Archive for Triathlon

Race Report 18th September 2016

This weekend saw the Club participate in local event; the Highnam Court 5K/10K on Saturday and the 26th Newent Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

Twenty two runners represented the Club at Highnam and won the team prize for the second year running. First member home in the 5k race was Jo White in 28.30 followed by Nicola Hill 30:58 with Dermot and Helen Kelly finishing in 36.03 and 36.04 respectively.Newent Runners at Highnam Court

First member home in the 10K race was Simon Barker in 45.55 followed by Philip Rowe in 46.45. Ruth Hayden-Cox was first lady home in 48.46 finishing 3rd in the ladies race. Other results: Andy Chambers 50.24; Ruth Mowday 53.25; Russ Dyer 54.17; Adele Mitchell 55.43; Chris Barber 55.50; Maggie Pettit 57.53 (first time at this distance); Lisa Mansfield 58.53; Philippa Maile 1.01.00; Kim Mowday 1.02.35; Becky Musgrove 1.03.01; Liza Barber 1.02.57; Jill Barker 1.06.17; Sally Taylor 1.06.49 (PB); Claire Price 1.07.43; Emily Trenwith 1.10.15.

Newent Runners at Highnam CourtNewent Triathlon results: James Morgan 1.04.03; Julie Willis 1.10.05 (3rd in F50+ and winner of ‘Team of 3’ with her sons Henry and Peter); Russ Dyer 1.14.16; Andrew Callard 1.15.20; Heather Roberts 1.17.18; Yvonne Featherstone 1.19.02; Helen Kelly 1.21.43.

Race Report 4 July 2016

Bham Blk Country HM 2016On Saturday three Club members completed the Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon. The race started from the Canal Docks in Wolverhampton and following a variety of terrain, including canal towpaths and locks, finished in Birmingham City Centre. First home was Liza Barber (FV40), who took 8 minutes off last year’s time, finishing in 2.27.52 (PB) followed by Chris Barber (V50) in 2.28.40 and Sally Taylor (FV60) whose time was unavailable at the time of print.

Four Club runners completed the Hereford Sprint Triathlon on Sunday with Jonathan Miles (MV) finishing a few minutes faster than last year, despite taking a wrong turn, in 1.11.47 followed by Julie Willis (FSV) in 1.13.57, Helen Kelly (FV ) 1.21.28 (1 minute improvement) and Yvonne Featherstone (FV) who knocked an impressive 8 minutes off last year in 1.25.04.Hereford Tri 2016

Susan Pritt completed the Malvern View 10K, which began and ended in Colwell, taking in impressive views of the Malvern Hills in 56.55.

Mark Cryer, who has a penchant for Ultra events, spent the weekend on the Isle of Wight, taking part in the 70 mile 2 day ”Round the Island 2016” event (part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series) starting in Cowes and following the island coastal path.

London Marathon 2016, First Tri in Lydney & Brockhampton Beast

Three Newent Runners travelled to the capital this weekend to take part in the London Marathon.

Thankfully the weather forecast of snow didn’t materialise and conditions were ideal for the distance.

Pete Jones finished in 3.58.38 followed by Meg Veale (who ran for the Neuro Foundation and with her sister Alice) in 4.19.32 and the club chair Jonathan Miles in 4.34.38.

Closer to home, Helen Kelly completed the hilly First Tri in Lydney in 1.49.26.

Simon Barker ran the Brockhampton Beast, a new 9km trail race at the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate near Bromyard, organised by DirtRun, with the result to be confirmed.

Text courtesy of Gloucestershire Citzen.

Great Highnam Court Run, Newent Triathlon & Two Tunnels 2015

NRs at the Highnam Court 10k 2015Newent Runners came out in force this week to take part in the inaugural the Great Highnam Court Run.

Both the female and male team categories won the 10k event, with Adrian Fishpool coming home first in fifth place with a time of 45:25.  Other results were: Phil Rowe 47:45, Russ Dyer 53:22, Chris Barber 54:48, Karen Johnson 59:32, Liza Barber 1:01:34,Lynn Latham 1:02:56, Lisa Mansfield 1:03:55, Susan Baggett 1:06:09, Emily Trenwith 1:07:35, Claire Price 1:13:27 (PB), Sally Taylor 1:17:54, Heather Jones 1:17:55, Deborah Bird 1:19:57, Angela Maile 1:20:16.

Kerry Cawkwell and Hazel Cutting, who was competing in her first race, represented the club in the 5K finishing in 44:17 and 44:18 respectively.  A special mention needs to be made for a star of the future, Owen Fishpool, (Adrian Fishpool’s teenage son), who finished the 5K in 2nd place in an impressive 20:32.

Newent Triathlon took place on Sunday and was well represented by the Club as competitors and support Marshals.  Times were not available at the time of publication, however, Henry Willis finished in 3rd place overall and was first in his category m19.  Peter Cox and Julie Willis were both 2nd in their categories of m60 and f50 respectively, followed by Steve Hurley who was 4th in his category m50.

Other competitors were Angela Sonn, who was competing in her first triathlon finished in seventh place, Russ Dyer, Helen Kelly, Jonathan Miles, Andrew Callard, Yvonne Featherstone and Cath Jones.

Susan Pritt took on the tough Two Tunnels Marathon in Bath finishing in four hours 32 minutes, her first event at this distance.

Newent runners braved the elements in several gruelling events.

SnowdoniaMegan James and Emily Burgess completed the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon, starting at Llanberis and eventually climbing Wales’ highest peak Snowdon.  They ascended 1,685m in wet, tough conditions with James finishing in 6:31.57 followed by Burgess in 7:29.05.

Susan Pritt finished the Bath Running Festival Long Half Marathon – the final event in the Beast of Bath Challenge Series – in 3:53.11, achieving fifth place in her category FV 50-59.

Four members competed in the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon where, despite wet and treacherous conditions, Jonathan Miles was first home in one hour, 21 minutes.  He was followed by Russ Dyer in 1:22 – his first triathlon event – Helen Kelly in 1:31 and Yvonne Featherstone in 1:44, although the latter took a wrong turn on the bike.

Angela Sonn represented the club at the Worcester Open meeting, finishing the 100m and 200m in 16.29 and 34.81 respectively.  Sonn then achieved a PB in the BMAF Championship at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, clocking 15.05 in the 100m.


August 2014 Report

by Chris Barber

It has been a very quiet month, events wise, for Newent Runners, with holidays , cycling adventures, and an emphasis on training to prepare for races in September and October.
Five members took part in the inaugural Severn Bridge half marathon, which was mainly based around Thornbury. John Featherstone was the pick of the Newent contingent, finishing within the top 200, with a time of 1 hour 35 minutes. Philip Rowe (   1 hr 50  ) Ruth Mowday (  1hr 51 )  Adrian Fishpool ( 1 hr 53 ) and Wayne Holford ( 1hr 54 ) were the other finishers.  All of them were full of praise for the event which afforded great views over the estuary, and a chance to run along a piece of iconic British construction.
Jonathan Miles entered the Oxford  triathlon. Though new to the sport, Jon has made great progress, working particularly hard on his swimming. Jon finished 60th out of 129 finishers with a time of 1 hour 29, for the 400 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run.
The following Newent Runners have achieved PB’s in the towns park run, this month. Liza Barber, Simon Barker, John Featherstone, Mandy Whittington, Yvonne Featherstone, Maggie Pettit, Matthew Cole and Russ Dyer.
Newent Runners are launching a 0-5k initiative, for those who are completely new to running, or are thinking of returning after a long lay off. The sessions will take place on a Wednesday night at Newent sports centre. Two qualified and registered leaders in running fitness will be in charge of the hour long training, and the course will last for eight weeks. Please see the clubs website, or the Newent Runners facebook page for details.

Newent Runners July 2014 Report

The first weekend of the month saw two Newent Runners head to Wolverhampton, for the Birmingham and Black Country half marathon. Emily Burgess and Chris Barber signed up for this unusual event, which was a place to place race, along the towpaths of the canals that link the two cities. Although the route was flat it presented some challenges, among them, a 350 yard long dark tunnel, a steep, stepped climb of an embankment, and deep muddy puddles after two days of heavy rain. We were warned at the start that this was not a PB course. Emily did well to get below two hours. Chris “stagged” at the start and was wasted after 8 miles, will he never learn ?

The following day, at the Hereford Triathlon, four of Team Tango, put up some excellent performances. Jonathan Miles, Helen Kelly, Caroline Kimberley and Angela Hamer crossed the county border. Jonathan saw a vast improvement in his swim time, and a storming bike leg, his strongest discipline, saw him race up his category listing. Finishing with a run time of 24:37, a 5k PB, he placed 64th overall. Helen Kelly also achieved a massive PB on the run leg, and finished 117th overall. Angela, representing Tri Team Glos, placed 71stoverall in a time of 1:13:33. Caroline finished inside the first 100, with a time of 1:17:36.

On July 7th, Trudy Jones was the sole Team Tango representative in the Frampton 10k, finishing with a time of 55.49, a PB.

An unusual event took place in nearby Dymock. The poets path is a fairly non- competitive event organised by a good friend of this club, and Newent Parkrun, Philip Howells. There were 3 options, one walk and two runs. Megan James and Annie Dobson ran the 8 mile option, after a poetry recital. They were full of praise for the event.

In one of the largest turnouts in this clubs brief history, nineteen of us took part in the Gloucester 10k. On a fast course, there were a few distance PB’s. Steve McAteer achieved a 12th place finish, with a time of 38.45, followed by John Featherstone in 30th position, who recorded 42.18. Adrian Fishpool managed to get inside the top 100, with a time of 45.46. Then came, Philip Rowe (46.52) Russ Dyer, in his very first open event (49.08) Jonathan Miles (50.25) Chris Barber (52.30) Clive Jones (52.53) Emily Huntingford (54.16) Nicola Hill (56.02) Adele Mitchell, glad to be back from injury (56.04) Paula Nielens (56.06) Andrew Lioyd and Micaela Swan, crossing the line together in 56.57. Micaela has also recently recovered from a long term injury. Trudy Jones was next across the line with a time of 57.10, followed by Mel Villegas (1:01:19) Mandy Whittington ( 1:03:14) Craig Love limping across the line after getting injured early in the race, 1:07:19 and Mary Curtis, in her first event and after just a few weeks of running mainly park runs, came home in 1:20:57. Sorry Mark Cryer, I could not find you anywhere in the results !

At the same time as the Gloucester 10k was going on, the club had three members in the Evesham 10k. Dave and Heather Jones and Sally Taylor. Dave came home in 86th place with a time of 44;18, and a top ten position in his category. Sally and Heather crossed the line together with a time of 1:19:48.

Our long distance specialist ( or lunatic, depending on your point of view ) Mark Cryer attempted the Race to The Stones. This is a 100km run or walk, either over two days, or non-stop, along the ancient Ridgeway route. Mark went overnight and achieved the great result of 22nd place, out of 376, with a time just short of thirteen hours. Quite an amazing achievement. As someone who has been on a long run with Mark, and been left in his dust, I can testify to his strength and stamina. Talented git !

Of course, our talented endurance athletes are not exclusively male. Sue Smith, is currently in Switzerland, about to undertake a full ironman triathlon, at the time of writing the results are unknown, but good luck Sue.

Events from May 2014

Newent Runners competed in a variety of events all over the country.

Mark Cryer was the club’s sole representative in the gruelling Neolithic Marathon, finishing 41st overall in an impressive time of 3:48.12.

Closer to home Wayne Holford completed the Worcester Marathon and was again the only club member, finishing with a time of 3:55.

The tough Cheddar Gorge 10K featured Simon Barker, who placed 85th and was pleased to under the hour (57.16) in such a hilly event.

Several members made the shorter journey to Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean for the Adidas 10K trail race.  In this event the club came away with some silverware as Megan James finished second in the women’s race with a time of 49.30, only just outside the top 20 overall.  Former Newent Rugby Club player Andrew Lloyd, competing in his very first running event, finished 19th and best of the Newent contingent with a time of 47.44.  Close behind him were Adrian Fishpool 23rd in with a 48.09 PB and Philip Rowe was 24th in 48.10.  Emily Burgess (52.15), Chris Barber (55.33 PB) and Helen Kelly, back from injury with a time of 1:04.27, completed the Newent contribution.

New member Trudy Jones took part in the Aviator Four race at Staverton, finishing 57th.

Club coach Mandy Whittington ran in the Forest Of Dean Trailblazer event, ploughing through mud and deep puddles to finish with a personal best for the distance.

The Whitsun Bank Holiday saw the club fielding competitors in the Edinburgh Marathon and half marathon, plus the Gloucester Triathlon and the Dymock Half Marathon.  In poor weather conditions in Scotland Wayne Holford completed the full distance in 3:54, knocking a minute off his previous time despite suffering cramp.  Alongside Holford and providing encouragement was Tony Lewis, who finished in the same time.

In the half marathon Nicola Hill led the Newent Runners home in 2:02.  Charmaine Ellis recorded 2:09 and Stacy Davis, recently back from injury, finished with a time of 2:27.

At the Gloucester Triathlon in Brockworth Stephen McAteer took fourth place overall and was runner-up in the open men’s event with a time of 1:11.04 – a good result given the presence of two elite athletes in the field.  Taking part in his first triathlon was Jonathon Miles. After struggling in the swim – his weakest discipline – he was able to make up many places on the bike leg.  He then consolidated on the run, finishing with a very respectable time of 1:38.45.

Nine club members stayed local and competed in the Dymock Half Marathon.  Mark Cryer was the pick of the bunch with a time of 1:34.23 and was followed by Sue Smith (1:57.04), Heather Roberts (2:01.08), Clive Jones (2:02.44), Lucy Stafford (2:04.44), Leah McAteer (2:06.06) and Chris Barber (2:09.35).  New members Alice and Meg Hibberd shared a time of 2:16.50 to fill out the other places.