Weekly update 20th April 2022

There was plenty of action across this country and another as athletes pulled on the Wolverhampton & Bilston vest on what turned out to be a warm weekend.

There was a tale of two cities, both of them named Boston (although one of them it actually a town), as athletes travelled east and west to take part in the Boston Marathon, one in Lincolnshire and one in Massachusetts, USA. Tony Cheema took part in the classic Boston Marathon crossing the line in 3.14.33 in 6267th place and the durable duo journeyed east for the smaller Boston Marathon with Dave Joynson finishing in 3.12.28 to take 92nd place and Gillian Mitchell crossing the line in 608th in 6.05.08. 

A large group travelled to the motor racing circuit at Mallory Park for a 5k and a 10k. Although the course was pancake flat it was windy which had a negative impact on times, despite this there were still some lightning quick performances. Fred Jones was 28th in 15.53 over the shorter distance, Owen Ulfig was a couple of places and only a second behind in 30th place in 15.54, Finlay Ward was 37th in 16.20 and Samuel Thursfield was 60th in 17.29. Darren Owen-Jones clocked 18.42 to take 81st place and 1st in his age group, Holly Baddeley finished in 104th in 20.12 helped by Nick Beach who was a place and two seconds adrift and Paul Tabor finished in 117th place in 21.32. Twenty-four hours later Dan Turner made a spur of the moment decision to race after a heavy training week clocking 34.20 to take 6th place and Sabrina Thomas, although plagued with breathing difficulties, crossed the line in 42.25 to take 26th place over 10k. Elsewhere Dylan Illidge took part in the Chasewater Easter Egg 10k finishing in 1st place in 38.05.

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