Yateley 10K and other events
An excellent set of results for Farnham Runners in the Yateley Road race series bodes well for the club’s fortunes in the forthcoming Hampshire Road League events. Announced as the team with the third highest number of participants in the final race, the club also boasted two prize-winners in the series.
First home for Farnham was Graham Russ, who with minimal training came home 13th in an impressive thirty five minutes eleven seconds. (Times quoted are chip times).
After completing the gruelling “Welsh 3000s” only five days previously Dan Smith (37.31), Charles Ashby (37.51, 13th M40) and Steve Kitney (37.54) all exceeded their own expectations by racing close to their personal bests.
Mike Ashworth’s chip time pushed him under 40 minutes for the first time (39.45), while Andy Eakins showed his potential with 40.14 in his first race in club colours.
Sarah Edson was 13th lady out of 228 with an excellent new personal best of 40.13 which ranks her 23rd in 2007 National Under 23 tables for this distance She was a well-deserved but surprised winner of the third senior lady prize for the series.
Colin Addison and Steve Gillingham had to settle for 40. 44 and 40.56 respectively while Andy Tweed equalled his recent PB with 41.25. Terry Steadman recovered astoundingly well from his trip to Wales, finishing strongly for 42.17 (12th M50), overtaking Jane Georghiou (42.29) who took 2nd W45 slot in the series. Angela Epps was close on her heels for a new PB by one minute (42.42) and 5th place in the W35 category.
Other Farnham Results for race 3: Nick Hitchcock 42.52, Tim Cummins 43.28, Dave Armstrong 43.09, Alan Froud 43.19, Gabi Hitchcock 46.34, Simon Burgess 46.40, Steve Payne 47.24, Simon Clyde 47.59, Kim Mepsted 48.39, Howard Inns 49.18, Clair Windiate 49.48, Gemma Mitchell 50.48, Richard Sheppard 50.54, Chris Spence 53.36, Julie Russ 54.59, Clive Jones 55.24, Helen Scullard 58.47, Rachel Crowther 58.52.
Notable in the first race of the series Stuart Edgoose’s splendid time of 52.17 places him currently 11th in National M75 rankings.
Illustrating the variety of interests within the club on a single recent weekend members completed the following events:
- John Applebee raised over £2000 for Leukaemia Research by running 72 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill at Cannon’s Gym in Farnham.
- Charles Ashby, Steve Kitney, Dan Smith, and Terry Steadman covered the Welsh 3000s (15 three thousand foot peaks over 21 miles) in 8 hours 33 minutes.
- Jane Georghiou (pictured) won a W55 gold medal on her birthday at the British Track and Field Championships, Alexander Stadium Birmingham with 42.08.13 in the 10,000m.
- Simon Burgess and Clair Windiate completed the notoriously challenging “Tough Guy” cross-country/obstacle course event near Wolverhampton in 3 hours 15 minutes.