Weekly update – 2nd November 2023

It’s peaks and troughs at the moment for athletes from Wolves & Bilston, certainly not where performances are concerned but where opportunities to perform arise. We are in the middle of a period where you have a very busy weekend or a very quiet one. And this one was a quiet one.

As we’ve mentioned peaks and troughs let’s start this week with the Snowdon Marathon, as you’d expect this was the typical 26.2 mile battle, but with a sizeable chunk of elevation in it. It’s been said that there are only three big climbs in the race, the trouble is that they are at the beginning, the middle and the end. Our sole representative, Danni Braine, crossed the line in Llanberis in a time of 5.15.31 to take 1584th place.

While we are on the subject of marathons Dave Joynson completed in his 215th race over the distance in Lucerne, finishing the Swiss City Marathon in an impressive 3.14.50 to take 139th place and 1st M60. I tried to find his partner in crime, Gill Mitchell, but it appeared that Swiss efficiency was failing me after filtering the results to “overall marathon frauen” I can find no trace. However, a bit more digging found her crossing the line in 5.25.01.

Over the half distance we had an impressive show from Garry Palmer in the Coventry Half Marathon, having struggled with a dog related injury, bruising rather than biting after tripping over his four-legged friend some weeks ago, he ran a rapid 1.25.06 to take 74th place.

And over the shorter distance Darren Owen-Jones took part in the Brewers 10k, a flat road race from the Pirelli Stadium, in Burton upon Trent, the home of Burton Albion. Darren finished in 40.51 in 66th position.

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