Newent Runners at Newport and Beyond

Several car loads of Newent Runners made the trip along the A449 to Newport on 29th April targeting the 10k and marathon distances. Ruth Hayden Cox, Yvonne Featherstone and Emily Trenwith were all attempting their first ever twenty six miler.

Newent Runners at Newport

Ruth came home with the highly creditable time of 3 hours 28 minutes. Yvonne recorded 5 hours 18 minutes, and Emily finished with a time of 5 hours 43. You did it ! This correspondent is bursting with pride as he types.

Andrew Callard recorded a personal best time of 3 hours 22 minutes, good enough for 5th place in his age category. Julie Willis crossed the line in 4 hours and 3 minutes. This was Julie’s first marathon in 23 years, and she also recorded a personal best ! Duncan Cresswell recorded 4.27, and honorary Newent Runner for the day, Steve Allen recorded a 3.38. Another person with close links to Team Tango, Phillip Howells, completed his 26 miles in a time of 5 hours 11 minutes. Thanks for supporting our Friday night quiz Phillip.

There were a host of personal bests in the 10k event. Take a bow Jo White, only two weeks into a running comeback, and coming in with a time of 58.24, smashing her previous best. Caz Brown also beat her previous best, recording a 51.35.

New member Howard Lowe beat his previous best for 5k on his way to 10k best of 52.37. Emma Blewitt and Helen Knowles crossed the line together, recording 1 hour and 6 minutes, a PB for both, and they bettered their 5k times on the way too!

Dermot Kelly also ran a personal best time, coming home in 1 hour 4 minutes. Karen Apted was delighted to join the personal best club, with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes.

First Newent Runner home, in the rapid time of 46.13, was Adrian Fishpool, good enough for 256th overall.

Other Newent Runners home were, Ave Kotze with 52.32. Lynn Latham in 1 hour 4 minutes, closely followed by Helen Kelly. Katie Cook and Carol loade came across the line together in 1 hour 16 minutes. Katie overcoming a losing battle with an errant sports bra, which Carol was able to help out with.

Friends of the club, Howard Harvey and Tadas Kursonis recorded the excellent times of 45.21 and 43.22 respectively. Another honorary member, Ana Marta Santos came home in 59 minutes.

Most importantly on the day, and in honour of one of our members Mandy Whittington, who sadly, and unexpectedly passed away in the new year, the club managed to raise, through Just Giving, over twelve hundred pounds for the mental health charity MIND.  [Webmaster note – donations can still be made at this link – thank you to all who have donated!]

Away from Newport, Sally Taylor took part in the Whitebrook Windup, a muddy 10k race which included a two mile climb. James Griffiths was at the same event, taking part in the half marathon event, unfortunately, at the time of going to press, the results are not yet available.

Also venturing off road, at the Brockhampton Beast 10k, was Simon Barker. Simon negotiated the hilly and muddy course (just the way he likes it) in 50.33. This put him in 11th place overall and won him a bottle of beer as the best finisher in the V60 category.

At the Newent Parkrun, the reins were in the hands of Adele Mitchell and Russ Dyer. Team Tango volunteers were much in evidence, saving themselves for the Sunday heroics. I think that worked out well guys! Take a bow, Simon Barker, Duncan Creswell, Chris and Liza Barber, Adrian Dover, Jo White, Emily Trenwith, Jon Miles, Ruth HC and Vonn Featherstone.

New member David Sanderson has recorded a string of PB’s at recent Newent Parkruns, but was unable to match it this week. However 22.44 is a time many of us would be over the moon with. Well done.

The Friday night quiz was one of the club’s most successful social events, especially because we managed to raise £238 toward our target of a thousand pounds to the charity MIND, which meant so much to our dear departed Mandy. The social committee is keen to repeat the experience. Fifty pounds was also donated to our hosts for the evening, Newent Scout Group.

On a personal note, I would just like to thank everyone who went to Newport today, for the offers of help as Liza and I experienced car trouble on the slip road off the M4, on the way to the Park and Ride. Thanks for the sympathetic messages also. It makes me proud to be part of quite a special community. We carried on up the road, had a coffee at the services, and then drove home, where we did an off road 4 mile run, my favourite Stallion Hill course. It was disappointing as I was looking to do a 10k PB, and I think Liza had one in her locker today as well. Still , there will be other events. I now look forward to the Stroud Trail Half, and Swansea. Thanks again and thanks for the continued positive feedback on the reports.