Weekly Results and News Round Up – 19/03/2019

It was a busy week for members, travelling to various race venues to compete.

Sunday saw the annual Banbury 15 take place and as part of the clubs championships, the hilly course saw a number of members competing. The race was eventually won by James Bolton but there were some great performances from Alchester members. Paul Leverton was 6th overall in a time of 1:31:21, also bagging the 2nd senior male prize and proving on he is on good form for the upcoming London Marathon. Next back was Neil Greig in 1:35:21 finishing 11th overall, with Shaun O'Gorman following in 1:42:35. Edwina Colclough was first lady home for the club in 1:50:23, picking up the 2nd V35 prize.

The Milton Keynes Festival of running was happening last weekend and saw members take part in the 20 mile, Half marathon and 10k events.  Paul Swanton was 10th overall in the half marathon in an impressive 1:21:07 while Pete Kearney ran the 20 mile course in 3:14:19. Most Alchester participants however, ran the 10k with Jonathan White first to cross the line in a new personal best time of 47:45. 
Other participants in the 10k.
A HIne 51:18, J Pringle 1:14:08, S Fisher 1:21:21

Three members took their  Alchester vest international and travelled to Lisbon to run the Lisbon Half Marathon. Chris Lumley clocked a new personal best time of 1:19:50, with Rob Kerr 1:35:34 and Caroline Kerr 1:47:16.

Other results

Fleet Half Marathon
Richard Gould  1:18:05

Bath Half Marathon
Tess Browning 2:13:49

Reading Half Marathon
A Stickley 1:21:23, E Nelson 2:05:07, A Henshall 2:05:24
Please keep a look out for emails regarding upcoming events, Country Relays, Motavation Series and The Ridgeway Relay. All three events are great fun !!

Please be aware that memberships are due for renewal and will need to be completed prior to entry to the above events

Weekly Round up – 11/03/2019

Sunday saw enthusiastic members travelling to Seaton in Devon to run The Grizzly event. Runners could chose 'The Cub' which covers 10 miles or the full 'Grizzly' 20 miler. Both courses take on the rugged and hilly Devon coastline, which was made even tougher with the weekends windy weather. Tom Woodruff was first to finish the 20 mile Grizzly course in a time of 2:44:02 and finishing an impressive 39th overall. Well done to Georgina Newell was next back in 4:23:41 with Nigel Lambert (5:14:32) and Katy Andrews (5:22:27)  to follow. Two runners took on "The Cub" Tina Hawkins 2:19:57 and Lisa Horwood (2:32:39).

Four runners braved the stormy weather conditions to take part in the Vitality Big Half held in London. Andy Stickley was first to finish for the club in a time 1:23:23, with chairman Rob Kerr next, finishing in 1:37:15, 5th over all in his age group. Caroline was back in action completing the course in 1:45:50 and Annelies Henshall (2:00:32).

The Inaugral Wendover Festival of Running took place on Sunday with 10K and Half marathon races taking place. The clubs Simon Bowen completed the hilly off road 10k course in 59:15. This looks like a great event for next year if you like your hills and trails

In other news, club chairman Rob Kerr handed over a cheque for £1550 to Mechelle Harris from Hummingbird Centre. Each year the club donates the surplus funds raised from the Andy Reading 10k race  to a local charity.  'We are delighted to be able to support the Hummingbird Centre for the third consecutive year " said Robert. The Hummingbird Centre is a local charity that provides support in a calm environment for cancer patients and survivors.

Weekly Round up – 03/03/2019

The final race of the Oxon Mail league took place at Henley on Thames on Sunday. The course was new and by far the toughest, it was pretty technical and comprised of steep climbs and descents made more interesting by the wet and muddy conditions. 
  The men were first to take to the brutal course with Richard Gould on fine form coming in first for the club in 41:33, with team mates Andy Stickley (43:33) and Chris Lumley (43:34) battling for 2nd and 3rd home. Richard Francis (44:45), Shaun O'Gorman (45:30) and Francis Varney (48:38) followed, to complete the mens A team. 
      The women were next to run and were led home by Sam Usher ( 41:27). Caroline Kerr( 44:37), and Claire Court (44:46) battled to take the next spots in the ladies A team, with Sam Suter on their heels with a time of 44:54.

      Big congratulations prizes to  Caroline Kerr who bagged 2nd overall in series in the V55 category with  Sam Usher 3rd in the V45 competition. For the men, Rob also placed 3rd v60 in the series with Rich Gould just missing out in 4th in the V40s and Shaun 4th in the V50 cat.
In Other news we had 3 runners at Stowe 12k where Ed Colclough won the first lady trophy coming in just behind Matt Thatcher, new member Jonathan White also came in under the hour.
Next race up in the club championships id Banbury 15, a great marathon warm up or for those who just like hills ...  

Weekly round up – 25/02/2019

The weekend saw local race the Winslow 10k take place. The picturesque and undulating course saw a large number of Alchester runners in attendance as the race is part of our club championships. Chris Lumley was on excellent form finishing 3rd overall in a time of 36:07. He was followed by Neil Grieg who ran a personal best time of 37:07 and Colin Hornby 39:11.  Sam Usher was the first Alchester lady home in a time of 41:42, [placing 3rd lady overall and 1st in the V45 category.  The updated club champs scores can be found on the website. 

Three runners, travelled to Bourton on the Water to run the popular flat and fast 10k event. Richard Gould finished in a time of 36:19, with Claire Court 45:31 and Nigel Lambert 55:17 also competing.

In other news, Paul Leverton bagged a new personal best at Wokingham half marathon, running a spectacular 1:18:34. Sarah Rendell took 2nd lady at the hilly,  Carsington 10k in a time of 43:08 and Simon Poole competed in the tough Baldock Beast half marathon, he finished in a time of 1:33;03 placing 23rd overall.
Next up is the final round of the Oxon Mail XC league at new Course Henley. We have several runners who are hoping to bag age group prizes .

Round up – 11/02/2019

Saturday saw the final round of the Chiltern Cross Country League held at Campbell park, Milton Keynes.  Alchester had 2 runners in action this weekend, with Simon Worfolk first to compete covering the undulating 7.9 km course in 38:25. Liz French ran for the ladies in the final race of the day on a well churned 5.3km circuit in a time of 29:42, giving her a new course PB.

Event 2 of the Stowe winter trail run series took place on Sunday, with a 6k and a 12k event. Alchesters Rob Evans and Andy Kelly took on the 12k race with Evans finishing in a time of  58:34 and finishing 30th overall with Kelly completing in a time of 1:08:18. Steve Bowen ran the shorter 6k loop, his debut race for the club, finishing in 29:42.

Weekly round up W/C 31 December – 08/01/2019

Sunday was the 3rd round of the Oxford Mail cross country league take place at Shotover Country Park.   The event  incorporated the County Championships and saw 49 Alchester runners turn out to run. Chris Lumley was on top form finishing 28th overall and being first home for the mens team in a time of 33:54. He was closely followed by Richard Gould 34:46, Colin Hornby 34:50, James Wright 34:52 and Paul Leverton 35:03 with David Ingram 35:57 and Richard Francis making up the A team and putting them 3rd in the A division . But it was John Nelson who took the clubs only county medal winning V60 gold in a time of 37:06.

The ladies were next to take to the shorter course, Claire Court was the first lady home in 32:45, closely followed by Sam Suter 33:14. Caroline Kerr was next home in 34:39 to complete the ladies A team. 
Full results can be found on the website results page.

W/C 19th November – 19/11/2018

This weekend saw two Alchester members take on the Escape from Meriden challenge.  Nicky Haynes and Jen Page started at Meriden (the centre point of England) at 12 midnight on Friday and needed to travel by foot as far from the start point as they could. The distance counted was as the crow flies NOT the distance the pair covered on foot, the event is self navigated and self supported and if this was not hard enough the two were attached together at the wrist by a 2kg chain. Nicky and Jen made their way south on roads and canal tow paths and  after 17 hours finished  in Kidlington having covered almost 70 miles and 43 as the crow flies from their original destination earning them a silver medal for their amazing effort. 

In other news, Saturday saw the clubs Mary Saunders run The Kendal Mountain Festival Trail 10k in 1:08:48. The  tough course started with a run up Beast Banks and continued with undulating climbing and a steep technical descent, including muddy cobbles. 

Mike Elms ran The Dirt Trail Half held in Leighton Buzzard in 1:50:38 a new Trail personal best time.

Sunday saw more runners from the club in action with Mike Fisher running the Gosport Half Marathon in 2hours and 4 minutes a massive 20 minutes off his previous personal best and bringing him closer to the sub 2 hour marker.

Four runners also competed at Rugged Radnage, a trail 10km which takes place on a beautiful course through the Chiltern trails and includes 2 brutal hills. First back was Graham Hill in a time of 46:16 placing 25th over all, followed by Simon Best 48:52, Sam Suter 52:36 and Claire Court 55:20.

Well done to Natasha Chamberlain who has reached her 50th parkrun. 

Weekly round up W/C 5th November – 09/11/2018

A quiet week on the racing front, however this week did see the annual Alchester Awards Dinner hosted by Richard Hallett at St Georges Barracks. Thank you to the social committee for organising another fantastic evening.

Here is a round up of the winners


Most Improved

Andrew Kelly  



Performance of the year

Annelies Henshall & Emma Nelson (14 half marathons in 14 months)



Male Runner of the year

Chris Lumley



Female Runner of the year

Sam Suter



New Comer

Alan Bowen



Club member of the year

Gary Warland


The Burkedale parkrun trophy

 Katy Andrews









Weekly round up WC 29 Oct – 04/11/2018

Oxon Xc round 1 

The weekend saw the first round of the Oxford mail cross country league held at newbury show ground.  Alchester had a great turn out and were ready to compete against the other clubs in the county. The men went first to take on 3 loops of the flat fast course, covering a distance of 8.5k. It was Chris Lumley who crossed the line first for the club in 33:39, with Paul Leverton (33:49) and Richard Gould (29:33:50) battling it out to cross the line in 2nd and 3rd for the club. They were closely followed by James Wright and Andy Stickley who along with Richard Francis and Shaun O'Gorman made of Alchesters A team and placing them in a strong 3rd team position at the start of the series.

The ladies were next off the line taking on 2 laps of the course and a distance of 6.5k just as the rain started. Sam Usher was first back for the club finishing an impressive 23rd in a competitive county field. Sam Suter (29:48) and Claire Court(30:49) were next back to score for the ladies A team. There were also strong performances for Caroline Kerr, Georgina Newell and Steph Fisher who is returning from injury.
Excellent cake as always, supplied by Master baker Mike Fisher ! If you have a reusable cup it would be great if you could bring it along for the coffee in the tent at the end of the races in an attempt to be environmentally friendly !

In other news, the clubs Nick Barnett took to the streets of New York to run the city's marathon. The conditions were near perfect at 15c and sunny and despite the hills Nick finished the course in a strong 4:44:48.  The mens race was won by Lelisa Desisa in 2:05:59  and Mary Keitany took the ladies title in a time of 2:22:48, her fourth victory in the event.

weekly round up WC 15/10/18 – 21/10/2018

Abingdon Marathon

Last weekend saw two Alchester runners compete in the Abingdon Marathon.  Ian Hunter completed the fast, flat course in 2:56:41, making this his 12th sub 3 you marathon, placing him 74th overall. It was also Ellie Dommetts 3rd marathon  and she ran the distance in 4:46:27.

Ampthill Trophy 10k 

Richard Francis was in action at the 'Ampthill Trophy' 10k cross country event on Sunday. The tough course covered 2 and a half laps hilly laps around Ampthill Park in Bedfordshire. Richard finished in a time of 42:23 and placing 14h overall .


Dorney Lake Duathlon 

Mike Elms represented the club in the Dorney  Duathlon, the event included a 5k run  followed by a 20km  cycle finishing with a second 5k run all around the beautiful lake. Mike completed the race in 1:20 finishing a solid 17th and 6th in his age group.


Blenheim 5k

 Finally, well done to Fiona Warland who continues her comeback and completed the Blenheim 5k held around the grounds of the estate.

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