Race For Men is a series of races, set up to raise awareness of, and funds for, research into prostate cancer. The UK was blessed with the sun beating down over the Bank Holiday weekend. Fantastic weather for the beach, not so much for racing, especially when there are hills involved.
In the Half Marathon the runners had to complete two laps of the 10K route, so had to tackle the steep hill at Eddie’s Bench twice, in searing heat. Finishing times were Jason Bennett 1:45:01, Kieran McManus 1:45:44, Nick Lay 1:53:42, Ashley Lewis 1:56:06 and Stuart Robertson 2:02:12.
The 10K runners also battled well in the heat. Finishing times were Oliver Parkes 47:58, Mark Goulding 48:33, John Chamberlain 46:46 and Lucy Coates 1:03:36.
In the 5K Milly Rayner finished 2nd lady in a time of 25:34.
Freddie Bosworth 10:15 1st and Art Mitchell 10:23 2nd led the way in the 3K. James Chant showed guts and determination to complete the 3K race walking with crutches, and wearing a protective boot, while he recovers from breaking his leg two months ago. He still finished in 26:36.
Link to full results : https://my.raceresult.com/246125/
James Chant on all fours !!
Podium finish for Freddie
Jason Bennett in the Half Marathon
This was Poppy Langdon-Down’s second year doing the Edinburgh Marathon. It’s a beautiful marathon that goes from the city centre out to Musselburgh, and follows the coast along a very flat course. The weather was sunny, but not as warm as the south has been this weekend, with only a gentle breeze. Poppy’s time was 3:00:50, a PB by 7 minutes.
Youth Development League
In match 2 of the Youth Development League, Charlie Coles and Joseph Holme were selected for the combined Bournemouth, New Forest, Salisbury team. Charlie Coles finished an impressive 4th in the ‘A’ 1,500m in 4:22:09. Joseph Holme was placed 4th in the ‘A’ High Jump when he cleared 1.50m, and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 10:66m. Both Charlie and Joseph then ran superbly well in the 1,500m Steeplechase in 4:50:04 and 5:40:03 respectively, to earn well deserved PBs.
White Star Ox Series
The annual White Star Ox series of races were run on a glorious sunny day on the Rushmoor Estate in Dorset. In the Light Ox Richard Davidson won the 10K in 42:51. The Ox Frolic is less of a frolic, and more of an endurance, as it involved running a single 4 mile warm up loop of undulating trail, followed by as many laps as possible of a 5.75 mile loop in 12 hours. The loop took in woodland, fields and the beautiful Dorset countryside. Mark Wilde was CoSARC’s best performer as he ran an incredible 50 miles. The rest of our runners also did superbly well to record some impressive mileages : Steve Perry, Chris Rogers and Zoe Lambard all recorded PBs when they finished with 44.25 miles each. Charlie Boardman just tipped over the marathon distance with 27 miles. Katie Clements, Linda Robson, Vicky Robinson and Mel Murphy all clocked up 15.5 miles each.
Mel, Linda and Vicky still looking fresh after their arduous run.
Tristan Cooper 1st finisher in 16:29, Reece Ingram 4th in 18:24 and Colette Hill 29:40.
Churchill Gdns Junior :
Sibling rivalry was evident in a closely fought battle for 3rd place, Ashton Main just beat his brother Jayden by one second. Both boys earned PBs following their battle, with times of Ashton 8:09 and Jayden, who pushed his brother all the way, 8:10.