26:58), George King (29:03) and Kate Lancefield (33:01). Julie Gibbs was on tail walker duties and made sure the last runner made it back safely in 45:57.

Up in Cumbria, Andy Smith took part in the Carlisle parkrun finishing in 28:19 while over in Poland, Emma Creasey was once again first lady back at the Warszawa-Ursynow parkrun in 19:20.

Finally, over in Deal, several FRC members took on the new course along the seafront. After an initial tight battle at the front, Ian McGillloway took the first finisher honours in a PB time of 17:30 followed by Nick Steele who ran 17:44 in 2nd. Dan Voller was next to finish in 4th in 19:03. Liam Cumber ran a massive PB of 21:06 while Caroline Curtis was 2nd lady in a time of 22:20.

 

Faith Cowell in the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon

Phil Maull at the Amsterdam Marathon

Tony Scott at the Amsterdam Marathon

 

 

 

Nick Steele 2018-10-22 12:15:40

 

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