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February Round-Up

 Sat Feb 28 2009, 12:00am, 10 comments
I know February's a short month, but it doesn't seem long since I was writing a round-up of January's achievements. February has seen a flurry of activity with racing from the very start of the Month. Stephen Price and Andy Downs both recorded Personal Bests at the famously quick Alsager 5m (despite a very scary start which saw a number of fallers!). Over the same distance, Mark Willcocks lowered his PB in the Fulfords Great West 5. And going the extra mile was Lisa Jackson in the Dewsbury 10k who also set a PB.

Like January, a number of UKnetrunners have competed in various 5k events as the popularity of this distance seems to be increasing. This is partly because of the ever expanding park runs - a series which Ian Thomas has approached with incredible enthusiasm, travelling over an hour to reach the Cardiff Parkrun. His commitment was rewarded with a 30 seconds PB on Valentines Day. There was also a PB for Mike Barry in the Bramhall Parkrun.

Mike's PB in the 5k was matched with a new PB in the High Legh 10k, having narrowly missed his PB by 2 seconds at the Nick Beer 10k. Thanks to these great results, Mike now sits joint the top of the Grand Prix as we head into March.

David Kindred, probably UKNR's most regular racer, also clocked a new 10k PB at Dorney Lake, narrowly missing out on a sub-45 time by 9 seconds.

The Stamford St Valentines 30k race saw the biggest UKNR turnout in February with 7 members in attendance. There were PBs for Shaun Bonner and David Robertson, the only 2 of the 7 to have run this distance before. On the same day, Robert Hundley made a strong 10m debut at the Bramley event, finishing in 1:12.

The 22nd of Feb saw a half marathon debut for Helen Cross, finishing 7 minutes ahead of her target in 2:38. Dean Ward broke (or should I say "smashed") 2 hours for the first time with a PB of 1:55:36. Stephen Price lowered his 10k best to 32:35 at the flat, fast & scenic Bourton-on-the-Water 10k, joining Mike Barry at the top of the Grand Prix.

Away from the roadsters and on less firm ground were Matt Dunn, Wendi Witton and David Kindred, who all like a race with a difference. Matt ran in the second of the G3 series which had an elevation profile that looked more like an irregular heartbeat than a running course. Wendi ran the South Devon Coast Trail Half and David had fun in the mud at "The Terminator".

Well done to all members that raced during February and don't forget to keep entering your results on the club website.

With spring just around the corner, the racing season will start to hot up and there's set to be plenty of action from UKNR in March. Here's a pick of the bunch:

7th March
G3 race 3: Matt Dunn continues the lunancy in the third of these off-road events.

8th March
Fradley 10k: Krissie Newton, Andy Downs and Stephen Price looking for PBs in this flat 10k.
Mick n Phil Half Marathon: Richard Beetlestone running for a great cause
The Grizzly: More off-road action for Mark Willcocks & Wendi Witton

15th March
Silverstone Half: Stephen Price, David Robertson, Ian Thomas, Zo & Pete Stockdale, Colin Hewes, Jo Onions and Rob Hundley make up the biggest UKNR gathering of the month.
Hastings Half: Helen Cross and Brigite Groves enjoy the pleasures of a seaside half.

22nd March
Ashby 20: David Roberton & Pete Stockdale fine tune preparations for their marathons
East Hull 20: Shaun Bonner also fine-tuning

29th March
Wilmslow Half: Andy Downs, Mike Barry, Matt Leatham and Bill Preston take part in this popular event.
Reading Half: Mike Jarman, Claire, Jon Hullis and David Kindred fly the flag for UKNR

All of the events being run by club members can be found by viewing the event calendar. 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.
  • Sat Mar 14 2009, 10:50pm

    Just found the comment thing! Forum being out for maintenance gave me more reason to look around the main site I think!?!

    I too like this round up smile Reading the races helped me work out updating the event calendar a couple of weeks ago smile

  • Sat Mar 14 2009, 05:24pm
    haha, not usually David. But as I didn't state who wrote the report, I thought I'd give myself a mention by name wink

  • Sat Mar 14 2009, 09:51am
    Nice report Stephen. I just wondered if you always referred to yourself in the 3rd person a la Craig David?

  • Mon Mar 09 2009, 12:51pm
    How slow am i??!! (i dont mean my running either!) only just spotted you can leave comments ha ha. I too like the monthly update bit. Nice one.

  • Tue Mar 03 2009, 08:52pm
    You did indeed Stephen smile

    It will be interesting to see if the RACEWAY gains in credibility, as this is obviously its first year