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Friday, 5 September 2014

Race Report - Pennington 5 miler by Captain Wiggins

Pennington 5 miler - Race 8

22 blue vests turned out to a sunny LSV for the 8th race of the club champs of 2014. Some of our wounded soldiers were out gritting teeth through the pain of injury for the team, well actually for the points, James & Barb to name but two. Chris Bennett also came to race straight affter working a night shift, wouldnt take advice to rest from Scholesy who was clearly looking out for his welfare and not at all thinking about the results table as we approach the end of the season!

The race started promptly with a loop of the LSV track then out through the flash and onto the canal path. The course was well marshalled and as ever well supported with 170 runners in total blazing the trails.
First back for the blues was Tim Campbell in 29.31 following by winner of the V55M category, our very own Shaun Moran in 30.19, well done Shaun! In third place was another winner, this time V50M Mark Riches in 30.28, well done again.

Next over the line was Simon in 31.32, Neil 32.05 followed by Gary Stevens in 32.14 Ian Newcombe finished in 33.07 and Scholesy in 34.28 holding off a tired Chris Bennett who finished in 35.11 and then proceeded to fall asleep, ah bless!

Garry Baines was the next A&T'er in at 35.28 followed by hop-a-long Bentnall 36.08. First A&T lady was a recovering Soozy G finishing in 36.48 (thought you were gonna take it easy?). Carol was next in at 37.04 then Ian Hamilton 39.35 who got his (friendly) revenge on Lou Simpson 39.56, getting her back for beating him at Parkrun the day before!
Steady as a rock Claire Matchwick finished in 40.20, Paul Basnett 40.55 and Ian Bushrod 41.23 - well done guys! Next was Jane Eccleston who ran a great personal race and finished in 43.25, a significant improvement on previous trail runs and so wins Capt. Wiggins runner of the day prize! Well done Jane.

Barb hobbled home in 45.16 followed by Emma in 45.50 and Joan hot on her heels 45.51 - well done girls!

 Big thanks to Leigh Harriers for a great course, great prizes and great race atmosphere. Lets hope we can give runners a similar experience at our GP5 event, we know
James is working hard on the planning!

Next race is Blackleach 5 miler on 14th September - hope to see you all there!

Captn. Wiggins xx



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