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Weekly Round up 29th April 2018

There was only one Bolt in Somerset and it wasn’t Usain! Sunday saw a great turnout of Club members, with many sporting the new Club kit design, at the Bridgwater Bolt 10K which is organised by 1610 Leisure.
Leading the charge for the line was Dave Bullock who was first Club member home in 46.16. Not far behind were Lee Derrick (46.29), Roger Simon (47.20), Enza Popham (47.36) and Duncan Gordon (49.30). Just over the 50 minute mark were Carl Moppett (50.37); Lisa Denson (50.54); Kim Corss (51.22); Helen Needs (51.27) and Richard Councill in 52.32.


It must have been a sea of red and white at this point as Tanya Herbison (53.09); Jamie Hill (53.26); John Allaway (53.38); Chris Higgins (54.01) and Chris Brown (54.33) collected those hard earned medals. With barely time to have a rummage in the goody bag, we saw May Jarvis (55.14) and Emily Vining (55.28) finish, followed by Joanne Toogood (56.06); Sam Cross (57.11); Rosemarie Clark (57.36); Darren Purchase (58.01) and Peter Stretton (58.50).
The drive for the sub hour finish continued as Luke Thorn (58.55), Caroline Wharton (58.59) and Sarah-Elizabeth Fudge (59.05) recorded their times. Charlotte Cross and Peter Sherry recoded times of 60 minutes with Alison Wasey finishing in 64 minutes. Victoria Woods collected her medal in 65 minutes with Kirsti Nelson crossing the line in 70 minutes. Gareth Parsons wasn’t far behind with his 73 minutes and Pat Pike finished 74 minutes to complete an awesome set of results for Club Members. Those new tshirts must make you fly!


Four members made the trip over the Welsh border to take part in the inaugural Newport Marathon. First of our crew home was Andy Staples in 3.29. Simon Lewis (3.32) and Scott Weetch (3.34) were close on his heels to both record PBs for the distance. Lee Macklin collected his medal in 4.45. This seems set to become a very popular event in the running calendar. Well done to the guys for flying the Running Forever flag in this first event.


For those who favour trail running over road miles it was off to Dorset for the White Star Running organised Bad Cow weekend of racing on the Isle of Purbeck. Rob Murr and Claire Allison both decided to do 2 marathons in 2 days which is pretty brave as WSR are famed for hills and mud. Both completed 6 laps of the Frolic on Saturday to record over the marathon distance before taking to the trails once more on the Sunday to cross the line together in 7.03 on this tough course. One of them looked fresh as a daisy whereas the other begged for a bit of my cake and demanded a cup of tea and a lie down. Journalistic discretion prevents me revealing which was which ...


Heather Pearce took part in the Swimathon, hopefully she remembered not to don her running shoes for this event.
Many members joined the TAC organised Finish4Matt event in Longrun Meadow on Sunday to honour the runner who died in last weekend’s London Marathon. It was a very poignant occasion as runners from all the local clubs and those who have no club allegiance ran the 3.7 miles in his memory.


This weekend’s parkrun tourists went to Minehead, Exeter Riverside, Catterick and Worthing. Twenty eight members ran at Longrun Meadow with Charlotte Smith getting a PB. Club member Hannah Taunton was first into the finish funnel this week, not often we get a female first finisher so well done to her.


Finally, another mention for the amazing Claire Allison who is one of our most determined and focused marathon runners. Claire loves a challenge almost as much as she loves a medal and last March signed up to undertake a 12 marathons in 12 months challenge which she duly completed at the Larmer Tree event in March 2018 to collect yet another bit of epic bling for her medal rack. Well done!


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