Archive for June, 2010

Run-Bike-Run 18th July, 9.30am

Posted: Friday, June 25th, 2010

Sunday 18th July from the club. 09.30am start, so please be there for 09.00am. Bring a bike and a helmet .

For those who don’t know, this is an annual bit of fun:

It’s a handicapped race with the slower runners off first. The 1st run is 2 miles multi terrain, the bike leg is 4.5 miles on the road and then its the same run again.

Transition area is by Dathan’s gate.

Afterwards, Richard and Debbie Beaumont have once again kindly offered to host the traditional post race barbeque, please bring a bottle or 2, and some food to BBQ.

Start time for the BBQ is 1.00pm onwards.

Marsden 10 Miler – Sun 6th June

Posted: Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Last Sunday saw an excellent local event at Marsden, taking in many of the local roads and paths us Melthamers should know so well from training.  And this local knowledge paid off for Rob James, as he took his maiden race victory in Meltham colours, completing the 10mile course in a fantastic time of 1hr 6mins 37secs, with a winning margin of over 7 minutes.  Andy Beardsley also powered round the course in 3rd and Graham Sykes finishing 2 and a half minutes behind in 5th.  There was further domination in the female category, with Penny Ditchfield coming home as the first female, and Hayley Lomas in second, five minutes later.  Full results are here.

Rank NAME Time Taken GENDER R/W
1 ROB JAMES 01:06:37 M R
3 ANDREW BEARDSLEY 01:14:25 M R
5 GRAHAM SYKES 01:16:54 M R
16 PENNY DITCHFIELD 01:24:06 F R
19 MICK LUNN 01:27:04 M R
22 HAYLEY LOMAS 01:29:18 F W
39 M STURDY 01:46:01 M R
44 WAYNE HANCOCK 01:50:45 M R

Wharfedale Half Marathon

Posted: Sunday, June 13th, 2010

On Saturday 5th June, several club members competed in the Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon, gaining themselves points for the Club Championship.  This 13 mile fell race, which starts and finishes at Wharfedale Rugby Club, in Threshfield, takes in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery following well established footpaths including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane.  The event was won in a time of 1hr 34min 27sec by Bob Addey, with the leading female competitor, Holly Williams, completing the course in 1hr 50min 16sec.

The race for Championship points was again keenly fought between Ray McArthur and Mick Lunn, with Ray finishing just a minute clear, although both were comfortably under the 2hr mark.  Gilly took full points in the female section with a 2hr 15min clocking.  Full results can be found here.

 
Pos
Name
Category
Time
  
 
28
Raymond McArthur
MV55
01:57:13
 
 
30
Mick Lunn
MV40
01:58:16
 
 
64
Mike Harrison
MV45
02:10:22
 
 
88
Gilly Markham
FV50
02:15:18
 
 
111
Sue Heap
FV45
02:21:29
 
 
134
Martin Sturdy
MV50
02:29:01
 
 
144
Fiona McArthur
FV55
02:36:14
 
 
mp
Alison Hargreaves
FV45
02:46:10

Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon

Posted: Monday, June 7th, 2010

15 runners from Meltham Athletic Club traveled north to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon events at the end of May.

The marathon loops round the city taking in sights such as Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Palace before heading for the coast at Portabella.  It then follows the coast south turning at Gosford House to follow the same route back up the coast to finish in Musselburgh racecourse.

5 members competed in the Marathon, unfortunately on the hottest Sunday in the year so far, but plentiful water stations and kindly locals with hosepipes helped to cool runners down.  Graham Sykes was the only male Meltham runner, competing with his daughter Mel Sykes less than a month after he ran the London Marathon.  Both Graham and Mel finished in a very respectable 3 hours 51 mintutes, 19 seconds.  The other three meltham runners were competing in their first marathon and all  finished in good times for their first attempt at this distance. Their times were as follows: Ruth Thomas 4:14:22, Helen-Marie Kruger 4:20:13 and Helen Hunter 4:34:57.

Andy Whitworth of Meltham had a fantastic run in the half marathon event to be the first male veteran over 40 with a time of 1:17:01.  John Hobbs was the first male veteran over 60 with a time of 1:33:01 and Jeff Taylor was first male veteran over 70 with a time of 1:52:43.  Fiona McArthur was the second female veteran over 55 in 1:53:44 and Pam Combes was 6th lady veteran over 55 in 1:59:42.

Other Meltham runners in the half marathon were Richard Beaumont, 1:40:54; Pete Hirst, 1:50:35; Martin Sturdy, 1:56:03 and for the ladies Anne Tinsdeal, 2:01:50 and Sharon Whitworth, 2:08:40.

Edinburgh Finishers 2010