Beverley Athletics Club: 17th August 2022
The hot summer does not see Beverley AC take a cooling summer break but rather sees members take up opportunities and use the holiday period to explore other areas and to take on other challenges further field. The Lakes and the Dales are always popular and have seen an influx of blue and yellow vests in some very challenging races during July and August.
In the Montane Lakeland 100 (106 miles and 22,000 feet of ascent), Ian Boardley completed in an impressive time of 30:41:58, whilst in Farndale 12 athletes took part in the Hardmoors Farndale series of races. In the 10kms (8.2 miles and 1,046 feet of ascent), Tom Skinner took 3rd male place in a time of 01:07:22 followed by Andy Wilkes in 01:37:58 and Sarah Anderson in 02:21:49. Meanwhile, in the half marathon (16.2 miles and 2,227 feet of ascent), Doug Sharp was first Club member to finish in a time of 02:28:31 followed by Jackie Edwards – 03:38:35; Richard Parkin – 03:38:40; Jo Rowland – 04:12:47; Nicola Riley – 04:12:50; Elaine Julien – 04:12:53. The marathon (29 miles and 3,989 feet of ascent) was taken on by 3 members – Valeriya Marshall finished in 05:49:54, with Billy Pike recording a time of 08:15:31 and Simon Shiels 08:15:38. In the Brassington Hill Race (9kms and 1,050 feet of ascent) Paul Furness recorded a time of 56:01, while further north in Northumberland, Andy Johnson completed the Northumberland Coastal half marathon in 01:59:00. Some members also found events to cool them down during the hot summer weather. Gemma Southwell completed the Tough Mudder, a 15 kms race with 30 obstacles to overcome on the way!
Closer to home, ever-popular races and events have attracted members. The South Cave 10kms race saw 28 members take part and 2 podium places were achieved. Well done on to all on the following results – Robert Main – 36:51 (2nd U21), Doug Sharp – 40:28, Mark Dalton – 40:56 (1st V60), James Durham – 42:50, William Pike – 43:35, Jack Kane – 46:11, Richard Scaife – 46:31, Ken Pearson – 46:34, Martin Greensill – 46:58, Stephen Hall – 47:57, Richard Uttley – 49:01, Stuart Eskrett – 49:05, Ben Atkinson – 49:45, Martin Green – 50:41, Carol Botterill – 52:03, Nicola Riley – 58:06, Paul Readshaw – 58:07, Rod Turner – 1:01:19, Robert Mason – 1:02:10, Mandy Whittingham – 1:03:14, Mila Ramos – 1:05:19, Sarah Pearson – 1:07:47, Vivienne Williamson – 1:08:09, Carol Cook – 1:08:17, Cat Williamson – 1:09:11, Alison Benson – 1:10:36, Jacqui Dickinson – 1:11:02, Chris Gibson – 1:21:50, Frank Harrison – 1:28:31.
The Junior section, too, have continued to record some great achievements during the summer. In July, they had another great track and field meet in Scunthorpe. They put in some excellent performances on a very hot day, with some good PBs and race results. Starting with our younger athletes, Monty (competing for the club for the first time at a Track and Field meeting) completed a triple event consisting of 80m sprint (2nd place), vortex throw (3rd place) and 600m endurance run; Xavier and Zach did similar triples consisting of 150m sprints, 600m runs and Long Jumps. Well done to all three of them! Florence completed a pentathlon of 75m hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, shot put and 800m run. Impressive performance from her, whilst in the sprints, Rob was 1st in the 100m, with Corey in 2nd place. Corey also had a good win in his 200m race. Meisha came 3rd in her 100m sprint, with Lorna also running a 200m race. Over the middle-distance races, Lois won her U13 800m race, with good runs too from teammates Poppy and Orlaith – Orlaith also competed in the Long Jump. Ella was first in her U15 800m, with Meisha a good 2nd place. Rob also won his U17 800m race. Finally, Millie and Roxie stepped up to run the 1-mile race and put in very good times. The Club is very proud and impressed with all their performances!
As the summer draws to a close, members are looking forward to the start of the East Yorkshire Cross-Country League in October and the ongoing handicap races and training sessions which have continued throughout the summer.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the club, details on how to join can be found on the Club’s website – www.beverleyathleticclubco.uk.