Sandy 10
3rd April

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  Gun Chip  
Adam Mills 0:57:45 0:57:45 3rd Man, 1st Mens Team, Club Best Time
Danny Winn 1:02:02 1:02:01 1st Mens Team
Gill Fullen 1:02:59 1:02:57 1st Lady, Best Age Graded Time (89%), Club Best Time
Phillip Jamieson 1:03:13 1:03:12 1st Mens Team
Tony Barnes 1:04:00 1:03:58 1st MV50,1st Mens Team
Gary Finch 1:04:21 1:04:18  
David Sharman 1:04:35 1:04:33  
Kirstie Meeten 1:05:29 1:05:27 2nd Lady
Ian Joyce  1:08:18 1:08:15  
Vittorio Paci 1:08:41 1:08:31 1st MV40
Craig Watt 1:12:14 1:12:07  
Aaron Donohoe 1:14:35 1:14:24  
Nora Haggart 1:15:04 1:15:01 2nd LV55
Gordon Lland 1:16:10 1:15:56  
Juliet Smith 1:17:03 1:16:54  
Patrick Harnan 1:17:10 1:16:56  
Chris Capps 1:17:33 1:17:11  
Ralph Ward 1:18:01 1:17:39  
Paul Coombes 1:18:36 1:18:15  
Amber Deardon 1:20:21 1:20:01  
Mark Taggart 1:20:37 1:20:23  
Ian Williams 1:21:22 1:21:10  
Stuart Bullard 1:21:46 1:21:22  
Richard Pooley 1:22:56 1:22:32  
Gary Moore 1:23:36 1:23:13  
Simon King 1:24:53 1:24:35  
Sarah Wanden 1:25:10 1:24:43  
Keith Peryer 1:25:15 1:25:01  
Stuart Hensman 1:25:23 1:24:50  
John Haggerwood 1:25:23 1:24:58  
Tony Jones 1:26:24 1:26:02  
Alex Rothwell 1:26:34 1:26:01  
Peter Pack 1:27:07 1:26:44  
Robin Fiander 1:29:27 1:29:06  
Anne Hirst 1:29:54 1:29:23  
Jeanette Cheetham 1:30:26 1:29:58  
George Murphy 1:31:42 1:31:12  
Helen Deardon 1:32:34 1:32:03  
Steve Ball 1:33:16 1:32:45  
Noel Jones 1:33:23 1:33:01  
Ian Soaft 1:34:11 1:33:39  
Nadia Harris 1:34:17 1:33:48  
Andrea Price 1:35:35 1:35:10  
Joanne Smythe 1:36:05 1:35:39  
Lucy Fensome 1:37:51 1:37:17  
Lisa Ayers 1:37:52 1:37:18  
Grace Dial 1:38:06 1:37:35  
Angela Sloan 1:38:53 1:38:25  
Claire Adamson 1:39:38 1:39:08  
Mandy Tapley 1:39:41 1:39:15  
Catherine Clark 1:39:47 1:39:13  
Jenny King 1:40:28 1:40:02  
Caroline Clark 1:42:33 1:42:05  
Suet Lua 1:42:41 1:42:17  
Jack Chana 1:44:40 1:43:51  
Jeannette Rinaldi 1:44:53 1:44:24  
Mandy Pullinger 1:44:53 1:44:24  
Keith Lakin 1:45:04 1:44:33  
Ian Sturdgess 1:45:52 1:45:22  
Mira Tysoe 1:48:11 1:47:45  
Larry Corkrey 1:48:37 1:48:05  Club Best Time
Sue Pack 1:50:45 1:50:16  
Val Bird 1:54:09 1:53:43  
Elaine McCulloch 1:59:12 1:58:25  
Lorena Henderson 2:02:17 2:01:46  
Neica Louise Morrow 2:02:50 2:02:14  
Lee Clarke 2:02:50 2:02:14  
Caroline Medley 2:24:00 2:23:23  


Mark's Report:

A 5.30am start (poorly 7 year old), an early Chinese F1 GP (another win for Lewis) and off I went to join 82 other Bedford Harriers at race HQ for the annual Sandy 10 (miles, not kilometres unfortunately).

I first ran this race last year in 2014, and I really enjoyed it so thought I'd do a return trip to see if I could better my time. After a catch up with the other club runners we all trundled off for the 10 minute walk to the start. Functional, rather than picturesque, the race gets going from a delightful little cul-de-sac within an industrial business park. However, most of the route is along country B-roads so it wasn't the shape of things to come (unlike some popular, fast, yet dull courses a few miles up the A1...)

Mile one was a challenge right off the bat as we were running into a wind but it was nowhere near as bad as the 20 miler I did a fortnight ago round Oakley so I settled into a nice rhythm. Between miles one and two is the main incline, a long drag rather than a steep slope, but it was tricky to keep the pace up as that wind was never far away. However, after the second mile marker things flatten out and stay that way until you return back down the slope at the end. Of most note for the next mile or so were the "tall impresser" and the "lost lunches". The former was a seven foot runner that suddenly pelted past the group I was running with, as his posse cheered him on from the side of the road, only to slow to a shuffle as soon as he was round a corner! The latter were a number of rolls and sandwiches in small plastic bags strewn across the road. Careless roadside picnickers maybe?

This section was sheltered from the wind so the pace was high, but the downside was that in the bright sun I was starting to really feel the heat. Thankfully just after mile three there was a water station and after a quick swig we turned a corner through a little village called Everton. Upside - it got cool, downside - it was because we had a headwind. 

Anyway, the next couple of miles were relatively uneventful, except for lots of fab marshals in their traditional Biggleswade AC silly hats! Coming through Gamlingay I found myself doing quite some pace and thought I was on for a pretty good time, sub 1:20hrs. But I stupidly didn't realise this was because of the tail wind, and not my superhuman talents! Sadly I came right back to earth as we turned left and hit the wind again. 

Miles five to seven were low points. Exposed to the wind, low on energy (thankfully I had a spare gel secreted about my person) and starting to be overtaken (hit the motivation somewhat), but I know these moments tend to come and go so I hung on and things got better as we came into the last couple of miles - mainly due to the shelter of the trees and the downhill sections. 

I was having a little internal Harriers battle at this point with Amber, but she had better legs than me and I couldn't keep her behind me. Although I had given up on my sub-1:20 finish a mile or so back I realised as we ran down the final hill that actually there was a chance it was back on. Spurring me on, I tried to run the last mile in 7 mins 30 secs. Ordinarily I should be able to do this fine but I think on the day my legs just weren't feeling it and sadly I stumbled over the line 23 seconds over the 1:20. 

I was a bit gutted at this as I wanted to beat my time from last year (1:20:07), but the windy conditions on the day were just a bit too much. However, a cracking technical t-shirt, a friendly "well done" and a (random) pot of jelly later and I felt less worried about my time. The sheer number of Harriers there made for a great post-race catch up as we all swapped war stores over cups of tea and bacon sarnies (well cheese for me as a veggie). Plus we won a fair number of awards for our fast runners and the overall award for most entries from one club (double the next club). 

There was even the unexpected gift of bananas! (There were a load left over after the runners finished). I like a bit of cake after a run, so I can't wait to tuck into the banana loaf I made when I got home!

A very well organised event, great morning out with running buddies and the opportunity for cake. Good day. 

Mark Taggart


Sarah's Report:

Wind, jelly and bananas 
This is the third time I've run this race, I like the t-shirt and the marshalling is marvellous too. 

It was a lovely sunny day but the winds were really blustery, I am not a fan of running in windy conditions, rather have rain any day! Yesterday's Park Run rained all the way round and was just fine! 

As runners gathered in the school sports hall the number of yellow shirts increased fast, this was one of our club champs races so was a popular choice for many. I screamed and shouted a bit and managed to get a few Harriers together for pictures. 

Soon we were taking the ten minute walk to the start, in a part of the industrial area. Off we ran as the claxon sounded, through some residential areas for a mile or so and then up a reasonably big hill at about 2 miles in, I tucked in and got on with it. I could seems few fellow club mates around me and decided to try to stick within eyesight of them. I'm not very good at hills and slowed my pace but can catch up later as I have a tendency to run with abandon down hills which speeds things up! 

Feeling pretty comfortable I had a little look around me, the scenery is pretty nice, lots of lovely countryside (did anyone see the sandwiches on the road?) fields of crops and sunny villages. I managed a swig of water whilst on the move at one water station but declined the others as I felt ok. Soon we reached five miles, I like the halfway points at races, it means you can start counting down instead of up - makes me feel more positive. Kept away from watching my Garmin too closely for this race, just checking occasionally to see my pace was ok. 

At around seven miles we loop back onto the outbound route and this is nice as you know you are on the home stretch, and of course the big uphill now became the big downhill-yes!! I fell into step with a chap from St Neots and we couldn't seem to shake each other off so we continued at a speedy pace for about two miles, then I backed off a bit as it was just a little too fast for comfort. 

The last mile my legs were tired, I may try a gel or something next time. Soon we crossed the finish line 1.24.43. That'll do nicely, a course best by around 5 mins! A drink, the worlds biggest banana, a jelly(?) and a nice new t shirt (the medium was too big - result!) with #tiredbuthappy on the front were all offered! brilliant. On the way back to the hall I saw Gill Fullen who asked me to pick up her prize as she had to leave, of course I was happy to! 

Back in the hall the social part was great as Harriers arrived in droves (other clubs were available) Word got about that there were huge amounts of bananas left over, never one to miss a freebie Bec and I jogged over and got some, I loaded my arms, they are great chopped and frozen for smoothies!! 

The awards began and I went up three times, despite me telling the photographer and major (he had a fab medal, not sure what race it was from) that I was representing only they didn't seem to care, so lots of pics of me accepting some nice ironwork! I even invited the mayor round for a banana party which he declined, he left with a big bunch later on though! 

Lots of good race times today, a load of smiley faces, and a ton of fun. 

Today was pretty much why I run 

Sarah Wanden