Beverley Athletics Club: 14th July

Beverley AC’s hugely popular race, the Specsavers Walkington 10 k and fun run took place on the evening of Friday 8th July and was deemed a huge success. This year’s event took place on a lovely, warm evening with a field of around 550 runners. Starting on Little Weighton Road, the course takes runners through Bluestones to head up to Rowley crossroads and then back to Little Weighton. The first 3 females in the 10k were Demi Lidster (Beverley AC), Venika Moverley (East Hull Harriers & AC) and Naomi Drakeford (Barnsley AC) and first 3 males were Oliver Donkin (Barton & District AC), Matthew Snow (City of Hull AC) and Paul Lyons (City of Hull AC). Robert Main was the only Beverley Junior participating in the race and was the 2nd U19 to finish.

133 runners took part In the Fun run, where Beverley AC Juniors had a great night with 27 taking part, and 10 appearing in the first 20 finishers. Oliver Hannon (Humber Triathletes) took 1st place with Dallas Jopling (Kingston upon Hull AC) 2nd and Lois Pottage (Beverley AC) 3rd. Beverley girls took the first 3 positions in the girls, with Lois 1st, (and 3rd overall), Indie 2nd and Millie 3rd. Weather conditions were very warm for running the popular but challenging course. 

The now famous Beverley AC cake stall at the finish made a welcome return to the event to greet the finishers with a fabulous selection of cakes, raising an amazing £404 for Dove House Hospice. Thanks to all the bakers and to Jayne Dale for organizing! Dove House is the Club’s nominated charity and representatives were in attendance at the event. More funds have also been raised through donations on entries and through those opting out of a T-shirt in lieu of a donation and the final total raised is yet to be confirmed.

Many thanks go to our sponsor, Specsavers Beverley, whose director, Jeremy Beesley and colleague, rode the lead bikes, for their continued support of the event. Thanks also are expressed to the marshals who cheered and supported runners also the course and to the people of Little Weighton and Walkington, many of whom were out cheering the runners along the course.

Lucas Meagor, Race Director, added: “Once again, a fabulous club effort! Lots of positive feedback, happy runners, and great support from the area! Runners enjoyed a great evening, reflected by the generous and positive feedback that we received. Our thanks to the residents of Walkington and Little Weighton for their support and hospitality”.

And now from Beverley to Birmingham…!

Two popular Beverley AC members were delighted to be selected to be Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Baton Bearers as part of the Baton Relay. John Parish and Rob Reid were selected in recognition of their tireless volunteering in the community. Many congratulations to you both on your much deserved recognition! Also, Club member, Lucas Meagor, who is working on the Commonwealth Games this summer, ran 12km around the perimeter of Sutton Park in 1:04:18. 

And now for some more results…..!

Club members continue to take part in a range of events and personal challenges! There was a great turnout for recent local races – the Top of the Wolds 10K, the Humber Bridge 10K and the Withernsea 5-mile race, and several members continue to run in the Champagne League and East Hull Summer League series.  Andy Johnson completed the Winterton 10-mile event in 01:11:10; Luke Davison completed Ironman UK in Bolton in 13:07:18; Emma Molena completed the Race to the Tower, a monumental 52.4 miles and 6,602 of elevation along the stunning Cotswold Way in19:47:54; Peter Watkinson completed the York university challenge, completing 15 laps of the York University campus (33 miles) in 6:14:25, finishing in 2nd place. Several members took up the challenge of Endure 24, a 24-hour event comprising 8k laps with the challenge being to run as many laps as possible in a 24-hour period, completed as either an individual or a team. Rachel Waterson individually completed 10 laps (50 miles); Lauren Turner, Matt Seymour and Simon Shiels (Team “Marlie’s Angels”) completed 150 miles; Dannii Pinder completed 5 laps (25 miles); Billy Pike completed 9 laps (45 miles); Peter Garrett completed 6 laps (30 miles), Team “Weekend Runaways” (Christine Whitehouse, Victoria Evins, Penny Booth, Amanda Whittingham) completed 17 laps (85 miles) and Jo Rowland (Team “What am I doing here!”) completed 22 laps (110 miles). Over the border in Wales, Brad Freeman completed the Snowdon trail marathon in 8:28:29, Andy Johnson completed the half marathon in 2:58:50 and Laura Egan completed the 10 kms in 1:44:00. Using two wheels as well as her legs, Carol Cooke cycled from London Bridge to Humber Bridge, a ride of 260 miles in 6 days.

Congratulations to you all on some amazing achievements.If you are interested in becoming a member of the club, details on how to join can be found on the Club’s website –