Marathon PRC efforts

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PRC marathon efforts

Four PRC members were lucky enough to get places in the London marathon and training had been going well throughout the winter months.  Unfortunately the race coincided with a mini heatwave and the hottest London marathon ever provided extra challenges for the hardy runners as the temperature rose into the mid 20’s.

Paul Tate-Smith was running for three excellent charities; Encephalitis society, New Futures Nepal and St Peter’s PCC and as a marathon novice had is eyes set on a speedy time.  Paul had been churning out the miles in training so this wasn’t a problem on the big day but he, along with most of the other 40,000 competitors, was un-acclimatised to the heat.  The cheering crowds supported him through the tough final miles and he finished in a fantastic 4 hours 43 minutes having raised an amazing £6,500 for his charities.  

Richard Todd took on the London challenge, Todd is more at home running cross country in all weathers, so the heat and the unforgiving tarmac proved a challenge.  He completed the course in a well deserved 4 hours 16 minutes.  Graham Robinson also too on the iconic race having previously completed it in 1987, 1988 and 1989 in some super speedy times (under 3 hours). He ran well until 12 miles then made the decision to slow it down after problems with a hairline fracture in his foot flared up again.  He completed the course in a heroic 4 hours 28 minutes. Veteran marathon runner Nicola Wise also raced and very sensibly adjusted her target time to take the heat into account.  She ran a very measured race despite the energy sapping heat and got round in a highly respectable 4 hours 52 minutes. 

Nick Cousins took on a marathon effort of his own on the North Yorkshire moors in the Cleveland Survival, raising money for the Cleveland mountain rescue team.  A self-navigated race taking in the main sights of the moors including Captain Cooks monument where the runners had to get to certain checkpoints choosing the best route to do so.  Due to the heavy rains earlier in the year much of the ground was flooded and the race start had to be moved to accommodate it, leaving the runners with an extra few miles to complete.  After struggling with a hamstring problem over the past 12 months this would be Nick’s toughest challenge in some time and at almost 32 miles with 5,000 of ascent it certainly would be a hard work.  Nick paced himself and his skills with a map and compass paid off as he completed the course in 7 hours and 16 minutes, in a highly respectable 12th place out of almost 200 competitors.

Chris Adams and Ellen Sharpe headed to Burnsall in the Yorkshire Dales for a half marathon on stunning although challenging terrain and up and down dale.  Sharpe showed her strength to finish in 2.03.05 with Adams not too far behind in 2.17.20

The Rycrofts headed to the Lakes for the Anniversary Waltz fell race, 11.5 miles of some of the toughest racing the pair have encountered.  Some slopes in the 3,600 feet of ascent were so steep the only way up was on your hands and knees!  Debbie and Simon completed the course together deciding to enjoy the day rather than push for a fast time and enjoyed the free food and beer at the end.


Report Type: 
Race Report
Report Date: 
Fri 27 Apr 2018 (All day)