Sunday saw the second race in ESM’s 2016 road running championship series, and twelve athletes turned out. Ten-milers are not so common these days, and half the squad were tackling it for the first time. To our knowledge, it was a debut at this distance for Simon Turrell, Louise Prince, Stacey McManus, Annette Galloway, Andrew Neary, Berni Jennings and Anne Carey; indeed, it appears to be furthest distance Simon and Berni have yet raced.
Nick Steel led the club home in a swift 59:37, eleventh place overall and a personal best for the distance. Tom Yates followed, also with a personal best time. There was a PB too for Danielle Mercey, ducking under 90 minutes for the first time, while Sue Cunningham improved greatly on her time last year.
There was good support out on the course from Darren Halford and Jav Sondh. Thanks to Jav for taking photos, including the one shown here.
The next championship race is the One Mile Madness at 7pm this Friday in Lammas Park, and the course map is here: . The race will be followed by drinks and cross country awards in the Rose & Crown pub. All welcome.
ESM results summary
11 Nick Steel 59:37; 29 Tom Yates 1:03:30; 242 Tony Hursey (M45) 1:21:22; 258 Simon Turrell (M45) 1:22:28; 466 Andrew Neary 1:35:57
306 Louise Prince (W45) 1:25:13; 310 Stacey McManus (W35) 1:25:35; 359 Danielle Mercey (W55); 1:28:36; 385 Annette Galloway (W45) 1:30:07; 440 Sue Cunningham (W55) 1:34:03; 538 Berni Jennings (W45) 1:47:38; 550 Anne Carey (W45) 1:52:11
Full results here.