Weekend Racing Roundup

VAC 5km Open Masters Road Race

After the Wimbledon Team Challenge, Vets AC hosted a 5k race over the same course around Wimbledon Park. Sean Hanrahan, Colin Foster, Ewan Fryatt (2nd claim) and Andy Bowen (2nd claim) represented Ealing.

Sean, fuelled by his first Astra Zeneca vaccine the night before, did well to get round in 17.53 given any side effects must have been on his mind!

Just 6 seconds behind Sean was Ewan (17.59). Andy (18.31) and Colin (18.40) were both pleased with their times given the big hill on the course.

Results – https://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=413248&event=5K&venue=Wimbledon&date=11-Apr-21&pagenum=1

BMC 5k

800m specialist and club record holder Ben Waterman made the long trip to Tameside Cycle Circuit looking for a fast time. He was rewarded with a PB of 15.16 and a top 10 spot in the club 5k rankings

Results – https://www.britishmilersclub.com/bmc-5k-results/2531/
Club Road Rankings – https://esm.org.uk/about-us/rankings/

The New Forest Off-Road Half Marathon

Leanne Smith competed in this scenic trail series in the New Forest. Leanne reported from the race:

“The New Forest trail 10/14.21km was ummm interesting! A really great course, loads of large trees to hope over. More like a long steeplechase. It was difficult to overtake at times so I had to hold back.

I opted to do the 14km in the end as I got a blister and couldn’t manage a gel. It was absolutely freezing and very disappointed that the routes all came up short by 1km.

I overheard some first time half marathoners leaving very disappointed to have not actually completed a half distance. Michael says he saw a lady bolting away from the finish post, yelling she wanted to get to 14km and get her money’s worth! First position for the 14km was apparently 29mins…some major time issues!”

Results (including that supposed 29min 14km!) – https://resultsbase.net/event/5651/results?round=14192

Lee Valley April Open

Bilal Uba and Hishaam Shamaun opened the club’s track season at the Lee Valley April Open.

Despite the cold conditions they both ran well over 100m. Bilal’s 11.18 is his 4th best time ever. And Hishaam ran a PB of 13.28.

Bilal Uba running 11.18
Hishaam in lane 1

Results – https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/competition-results