Let’s start this weekly update with a bit of catching up and general housekeeping as some results were unavailable last time. First up Darren Owen-Jones travelled to Humberside to take part in the Hull Half Marathon finishing in 16th position and 3rd MV50 in a time of 1.23.16 and in Shropshire a small and select group decided to try to beat The Burway in the Chuch Stretton 10k with Sarah Thurley coming home first for the club in 24th and 3rd lady in 47.44, Graham Young was 29th in 48.35 and Julia Condon was 153rd in 1.16.39.
There was some midweek action with the Pontesbury Fell Race, a short but extremely testing race over 4.9k but boasting 354 metres of total ascent over two thigh shredding climbs but a massive descent to the finish. On his favoured terrain Dan Maskew claimed 3rd place in 21.43 and Beth Rawlinson was 20th and 1st U19 girl in a time of 25.00.
It was race 3 of Telford ACs Sexarathon Series, a 4 mile jaunt around two and a half laps alongside the Shropshire golf course, In all there were 21 members of the club toeing the line, led home by Dan Turner who finished in 14th place in 21.56, Paul Dean was 27th in 23.11, Beth Tabor was 2nd lady and 41st overall in 24.05, Lucy Calrow was 49th in 24.40, Dave Newport was 60th in 25.13, Shaun Bennett 63rd in 25.21, I was 71st in 25.40, Nick Beach 72nd in 25.45, Sarah Thurley was 1st in her age group and 79th overall in 26.16, Tony Cheema was 83rd in 26.24, Holly Baddeley was 88th in 26.46, Brett Robinson 92nd in 26.54, Darren Owen-Jones was 94th in 27.02, Sabrina Thomas was 2nd in her age group and 95th overall in 27.04, Simon Calrow was 100th, 2nd in his age group in a time of 27.16, Russ Newman was 105th in 27.26, Rob Edwards 111th in 27.36, Paul Tabor 127th in 28.32, Anthony Pinson 136th in 29.18 and Craig Buggins was 172nd in 31.15.
A small group ventured into mid Wales for the Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon at Coed Y Brenin. There is always plenty of climbing and lots of ups and downs on this course through scenic Forestry Commission Land, not that you get much chance to take in the scenery. Emily Simmonds led the group home in 104th place in 2.17.03, Francisco Villacampa was 105th in 2.17.43 and seconds separated Russ Blair in 227th place in 3.01.23, Andy Dyall in the same time and a place behind and Carl Morgan two seconds adrift in 229th place.
And finally, those with qualifiers from the previous weekends schools’ events were called upon to compete in the Mason Trophy at Stoke where we also had a number of officials ensuring the event went ahead without a hitch. William Parton was 2nd in his heat of the U15M 100m in 11.66 and then finished 2nd in his heat of the U15M 200m in 24.77. Elliot Bowen was 3rd in his heat of the U15M 200m in a time of 24.78 and ran 38.41 in heat 1 of the U15M 300m. Frankie Bowen raced in heat 2 of the U15W 200m coming 2nd in 26.81 and then ran 43.71 in heat 2 of the U15W 300m. Owen Ulfig took 1st place in a straight final in the U15M 1500 in a time of 4.20.18 and Ronni Read was 10th in 5.13.16 in the U15W 1500 in heat 1, a time that would have placed her 6th in heat 2. Isabelle Price ran 10.13.21 in the U17W 3000 to take 2nd place.
In the jumps there was a silver medal for Finley Powell who cleared 1.65, only 5cm behind the winner, in the U15M high jump. And in the throws Amelia Hancock was 5th with a throw of 23.86 in the U17W discus and claimed 2nd place in the U17W hammer with a distance of 38.91. Ethan Kendrick pocketed a gold medal in the U15M hammer throwing 37.70.