DRC excel at long distances

The weekends mostly start with parkrun, but it was a 9am start for the seventeen Dursley Running Club athletes taking part in the Fission 20/20, for many a chance to put training into action in a race environment, whilst also keeping the powder dry for their marathons. The athletes had specific targets which they achieved comfortably in tough conditions due to the wind although the reasonably flat two lap course is perfect for pacing. For Ben Amigoni, Fran Amigoni , Louise Biddell, Janet Matthews, Emma Keating and Dominique Pemberton this was their first 20 mile run and longest run to date, mentally and physically an important milestone.

Jon Tudor and Mouse Clutterbuck ran in support of Fran Amigoni and Jadie Cotterell. Tony Freer cruised through the 20 miles really comfortably and in control. Matthews and Biddell also made the twenty look easy and finished strongly. Keating and Pemberton were very pleased with their efforts. The stand out run for the 20 miler was Martin Bragg. who planned and executed his run perfectly picking up his pace from half way and another finishing strongly. Unsurprisingly he was first in his age category Margaret Johnson also ran a disciplined race, Bragg commented “Margaret demonstrated her usual amazing ability to maintain a consistent pace. She wanted to run within herself and not push the pace too hard, but rather be sure that the pace she chose, she could stick to right to the end – which she did to perfection”. The wind was equally horrendous for the 20k runners. There were times when, although the arms and legs were moving, the body was totally stationary. Kris Rymer led the 20K team home with a good 93 minute run, Pete Allen managing to keep ahead of Clare Troy, with Annette Heylings placing 3rd in F60 category. Results: 20mile: Martin Bragg 67th (1st M60) 02:35:43; Ben Amigoni, 78th (25th SenM) 02:37:33; Tony Freer 102nd (10th M50) 02:43:41; Margaret Johnson 130th (5th F50) 02:47:10; Jonathan Tudor 140th (34th SenM) 02:49:24; Francesca Amigoni 141st (19th SenF) 02:49:25; Mouse Clutterbuck 146th (9th M55) 02:49:53; Jadie Cotterell 147th (21st SenF) 02:49:54; Andrew Hara 180th (42nd SenM) 02:56:58; Louise Biddell 336th (58th SenF); 03:27:27; Janet Matthews 337th (25th F40) 03:27:27; Emma Keating 392nd (37thF45) 03:48:58; Dominique Pemberton 393rd (75th SenF) 03:43:58. 20km: Kris Rymer 14th (7th M40) 01:33:04; Peter Allen 61st (6th SenM) 01:56:27; Clare Troy 74th (14th F40) 02:00:33; Annette Heylings 96th (3rd F60) 02:18:06 3rd F60. The second 20 miler of the weekend saw four DRC athletes out at the Gloucester 20, for Dave Saunders, Damo Lai and Andy Kilby a training race, for Dave Durden a counting race in the Glos. AAA Road Series. The runners were treated to a cold but sunny twenty miles.

The wind was still there but it blew the athletes up the long drag to Haresfield and up the two hills, there were still some sections of head wind. Durden and Lai both ditched pre-race target paces. Lai pushed on moving to an 8:30 schedule from his planned 8:45 and he executed well, running a 10 minute PB, at 8:29 to finish in 2:48:45. Durden managed to hold on after a fast start, struggling up the last two hills he pushed on to record a 9 minute PB placing 7th M55 in a time of 02:27:59, Kilby continues his strong run of form was third home and 6th V60 with Dave Saunders cream of the DRC category crop, 4th M70+. Results: David Durden 101st (7th M50) 02:27:59; Any Kilby 202nd (6th M60) 02:46:47; Damian Lai 219th (31st M40) 02:48:45; David Saunders 362nd (4th V70) 03:13:54. Four DRC athletes were on the start line of the Reading Half. Paul Hocking returned to competition after an injury layoff and left it all on the road with a 77 minute effort. Behind him Mark Sprigings’ attention to detail in his training paid of with a big 4 minute personal best of 01:25:36. Sprigings commented that he “was happy with the start and how the first half of the race” he then encountered a strong headwind and it became a case of just hanging on.

Despite this he ran a great PB boding well for both his Berlin Marathon. Mike Brown and Neil Hodson also found going tough and were some way off their bests as a result of injury. Results: Paul Hocking 01:17: 50: Mark Sprigings 1:25:36, Mike Brown 1:26:52, Neil Hodgson 1:32:16. The other big half of the week end was at Bath. Neil Parry, Andrew Eades, Lynne Murray, Caz Harper Easthope and Leigh Allen were on the start line for the two lap course. Parry was using it as part of his marathon preparation whilst Eades has been struggling with a niggly knee condition and so in his own words “wasn’t looking forward to running at all” despite this he felt strong throughout the race and was able to get within 32 seconds of his personal best. Parry led the DRC team home in strong 90 minute run. Just behind Andrew were Lynn Murray, with Caz Harper-Easthope and Leigh Allen running buddies raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Easthope achieved a PB Race hat-trick, 3 races, 3 PB’s so far this year, finishing in 02:15:1, a 13mins PB. Results: Neil Parry 01:31:18, 591st (40th M50), Andrew Eades, 01:59:02, 4225th (3282nd SenM); Lynne Murray 02:02:27, 5521st (86th F50); Caroline Easthope, 02:12:50, 8084th (315th F45); Leigh Allen, 02:19:45, 8945th (390th F40). Two DRC-Triathletes travelled to Ebbw Vale to compete in the Try out Try event, a beginner triathlon consisting of a 250m swim, 5km bike ride and 2.5km run. Leigh Allen took and new DRC Tri member Louise Saum to the event and she took to Tri like a duck to water placing first woman in 8th place overall in a time of 31:41. Leigh’s time of 44 minutes is provsional, the windy conditions made the outdoor activity “horrendous” according to Allen. 27 DRC park runners ran Saturday. Richard Pitts was the fastest DRC parkrunner of this weekend in 21:52. Whilst down in New Zealand, Alice Lewis ran the fastest DRC female park run with a 23:46 and topped the Age Gradings with 81.65%, and John Rogers ran his first ever parkrun. Nicola Christopher ran the sole DRC parkrun PB of the weekend with 26:18 at Wotton

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Chatty running for our yr7+ juniors on Wednesday, jumping for our indoor athletes, and more of the Dozen route for the Muddy Runners on Saturday. What a great week, really good efforts from our Juniors.

We also held a stand at the Kingshill House Clubs and Societies Fair which was a great opportunity for us to share our successes with the community and possibly even encourage some new recruits. Last week I said there were two more indoor athletics sessions left, but I miscounted… now there are two left! One circuits based session and one relay session.

The next couple of Muddy Running sessions will be orienteering based; next one at the rugby club then our really fun Easter Egg Hunt on Stinchcomb Golf Course (6th April). We will then break for Easter – we will be busy line painting and planning our next season of programmes.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

400m reps for our Wednesday runners. Circuits for our Friday athletes and some definitely muddy and quite windy running for our Saturday runners. Well done all.

A few have asked when our Summer Athletics programme will start. Hopefully we will start straight after the Easter holidays, but we are just waiting for the Rugby Club to confirm our field booking before we send out the registration form.

Just two more Indoor Athletics sessions to go and hopefully soon we will be able to organise some orienteering for our Saturday runners. Thank you to everyone who signed up for the whitening rota.

30th Dursley Dozen

Team DRC ready for the off!

After months of planning and preparation Sunday the 10th of February saw the 2019 version of the Dursley Running Club’s Dursley Dozen taking place. Six hundred athletes had entered the race with 450 making the journey to Dursley, they were greeted by a chilly and overcast morning. This year race was marked by a large turn out from DRC reflecting the club’s growth with 75 entrants and over 60 finishers. Up until a week ago the course was quite dry but a week of persistant and heavy rain meant that it was going to be reasonably challenging underfoot. From the gun there was rush from May Lane up Hilll Road with those with an eye on a top placing keen to get into the woods ahead for the masses. James Everett led the way for DRC. Sadly for DRC Dan Anderson and Paul Hocking were not on the start line due to illness and injury, which was a blow to DRCs hopes of another win in the mens team race, with Robyn Wait missing from the DRC women’s team. Everett noticed that one of his competitors, James Pictor, was findng it easy enough to talk to him on the initial climb to the Golf Course, a concerning sign, as Everett was working hard at this point. By the time the Pictor came off the golf course road and into the woods he had just over a minutes advantage of DRC’s Everett and Simon Byrne of Swindon Harriers. Xander McInnes was next in the woods for DRC. First woman at this stage was Annabel Grainger just three minutes behind the leader with Matt Read a minute behind Grainger. Next in for DRC were Ben Amigoni, Haydn Smith and Chris Sweet. Nicki Morgan of Chepstow Harriers (F50) was second woman at this stage with a 3-minute deficit on Grainger. DRC’s Zoe Lammerton entered the woods as 5th woman with Margaret Johnson a minute or so back. By the time they reached the Quarry Pictor, now running in bright sun, was now a clear two minutes ahead. Everett’s was second with two chasers within striking distance. Behind Everett for DRC it was MacInnes and Read, chased by Smith who had overtaken Amigoni, with Louis Rummer-Downing in the mix as well. In the woman’s race Grainger has almost 5 minutes on Morgan now, with Lammerton had moved into third position a further two minute or so in arrears. DRC runners were now coming through the Quarry thick and fast, Johnson just in advance of Jadie Cotterell and Kim Bird who were working well together. There was plenty of support around the course for all the runners and the course was well marshalled. As the runners ascended to the Golf course there was not much change in the key positions, with both the leading man and woman having commanding advantages that only a severe mishap would interfere with. At the finish Sam Pictor was a clear overall winner as was Annabel Grainger in the women’s category. Pictor floated around, unsurprising for an athlete who ran a 31:29 10K in 2018 and who posted that he was achieving 20 hours training a week mid-January. Grainger’s run was a master class in form and concentration. James Everett came home second overall and first for DRC. He was really pleased with his run he said it felt “harder’ but he was quicker than last year and he confirmed that conditions underfoot were definitely more testing than in 2018. Zoe Lammerton also continued to work hard to ensure she was not going to be caught on the run-in. She looked as strong as she had earlier on in the race as she started her decent in to Dursley. Zoe led a strong DRC women’s performance, with Johnson and Cotterall joining her to finish first Female Team. Bird, Lewis and Caroline Whitlock placing 3rd female team. Despite missing two key runners the DRC men’s team managed second place behind local rivals Thornbury with Everett McInnis, Smith and Read counting, DRC also supplied the 5th men’s team in the form of Amigoni, Rummer-Downing, Sweet and Jackson. There were at least two DRC personal bests on the day, Damian Lai and Louise Biddell were very pleased to smash their PBs on the course. There were a number of DRC athletes debuting some like Margaret Badger, a Walk to Run Graduate, and Hannah Osbourne vowing to marshal next year having experienced the challenge. DRC brought the race home with Nicki Cowle, Ben Houghton and Margaret Badger finishing in just over three and half hours.

Overall Results Top 3: Male: Sam Pictor , 01:20:40, Un affiliated; James Everett , 01:23:51, (Dursley Running Club); Paul O’Mara , 01:24:29, (Tyne Bridge Harriers). Female: Annabel Grainger , 01:36:00, (Bristol and West AC); Niki Morgan , 01:46:12, (Chepstow Harriers); Zoe Lammerton, 01:48:30, (Dursley Running Club).

DRC did well in the age categories with Lammerton 1st F40, Lewis first in her category. Johnson and Everett 2nd in theirs and Kevin Jackson 3rd in his. Jenny Mills travelling up from Launceston was sprightly as ever, returning to Dursley to place first F65 ahead of Kate Sackett (F55) and Alice Lewis(F60), a very impressive performance, as was Chris O’Carrol’s first pace M70 performance. Tony Freer Race Director commented “ What an amazing day, this time being the 30th running of this amazing event which attracts runners from as far as Cornwall and Newcastle. As always, the success

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

As it was half term this week most of our programmes were taking a well earned break. However, the Muddy Running session did run on Saturday and we had a fabulous time running on the golf course on a gloriously sunny morning. Just a perfect day for running in the countryside.

The U21 Winter Running Programme was due to finish last week, so we would love to hear feedback. The Wednesday sessions will move into athletics after Easter; so is there still a desire to continue with a road running session?

We will also need to set up a white-lining rota again; this worked really well last year as it means everyone only needs to take one turn over the season. So please let me know if you would be able to do this.

Weather permitting next Saturday will be on Stinchcombe Hill again, so meet in the walker’s car park at 9.30am. We run at a gentle pace and stop fairly regularly so if any parents would like to join us you are more than welcome.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Another exciting week for the DRC Juniors. Wednesday included an ‘Out and Back’ session where our athletes had to maintain the same or faster pacing on the ‘back’ as they had on the ‘out’. Thursday included some of the best all round great training that runners can do; hill reps.

Friday’s indoor athletics was extra exciting as we had our first chance to try out our brand new Reverse Boards. These boards allow our athletes to practice their maximum velocity running (sprints) and they work really well for Relay Races which is what we did. Even the coaches and some of the parents joined in for an exciting final.

Sunday saw some great performances from our DRC Juniors in the final AAA Cross Country race at Pitville Park. Well done!

U11 Girls: Jessica Foran (10:57, 34th), Verity Hoskin (11:58, 44th)

U13 Girls: Lucy Holdsworth (11:21, 7th), Emma Foran (12:52, 16th)

U15 Boys: Freddie Turner (23:46, 19th)

It is half term next week and so there are no Weds/Thur/Fri sessions but we are hoping to do a Muddy Running trail run on Saturday. Parents welcome to join us check out the calendars for more details.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Another busy week. Some longer distance running for the Wednesday runners, but some shorter speed-pacing control running for the Thursday runners. Friday was a jumping focussed indoor athletics. All great stuff; well done athletes.

Saturday was the rescheduled KLB Cross Country. The only result I’ve heard is that Hannah Biddle ran an amazing race to come 3rd overall Junior Girl. Well done Hannah! Any other results out there let me know so that I can give them a mention.

Normal week next week Weds/Thurs/Fri, Sunday is the AAA Cross Country race at Pitville Park in Cheltenham; a great course there with a little stream for our runners to splash in.

Caroline

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

A somewhat unusual week with the weather interrupting our programmes. Wednesday’s yr7+ Running session went well. Thursday’s session resulted in 4 coaches but only one U21 runner (who ran faster than most of the coaches), Friday was snowed off as was the KLB Cross Country race.

So in case anyone missed the info the KLB Cross Country Races have been rescheduled to the 9th Feb. We do have cross country training scheduled but if attendance is looking low then we may cancel that one (please let me know if you would like cross country training).

I hope everyone got a chance to get out and enjoy the snow. The weather looks warmer for next week so hopefully back to normal.

Having a Rollicking time and racing with Mickey!

Riverbank Rollick- Lucky for Some,  A* for Team Amigoni

Sunday the 13th saw 43 (at least) DRC athletes on the line, amazingly only one person entered as DADAC, but given it is our 50th anniversary this year we’ll let them off! The runners set off from the race HQ at around 10.30 for the 11am start. A rather late start in some runners minds! The 0.6 miles to the start acquainted the athletes with the strong south westerly wind, but also indicated ground conditions were going to be good.

DRC had a small posse of runners almost on the start line, the tactic being used to avoid delay at the ealry stiles and kissing gates. The race started on time and the down side for the front runners was being dragged along by the speedsters faster than they should have been running. Ben Amigoni (AKA Tigger – because he’s so bouncy!)) and Dave Durden certainly over-cooked the first mile, with Simon Jones and Jon Tudor perhaps also guilty on this front as well. As the runners turned down Cow Hill Fran Amigoni was out front for the DRC woman having moved away from Jadie Cotterell after the first half mile.

The warm up had shown ground conditions were very firm, there was the odd puddle and the notoriously muddy field at the turn on to the River had a bit of moist ground but not much to speak of, at least for the front runners. It may have got a bit churned up as the race went on! It was then onto the Riverbank, Ben Amigoni led DRC on to the section with Simon Jones in close attanednce and Dave Durden about 30 meters behind, Jon and Francois Low behind Dave, after he had reeled them in. Fran led Jadie by about 800m.

For “frequent flyers” at the Riverbank, the way the wind blows is all important. So whilst the runners had favourable conditions under foot the Riverbank was hell/purgatory, the South Westerly wind was strong and the athletes needed to work very hard into it. Running with others helped, but then kissing gates broke the groups up so effort had to be made to get back on board the “train” you had caught. Drafting on a bike makes a massive difference a 25% reduction in effort but it is reckoned runners can benefit by 5-10%, and in wind like today’s probably at the higher end.

As ever Thornbury provided great marshals many in fancy dress. This encouraged some DRC runners, not that they need much encouragement on this front, to stop for a “selfie” or a “photo opportunity”. These events reflect what DRC is all about, an all inclusive club where just making it around a course and enjoying it is the reason for doing events, with other athletes pushing their envelopes. Once off the bank the runners just had to contend with hills, a small section of stream and an extra 1.3 miles to the new finish!. Ben yo-yo-ed infront of Dave. Francois was within tuching distacne of Dave 1t 6 mile sand eventually drew level catching Dave at 8.4 miles. Not realising it was Francois behind Dave kept his competitor at bay by using the narrow path and his sharp elbows!

At least Francois had a bit of a rest before the track opened up and he could crack on after Ben in the closing mile. Fran continued to hold Jadie off, in fact by the time she entered the stream she had extended her lead by a considerable margin. Francois continued to hunt down Ben, Dave forlornly hoping that would both hit the wall and allow him to employ his sprint finish! However it was Francois who got to go full gas finishing just one second behind Ben in a great tussle to be first DRC athlete home! Ben triumphant, in 01:12:41, 22nd overall and 6the senior male. Dave Durden finished 18 seconds behind, a good result for DRC men placing the 3rd behind Chepstow and Weston AC. Jon Tudor ran a very good race to be fourth home just in front of Simon Jones. “Coach” Kitchen and Andrew Obourne finished in front of. Fran who led the DRC female contingent home and had emptied her tank completely in the process, 92nd overall, 8th F35 in 01:21:33. Jadie claimed second spot (8th SenW) and Immi Testa third for DRC women, Immi just in front of Lise Hindshaw. There were lots of other strong runs under and around ninety minutes, Damian Lai running in with Pete Dunn in eighty-seven minutes & Catherine Faye finishing in 01:33:17.

Again, so many who could get a mention, great to see the effort and the smiles! Sara Wilcox, Anya Eames, Cara Zoglowek and Louise Beck were sweeping up for DRC. Louise has not run properly for some months so it was a great achievement to get around in 02:26:05 to claim Dursley’s Lanterne Rouge spot. DRC achieved some decent age grading results with 8 top ten finishers and another 10 in the top twenty of their categories. Dave Durden highest placed in the MV50 cat. in 5th, with Ben Amigoni and Francois Lows 6th and 7th Senior males (SenM) respectively . As already mentioned Fran Amigoni was 8th F35-39 and Jadie Cotterell 8th Sen female, Immi Testa 10th F45-49 with Jon Tudor 10th SenM. As ever support along the course from members family and friends was fantastic.

Results: Ben Amigoni, 22nd, 01:12:41, (6th Male Senior); Francios Low, 23rd, 01:12:42, (7th Male Senior); David Durden, 26th, 01:13:00, (5th M50-54); Jonathan Tudor, 37th, 01:14:25, (10th Male Senior); Simon Jones, 41st, 01:14:52, (7th M40-44); Darren Kitchin, 67th, 01:18:25, (12th M50-54); Andrew Oborne, 83rd, 01:20:22, (13th M45-49); Francesca Amigoni, 92nd, 01:21:33, (8th F35-39); Jadie Cotterell, 136th, 01:26:11, (8th Female Senior); Damian Lai, 146th, 01:27:07, (8th M40-44); Pete Dunn, 150th, 01:27:24, (29th M40-44); Imi Testa, 201st, 01:33:14, (10th F45-49); Lise Hindshaw, 202nd, 01:33:16, (11th F45-49); Catherine Pinnock, 203rd, 01:33:17, (15th F35-39); ntony Ball, 226th, 01:35:28, (27th M50-54); Nick Fennell, 241st, 01:37:43, (31st Male Senior); Susan Peachey, 245th, 01:38:14, (15th F45-49); Erica Fuller, 247th, 01:38:24, (13th F50-54); Steve Rugman, 248th, 01:38:28, (17th M55-59); Lisa Young, 255th, 01:39:06, (16th F45-49); Louise Biddell, 256th, 01:39:07, (22nd F35-39); Adam Cook, 266th, 01:40:00, (38th Male Senior); Lyn Murray, 271st, 01:40:26, (16th F50-54); Julie Gowing, 278th, 01:41:12, (25th F35-39); Kris Rymer, 279th, 01:41:13, (38th M40-44); Darren Smith, 299th, 01:44:05, (40th Male Senior); Kathryn White, 307th, 01:44:32, (19th Female Senior); Michelle Ball, 314th, 01:45:26, (26th F40-44); Katrina Fletcher, 319th, 01:45:51, (28th F35-39); Andrew Ferguson, 320th, 01:45:59, (43rd Male Senior); Claire Searle, 322nd, 01:46:20, (20th F50-54); Dave Halford, 351st, 01:48:53, (44th M40-44); Steve Barnes, 379th, 01:53:43, (13th M60-64); Sandra Lewis, 385th, 01:56:10, (28th F50-54); Carly Heath, 412th, 02:02:23, (42nd F35-39); Ben Houghton, 413th, 02:02:29, (49th Male Senior); Nicki Cowle, 414th, 02:02:35, (41st F40-44); Jo Fearns, 415th, 02:02:37, (40th F45-49); Karen Eadon, 418th, 02:04:04, (37th F50-54); Terry Cother, 419th, 02:04:04, (38th M50-54); Sarah Willcox, 433rd , 02:14:56, (45th F45-49); Anya Eames, 434th, 02:14:56, (43rd F40-44); Cara Zoglowek, 440th, 02:25:38, (50th F45-49); Louise Beck, 441st , 02:26:05, (44th F40-44)

DRC-more than a Running club

The first full week of January demonstrat-ed what DRC is all about, open to all as well as encourag-ing athletes to do their best.
Tuesday saw the beginning of 2019 DRC Walk2Run , with over 40 runners out around Woodfield, starting the 12 week W2R programme and hopefully a life-long journey of heathy activity and running! Friday saw the Glos. AAA Road Race Series Awards held at Gloucester City Council’s Civil suite, the mayor presenting the medals with a buffet afterwards. There is no such thing as a free lunch so DRC participants had to work hard over the last twelve months to get their invites. Dave Saunders and Dave Durden picked up silver in the MV65 and MV50 categories with Alice Lewis sadly not able to attend picking up Bronze in the F55.

 Rogue Runs Night Series 

Paul Gebbet reports “Three Dursley members headed over the Forest of Dean, for the second Rogue Runs night race of the winter from the Cannop Cycle Centre. Yet again, this was a very enjoyable, fun, well organised event, with a challenging off road course, with a good mixture of tracks, mountain bike single track and off path terrain, and an undulating course (for some reason this year the stream crossing was not included, which was a surprise). I was first DRC runner home in 65th in a time of 41:45, despite still struggling with this irritating cough! Next home was Rachel Brown, in 140th (25th Woman and 7th V45+) with a time of 50:44, followed by Kevin
Brockway in 203rd (17th V50+) in a time of 55:03. These are fun events, extremely well organised, well marked and definitely recommended (with cake at the end).

The next one takes place on Thursday 7th February at Chepstow Race Course. With the final race, with a less challenging course I believe, so suitable for those who would like to try these but are nervous of running at night, This takes place now at Chepstow Park Woods on Thursday 28th March.

It a jolly Holiday with Disney….

James Price completed the “WDW Disney Dopey Challenge”, his children taking part in junior race. The events take part at Disney world in Florida. James reports “The Dopey challenge is 4 races on 4 consecutive days a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and a Marathon. All the events have great entertainment and the option to stop and get photos with different characters as you’re racing. As all the races start at 5am and you need to be on the transport buses by 3am sleep deprivation plays a big factor.
5k
Held on the Thursday. There were 11,750 runners James opted to stop for all of the characters and managed to finish in an official time of 21.13, 82nd overall and 18th in category.
10k
James’ initial plan had been to take it steady in preparation but ended up running it quicker than planned. He finished in 42.35 coming 88th overall, 21st in category out of 11,940 runners.
Half marathon,
Temperatures were starting to rise, it was 17 degrees at the start with the humidity at 94%. With the temp set to rise quickly James made the decision to push on and finish before the sun came up, finishing in an official time of 1.34.48. There were 18415 runners James was 189th overall and 30th in category out of 18415.
Marathon
James continues “On Marathon morning I was feeling tired and was struggling with my left calf. We had a weather advisory the previous day because of the high heat and hunidity. At 5.30 it was 19 degrees and it was set to increase to 26 degrees by 8 with humidity being at 98%. I had made the risky decision of pushing until the sun came up and then just try to hold on. Immediately i knew it was going to be a challenge i was sweating heavily from mile 1 I took on as much fluid as I could. By mile 15 the sun had come up and it was becoming very difficult and it was increasingly harder restarting after stopping for photos was becoming increasingly tough i managed to complete the
Marathon in an official time of 3.26.11”. An awesome effort from James there!

James’ Children Naomi and Sadie both competed in the Mickey 1 Mile Kids run, held on the Saturday in the middle of the day with the temp at 28 degrees! Both went out well and held themselves back and saved some for a fast sprint finish.