31 Mar Weekend Roundup 30-31 March 2019

So here we are, clocks gone forward, summer around the corner…err, actually no, it was flipping freezing down on the Barrage today, spectating at the Cardiff Bay 10k. This was a P&D Club Championship race, and not surprisingly had a large contingent of Blue and Yellow…..and lots of support teams too. We had the Morton/Clark family up near the finish, the “Flag Girls” halfway along the Barrage, and the “ahem” more mature brethren gathered at the turnaround point…..

The “sharp end” was looking particularly frisky, and gave Ben Butler-Madden another opportunity to shave a few seconds off his PB, recording 33:17 for a well-up 38th place and just missing the M35+ podium (4th). He was followed in by Gary Brown, who admits to being a bit focussed on marathon prep at the moment, but still managed an impressive 35:25 for 74th (15th M35+)

Other impressive performances came from Andy Pearce 5th in M50+ (38:40), Ruth Cann 9th in W35+ (44:41), Terry McCarthy 9th in M60+ (45:51) and Bev Warburton 9th in W55+ (52:44).

Full results here, but I’ve extracted most of the times and stuff to save you the bother!

38th Ben Butler-Madden 33:17 (PB), 74th Gary Brown 35:25, 127th Ian Southwell 37:32, 156th Andy Pearce 38:40, 265th Jon Ely 40:50, 510th Frank Atherton 44:07, 533rd Ruth Cann 44:41, 756th Terry McCarthy 45:51, 920th Peter Trott 48:55 (PB), 1005th Tom Eales 49:37, 1009th Rachel Eales 49:40, 1438th Kath Petersen 52:08, 1486th Lyn Evans 52:43, 1510th Bev Warburton 52:44, 1549th Steve Goodfellow 51:26, 1662nd Jon Lewis 52:16, 1756th James Buckingham 52:13, 1867th Jake Bourne 55:45, 1997th Nigel Adams 54:35, 2041st Arabella Calder 55:57, 2262nd Steve New 57:04, 2589th Darren Morgan 57:14, 2613rd Emma Healy 58:01 (PB), 2618th Andrea Goodfellow 57:46, 2705th Stephen Farmer 58:10, 3125th Katie Clark 58:28

There were some interesting parkrun performances on Saturday. Great running by Nathan Christoforato over at Grangemoor…Nathan has been completely focussed on preparing for his marathon debut at Manchester next weekend, and has had to contend with a few injury niggles along the way. He had a great confidence-booster of a run, 2nd finisher in a massive new PB time of 17:55. Best of luck for next week Nath!

Cardiff: 14th Ian Southwell 17:57, 253rd Laurie Smith 25:36, 721st Nigel Adams 51:06 (running with daughter Fiona in her first parkrun)

Oxford: 59th Freddie Brown 20:38 (first run after injury)

Upton Court: 56th James Buckingham 24:58

Penallta: 25th (3rd Woman) Ruth Cann 21:54

Barry Island: 3rd Andy Pearce 19:37, 5th Kevin Chalke 20:20, 8th Ben Butler-Madden 21:27, 62nd Ian Warburton 26:09, 72nd Beth Apglyn 26:42, 79th Arabella Calder 28:02

Grangemoor: 2nd Nathan Christoforato 17:55 (PB), 24th Steven Barker 21:35, 26th Chris Herdman 21:50, 33rd Mark Taylor 22:50, 59th Tom Eales 25:20, 60th Rachel Eales 25:34, 138th Cath Barker 38:51

Elsewhere this weekend, the Clements were racing in the very picturesque setting of Coniston Water in the Lake District (the Coniston Round the Lake 14)….Clem recorded 1:43:01 for 20th in M55+, with Janice  running 2:13:15 for 5th in F60+.


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