The perfect balmy, warm, early morning weather for the perfect ‘No walk in the park’ 5k May comeback. And it has been a long time off the race calendar, 14 long Covid stricken months to be exact.
This morning’s event, the 127th running, was a special members only freebie, with a healthy 44 runners turning out, as well as quite a few helpers and race supporters too.
Straight off from the 9am start, recently rejoined Chris Leach, Andrew Thorley and Steve Gascoyne were into a three way race for supremacy, with Chris steadily wearing the other two down, to pull away to win in a new pb of 17:09 (17:23 previous best time) with Andrew holding off Steve by 6 seconds to finish race runner-up. (Andrew 17:38, Steve 17:44.)
In the ladies’ race it was Ann Barker who prevailed. Ann scoring an age cat pb of 22:56, with a comfortable minute and ten seconds gap over ladies’ runner-up, Emma Thornelow (24:06) with Bev Warwick(25:43) just outrunning Fiona Duroe (25:50) to take the third lady home honours.
Other notable runs came from Tom Mowbray, 18:10 and 4th back, Skip Sanderson, a good 18:16 vet 40 posting, Ian Monaghan, a good vet-40 time of 18:51 run, Steve Weston, achieving a 20:52 pb that was 33 seconds up on his prior best time, and Steve Beddoe, who ran a 22:02 pb that was 4 seconds up on his prior best time.
Well done to all who participated, please let me know if your time was a pb time.
I enjoyed marshaling this event, and really good to see this 12 year old race back, and seemingly organised better than ever.
1. Chris Leach 17:09 pb (pictured)
2.Andrew Thorley 17:38
3. Steve Gascoyne 17:44
4.Tom Mowbray 18:10
5.Skip Sanderson 18:16
6.Ian Monaghan 18:51
7.Olli Teasel 19:02
8.Jack Morley 19:39
9. Shaun Goodwin 19:58
10.Duncan Robb 20:34
11.Steve Moss 20:40
12.Steve Weston 20:52 pb
13. Steve Beddoe 22:02 pb
14. Martin Evans 22:26
15.Rich Corker 22:42
16.Robert Booth 22:51
17.Ann Barker 22:56 (pictured)
18. John Pummel 23:13 pb
19.John Murray 23:19
20. Emma Thornelow 24:06
21.Dominic Wish 24:11
22.Dave Elsom 24:20
23. Carl Rawson 25:07
24.Bev Warwick 25:43
25.Fiona Duroe 25:50
26.Sara Thompson 25:55
27.Barrie Taylor 25:56
28.Janine Castle 26:10
29.Helen Mcarthur 27:01
30.Sally Shuttleworth 27:31
31.Sue Spencer 27:39
32.Karen Ball 27:47
33.Andrew Ball 28:00
34.Michaela Lewis 28:03
35.Emma Hicken 28:04
36.Mandy Curtis 28:06 pb
37.Jason Redfern 28:36
38.Alan Ashburner 28:36
39.Georgia Ball 30:18
40. Sharon Collis 30:19
41. Bev Cheetham 30:34
42.Dawn Pendlebury 31:02
43. Alan Browne 39:08
News of some excellent NDRC half marathon race performances over in Boston Lincolnshire this fine May Bank Holiday morning. We had six finishers, all who ran near or beyond their best race form at the distance.
Miles Winter lead our crew home in an impressive 1:16.57 pb, a clocking that saw Miles finish as high as 20st position.
Eighteen places and two minutes behind Miles, was Dean Mclaughlin who carried this excellent Coronavirus era 5k and 10k form on to the half marathon in running an impressive 1:19.01, a time some 7 minutes up on his previous best time at the distance.
Dean’s regular training partner, Tom Topham, was next home from the club, Tom running a great 1:22.53 time that was only 48 seconds shy of his 2020 London big half pb.
Three minutes after Tom, Sam Iliffe finished. Sam having a superb race to clock 1:25.56, a time that is 16 seconds up on Sam’s prior best half time, achieved on the Monsal trail in 2018. Sam also finished as high as 7th position in what looks to have been a classy ladies’ field.
Sam’s partner, and sometimes her racing victor, Andy Todd was next back, Andy not quite giving Sam a race today, but nevertheless finishing in a great 1:26.51, a time only 15 seconds down on his 2021 Tatton half time, and 2 minutes off his 2020 Retford pb.
Last but not least of our finishers was Steve Beddoe, Steve giving us the fourth NDRC pb of the morning when clocking a great male vet 55 time of 1:40.37.
Commiserations to Helen Mcarthur who had to pull out of the race after some 6 miles.
This race is still in progress as well the Boston Marathon, I will update with news of our marathoner times later.
WINNERS – Simon Birch (Hinckley) 1:07.35.
Emma Hodson (Cambridge uni) 1:17.16
20. Miles Winter 1:16.57 pb
38.Dean Mclaughlin 1:19.01 pb
52. Tom Topham 1:22.53
70.Sam Iliffe 1:25.56 pb
77. Andy Todd 1:26.51
156. Steve Beddoe 1:40.37 pb.
518 finishers.
As well as having many of our runners racing in the Chesterfield Queen’s Park and Boston Lincolnshire, over the sunny Bank Holiday period, we also had 5 runners attempting Dave Denton’s 31st edition ‘Tour of the Derwent valley. ‘ This event comprising four tough road races run over four consecutive days.
Starting in Duffield on the Friday evening with an undulating 4 miler, and ending in Rowsley on the Bank Holiday Monday morning with a tough 4 mile hill race, with races at Farnah Green and Belper inbetween.
A more than impressive result for Martin Dawson, Martin winning all 4 races, and so winning the series with a cumulative time that was some ten and a half minutes up on the series runner-up!
Well done to Gary Bates, David Hicken and Karl & Sue Beckett in completing the tour as well.
Look out for more races over the year in and around the Belper District on the “Running with David” website. (David in picture)
Race 1 – Duffield 4 miler. Winners – Martin Dawson (NDRC) 21:31. Josie Lockwood (Belper) 26:44.
26. Karl Beckett 29:29. 41.Gary Bates 34:08. 49. Dave Hicken 34:44. 54. Sue Beckett 36:05. 59 finishers.
Race 2 – Belper Bulls Head 4.6 miler. Winners – Martin Dawson (NDRC) 26:07. Emma Raven (Wharfedale) 31:20.
26. Karl Beckett 37:33. 42.Gary Bates 42:54. 44. Dave Hicken 43:03.53.Sue Beckett 46:05. 53 finishers
Race 3 – The Bluebell Farnah Green 5.5 miler. Winners – Martin Dawson (NDRC) 31:35. Myshola Kirkham (Unattached) 42:21.
29. Karl Beckett 43:45. 43.Gary Bates 51:29. 44. Dave Hicken 51:32. 54. Sue Beckett 54:17. 56 finishers.
Race 4 – Rowsley 4.02 mile hill race. Winners – Martin Dawson (NDRC) 23:24. Rosie Gasson (Brighton & Hove ac) 31:25.
31. Karl Beckett 32:47. 44. Gary Bates 37:25. 46. Dave Hicken 37:37. 54. Sue Beckett 41:24. 59 finishers.
Series result. Winner Martin Dawson (NDRC) 1:42. 37.
First lady – Myshola Kirkham (Unattached ) 2:17.01
20th Karl Beckett 2:23. 34
30th.Gary Bates 2:45.56.
34th Dave Hicken 2:47.16
39th. Sue Beckett 2:57. 51
42 runners completed the tour
Apologies, I must have accidentally deleted my original post when editing in Steve’s picture; this being a copy of that post that I’d saved. (Doh!)
After my report on the Boston Lincs half marathon earlier, a second report from Boston, from the Boston marathon.
The marathoners here setting off in Covid safe groups from 8am onwards.
An impressive 3:16.38 male vet 55 time achieved here by Steve Rundell, Steve finishing as high as 6th vet 55 home. His time only a minute and 43 seconds down on Steve’s 2017 Greater Manchester pb.
Well done to Michael May (3:45.48) Julie Cooper (3:58.41) Chris Hunt (4:22.12) Emma Hicken (4:24.21) and Melanie Hunt (4:28.01) in achieving finishing this marathon too.
A big well done to the NDRC legend that is John Cannon too, John , who has run as quick as 2:32 for the distance, finishing in a good male vet 55 time of 3:25.17 and 8th home in his age category.
Please let me know if your time is a pb time. Well done everyone!
WINNER – William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington) 2:22.45
WINNER – Abby Van Dijk (Sth Derbyshire) 2:47.59
203. Steve Rundell 3:16.38 (pictured)
255. John Cannon (Cannon Events) 3:25.17
368.Michael May 3:45.48 pb
443. Julie Cooper 3:58.41
540.Chris Hunt 4:22.12
554. Emma Hicken 4:24.21
567.Melanie Hunt 4:28.01 pb

693 finishers