16 Sep Cardiff 10k and club championship round up
It’s been a busy few weeks in the men’s and women’s club championship, with runners notching up hard earned points in the Cardiff 10k, Severn Bridge Half Marathon and Ponty Reverse 10.
In the capital city’s 10k there were a number of star performances, including PBs for Ben Butler-Madden, Paul Morton, Colin Caesar, Ruth Cann and Jon Lewis, as well as a comeback run from Lyn Evans.
In the previous round’s Ponty Reverse 10 miler Debbie Evans was crowned Ladies Veteran 45 winner, whilst Yvonne Williams scooped the Ladies Veteran 55 title.
Richard Jackson-Hookins also batted bravely after a challenging Roman Run the previous day, whilst special mention must also go to Yvonne Williams and Malcolm Bradley for joining him in doing the double.
Men’s club championship
Table here: cardiff-10k-2016-mens-championship
With 11 races run out of 15 the favourites and challengers are starting to cement their places in the table.
They may be tied on points in their best of eight scores, but Richard Jackson-Hookins has the edge over his rival Ben Butler-Madden in the men’s club championship at the top of the table with a 4-3 head to head.
Whilst they’re tied at the top on 157, Ian Warburton is next up on 113 points after running seven races.
Marc Durkin is breathing down his neck on 110, whilst Malcolm Bradley is just behind him on 109.
It’s the same at the top of the senior men’s division, with Richard having the edge over Ben.
Marc Durkin is starting to etch his name onto the 2nd senior men’s title with another strong finish as he sits in 3rd in the age division (the overall winner will be taken out of his respective age category). Paul Morton is breathing down his neck though, with 86 points from five races, so is still in contention for 2nd or 3rd.
Jon Lewis has leapfrogged Rob Wilcox at the top of the veteran men 40 division after running the Cardiff 10k, as he sits on 95 points after running five races. Rob is 15 points behind with a race in hand on 80, followed by Cameron Large on 74. Chris Herdman and Colin Caesar, who ran his first race of the season over the weekend, are both tied on 20 points.
With seven maximum point finishes, Ian Warburton is top of the veteran men 50 division on 140. Nigel Adams is next up on 112, followed by Steve Goodfellow on 39 and Lyn Evans on 37. Both Steve and Lyn will need to run two more races to be eligible for prizes at the end of the season.
Malcolm Bradley cemented his position at the veteran men’s 60 division after a maximum point finish at the Ponty Reverse 10. He now has an unassailable lead on 139, with his nearest rival Chris Nellins on 39 with four races to go, and will be crowned champion at the end of the season.
Ladies club championship
Lindsey Hunt leads the ladies championship as we edge towards the edge of the season on 121 points after running seven races. She can’t rest on her laurels though, as Debbie Evans is just three points behind with a race in hand and a 5-0 head to head record. Sarah Lees is just one point behind her in the top three on 120, followed by Lisa Cleary on 114 and Yvonne Williams on 96. Ruth Cann, who has notched up several PBs this season already, follows on 75.
Lindsey Hunt also leads the senior ladies division on 136 points, with Ruth next up on 79. Although it may seem like a mountain to climb for Ruth, three maximum point finishes would see her overhaul her rival and reach the summit. Lindsey could still make things more difficult though by running a few more races to improve her best of eight score. Louise Hunt and Catrin Palfrey will need to run three more races to be eligible for prizes this season.
There haven’t been that many points on the board in the veteran ladies 35 division this season, but Helen Griffiths is the current front runner on 40 points, followed by Clare O’Reilly, Michelle Hoey and Cath Barker all on 20. The trailing trio will need to run three more races to be eligible for prizes, as they must run a minimum of four over the season.
Dark horse Sarah ‘Leicester’ Lees leads the veteran ladies 45 division on 128 points after running seven races, whilst former champions Debbie Evans and Lisa Cleary trail in her wake on 119 and 116 points respectively. Cath Tailby can’t be written off back on 60 points in 4th, as four maximum point finishes could launch her to the top, whilst Bev Warburton could also gatecrash from 52 points.
Yvonne Williams has once again won the veteran ladies 55 division as she leads on 120 ppints after running six races. She needs to two more maximum pointers for the perfect score. Judy Maragna needs three more races to claim the 2nd place trophy.
The final club championship races are
Cardiff Half Marathon: October 2
Gwent League Cross Country first fixture: Sunday, October 16 – Newbridge Fields, Bridgend
Richard Burton 10k: November 6
Sospan MT 10 Miler: November 20
You can find out more about the races here: http://www.penarthanddinasrunners.co.uk/our-races-2/