Yesterday I thought that this would be a very short race report due to some local races cancelled but as usual GBRC runners astound me and I am sat here watching the rain wash away the remains of the snow with an app tracking an American marathon open, a website page open waiting for Big Half results and one eye on social media for any other races being undertaken by Bentley Blues. More on these later.
Saturday saw no fresh snow but it did see a number of cancelled parkruns including many of our local favourites. This did not stop some of you though as Harwich parkrun was able to provide a safe 5k route. 60 people braved the conditions including four Great Bentley runners. Coming home first for GBRC was Ben Ficken in a time of 21:18 and 8th place overall. He was followed by Richard Moor in 23:10 and Tomasz Komorowski with a new course PB of 23.26. Magdalena Komorowska was not far behind and was 2nd female across the line in 25.14. A great effort everyone!
A different 5k race took place at 1.30pm, UK time, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Never a pair to leave their running stuff at home Paul Hollidge and Debs Cubberley took part in the Little Rock 5km. They used this race as a warm up for the marathon both finishing in 30:44. Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas and probably most famous for being associated with former US president Bill Clinton. This is the 16th Little Rock marathon festival weekend and the race is well-known for its bling. The marathon medal alone will weigh down their luggage weighing in at 2.5 pounds!
Paul Blackwell completed the Phoenix spring day marathon along the river Thames this weekend which puts his marathon finishes at 142. Great running Paul, through a mix of snow and muddy puddles. Let’s hope 143 is a bit kinder to you.
Sunday (UTC time) saw some of you undertake spring half marathons. Nick Goodman was in Eastbourne to take part in the 14th Eastbourne half marathon and came over the line in 1.47.26. Great running Nick, especially as this was your first half!
Belinda Palmer-Barnes took part in the 7th Cambridge Half marathon, one of the regions fastest growing half marathons due to it now being a single lap. Belinda finished in 2.24.20. Great running Bee!
In London it was the inaugural Vitality Big Half and Hien Hoang was taking part along side Mo Farah. Hien completed the half in a time of 1:59:05. Super effort and a great race to be part of.
Barbara Law, Sue Wright and Gemma Colling went to Hockley Woods to take part in a 6 hour trail challenge. Snow and mud didn’t stop these three as they put in some training miles for Grizzly. Gemma achieved 20 miles, Barbara did 17.5 miles and Sue 14 miles. Well done to you all.
Back to Little Rock and the marathon which started at 7.00am (CST) Paul and Debs ran across the finishing line in a time of 4:08:08. Great running from both of you in knights outfits!
Little did I know watching the live stream on YouTube that just off camera on the completion of Little Rock marathon, Paul asked Debs to marry him and produced a large rock! Luckily the moment was captured by organisers and soon put on Twitter – social media at it’s best!! Congratulations to you both, Debs for a PB at marathon distance, a silver standard and a diamond on your finger and to Paul for getting the ring and Debs safely to the finish line.
What I thought was going to be a quiet weekend of race reporting turned into quite an occasion. Have a good week everyone.