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April Round-Up

 Fri May 01 2009, 12:04pm, 2 comments
April was a marathon month which James Barnes kicked off with his first sub-4hr marathon at Blackpool. Nick Houlton warmed up for the London Marathon with an impressive performance in the Kingston Breakfast Run (16m), finishing third in 1:30:28. On the same day, Rob Hundley and Pearce Phillips ran a marathon between them - Rob set a new PB over 20 miles and Pearce breaking 40 minutes for the first time over 10k. Showing he's still got a spring in his step, Bill Preston lowered his PB at the Chester Spring 5 miler.

It was a Good Friday for UKnetrunner at the Maidenhead Easter 10m as 4 club members set new PBS - Brigitte Groves, Matthew Dunn, David Robertson and David Kindred all running well. Easter Sunday saw Ian Thomas edge closer to his 2009 target of a sub-40 10k with a 41:04 in the Trowse 10k. Claire Hesketh joined Grand Prix leader Mike Jarman in the North Tyneside 10k, both breaking their PBs with Mike looking to firmly establish himself at the top of the Grand Prix table.

Krissie Newton and Ian Thomas were in action over 5km again with both improving on previous outings. Also over 5km, Jon Hullis made the trip to Derby to make his debut at this distance. David Kindred was breaking another PB, this time over 5 miles. And Mike Pullon put in a fine performance in the Redcar Half Marathon to break his PB by over 5 minutes, narrowing his sights on a possible sub-1:30.

Next up was London where ten UKnetrunners fought the warm conditions and large crowds to finish the 26.2 mile route. Nick Houlton broke his PB and own Club Record with a fantastic time of 2:35:17. Pete Stockdale finally made it back under 3 hours, 3.5 years since he first achieved it, bettering his PB by 1 minute to 2:57:40. Jayne Chappell knocked nearly 3 minutes off her PB, breaking 4:20, with a time of 4:19:03. Rob Hundley, William Neighbour and Matt dunn all made their debuts over 26.2 miles and no doubt learnt alot for future marathons.

Whilst the nation's focus was on London, there were plenty of other events around the country, with three more PBs for UKnetrunner. Pearce Phillips, on a roll from his sub-40 10k, broke through the 1:30 barrier clocking 1:26:21 at the Shakespeare Half Marathon. The Sheffield Half Marathon saw another milestone reached with Barry Quirk dipping under 1:40 and Mark Hill running his first Half.

So that (hopefully) covers all the PB-setters in April, but let's not forget the rest of you who were competing. A special mention to all the marathoners who competed in April after months of hardwork and preparation. In addition to those mentioned above, Anthony Tamburro ran the Paris Marathon, David Robertson and Brigitte Groves ran the Lochaber Marathon and in London were Matt Leatham, Martin Walker and Lisa Jackson.

So here's a pick of what's in store for May...

3rd May:
Bespak Grand East Anglis Run: Ian Thomas, Stuart Graver and Colin Hewes all representing UKNR.
Suffolk Coast Run/Walk 26: Nick Dunk running his second marathon of 3 in consecutive weekends!

10th May:
Stratford Sprint Triathlon: Krissie competes in her first Tri, raising money for the NSPCC.
Halstead & Essex Marathon: Nick Dunk finishes his marathon exploits (hopefully still in one piece).

16th May:
White Peak Marathon: James Barnes joins Nick Dunk in marathon-madness as he runs the first of two marathons in two days.

17th May:
Windermere Marathon: James Barnes finishing off 54.4 miles in two days.

24th May:
Burton 10m: Stephen Price & Dean Ward go in search of PBs at this two-lap event.
Plymouth Half: Mark Willcocks running in his local Half.

31st May:
Edinburgh Marathon: A big turnout for UKN with Andy Downs, Mike Jarman, Claire Hesketh, Matt Dunn, Mark Willcocks, Helen Cross, Michelle Day, Shaun Bonner, Ann Hood, James Barnes and Brigitte Groves all in attendance.

If you've got a race coming up, please add it to the calendar and if you fancy meeting up with another member at the same event, please feel free to visit the club forum to arrange a meeting point.