Hanchurch Hilly 5
The first race of Stone Master Marathoners Spring Treble Series took place last week at Hanchurch Woods near Newcastle. Although only 5 miles long, the race included plenty of uneven tracks and a good uphill climb just after the three mile mark as well as another just before the finish. All this made the off road course a good little test for all the runners, including the eleven who made the trip from Newport.
All this did not seem to slow down Tom O’Boyle however, who, despite suffering from a cold, still managed to finish 22nd in a field of around 150 runners in a time of 34m 19s. Andy Coles pushed on well to be 45th in 37:22 with Mark Deighton managing 72nd in 39:39.
Andrew Storey kept going to be 101st in 44:58 closely followed by Tracy Hartridge in 102nd just a second behind with Helen Hadebe recording 45:32 at the finish to be 104th. Aimee Macphee had a good run to be 108th in 45:58 with Sarah Higginson showing a good turn of speed at the finish to be 131st in 51:01.
Gary Bowness crossed the line in 52:25 to be 137th and Pauline Walsh was pleased to improve on her time and position from last year to be 142nd in 53:58.