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Hamilton Blazes a Trail to Victory in Wigan

St. Helens Striders made the short trip over Billinge Hill to compete in the Wigan Trail 10k on Sunday. This excellent event, organised by local rivals Wigan Harriers, is always a favourite on the Striders calendar.
On what was a glorious spring morning, Kelly Hamilton produced a sensational performance to emerge victorious in the ladies’ race, in a blistering 40:58. Next to cross the line for the women were sister act, Wendy Davies and Ann Johnson. After battling throughout the race in a great display of sibling rivalry, Davies finished in 48:07 with Johnson hot on her heels just one second behind.

First home for the men was John ‘The Electrician’ Williams. He finished in 31st place overall in a time of 43:00. He was delighted to earn a cash prize as the first finisher for Striders who had most athletes of any club competing in the race. Next was the ever consistent Darren Eckersley in 43:28 (33rd), followed by Andy Shaw in 45:22 (49th). There was another outstanding performance from Frank Cahill who overpowered his age group rivals to secure 1st place in the V60 category.

Back on Merseyside, a team of Striders took part in a charity race hosted by Liverpool Running Bugs. The ‘No More Knives’ 5 Mile Race at Stadt Moers Park in Knowsley. The event raised a huge amount of money for the charity set up in the wake of the tragic murder of Adam Ellison in 2017. Hannah Whittaker finished in 2nd place in the ladies’ race with close friend and training partner Lisa Cheers close behind in 3rd. Kevin Outten performed admirably to finish in 8th place overall.

Anita Hall headed to Cheshire to take on the formidable Sandstone Trail Challenge. She competed the epic 33 mile course in an impressive 8 hours.

In Preston, the tireless Brian Davies was the lone Strider at the Blacksticks 10k and produced yet another solid performance, finishing in 58:37.  

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Sisters Wendy Davies and Ann Johnson cross the line seconds apart
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Kelly Hamilton on her way to victory at Wigan Trail 10K
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Kevin Cairns powers towards the finish line in Wigan.
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Sharon O’Connell all smiles in the Wigan sunshine.
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Striders line up ahead of the Wigan Trail 10K
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Jenny Martin running strong at Wigan Trail 10K
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Kelly Hamilton with her winner’s trophy.
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Striders take on the London Marathon

All eyes were on the capital on Sunday for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. At one of the world’s iconic sporting events, St. Helens Striders had a strong team of runners primed for the challenge.

In front of tens of thousands lining the streets and a worldwide audience of millions, Daniel Cheetham was the first Strider to finish in a fantastic 2:58, breaking the magical three hour barrier once again.

David Wilson was next home, finishing in 3:16. It was a disappointment for Wilson, who was well on course for a new club record but was stricken with injury around the halfway point. His still impressive finishing time was testament to his boundless grit and determination.Scott Barlow, in his debut marathon, performed tremendously to finish in 3:39 while trail enthusiast David Brisco completed his first and last road marathon in 4:03; a solid effort after having his preparation hampered by illness and injury. Another first-timer, Dave Lynch, crossed the line in 4:56.The ever-popular Mike Brunt also delighted his friends and followers as he conquered the course in 5:47.

It’s been said the course of true love never did run smooth, but Colin Wilson and Jane Marshall proved the Bard of Avon wrong as the lovebirds trained together for the Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Their training was a great success as Wilson secured a huge PB finishing in 3:53 – an astounding 23 minutes faster than his previous best. Marshall was not to be outdone, and she also achieved a PB of 1:58 in the half marathon, a 6 minute improvement on her previous best mark.

Mark and Brenda Carrier travelled to the sunny island of Mallorca. Mark completed the Magaluf Half Marathon in 1:56 in the oppressive heat, while his beloved wife Brenda was equally impressive, finishing the 10k in 1:05. Over on the Spanish mainland, Lynda Butchard put the disappointment of missing the Greater Manchester Marathon behind her. She blazed a trail through the Spanish capital of Madrid, completing the city’s half marathon in 2:34.

Earlier in the week, a trio of Striders took part in the Mid-Cheshire 5k. The fast, flat course attracts a quality field of athletes from across the country. Kelly Hamilton finished in a blistering 19:26, with devoted husband Mark following closely in 22:03. Kerry Riley also completed the course in 25:10.

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Lynda Butchard at the finish line in Madrid.
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Mark and Brenda Carrier show off their medals in Magaluf
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Jane Marshall celebrates PB at the Shakespeare Half Marathon
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Colin Wilson recovers after his marathon PB
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David Brisco and Mike Brunt ahead of the London Marathon
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Kerry Riley, Kelly and Mark Hamilton at the Mid-Cheshire 5k

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A blazing hot Easter Sunday morning saw one of the most eagerly awaited races in the calendar as a host of disciples from Striders travelled to the Hale Village 5 Mile Race.

First Strider home was Kane Green, who overcame the sweltering heat to finish 8th overall in an impressive 28:54.

In a delightful moment, the formidable Rachel Fairclough was next, finishing 4th lady in 32:57 with her devoted husband Peter Fairclough seconds behind while pushing their adorable son Sam across the line in his buggy. The next generation of Striders are already experiencing the racing bug.

Next home was Kelly Hamilton who finished in 33:15, producing a sensational sprint finish to outrun a close rival and snatch 5th lady metres from the finish line.

3rd Male across the line was Eric Ranson, in 33:03 and 43rd overall. Hannah Whittaker was 3rd female Strider and 11th lady overall in 34:41 despite being hindered by an early stumble.

Egged on by the bumper Easter crowd, a number of Striders’ ladies achieved new personal bests. Sharon Swift, living up to her name, delighted her followers as she crossed the line in 41:47, with Jackie Ellis also producing a great performance to lower he previous best in 46:50. It was an extraordinary effort from Ellis who obliterated her previous record by almost ten minutes. The inspirational Pauline Horsfall continued her outstanding year as she once again claimed first prize in the FV60 category with a magnificent 36:59.

Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the men also collected an Easter basketful of lifetime bests. Grizzled veteran Tony Dagnall sprang around the course like a new born lamb to finish in a superb 35:38, while Mark Fillingham’s dedicated training schedule paid off as he secured a new best mark of 40:25. Smiling assassin Nigel Herbert also continued his rapid recent improvement with an excellent PB of 46:38.

Other notable performances came from Cherryl Orrick, Chris Reid (35:03), Peter Teeling (38:08), Peter ‘Boomer’ Bennett (40:59) and the evergreen Frank Cahill who finished 2nd in the V60 category in a superb PB of 34:34.

Good Friday saw three Striders take on the Calder Vale Country 10 Mile Race. The intrepid trio faced daunting climbs reminiscent of another infamous Good Friday climb up Golgotha. This proved no problem for Brian Middleton as he performed doggedly to claim 1st Place in the V60 category. Eric Ranson and Rebecca Mckenna also conquered the challenge to more than earn their Easter Eggs.

On Saturday, Striders’ very own superwoman, Collette Flaherty, conquered the gruelling Liverpool to Manchester Ultramarathon. She defied the heat and the seemingly endless 50 mile course to finish in impressive style.

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Nigel Herbert all smiles on his way to a 5 mile PB at Hale
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Colette Flaherty after running the 50 Mile L2M Ultramarathon
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Huge team of Striders ready to take on the Hale Village 5 Mile on Easter Sunday

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First Strider Kane Green does battle with eventual female winner Elizabeth Renondeau
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Brian Middleton, Rebecca McKenna and Eric Ranson at the Calverdale 10 Mile
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Team Fairclough and Kelly Hamilton battle the heat at Hale
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Striders take on Hawkshead challenge

A team of St. Helens Striders athletes travelled north to the shores of Lake Windermere to take on the Hawkshead Lakeland Trail Challenge. And a challenge it truly was, with one notorious climb known as The Coffin Trail testing even the most hardened hill runners amongst them.

Kevin Cairns, in his last trail race until the next one , completed the tough 16km circuit in an impressive 1.34. Not far behind was the tireless Pete Medlicott, crossing the line in 1:42. Other hardy souls to conquer the course were devoted spouses Gerry and Andy Shaw; the dynamic duo of Claire Blennerhassett and Rebecca Mckenna; lovebirds Daniel Tetlow and Susan Kerfoot; as well as Paul Carr, Simon Poole and Gary Ward.

Paul Booth was also on his travels as he competed in the Colwyn Bay to Prestatyn Coastal Half Marathon. Despite battling illness, Booth finished in a highly respectable 1:50, securing a top 100 finish in the large field.

Top traveller of the weekend, however, was Ian Spencer. In sunny Mallorca, he completed the Puerto Pollensa 10k in an excellent 58:32.

Closer to home, the Tunnel 10k saw athletes race under the water from Liverpool City centre to New Brighton. First Strider home was the ever dependable Eric Ranson in a time of 41:03. Next came Danny Fegan with a strong finishing 43:14. First lady was Cherryl Orrick, who battled the windy conditions to finish in 50:14. Rachel Tickle was next, followed closely by Debs Hill.

For Sharon O’Connell, there was a trip to the iconic Olympic Park in London for the Chase the Sun 10k. Inspired by the heroics of 2012, she broke the club V45 record in a magnificent 47:07.

A duo of multi-skilled Striders displayed their swimming and cycling pedigree alongside their more established running talents at the Edge Hill Triathlon. The rapidly improving Elaine Porter completed the event in 1:32, with Mike Cox not far behind in 1:40.  

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Gerry Shaw about to climb the Coffin Trail at Hawkshead
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Striders all smiles before the Hawkshead 16k Trail Challenge
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Kevin Cairns on a high at Hawkshead
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Cherryl Orrick and Rachel Tickle complete the Tunnel 10k
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Race Results – W/C 11th February 2019

Parbold and Wrexham

Saturday saw the 49th running of The Parbold Hill Race. Over the 7 mile course, runners have to negotiate muddy fields, climb lung busting hills and hurdle fences. Despite these challenges, it is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the local race calendar.

No fewer than 41 runners from St. Helens Striders toed the line at the start. The irrepressible Jon-Jo Doherty (41:48) finished in 2nd place, beaten only by his good friend and rival, Tom Griffiths of St. Helens Sutton AC. Next home for Striders were Chris Hazeldine in an impressive 8th place (43:39) and Richard Seville in 42nd overall (49:41).

For the women, Susan Kerfoot delighted her friends and family by finishing in 25th place in a time of 1:03. She was followed by club stalwarts Sarah Charlton and Sharron Burt, who showed their unparalleled grit and determination to cross the line seconds apart in 1:13.

On Sunday, a team of Striders crossed the border into Wales to test themselves in the Wrexham Half Marathon. A high-quality field assembled for the race which incorporates the North Wales Half Marathon Championships.

David Wilson continued his recent splendid form, finishing in 40th place overall in a breathtaking time of 1:16. Kelly Hamilton stepped up to the 13.1 mile distance after her stunning exploits last year and continued in the same vein, crossing the line in 1:31:15 for 37th placed female overall. She was closely followed by the ever improving Hannah Whittaker, who chased Hamilton home in a time of 1:31:31.

A number of the Striders contingent achieved new Personal Bests in the race. Whittaker’s loyal husband Craig achieved a new best time of 1:40, as did second Strider to finish, Scott Robertson (1:27), Ian Wright (1:33), John Williams (1:30) and Mark Hamilton, who knocked a huge nine minutes off his previous best (1:44). Jenny Appleton also achieved a fantastic PB of 2:24, seven minutes faster than her previous fastest mark. Cherryl Orrick and Sue Heaps ran superbly to set new Striders age group records in times of 1:50 and 1:56 respectively, and there were good performances from Paul Booth (1:40) and Paul Brown, who selflessly sacrificed his own time to pace a good friend to finish in around 2 hours. Kerry Riley also achieved her target of a sub 2:00 finish in 1:59.

Lone Strider at the Central Lancashire 5k was Chris Reid, finishing in 21:35, while Mark Riley took on the Power of 5k Race in Lancaster and finished in a blistering time of 17:58 to record a new PB.

Striders ahead of the Wrexham Half Marathon.
Chris Hazeldine leaps the fence on his way to 8th place at Parbold. Knowsley Harrier falls heavily.
Mike Brunt leads a band of Striders across the line.
Anthony Ellis leaps the fence at Parbold.
Richard Seville with a prodigious leap.
Striders contingent geared up for Parbold Hill Race
David Brisco leads the way up Parbold Hill
2nd placed Jon-Jo Doherty holds aloft winner, Sutton’s Tom Griffiths at Parbold Hill Race

2nd Placed Jon-Jo Doherty holds aloft winner, Sutton’s Tom Griffiths, at Parbold Hill Race.

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Race Results – W/C 14th January 2019

A band of St. Helens Striders converged on Cheshire to take on the Helsby Half Marathon . Martin Ballard and Chris Reid led the way, clocking new course PBs in identical times of 1:34. Leslie and Alex Abbott were next home in 1.46 and 1.50 respectively. Jo Keogh, Pete Medlicott and Katie Taggart completed the Striders contingent with strong performances.

New recruits Andy and Gerry Shaw certainly proved resolute at the Carlisle Resolution 10k. Andy earned the domestic bragging rights, finishing in an impressive 48:20. His devoted wife Gerry was hot on his heels, however, following close behind in 50:27. An impressive Striders debut for the dynamic duo.

The hills were calling for a daring trio of Striders. At the Coed-y-Brenin Half Marathon in Wales, Joe Weaver (1.49) and Tom Chadwick (1.58) negotiated the tricky trails and over 2000ft of ascent to conquer the 13.1 miles in hugely impressive fashion. Closer to home, Eric Ranson took on the 10k Mast Race, a gruelling slog to the summit of Bolton’s Winter Hill. Eric performed admirably, earning a top 40 finish in a superb time of 48:53 .

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Striders contingent at the Helsby Half Marathon


Striders debutants Gerry and Andy Shaw at Carlisle Resolution 10k

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Striders Cross Country Success

Race Results – W/C Monday 12th November 2018

The St Helens Striders at Beacon Park for Round 2 of the Cross Country League The St Helens Striders at Beacon Park for Round 2 of the Cross Country League

The Striders travelled to Beacon Park in vast numbers for the second cross country event on the calendar. The St Helens Striders unparalleled togetherness and team camaraderie made many other clubs watch on in amazement. Kelly Hamilton led from the front finishing 1st lady overall and to the delight of her fellow teammates. Not far behind her, her good friend and teammate Rachael Fairclough, cutting herself through the pack like butter, deservedly made second lady and a one two for the girls. Hannah Whittaker dug deep to finish 7th. There were some serious debuts for Anthony Ellis, Zoe Fillingham, Elizabeth Phillipson, and the fastest signing to date Chris ‘Curly’ Hazeldine, who crossed the line as first male finisher for the Striders and 17th overall.

The 13 Arches Half Marathon Success StoryThe 13 Arches Half Marathon Success Story

In the 13 Arches Half Marathon, the utterly indefatigable Kevin Brennan finished 1st Strider home in 36th place in 1:34:24. Claire Scott, having mercilessly exerted all of her energies, successfully banked 1st V45 in 1:45. Ann Johnson, Sharon OConnell, Karl Bowles, Vera Langley and their greatly esteemed navigator David Brisco, made for a closely guarded cluster of support which paid dividends with them all finishing strongly.

The Indefatigable Kevin Brennan Marches ForthThe Indefatigable Kevin Brennan Marches Forth

Katie Taggart as Cool as you like at the Conwy Half Marathon
Katie Taggart as Cool as you like at the Conwy Half Marathon

In the Conwy Half Marathon, Danny Fegan treated family and friends to yet more heroics finishing with a fantastic spurt of energy in 1:38:00. Katie Taggart meanwhile with her longstanding teammate ‘Pistol’ Pete Medlicott, proved yet again a successful partnership. Katie when asked about her thoughts on the race stated, ‘The beautiful scenery took my mind off the pain when I was running up the Orme’. Elsewhere in the Preston Harriers 10 miler Brian Davies secured a PB in 1:31:21. And in the Republic of Ireland at the Buncrana ParkRun, Co. Donegal; Jon-Jo Doherty broke the course record in a time of 16:48.

Danny Fegan Proving to be a Huge Success
Danny Fegan Proving to be a Huge Success

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Race Results – W/C 29th October 2018

Team Striders out in force marshalling the Trail 5 race, directed by Rachel Tickle

The weekend before bonfire night was a real sparkler for the St Helens Striders.

Getting the weekend off with a bang was the effervescent Collette Flaherty who competed in Punk Panther’s ‘A Short Circuit’ race. This confusingly titled race is actually 53km long set against a stunning backdrop. Flaherty whizzed around the course to finish as 3rd female in an impressive 7:39:11.

David Wilson shot off like a rocket at the Halewood 5k. The club’s marathon record holder ran an accomplished race setting a new personal best at this distance of 16:44. Sparks also flew at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k as Kerry Riley knocked nearly a minute off her previous best time. Her fellow Striders were delighted for her when she finished in 52:46. Husband Mark Riley led the Strider pack in 39:58 closely followed by another husband and wife duo Kelly Hamilton (40:22) and Mark Hamilton (48:38).

Three Strider Firecrackers raced the half-marathon distance on Sunday. Kevin Cairns and Sue Heaps travelled to Lancaster where they completed the course in excellent times of 1:42:59 and 1:57:35 respectively. Scott Robertson’s explosive pace saw him finish the Tatton Park half in 1:28:21.

Sunday was the St Helens Striders annual Trail 5 mile race around Carr Mill Dam and the surrounding area. It is a particularly leg-burning course but hugely popular with local runners who enjoy the mud, hills and scenic route. Race director, Rachel Tickle, and her band of volunteers all clad in Strider red, ensured the race ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Club members all commit to marshall the race to make it as lively as possible for the runners. However this year, Striders’ luckiest man Mark Fillingham, won a charity raffle to run as the sole Strider, ensuring his hand was as hot as a bonfire after all the high fives he received along the course!

Team Striders out in force marshalling the Trail 5 race, directed by Rachel Tickle
Team Striders out in force marshalling the Trail 5 race, directed by Rachel Tickle


Paul Brown, Jenny Appleton and mini-Strider marshalls Maibon and Morgann ready to cheer on trail runners


Kevin Cairns proudly displays his well deserved Lancaster Half medal

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Striders Tackle 10k/Half and Marathon in Palma De Mallora

Race Results – W/C 8th October 2018

A Selection of Striders Post Race, Savouring the Atomic Atmosphere.

The St Helens Striders are not your average running club! 34 athletes made the trip to Palma De Mallorca. An inclusive body of runners that have inspired great friendships. The Striders welcome those who wish to get involved for a truly unique experience!

7000 athletes from across the globe took part in the 3 varying distances. In the Palma 10k Gary Eccleston was the first Strider to cross the line in 55:35. There too were great efforts from Zoe and Mark Fillingham, Jackie and John Dobson. Brenda Carrier and Sue Burke supported one another all the way completing the course in 1:24. Nicola Donovan finished in 58:34.

In the Palma Half Marathon Jon-Jo Doherty came home in 8th place overall in 1:16:50. David Navis never gave up, and although the heat took its toll he finished strongly in 1:55:52. Mark Carrier after 8 months of injury came back strong to succeed all expectations in 2:01:45. Peter Bennett applied himself well, finishing strongly in 2:09:32. Colin Wilson and Jane Marshall forged a great partnership which saw them hold out to the finish line.

Palma Cathedral situated in the Background Palma Cathedral situated in the Background

Paul Booth took on the Palma Marathon, he’s well known for his endurance abilities and his never say die attitude, and with avid determination secured a time of 4:01:39.

Paul Booth Expressing the joy of his success

Hamilton success in Helvellyn 15k Trail

Kelly Hamilton again inspired her fellow teammates finishing as third lady overall. She dug in and at one point fell flat on her face and lost her shoe! Rachel Fairclough by no means a stick in the mud, and after recently giving birth to her first child decided that this was the race to make her comeback! She excelled brilliantly running alongside her husband Peter, and moves into the cross country season with even greater determination. Mark Hamilton stuck to his guns producing arguably his best performance of late. He managed to pass quite a number of athletes just before the final straight!

A wonderful picture of Togetherness at Helvellyn

Tony Dagnall smashed his personal best in the Manchester Half Marathon in 1:40:37. Lynda Butchard made further ground, and by improving on a seasons best by over 7 minutes, securing 2 hours 17 minutes. Scott Barlow can now be seen as a force to be reckoned with, securing further progress in 1:40:41. Tom Chadwick dazzled with an impressive display, destroying his previous best by over 9 minutes in 1:34:14. And finally Joe Weaver also delivered, with a stunning improvement in 1:32:08.

Tony ‘Daggers’ Dagnall in Full Flow

In the Alder Hey 10k Jenny Martin redoubled her efforts, and with unrivalled discipline won 1st veteran prize over 35! Eric Ranson, Gillian Kelly and Kevin Cairns also impressed showing great fortitude and exacting team spirit. And elsewhere in the Tatton Park 10k, Kerry Riley romped home with a new personal best 53:41, her longstanding teammate Katie Taggart was with her every step of the way in 53:37.

Chums Katie Taggart left with Kerry Riley right.

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Race Results – W/C 10th September 2018

It was another weekend of successes both at home and abroad for St. Helens Striders. The EHM Festival in nearby Warrington produced a string of fine performances across three tough courses, despite the inclement weather conditions.

In the 5km race, Martin Ballard secured an impressive top 10 finish in a time of 20:51. In the 10km event, Zoe Fillingham set a 2nd PB in as many weeks coming home in 57:52. There were also new PBs for Gary Eccleston (53:47) and Nicky Donovan (53:08). Daniel Tetlow (44:14) and Susan Kerfoot (47:22) also produced performances of note. Kelly Hamilton adopted the role of 45-minute pacer to push competitors to their target time and did so in typically enthusiastic fashion.

The main event, the half marathon, saw PBs tumble with impressive regularity. Chris Reid crossed the finish line at the historic Golden Gates in a blistering 1:36 to secure a new best at the 13.1-mile distance. Anthony Ellis was hot on his heels with his own PB of 1:37 while Karl Bowles, in his first outing in the red and black, showed his promise with a superb time of 1:40. Tony Horsfall continued his fine form, crossing the line in 1:43; a time matched by the indefatigable Claire Scott. Kevin Winstanley continued his comeback trail with a determined 2:23, taking 20 minutes off his previous half marathon time. After a 4-year hiatus at this distance, Steve Conway delighted his admirers with a dogged 2:17. There were astounding improvements from both Jane Marshall, who lowered her previous best by 4 minutes in setting a time of 2:05, and Colin Wilson, who celebrated his recent ‘Strider of the Month’ award with a breath-taking 8-minute PB of 1:43.

The intrepid Katie Taggart and Pete Medlicott formed a squadron to fly to Berlin to take part in the city’s marathon. It was a historic day as Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge demolished the marathon World Record on the streets of the handsome German capital. Equally impressive, however, was Medlicott’s first sub-4-hour clocking over 26.2 miles at the 11th attempt. He avoided hitting the wall and blazed through the finish line at the iconic Brandenburg Gate in 3:56. Taggart also completed the course, taking the opportunity to savour the sights as she cantered with consummate ease to the applause of the exuberant German crowds.

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