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Bishop’s Stortford Running Club members fill top three positions at St Clare Hospice 10k in Hastingwood





Bishop’s Stortford Running Club members filled the top three positions at the St Clare Hospice 10k.

Adam Beaumont crossed the line first in Hastingwood in a time of 33min 16sec as team green and gold runners raced for championship points.

He was followed by Dylan Van Wyck (33.55) and Robert Thorpe (37.03), with the latter also being first in the MV50 age group.

From left, Sophie Barc, Vicky Simpson-Thomas, Adam Beaumont and Robert Thorpe at the St Clare Hospice 10k
From left, Sophie Barc, Vicky Simpson-Thomas, Adam Beaumont and Robert Thorpe at the St Clare Hospice 10k

Vicky Simpson-Thomas was the first female home in 43.23 and Sophie Barc, who clocked 45.29, was third female and first F40.

Eilidh Malcolm registered 45.43 to be fourth female and first senior female (aged 18-29).

The windy and warm conditions prevented many personal bests, but Bryan Young set himself a PB of 58.31 as it was his first 10k race.

The other BSRC finishers were Gary Jones (43.55), Tim Kelly (49.48), Graham O’Malley (52.17), Serena Beresford (53.04), Patricia Poole (53.56), Martin Howe (54.10), Patrick Chappel (54.17), Mike Grant (55.53), Paul Andrew (55.53), Jennifer Burke (55.59), Lara Wheeldon (59.34), Fay Dodgen (59.56), Ian McClymont (1hr 2min 23sec), Victoria Cutler (1:02.42), George Thomas (1:04.49) and Theresa Burke (1:15.27).

Three Stortford runners travelled north for the Sheffield Half, facing a headwind on the out section with a steep uphill, followed by a nice tailwind for the downhill.

The views at the top were spectacular and worth the climb of 321 metres as Ian Rodgers finished in 2:17.32, Andrew Wilson in 2:21.27 and Eleanor Rodgers in 2:28.12.

The London Landmarks Half was slightly more sheltered in parts thanks to the many buildings, however this meant the wind was gusty as it channelled through the course.

Phoenyx Harritt was on pacing duties at the London Landmarks Half
Phoenyx Harritt was on pacing duties at the London Landmarks Half

The route started on Pall Mall and took in sights such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London before heading over a very windy Westminster Bridge for a view of the London Eye and finishing close to Downing Street.

Ian Griffiths completed the course in 1:34.50 while Phoenyx Harritt, who was pacing sub 2:40, skipped over the line in 2:39.41.

Matt Callcut knocked 25 minutes off his personal best and achieved his aim of going under four hours when he completed the Paris Marathon on Sunday in 3:58.21. Georgie Rogers, who was returning from injury, finished in 5:30.59.

Matt Coaker ran the Saltmarsh Half Marathon, a trail half following the route of the Saltmarsh Coastal Trail from South Woodham Ferrers to Burnham-on-Crouch.

It was extremely windy and over fairly challenging terrain, but he completed the beautiful point-to-point route in ninth position in 1:55.40.

Over the Easter weekend, Michelle Bignall completed the wet and muddy Henley Trail Half Marathon in 2:19.55 after recovering from a fall about 4k into the race.

Michelle Bignall completed the wet and muddy Henley Trail Half Marathon in 2:19.55
Michelle Bignall completed the wet and muddy Henley Trail Half Marathon in 2:19.55

Mark and Natasha Spiller participated in the Fortitude Pippingford Park 10-hour event on Easter Saturday. Entrants could choose to complete a three-, four- or five-mile route every hour on the hour.

Mark ran 44 miles, completing seven laps of the hardest five-mile route followed by three laps of the three-mile route, while Natasha completed 10 laps of the three-mile course.

Jonathan Haynes was fourth in the V60 category and broke the club’s M65+ record when he finished the Maidenhead Easter 10-mile race in 1:04.18.



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