Weekly update 4-6 Oct 2019 by Darren S
Marathon season is upon us! Have you trained enough? Got the right shoes? Got your fuelling plan sorted? If you’re anything like me then no is the answer!
Chester Marathon is a scenic and popular marathon which sees over 6000 runners head out from Chester town centre and dip into North Wales, before returning for a finish alongside the River Dee. 3 Harriers took part, and all three achieved fantastic results. Shaun Bott comfortably cracked the sub 3 hour mark, coming in at 2.57.24. Superb result. Andy Naylor and Simon Gore achieved sub 4 hour results, times of 3.48.25 and 3.59.51 respectively. Well done chaps.
Elsewhere, it was the Shelton Striders 10k which is a 10k organised by Shelton Striders… the name makes sense! It’s a flat, fast route (that’s what they all say) incorporating Shelton Lock + canal path. Paul Romney (43.20) and Ed Godber (44.11) snuck under the 45 minute mark, and Keith Chandler breezed a sub hour, finishing in 57.21
Another 10k took place in Endcliffe Park, Sheffied – the fantastically named Sheffield ten10ten – and Fay Craig did this one, heading past the finish line 1.05.17
Don’t think for a second that fell race season is over…. I’m not sure it ever really is! The Curbar Commotion is a gruelling 9.8 mile hilly slog (hilly slog is a description I use often with these fell races, mainly because they are all hilly slogs), around trails (and bogs, stepping stones, bogs, more bogs) in Curbar, Baslow and Frogatt.
Nathan Brickman (1.11.05 – 12th place) and Ed James (1.13.48 – 20th place) cracked the top 20 as they often do, Ruth Keeley Andy Stubbs and Richard Hickling amongst other Harriers that finished this grueller.