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Droitwich Half and Ultra Marathon 41
Two MDRC club runners were proud after their achievements at the weekend both for different reason. John Darby attempted and achieved an incredible tough endurance race on Sunday taking part in an ultra-marathon which was 41 miles across very muddy hilly and boggy fields in near zero temperatures and wind chill. John was regularly giving updates on Facebook throughout the event and at 22 miles posted “4 hours 13 minutes, legs battered as had 9 miles of this, sadly might call it a day”. However John wasn’t going to let all his hard training go to waste and battled on for a further 19 miles in similar conditions to achieve the mammoth task in 10 hours 15 minutes.
Meanwhile Andy Coward woke up to rain hammering on the window knowing the omens did not look good for his tough half marathon at Droitwich. He had taken part in this race last year and knew it was very challenging with unforgiving hills so was hoping the extra training up and down Kiln Bank had prepared him. His plan was to start with someone he thought would make a good pacer and got on their shoulder as soon as the hooter sounded. Unfortunately his pacer was much better at hills than he was so they soon got away. Andy though battled on and though the hills kept coming what time he was losing going up, he was making up downhill. At 7 miles the road was flooded so had no choice but to run through it, the rains started again shortly after and encountered more hills but Andy kept picking off runners so the hills of Kiln Bank had prepared him. An extra incentive was near the end of the race Andy looked at his Garmin GPS watch to see he could break 2 hours so he pushed again and was pleased to take 15 minutes of his previous best time to finish the race in 1 hour 56 minutes.
Rhyl 10 Mile and Carsington Half
Craig Ottolini made the long trip to North Wales to race in the Rhyl 10 mile race. It was Craig's 3rd visit to the Welsh coast this year already and again was the solo member of Market Drayton Running Club taking part.Craig recorded a time of 1 hour 8 minutes and was over the moon to get a top twenty finish, 20th place out of 308 runners. This was Craig’s best finish in the race in the 3 years he has competed in it. Craig was also third in his age category, the 45-49 years.
Several other runners form the club took part in the Carsington 10K and half marathon races. In the half marathon Rob Hall was first back for the club in 2hours 8 minutes. Sian Brannan, Angela Newton and Lorraine Vine all ran 2 hours 11 minutes with Michelle Reynolds completing the race in 2 hours 16 minutes.
In the 10K race Pauline Newton and Valerie Cross both ran 1 hour 4 minutes. Penny Wise and Sandra Mollenkamop also took part in the race
Nick Beer 10k
Two members of the Market Drayton Running Club made the long trip into North Wales on Sunday to take part in the Nick Beer 10k road race in Llandudno. This year’s race was very special because it was its 25th anniversary and also part of the north Wales championships so there was a very high level of runners including several international runners. The conditions weren't ideal for running with the temperature at just 2 degrees and 35 mph winds making the course extra tough as with the runners having to climb up and go around the Great Orme it was already a challenge in itself. Paul Thomas was in excellent form again and for the second year running won his vet 50 prize finishing 36th place overall in a time of 37 minutes 36 seconds. Craig's story was slightly different, running his 175th race today was meant to be special, but after damaging his hip last week and coming down with a cold and virus in the week, it was touch and go whether he would even get to the start line in this milestone race. However, Craig did manage to compete and even thought he had to take it a lot easier in the race than normal, his performance was respectable and he recorded a time of 42 minutes 11 seconds to finish 7th in his age group.
Twin Piers 10k – Saturday 21 January 2017
For the 4th year in a row Market Drayton Running Club made the long journey to north Wales to race in the Twin Piers 10k. The race starts in Llandudno and climbs the little Orme and then follows the coast line along paths and roads finishing in Colwyn Bay. This year’s race was the toughest so far as there was a strong headwind for 6 miles of the course and with the temperature being only 4 degrees , the elements where definitely against the runners. No PB’s were earned in this race with everyone’s time being up to 2 minutes slower than last year. First back for the club for the second year running was Paul Thomas winning his vet 50 category for the second year in a row. Paul came 11th place overall in a time of 38 minutes 26 seconds. Next home for the club was Craig Ottolini, running here for the fourth time in a row. Craig had a solid performance and for the second year in a row just missed out on a prize by one place. Craig was 24th overall in a time of 41 minutes 12 seconds to be 4th in his age group, the 45-49 years. Macauley Robinson 43:13 to finish 54th place overall, 16th in his age group. The first 3 ladies home were Caroline Moss in 59:18, Louise Murray in 60:57 and Marianne Rutherford in 63:08. The club took 21 runners and made a day of it by stopping after the race to have fish and chips at a local pub. Other runners that took part were Mike Allsopp 47:40, Peter Williams 49:23, Andrew Kelly 53:27, Mark Pepper 54:08, Simon Barraclough 54:56, Gary Crideford 55:14, Anthony Warner 58:35, Paul Lewis 59:33, Laura Verill 63:11, Janette Cooper 65:36, Carol Reid 65:38, Jan Ousby 67:22, Jess Onions 67:25, Rachel Faul 70:56 and Sophie Murray 73:02.
Cross Country Championships
Market Drayton Running Club were out in force for the Shropshire County Championships at Attingham Park on Saturday 7th January which some of the best athletes from across the county taking part and included several international runners.
Paul Thomas finished the year off with another prize in his phenomenal season. At 52 years of age Paul has been getting faster picking up many prizes since his return to competitive running just over a year ago. On Saturday Paul and the club were taking part in the third and final cross country race of the season at Stafford Common. Paul finished 38th on the day in 30 minutes 33 seconds for the muddy challenging course to win his age group on the day. The victory also moved Paul to pole position for the series and Paul won the overall age group, the 50-54 years against some of the country’s top runners. The men’s team finished 13th overall in the series. Tony Mattewson was 193rd, Mick Riley 197th, Mike Allsopp 231st and the ever present Nigel Scott Reay was 255th. Helen Mason lead the ladies team home to finish 56th on the day in 25 minutes 42 seconds with Jane Morris 91st in 27:49. Karen Mawditt was 125th and Giselle Kelly 179th. The ladies team also finished 13th overall in the series. Many of the team were unavailable due to other commitments, the date being the crucial factor just a week before Christmas.
Two members of Market Drayton Running club took part in the Fardon 10K on Sunday morning to be greeted by strong winds and rain for the early morning start time of 9:30am. The course was a fast and mainly flat along country lanes but despite the weather being unsettled with rain showers and quite windy, Paul Thomas was first back for the club in a fantastic time of 37 minutes 19 seconds to finish 10th overall to win his vet 50 category. Craig was 33rd place in a time of 40 minutes 32 seconds.
Birmingham Half Marathon
Four members of the club travelled to Birmingham to take part in the televised Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon. David Handley was first back for the club in 1 hour 38 minutes just ahead of team mate Ed Upton who was a few seconds behind. Mark Pepper ran 2 hours 46 seconds with Louise Handley the only female representative in 2 hours 37 minutes.
Market Drayton running club were out in action again over the weekend with some of the runners achieving personal best times. John Darby knocked over 2 minutes off his best half marathon time at the Tissington trail half to finish the course in 1 hour 46 minutes. Several other members of the club took part with Ed Upton being the first runner back in an impressive 1 hour 33 minutes followed by John Price in 1 hour 36 minutes and Mike Allsop 1:37. Jane Morris was first lady back for the club in 1 hour 41 minutes. Richard Shaw ran 1:47 and Wyn Morris 1:52 in his first ever half marathon. Pauline Newton 1:53, Sandra Evans 1:57, Mark Pepper and Rachel Price all ran 1:57 and Ian and Netty Sharp 2:12, Amanda Greene 2:22.
Val Cross took part in the Budapest marathon and was please to complete the tough 26.2 mile course in 5 hours and 32 seconds.
Pattingham Bells 7 mile
Three members of the club took part in the Pattingham Bells 7 mile race. Andrew Kelly was first back for the club in 1 hour 7 minutes with Karen Mawditt running 1 hour 8 minutes. Giselle Kelly ran 1 hour 20 minutes.
Winsford Cross Country
The club took a strong team to Winsford on Saturday to take part in the very tough and competitive North Staffs league which has many international runners taking part. In the men’s race Paul Thomas was first back for the club in the 5 mile event to run 29 minutes 56 seconds. Tim Beckett ran his fastest 5 mile of the season despite the course being muddy and off road to finish in 31 minutes 13 seconds. Jane Morris led the women home in 26 minutes 16 seconds with Rachel Handley less than a minute behind in 27:03. Rachel Price ran 28:09, Pauline Newton 30:10, Karen Mawditt 30:11, Lorraine Rollinson 33:03, Giselle Kelly 35:57 and Sophie Murray 37:33. The ladies team finished 14th in this tough competitive league. The men’s team were 10th led home by Paul Thomas in 29:41 to finish 3rd in his age group on the day. Tim Beckett ran 31:13, Tony Mathewson 34:43, Mac Robinson 36:03, Ed Upton 36:09, James Handley 37:02, James Greenhalgh 37:10, Mike Allsopp 39:32, Paul Austin 41:06, Andrew Kelly 41:58 and Nigel Scott Reay 45:32.
Paul Thomas was back in action just 20 hours later at the Hadnall 10K race and despite feeling heavy legged the last two miles still ran out a comfortable winner in 37 minutes 28 seconds to take first prize. Debbie Scotcher, despite working to past midnight the previous night and being on call, was first lady veteran back to win a prize in a personal best time of 49 minutes 10 seconds. Laura Verrill sacrificed a good time to run round and encourage her friend Ellie Beckwith who was taking part in her first ever 10K and they managed a sprint finish to finish in 1 hour 40 minutes.
Congleton Half Marathon
Rob Hall was the club’s only representative in the Congleton Half Marathon in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes
RAF Cosford 10K
Seven members of the club made the short trip to RAF Cosford for their 10K which was staged in commemoration of the battle of Britain. The race started by one of the hangers before heading out onto the airfield passing a live firing range, which wasn’t fortunately being used as the runners went by, then finished on the main airfield. Chris Perry was first runner back for the club to finish in 4th place just missing out on a prize by 7 seconds running 37 minutes 19 seconds. Craig Ottolini was 9th overall in 39 minutes 36 minutes to win the first of his age group prizes. Jay Arnold was next runner back and Jay also won a prize being first junior man in 44 minutes 18 seconds. Laragh McIntosh was first lady back for the club in 58:18. Angela Munn ran 73:44.
A few days later four members of the club took part in the Ellerton 5K race. Craig Ottolini was first back for the club in 18 minutes 46 minutes to win his second age group prize in 4 days. Tim Beckett was just 3 places behind Craig but just couldn’t repeat his form from just seven days before when he ran his fastest 5K of the season. Tim was 45 seconds behind Craig on the night to finish in 19:31 though did take 2nd place in his age group which was some consolation. Tony Matherson was less than a minute behind Tim to finish in 20:25 and Michelle Reynolds was the only lady from the club taking part on the night to finish in 27 minutes 58 seconds.
Junior runner Freddy Arnold ran the Birmingham 5K to finish in 24 minutes 24 seconds and was first junior home for the club.
The men’s team had three runners in the top 40 first the first time ever with new member Matt Eardley being first runner back for the club to finish in 22nd place overall in a time of 41 minutes 14 seconds for the 6.8 mile tough muddy cross country course. Ever consistent Paul Thomas was just 7 places behind to finish 29th in 42 minutes 35 seconds. Paul was third in his age group on the day just missing out on second place by 11 seconds. Tim Beckett exceeded all expectations finishing just 8 places behind Paul in 37th with a time of 43 minutes 35 seconds to earn a top 40 finish and was also first in his age group on the day in the 45-49 years beating many of his competitors by 2-3 minutes. Craig Ottolini was next back for the club in 74th position in 47 minutes 01 seconds though Craig did use the race as a training / tempo run after being laid up all over Christmas with a flu bug. Craig Storey was 90th in 48 minutes 33 seconds. Ed Upton was 124th in 53:29, Mac Robinson 151st 57:55, Mike Allsopp 157th 58:56 and Andrew Kelly 179th 69:33.Market Drayton ladies had 2 runners in the top 40 with Helen Mason leading the team home as she finished 26th in 31 minutes 54 seconds with Jane Morris just 10 places behind to finish in 33 minutes 29 seconds. Jane was 5th in her age group. Rachel Price was 73rd in 37:55, Angela Newton 80th 38:35, Becky Tavernor 108th 41:54, Sandra Mollenkamp 109th 42:17, Amanda Greene 124th 45:01 and Sophie Murray 141st in 53:44.