Well, I wasn’t there. I’m down with a cold & decided I’d better not run. I went over to Rotherham for a Runfurther committee meeting on Friday evening at the Staithes, but then I came home again – I’ve been in no state to run 50 miles. Plenty of others were though, although not everyone will have been happy with their performances I’d guess. Andy Davies, who was challenging for top Runfurther place on the men’s side, failed to finish (I don’t know why), and Ken Sutor, the other potential challenger finished well off the pace. Kevin Hoult, on the other hand ran a blinder, finished first by almost an hour in a 6:29:50 personal best, and also ran himself into an unbeatable lead in the Runfurther Championship.
1st: Kevin Hoult (Stadium Runners), 6:29:50
2nd: Kevin Doyle (Kimberworth Striders), 7:27:39
3rd: Martin Terry (Clayton-le-Moors), 7:43:56, 1st MV50
21st: Karen Nash, 8:35:54, 1st woman, 1st FV50
26th: Tara Spillings, 8:51:12, 2nd woman
28th: Lisa Walbridge (100 Marathon Club), 8:51:44
45th: Alwyn Nixon, 9:43:15, 1st MV60
97th: Bob Nash, 11:47:24, 1st MV70
98th: Janet Hill (Springfield Striders), 11:48:14, 1st FV60
The full results are available on the SI website.
Karen Nash has written up her race and you can find that on her blog here. I’ve pinched the photos on this page from her too. Nick Ham was taking photos as well as running: you can find his photos here. He seems to have run a lot better than he was expecting to!
Runfurther Championship results
With only the Warrington Way race to go, it’s becoming a bit clearer who’s likely to be winning what, although there’s still more hanging on the last race than I was expecting there to be. Warrington has been full for ages, but it looks like the waiting list has gone now, so last-minute entries may be a possibility.
Don’t forget the AGM and Prizegiving are on Sunday 13 November, at 2:30 at the George Hotel, Youlgreave, in the Peak District. This is timed to be after the nearby Leg It Round Lathkil fell race, and is the day after the Warrington Way race. Please be there – we need a quorum for the AGM, and we need people to give the prizes to. And we’ve ordered chips. And there’ll be cake… And spot prizes (thanks Si!)…
1st man: Kevin Hoult. Kevin’s run at Rotherham means he can’t be caught now.
2nd man: Andy Davies. Andy failed to finish at Rotherham, but he’s now guaranteed 2nd place. Ken Sutor can’t catch him.
3rd man: Still up in the air. Ken Sutor if he runs well at Warrington, but David Greenwood, Adam Worrallo or Martin Terry could end up 3rd quite easily, and there are others who could get in there if the circumstances were favourable to them.
1st woman: Karen Nash has been guaranteed this for a while already.
2nd woman: Debbie Cooper’s likely to be 2nd, but she needs to maintain her form at Warrington to do it. Otherwise it’ll probably be Michelle Brooks.
3rd woman: Will probably be Michelle or Debbie, although Alison Brind would take it if Debbie doesn’t finish at Warrington.
MV50: The first 3 places will probably be between Chris Davies, Martin Terry and Ned Lammas, although if Ned doesn’t finish at Warrington, someone else will be 3rd, probably Glen Davies.
FV50: Karen Nash is 1st, Alison Brind 2nd, Janet Hill 3rd. That is, unless Janet gets a last-minute entry for Warrington and runs the race of her life, in which case she could overhaul Alison.
MV60: Chris Davies can’t be caught, with Glen Davies 2nd and me 3rd. Unless I run a blinder at Warrington – in theory I could still beat Glen. And if Alwyn Nixon enters Warrington late, he’s theoretically in that mix too.
FV60: Janet Hill, and MV70: Bob Nash. Bob may not have it all his own way in 2017 though, as Dick Scroop turns 70 in February!
Max points: Karen Nash (women), me or Chris Davies or Dick Scroop (men). It’s mine if I finish at Warrington, probably Chris’s if I don’t and he does. If we both fail, Dick would still have to run the race of his life to take it.
Grand Slams: Nobody. Dick & I both tried, but for different reasons couldn’t finish them all.
Team prizes: I’m sticking my neck out a bit here, but I think Mercia Fell Runners are going to be both first and second, with either Trawden or Clayton-le-Moors third. I haven’t gone through all the possible outcomes though.
See you in Lymm, or at the Prizegiving!