Sunday, March 25, 2012

Club Road Championship Round 1: Lorton 10K -Saturday 24th March

The first fixture of the 2012 Keswick AC Club Road Championship took place yesterday at the Bodyfit Lorton 10K where there was close competition for Championship points as over 30 Keswick AC members toed the line for an early season test of fitness, and a good opportunity to nail their colours to the Road Championship mast.

The Championship consists of three races this year, and with members' two best races to count, competition for all age categories will still be wide open going into the second fixture.

In the opening fixture, a number of runners impressed -Sam Ayers, in training for the Lochaber Marathon in May, posted a time of 42:12 to win the women's race by 8 seconds from Eden's Ruth Hetherington. Sarah Bailey (43:44), 42nd in the English Fell Champs Lad's Leap last week, and Hazel Davies (44:28), also Lochaber bound, made for a strong trio and brought home the team prize for Keswick AC.

Rob Wynne, in preparation for next month's London Marathon, ran a great 39:29 for 1st V50 and 15th place overall which, with his 2:32:63 at last month's Buttermere Round, bodes well for his attempt at 26.2 miles.

New member Mark Lamb impressed in his club championship debut, running a confident race to record 37:37 and a well earned top ten finish, the 20 year old showing that he clearly has considerable talent for the sport.

Not to be outdone by the youngsters, Ian Addison brought home a category win, taking the V75 category from veteran road racer Rod Berry of Great Langdale RC.

The new event was organised to raise funds for extra-curricular activities for the children at Lorton School.

Ricky Lightfoot was a clear winner, opening a gap on the field after less than 50 yards, he went on to record a time of 32:22 for the testing course -a very good time which will take some beating.

The remaining fixtures in the Club Road Championship are the Eaglesfield 5k (30th June) and the Brampton-Carlisle 10M (17th November).

The Club Fell Championship gets underway next month at Buttermere-Sailbeck (29th April) and continues with Borrowdale (4th August) and Dale Head (16th September).
For more details on the Club Championships see the Championships page on the club website HERE.


1. Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough AC) -32:22
2. Steve Hebblethwaite (Keswick AC) -35:21
3. John Mason (Border Harriers) -35:28

6. Ian Davies -36:50
9. John Beetham -37:28
10. Mark Lamb -37:37
12. Graham Airey -38:13
14. John Nicoll (MV40) -39:26
15. Rob Wynne (MV50) -39:29
17. Chris Brewer (MV40) -39:56
22. Dan Reed -40:27
25. Simon Thompson -41:07
28. Lee Newton -41:23
34. Duncan Frampton (MV50) -41:46
37. Rob Jones -42:04
55. Martin Bell (MV45) -45:05
60. Paul Johnson -45:33
63. Mike Beechey (MV45) -45:57
82. Paul Dobson (MV45) -48:23
83. Quentin Merritt (MV50) -48:33
112. Chris Clark (MV60) -51:46
192. Ian Addison (MV75) -1:07:31

40. Samantha Ayers (FV40) (Keswick AC) -42:12
42. Ruth Hetherington (Eden Runners) -42:20
44. Sarah Bailey (Keswick AC) -43:44

50. Hazel Davies (FV45) -44:28
57. Trudy Beetham -45:13
69. Rachel Mellor -47:01
77. Sue Wilkinson (FV45) -47:58
81. Angela Brand-Barker (FV50) -48:22
88. Nicola Black -48:55
90. Annabel Holmes (FV40) -49:13
118. Siobhan Brewer (FV40) -52:27
126. Kim Clark (FV55) -53:12
153. Suzanne Gilmore (FV40) -58:06
165. Rachel Kearns (FV40) -59:23
184. Fiona Alder (FV55) -1:03:56
198. Carla Starouschek -1:13:17
201. Gillian Brown (FV55) -1:14:00

Full results HERE

Photos © Chris Lewis Photography. More photos HERE.

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