The Women Can Marathon
Betsy Bebbington finished 6th overall in (4:06:01) when she ran an event with illustrious connections “The Women Can Marathon” The challenging trail route from Tipton St John, on footpaths and the South West coast path, had an ascent of 2,500 feet with steep climbs and very technical descents.
This was the first UK partner event for a global running movement known as 261 Fearless, whose figurehead is the class-act athlete Kathrine Switzer who made history in 1967 when, as an amateur athlete, she registered for the world’s oldest road marathon in Boston, USA – under the name K Switzer. It was, like all long road races, an all-male field, as at the time women weren’t permitted to race over distances farther than 1,500 metres She pinned her number – 261 – on her finished the race in 4hr 20min, and kicked off a women’s running revolution.
The Casterbridge Half Marathon
Brian Lewis competed in the Casterbridge Half Marathon at Dorchester where after arriving in a torrential downpour, the rain cleared and it was a very hot, humid and hilly Half, with a scenic route taking in Puddletown Forest and surrounding villages with over 1000 runners
Brian Lewis finished 143rd in (1:52:26)
It was a family affair for the Ratcliff’s at the weekend when Josie and Mia joined their aunt at Tring parkrun on a beautiful course across grassland and into woods with some tough hills (208 runners): 39 Josie RATCLIFF (25:29), 41 Mia RATCLIFF (25:43), 46 Hayley RATCLIFF (26:16)
Cheltenham parkrun (463 runners): 136 Keith SIMPSON (24:09)
Parke parkrun (146 runners): 53 James SKUPHAM (26:15), 58 Fleur RICKLIN (26:37), 95 Michele SANDHU (30:56)
Exeter Riverside parkrun (312 runners): 2 Peter MONAGHAN (16:44), 105 Stephen LOFTHOUSE (24:26)
Torbay Velopark parkrun (261 runners) 3 Shaun MCKERNAN (18:11), 13 Russell HART (18:49), 14 (2nd Lady) Naomi Rebecca FLANAGAN (18:51), 20 Julian KITCHING (19:25), 36 Ian HAYWARD (21:19), 41 David MAXWELL (21:34), 51 Mike PARKER (22:21), 54 Paul TOUT (22:29), 74 Sara Jane CROZIER (24:10), 135 Phil PERKINS (28:10), 141 Roger MATTHEWS (28:16), 144 Simon GILBOY (28:23), 161 Emma GILBOY (29:02), 192 Anita LEY (31:03), 195 Ava SAMS (31:14), 260 Jo COISH (57:42)