British Para Duathlon Championships, 29 March 2015

Off to the Rockingham Race Circuit in Corby for this year’s Elite Duathlon Championships to defend my title. The course was the same as last year, but the conditions weren’t, with warm weather and sunshine replaced by heavy rain and strong winds, forecast to intensify through the course of the day.

The race format was a 5km run, followed by a 20km bike, over five laps, and a 2.5km run to finish. The race circuit course was pretty flat, but with plenty of twists and turns including four hairpins. There were around a dozen athletes in the PT4 class, most of whom I had raced before, but with a few new faces. I figured that the strongest guy in the field would be Joe Allen, a former GB 1500m runner, who had won the race in 2013. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to keep pace with him over the first 5km I calculated that I needed to catch him before the end of the third lap on the bike and to build enough of a lead that I could hold him off on the final run.

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Club Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will take place at The Nevill Pavilion starting at 19.30. Please note that there is no formal club run but the clubhouse will be open at 17.30 and members may go for a short run, at 18.00, leaving plenty of time to change and shower before the meeting.

Come along and hear what’s been happening this year and put your views to the committee. You should have received a copy of the proposed new Club Constitution and you will be asked to vote on its adoption at the meeting.

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Club Annual General Meeting Wednesday 25th March 2015

This year’s AGM will take place at The Nevill Pavilion starting at 19.30. Please note that there is no formal club run but the clubhouse will be open at 17.30 and members may go for a short run, at 18.00, leaving plenty of time to change and shower before the meeting.

Come along and hear what’s been happening this year and put your views to the committee. You should have received a copy of the proposed new Club Constitution and you will be asked to vote on its adoption at the meeting.

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Hastings Half Marathon 2015

Some outstanding performances in Hastings Half Marathon with Alice Heather-Hayes, in her first race in a new Age Group, not only shattering the F40 Club Record by five minutes, but also finishing in 3rd place behind Mercyline Ondieki from Kenya in 1:23:29. There were PBs also from Neil Clark (1:30:30) and Sonja King (1:48:25). Nigel Duffey in his first Half Marathon recorded 2:09:13 with Bryon Taylor, having run in the Cross Country champs the day before, only just missing an Age Group PB in 2:58:37 and Graham Brooks conquering the Queensway Hill course better than thirty other athletes recording 3:14:57.

Pos Gun Name Bib Chip Age grading
50 01:23:30 Alice Heather-Hayes 1426 01:23:29 81.6
171 01:31:27 Neil Clark 2635 01:30:30 65.5
950 01:50:36 Sonja King 3183 01:48:26 59.49
1962 02:10:15 Nigel Duffey 3481 02:09:14 53.19
2884 02:59:41 Bryon Taylor 2128 02:58:38 47.43
2948 03:17:22 Graham Brooks 2075 03:14:57 48.36

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2015 Club Cross Country Champs

The sixteenth annual Tunbridge Wells Harriers Club Cross Country Championship took place on Saturday 21st March at 10am in Hargate Forest. Conditions were dry and cold, with enough mud and standing water to make the 3-lap 1.8 mile course a good challenge. Numbers were down on previous years due to clashes with other races in the calendar, but thirteen harriers turned up to compete.

Club Chairman Andy Howey again won this year’s race in a superb and unchallenged time of 34:59. There was a good race between 2nd and 3rd place, with Terry Everest taking an early lead but falling behind Kieran Fitzpatrick towards the end of the second lap, extending to a minute lead by the finish in a time of 39:19.

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Dartford Half Marathon 2015

Just a brief report on the Dartford Half Marathon this morning…. We left Tun Wells in unexpected sunshine prompting suggestions that the weather forecasters had got it all wrong…but no – as we headed towards Dartford the weather and sky turned greyer and darker and wetter and colder and more gloomy by the minute…

Luckily the rain held off for the race itself but boy was it cold waiting for the start. Never before have we been so glad to be in close proximity to so many….

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Inter County Cross County 2015

Yesterday I travelled up to Cofton Park as part of the Kent Team for the National Inter-Counties cross-country championships. It’s always held at the same venue but this time they changed the course from the flatish one of previous years to include several zig zags up a big hill.

Each county send their eight best runners selected from various crosscountry events over the season and the first four to score from each county make up the scoring team. The event is also used to select the GB teams for the World Crosscountry Champs which are held in China this year. As you can imagine, the competition at the front is pretty fierce!

The weather was beautiful and apart from a couple of muddy sections and an area the commentator enthusiastically referred to a the ‘Cofton Quicksand’ it was pretty dry underfoot. The start was really fast as you started downhill then did a quick right hand turn. There were was a lot of elbowing for the first few hundred metres as girls tried to get ahead for the first tight bend.

Having finished in the 140s the last few times I’ve raced here I was hoping to finish closer to 100th so I was really pleased to finish in 117th, especially as I was feeling tired from marathon training. I was the third Kent scorer after Lucy Reid from Tonbridge AC and Amy Clements from Kent AC. Maria Heslop from Paddock Wood was the fourth scorer, Kent came 15th overall out of 27 counties. The race was won by the defending champion Lily Partridge (and the winner of the Southerns at Parliament Hill a few weeks ago).

I really enjoyed it as its a fantastic atmosphere and a chance to run with some GB athletes (even if I was several minutes behind!) and lovely to run a crosscountry race in the hot sunshine!

Alice Heather-Hayes

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