Lydd 20 and Half Marathon

On Sunday morning whilst other Harriers were running at Dartford I was adjudicating the Lydd 20 mile and Half Marathon. It turned out to be a big race with over a thousand runners setting off out of 1300 entries probably due to the fact that so many races were cancelled the previous weekend.

Joining me on the start line on this pan flat course were Ollie Smeed, Andy Goodman, Kate Naylor and Steve Wellstead. Myself, Ollie and Andy were running the half and Kate and Steve the 20 mile. Kate was pacing a friend round the 20 miles.

From the earlier torrential rain there was just a light drizzle at the start which soon stopped. Both courses are out and back and the run out was mostly with the wind behind but on the return there was a freshening breeze which seemed to strengthen on the
return particularly in the last 3 miles.

 

A thought, had Andy run at Lydd instead of Dartford I think he may have taken even more off the M55 half club record, we will never know.

 Mark Taylor

 

Results below:

 

Half Marathon. 332 Finishers

1 01:13:21 01:13:21 Neil Renault Edinburgh AC 1194 Senior Male 1 1 M
21 01:26:12 01:26:10 Alison Thomson Kent AC 1286 Senior Female 1 1 F
80 01:45:58 01:45:31 Mark Taylor Tunbridge Wells Harriers 1377 Male Vet 60 68 6 M
86 01:47:18 01:46:49 Oliver Smeed Tunbridge Wells Harriers 1129 Senior Male 73 37 M
226 02:13:58 02:13:13 Andrew Goodman Tunbridge Wells Harriers 1376 Senior Male 160 62 M

20 Mile. 723 Finishers 

1 01:52:33 01:52:33 Phil Dickens Cambridge Harriers 349 Senior Male 1 1 M
36 02:16:01 02:15:58 Teresa Murphy Kent AC 361 Female Vet 40 1 1 F
256 02:57:04 02:56:40 Kate Naylor Tunbridge Wells Harriers 75 Female Vet 40 17 63 F
277 02:58:55 02:57:08 Steve Wellstead Tunbridge Wells Harriers 911 Male Vet 55 11 204 M

The last runner (walker) took 5 hrs 28mins.