Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Marathon Success

Marathon success and news from New Mexico.

News from New Mexico. At the Brian Clay Invite Track & Field match in Azusa California on the 17th of April, Nicola Hood opened her Steeplechase season with a win in the 3000m chase in 10:25.59 in fastest group. They had over 60 runners in the Women’s Steeplechase divided into 3 seeded groups of 20+, I doubt if we have as many as that in the whole of the UK. Great start to the season Nicola

The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford took place on Sunday 19th April and saw the largest number of finishers in the race’s 39 year history. 8053 runners including a large British elite field crossed the finish line on Sir Matt Busby Way at Old Trafford Football Stadium, cheered on by thousands of spectators and lots of supporting communities along the route. Slightly overcast skies and temperatures of 14 degrees C made for perfect running conditions on the flat course,

We had two girls from the club competing in Manchester this year and both had really good runs, with Alison Kerr clocking  3:02.19 a P.B. by over 2 minutes and Emma Kay who ran 3:13.23 a P.B. by almost 15 minutes. Super runs ladies.

On Sunday 26th April Donna Finlayson ran the London Marathon, in 3:05.42 a P.B by almost 6 minutes.I bet it was quite a change from the Lochaber Marathon last year, she also managed to raise almost £400:00 for Quarrier’s Home.

Also competing from the Club were Mark Ashby who finished in a time of 3:03.39, Alex Potter who finished in a time of 3:24. 22 and Gerry Craig who finished in a time of 3:30.08.

Abbey McGhee ran the Madrid Rock & Roll Marathon on Sunday 26th April and achieved another P.B. of 2:56.42 after running the Paris Marathon last year. Seems Abbey likes to practice her language skills.  Well done Abbey.

Graham Smith