Bedford Harriers A.C.
David Sutcliffe reports of the race:
A freezing temperature with biting
winds from across the Willan Lakes would not normally make for fast running
times. However Donna's current form is such that Anna Berrill's club record of
29:32, set as it happens at Wolverton in much more congenial conditions in 2001,
was eclipsed by a comfortable 13 seconds, Donna finishing second to Amy
Waterhouse, a very good runner from Sale Harriers, who rank amongst the top UK
Nora Haggart the showed that two demanding Marathons can be an excellent build-up for sharper events, running 36:21, clipping 23 seconds off the Harriers 50+ best time, held previously by Teresa Munns. The Ladies' contest also featured another very good performance by Renee Corbett, and a second place 45+ team score against strong opposition, by Kathy Horsman, Sara Lee and Nora.
Amongst the men, Bill Billington celebrated his M70 elevation by winning this age group in 39:34 and being awarded a kit voucher for a company believed to be in Stoke-on-Trent, while Bob Wells was the 2nd MV60 to finish after John Exley of Oxford City, an international and former rival during Bob's running career in that area, who ran under 30min. Special praise is due for all 20 Harriers who tackled this race, which also featured an almost total absence of facilities e.g for changing and providing liquid refreshment from any source.
My thanks to everyone for an entertaining day, and particularly to Malcom, Adam and other supporters present for their vocal encouragement.
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