Three Peaks Fell Race
Sam Pole entered the 65th annual Three Peaks Race, one of the oldest and most prestigious fell races in the UK. The route takes in the three highest mountains in Yorkshire: Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, with runners covering 23.3 miles and climbs of 5,279ft along the way.
The weather forecast was poor this year, with storms forecast, and the compulsory kit check strictly enforced to ensure the runners’ safety. Mountain rescue were also out in force to assist, and indeed after the race it was reported that two participants had been airlifted off the hills. In the end, the weather wasn’t quite as bad as expected, although things got a bit breezy on top of Ingleborough, the third and final summit. Sam was very happy with his performance, finishing 60th with an impressive time of 3hrs 38mins in a field of 670 finishers.
Six runners headed down to the capital for this world famous marathon. Conditions were ideal and all who took part enjoyed the incredible atmosphere as they passed the well-known landmarks including the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Docklands. The support from locals, families, friends and Club mates was much appreciated. The final mile takes in Westminster and Buckingham Palace before finishing up The Mall.
Whilst perhaps not competing with Kipchoge and Farah, everyone did themselves and the Club proud, as well as raising several thousand pounds for a variety of charities. Finishing times were Andrew Emmins 3:55:00, Steve Bishop 4:00:15, John Clampin 4:20:40, Alan Gibson 4:33:26, Alice Warburton 4:48:34 and Karen Page 5:18:43.
Leicester Big 10k
Closer to home, over 1,000 runners took to the paths in around Abbey Park in Leicester for this popular 10k event. The club were well represented and put in some impressive performances. Mike Higgins posted 43:45 for a top 100 finish in 67th place. Other results were Graham Pickering 51:04, Kirit Patel 52:12, Anna-Maria Walsh 53:44, Andy Kemp 54:43 and Dan Pedley 1:07:20.
Milton Keynes Marathon
Hazel Fabris completed her first Full Marathon at the Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend. All the hard work and training paid off with a commendable time of 4hrs 29mins for 256th position in a field of over 530 females and 1,188 of 1,840 overall.