Long races for Pock Runners

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Twelve Pocklington Runners joined a field of 403 for this year’s staging of the East Hull 20-mile road race.

This event has a fearsome reputation for windy conditions that often cause the runners problems. This year the conditions were perfect, being a little overcast and grey at the start and then warming as the sun broke through after two hours.

Most participants were using the race as a training run for either the Hull or London marathon which are fast approaching.

Steven Worth led the Pocklington team home with a creditable 138:07, Alan Kendra had a strong race in 147:10 and Alison Thornton was just outside her PB with 151:54. Simon Richardson will be happy to have completed 20 miles and with a good time of 155:58. After last week’s confusion, Mike Pullon, in 159:22, did pace Jill Dowson to a PB of 159:26, Clive Reid ran 167:54 and Helen Pickersgill will be delighted to record a sub three-hour time of 179:05 in her debut 20-mile race. Liz El Jassar did well in 196:42 and Nicola Jenkins, 207:56 and Giles Brighton 208:14 will both be happy with their debut times.

Ultra Man Warwick Anderson took on another huge challenge as he completed the Hardmoors 55-mile trail race in North Yorkshire. The event started at 9am and Warwick completed the awesome task at 9.25pm, some 12 hours 25 minutes later.

The official results of the Spen 20 were Richard Ramshaw 2:27:57 PB, Jim Holding 2:31:47, Alan Kendra 2:40:27, Alison Thornton and Jill Dowson 2:45:54, Mike Pullon 2:45:55 and Paul Sheridan 2:51:14 PB.

If you are training for a spring marathon and would like the company and support of other marathon runners then joining Pocklington Runners could be for you. We meet for training runs on Wednesday evenings at the rugby club at 6.30pm. Feel free to call in and join us for a run; ask for Jill Dowson or Marcus Bourne who will introduce you to those looking to run the same distance and pace as you.

For full details visit www.pockrunners.com.