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Newent runners put in a good show at events country-wide

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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NEWENT Runners competed in a variety of events all over the country.

Mark Cryer was the club’s sole representative in the gruelling Neolithic Marathon, finishing 41st overall in an impressive time of 3:48.12.

Closer to home Wayne Holford completed the Worcester Marathon and was again the only club member, finishing with a time of 3:55.

The tough Cheddar Gorge 10K featured Simon Barker, who placed 85th and was pleased to under the hour (57.16) in such a hilly event.

Several members made the shorter journey to Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean for the Adidas 10K trail race.

In this event the club came away with some silverware as Megan James finished second in the women’s race with a time of 49.30, only just outside the top 20 overall.

Former Newent Rugby Club player Andrew Lloyd, competing in his very first running event, finished 19th and best of the Newent contingent with a time of 47.44.

Close behind him were Adrian Fishpool 23rd in with a 48.09 PB and Philip Rowe was 24th in 48.10.

Emily Burgess (52.15), Chris Barber (55.33 PB) and Helen Kelly, back from injury with a time of 1:04.27, completed the Newent contribution.

New member Trudy Jones took part in the Aviator Four race at Staverton, finishing 57th.

Club coach Mandy Whittington ran in the Forest Of Dean Trailblazer event, ploughing through mud and deep puddles to finish with a personal best for the distance.

The Whitsun Bank Holiday saw the club fielding competitors in the Edinburgh Marathon and half marathon, plus the Gloucester Triathlon and the Dymock Half Marathon.

In poor weather conditions in Scotland Wayne Holford completed the full distance in 3:54, knocking a minute off his previous time despite suffering cramp.

Alongside Holford and providing encouragement was Tony Lewis, who finished in the same time.

In the half marathon Nicola Hill led the Newent Runners home in 2:02.

Charmaine Ellis recorded 2:09 and Stacy Davis, recently back from injury, finished with a time of 2:27.

At the Gloucester Triathlon in Brockworth Stephen McAteer took fourth place overall and was runner-up in the open men’s event with a time of 1:11.04 – a good result given the presence of two elite athletes in the field.

Taking part in his first triathlon was Jonathon Miles. After struggling in the swim – his weakest discipline – he was able to make up many places on the bike leg.

He then consolidated on the run, finishing with a very respectable time of 1:38.45.

Nine club members stayed local and competed in the Dymock Half Marathon.

Mark Cryer was the pick of the bunch with a time of 1:34.23 and was followed by Sue Smith (1:57.04), Heather Roberts (2:01.08), Clive Jones (2:02.44), Lucy Stafford (2:04.44), Leah McAteer (2:06.06) and Chris Barber (2:09.35).

New members Alice and Meg Hibberd shared a time of 2:16.50 to fill out the other places.

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