Crystal Palace 10K, 4/10/09
The first running of the South of England Open 10K and Championship, held at the grand venue with a long and distinguished history which hosts international grand prix events. An honour to run in a race at this venue, we were anticipating a quality field to challenge some of our best runners such as Sid Delara!
The small field of participants gave the feeling of a low-key event as we lined up. Lining up for VRUK were: Sid Delara, Peter Simpson, Teresa Webb, Chloe Vincent and Andrew Knight. One other vegan present and notably the fastest was Matt Woodman. Sid Delara has been lowering his personal bests in 2009 for the 5K & 10K and Peter Simpson has recently been running at his season's peak form. The pace was fast as we completed a lap of the track before heading out of the stadium complex and into Crystal Palace Park for three laps. We were soon confronted by a steep climb followed by a short break before another less steep climb. It took a while to recover but we were helped by a long descent before another short sharp climb not far from the stadium.
Sid Delara soon led the way for VRUK followed surprisingly by Andrew Knight who open a 20 metres gap on Peter Simpson but by the start of the second lap that had closed and Peter was 2nd VRUK just before the climb. Sid was some 50 metres or so ahead and was increasing his lead over Peter. Into the third lap we were lapping the slowest runners which gave us confidence. By the time Peter entered the track, Sid was already halfway down the home straight on the far side. Matt Woodman had long since finished in 36.28 (overall 21st), about 6 minutes ahead of Sid (42.10) and Peter (42.47), Andrew Knight was a further two minutes back in 44.51 followed by Chloe Vincent our first female in 47.44 and Teresa Webb in 59.26.
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Fiona Oakes wins the North Pole Marathon in new course record !!!
What an Achievement !
New Course Record Too
Few women have ever been to the North Pole, in fact the first was as recent as 1986!
This year was the 11th North Pole marathon & the course was described as the worst in the races history. The competitors had to run 10 laps of a 2.6 mile circuit of which half was "run-nable" & the other half meant wading through snow fields, up to waist height - all in MINUS 28 degrees with wind chill taking it to minus 33 approx.
Fiona fell over a number of times in the deep snow & damaged her thumb on the 2nd lap - her face mask literally froze to her face & she had to keep rubbing her eyes to stop the water in them from freezing.
This is tough - this is unbelievably tough.
But of course there is tough, there is extremely tough & there is Fiona Oakes - the Queen of the Extreme !
Fiona finished the marathon in 4 hours 53 minutes, smashing the previous course record by 45 minutes !! - the next lady was nearly an hour behind her.
Fiona was only beaten by 2 men in the field which is incredible & means she took 3rd place overall (unprecidented).
Percy Bear finished 1st in the race for small bears, but apparently complained that he was cold all the way round.
Fiona now holds FIVE marathon course records
Two in the UK, Two in Finland
...& one on the top of the World !
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The monthly London meet up and training run has a base at Regent's Park from The Hub sports facility & cafe in the north of the park. The session is approximately one hour and normally includes a mixture of group running, intervals of faster running, hill repetitions and track circuits. Members, supporters, or indeed anyone who would like to try out our sessions are more than welcome. After the session we meet back at The Hub for a drink and social. Attendance at the January 2013 session there were 8 vegan runners. During the summer 2012 other venues / locations included: Hampstead Heath, Eltham Park(race) and Hackney Marshes.
Following the April 2013 London group training session in Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, no further sessions are planned until the Autumn when members are more likely to be available. Members will be running in events throughout the summer and there are likely to be targeted events as listed below..
Other London meet-ups include: the London Marathon (21 April), a summer event, Ealing Half Marathon (29 Sept) and meeting up at the Animal Aid Xmas Fair early December and possibly this year the new London Olympia VegfestUK (5/6 Oct).
Other local or regional Vegan Runners groups we are trying to establish include:
- South Wales VR - meet-up at open events including the Cardiff Parkrun on Saturdays starting at 9am. Some popular events include Cardiff Half Marathon (Oct), Llaneli Half Marathon (March), Swansea Bay 10K (Sept).
- Birmingham VR - meet at the Cannon Hill Park Run on Saturdays starting 9am. Some other popular events include: Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon, 20 Oct), Wolverhampton Half/Full Marathon (Sept) and the West Midlands Vegan Festival (4th Sat in Oct).
- Brighton VR - meet at open events and the Hove Park 5K Parkrun starting at 9am on 2nd Saturday of the month (except 3rd Sat in March for VegfestUK at Hove Centre). Other popular events include: Brighton Half Marathon (Feb), Brighton Marathon (14 April).
- Bristol / Bath - Potential meet-up at the Ashton Court Park Run, 9am Saturdays. Other suggested events include: Bristol 10K (5 May), Bristol Half Marathon (15 Sept), the Bristol VegfestUK (25 and 26 May)
- Cheddar / North Somerset for more rural / hilly runs
- Coventry / Leamington Spa - regular meet-up at the Coventry Park Run on Saturdays 9am start. Other suggested events: Coventry Half Marathon (Oct), Coventry 10K (Nov)
- Leicester / Market Harborough - Potential meet-up at the Braunstone 5K Park Run, on selected Saturdays 9am start. Regular low-key training sessions recently started in Market Harborough early Tuesday evenings. Other suggested events where we could meet include: Leicester Half and Full Marathon (Oct), East Midlands GP series (Rugby 6 miles (15 May), Corby 5 miles (29 May), Market Harborough 5 miles (18 June) and the Leicester Vegan Fair in August or November
- Northants / North Bedfordshire / North Bucks - Occasionally meet at Animals-in-Need sanctuary (vegan cafe available), Little Irchester for training in Irchester Country Park or Wellingborough - Next possible session 28 April 11am. Other occasional meet-ups include the 5K Park Runs at Northampton Racecourse Ground, Bedford Park and Milton Keynes at Willen Lake on Saturdays starting 9am. Some popular annual events include: Bedford Half Marathon(Dec), MK Half/10K (March), Northampton Festival of Running (March/April), Wellingborough 5 miles (July), East Midlands GP series (8 event locations, 5 miles - 10K (May - July))
- Poole / Bournemouth / New Forest - local vegan runners interested in holding training sessions in this area. Other suggested events include: New Forest Festival of Running (March), Bournemouth Half Marathon (April), Bournemouth Running Festival (5/6 Oct)
If you would like to join the mailing list for one or more of these areas please leave a message either with Peter Simpson on Protected email address,on this website or with the Facebook group UK Vegan Runners.
Check the VRUK diary to see if there are any dates for training sessions or other event meet-ups highlighted in green. Alternatively, for a free 5K run, we suggest you visit Parkrun to check for a local venue. They are held weekly on Saturdays starting at 9am, you just need to register for a barcode at least a day before your first Parkrun and take a printout along.
For an idea of how recent London training sessions have turned out click here.
If you would like to arrange training sessions in a different area of the UK, please join VRUK and we can publicise it through this website otherwise, contact Peter Simpson on Protected email address.
Depending on the location of members, the club was represented in most regions of the UK sometime during the year. In the Winter season more members were taking part in off-road events or training for Spring marathons otherwise generally road & park races throughout the year. Here we focus on a sample of events where members met either through popularity or locality. Click title to open report.
Eight members of Vegan Runners UK successfully completed the London Marathon, five wearing the club kit. In the photo from the left: Cedric David, Helen Watkinson, Maria Hamilton, Peter Simpson (support), Chloe Vincent & Keith Hammond (Vegetarian C&AC). In the 2009 event we had one of our strongest teams, the highlight being our 4 sub 3-hour runners, this year the focus was on our core members. Some of our runners set large personal bests, others their first marathon or first London event. Congratulations go to all our runners who achieved the following times:
- Colin Braybrook 3:02:41
- Cedric David 3:46:51
- Verna Burgess 3:49:36
- Chloe Vincent 4:04:56
- Helen Watkinson 4:10:36
- Maria Hamilton 4:11:40
- Laurence Klein 5:12:04
- Teressa Longhurst 5:27:05
33 Year old Anna Finn, a maths teacher and member of Vegan Runners UK, has run 100 Marathons. She seems to be the youngest woman to achieve the feat, and is awaiting news from Guinness about the World Record.
Winter is another busy period for several members who enjoy cross country. Vegan Runners of all abilities and ambitions have taken part in races large and small over the last few weeks. Peter Simpson reports on the South of England XC Champs held on the 30th January 2010. Beside his own well-paced race, Peter reports on Vannessa Hudsonâ€™s battle with road shoes and the mud, and a well-placed Colin Braybrook (a vegan runner competing under the St Albans Striders banner). Neil Ford marks his come-back with a victory in the Berwick Cross Country, which was â€˜somewhere between four and five milesâ€™. A winter-loving Clare Coombes has been mud-running through the cross country season, sporting her club vest, finally breaking the top 100 places.
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