Runners Secretary Report for (late) 07-08

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VRUK Highlights ’08 (to end Sep from start Oct 07)
(shaded) = 2nd claim _or_ running for another club
bold = fastest time across all age categories

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Male Female

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Age Cat. Distance Member Time Event Member Time Event

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Senior Marathon James Meldrum 2:37:23 London Ruth Newman 4:11:41 Taunton

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Vet 40-49 Marathon Dave Arnold 3:09:24 London Hazel Robertson 3:27:46 Lochaber

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Vet 50-59 Marathon in the absence of any V50 marathon reports for the time period we should note Laurence Klein’s 4:54:52 at Abingdon on Oct 19th ’08 Frances Humphries 4:06:37 London

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Senior Half Marathon James Meldrum 1:08:47 Pete Bland Half, Lancaster Ruth Newman 1:49:18 Llanelli

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Vet 40-49 Half Marathon Colin Braybrook 1:24:04 Brentwood Hazel Robertson 1:39:14 Alloa

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Vet 50-59 Half Marathon Laurence Klein 2:05:16 Burnham Beeches Frances Humphries 2:07:57 St. Albans

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Senior 5 Miles Stewart Boulton 0:33:14 Godiva New Year’s Day 5 miles

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Vet 40-49 5 Miles Peter Simpson 0:33:27 Banbury Judith Oakley 0:37:20 Glynneath (W.Glamorgan)

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Vet 50-59 5 Miles Sidney DeLara 0:32:33 Chichester Runners & AC Midsummer 5 mile , Lavant

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Senior 5 Kilometres Paul Snell 0:22:31 Conductive Education 5k, Cannon Hill park, Birmingham Alison Davie 0:21:57 Meadows Marathon 5K fun run (Edinburgh)

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Vet 40-49 5 Kilometres in the absence of any MV40 5k results we mention Dave Arnold’s series of sub-16 min 4.4ks in the Chichester Corporate Challenge series Judith Oakley 23:28:00 Nos Galan 5K, Mountain Ash

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Vet 50-59 5 Kilometres Sidney DeLara 0:19:11 Portsmouth Promenade 5k

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Senior 10 Miles James Meldrum 0:55:18 Stockport Sharon Davidson 1:23:23 Garden City 10 (Welwyn GC)

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Vet 40-49 10 Miles Tim Ridley 1:09:51 Dorking

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Vet 50-59 10 Miles Frances Humphries 1:21:00 Great Baddow 10 miles

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Senior 10 Kilometres James Meldrum 0:32:45 Ribble Valley 10K (Lancs) Alison Davie 0:45:09 Musselburgh Festival Race (10K)

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Vet 40-49 10 Kilometres Dave Arnold 0:37:21 Chichester 10k Judith Oakley 0:49:25 Swansea Bay

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Vet 50-59 10 Kilometres Sidney DeLara 0:40:08 Totton 10k Frances Humphries 0:52:59 Dedham

2008 (including late ’07) has been a busy and successful year for the club.

James Meldrum won the Trimpel 20 miler early this year and the Pete Bland Lancaster Half Marathon recently, despite mid-year ITB issues. Sidney DeLara, ever busy and ever faster, has acquired a whole clutch of MV50 medals; Sharon Davidson (ditto!) won the Senior Ladies cat. in the QM Reservoir 5k series; Judith Oakley won the FV40 category of the West Glamorgan League Cross Country and was 1st FV40 in the Whitford Point Multi-Terrain race; Hazel Robertson was 2nd FV45 at the Lochaber Marathon; and Ed Banks and Matt Newton both got top-30 places in the Robin Hood Marathon.

Also, Peter Simpson managed a top-10 age-group place in the East Midlands Grand Prix series and Stewart Boulton gained 11th place in the Marathon Tour of Coventry and Warwickshire series.

VRUK vests were seen in quantity at many events big and small – the London, Nottingham and Mablethorpe marathons, the Bath, Reading, Bristol and High Wycombe half marathons, the Chichester and Clapham Common 10ks and the Meon Valley Plod to name but a few. Local VRUK groups have even started up in London and Bristol thanks to Dave Arnold and Jenny Dunleavy.

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