Fixtures & Reports
GP Rules – here
|2016-2017 GP Fixtures||*subject to change|
|1||Sunday 16th October 2016||Birmingham Half Marathon||13.1M||Results below|
|2||Sunday 6th November 2016||NICE 10k, Birmingham||10k||Results below|
|3||Sunday 11th December 2016||Sneyd Pudding Run||5M/10M||Results below|
|4||Sunday 15th January 2017||Not the Roman IX||12k||Results below|
|5||Sunday 5th February 2017||Centurion 5 Mile||5M||Results below|
|6||Sunday 19th March 2017||Stafford Half Marathon||13.1M||Results below|
|7||Sunday 7th May 2017||Crowle 10k||10K|
|8||Sunday 11th June 2017||Aldridge 10k||10K|
|9||Saturday 1st July 2017||Birmingham & Black Country Half||13.1M|
|10||TBC – Aug 2017||Rowheath 5K||5K|
|11||TBC – Sep 2017||Little Aston 5 Mile||5M|
|12||Sunday 10th Sep 2017||Lichfield 10k||10K|
GP05 – Centurion 5mile
Sunday 19th March 2017
Race 6 on this years GP was the popular Stafford Half Marathon. It’s a well supported medium
sized half marathon run round the county town of Stafford. The town definitely make an effort to
support the runners with quite decent crowd for a local race. It is gently undulating route, in decent
conditions would be quick.
The weather conditions were blustery to put it mildly. This made for tough running conditions in
places, especially the cross head wind for all 3 mile up Beaconside. First home for Birchfield was
world age group standard triathlete Ian Dempsey in 1h18. Pete Dimbleby (1h21) was next, in a
reasonable time having run a full marathon the week before. Alex Parker (1h23) had a great well
controlled race in preparation for his spring marathon. He ran most of it at Marathon pace before
picking up for the last 3 miles. Simon McNamee crossed the line in 1h24 with a quicker time than
his recent Paris Half. He is looking to try and find a race with decent weather conditions, both this
and Paris put pay to a really quick time he’s been after. Chris Collis (1h26) rounded off the training
group finishers making his road race debut of the year.
Kevin Wakerley (1h29) had the highest age grade performance on the day and is doing very well
on his return to the GP. Newer member Martyn Roberts (1h30) finished with an excellent PB and
so close to the sub 90min time. Also getting fantastic PB’s on the day were Dilip, Johnny, Patel
(1h45) and Karon Jones who smashed the 2hour marker with a fabulous 1h57:56.
Marion Peak (1h49) and Bob Whitby (1h51) both had great runs either side of the 1 hour 50mins
time band. Next in was the injured Sara McNamee, unfortunately she was tripped up at mile 5,
leading a gash on her knee and some nice grazes on her hip. It didn’t effect her too badly with a
1h55:54 clocking. Last in for Birchfield was Lisa Dimbleby who despite stomach cramps had a
respectable run. She was very disappointment with her official time of 2hours and 4 seconds vs her
watch time of 1hour 59 mins 55sec.
This Sunday was an extremely busy racing weekend with congratulations to all the other road
runners racing at Ashby 20, Coventry Half Marathon and 7pools 10k. There were some excellent
GP05 – Centurion 5mile
GP04 – Not the Roman IX
The first Grand Prix event of 2017 saw 17 Birchfield Harriers turn out for this popular January race with over 600 particpants. Marion Peak was poorly but Lee Harris stepped into her shoes although he didn’t help her points! Julie Anne and Manisha were missed too so only 5 females took part. Where are the rest of the Birchfield ladies? The weather had warmed up considerably from the previous weekend and fortunately there was no ice making the downhill sections effective and no rain for the main event although it was wet later in the morning.
The course is a slog up hill for the first half with some welcome long downhill sections in the second half with only a short climb in the last couple of kilometers. This year the main road was closed to traffic in one direction, which made the course much safer and more enjoyable – although the hill was still there! Many Birchfielders have done the course numerous times and claim (frequently) to hate it…… Peter Lawton, Alan Britten for example, however they both ran well and didn’t moan too much.
Alex Parker was the first Birchfielder home in 43:52. The men also did very well in the prizes with Simon MacNamee winning M40 in 46:49 and the amazing Alexander Davison-Elliott taking the M75 in 63:55. Amongst others, Helen Bloomer, Karon Jones and Mary Ross all achieved PBs for the course, although I was very perturbed to only receive a gun time and not a chip time which added 49 seconds to my actual time. The race organisers were very prompt in correcting the mistake, which is also an indication of how well this race is organized by Straford Harriers. If you haven’t done this race before get it in your calendar for 2018 it is well worth doing.
GP03 – Sneyd Pudding Run (10m/5m)
GP02 – NICE 10K
Report to follow
GP01 – Birmingham Half Marathon 2016
Report to follow
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