Sunday the 14 the saw the Tewkesbury Half Marathon, as is often the case was run in warm conditions, with a strong head wind in places simultaneously cooling and slowing the runnesr down.
Dursley Running Club’s eleven runners were led home by Nigel Sankey in ninety five minutes, one minute twenty quicker than 2016, with Fran Amigoni again first DRC female home in 01:50. Eileen Hieron was placed 4th in the F60 category, very impressive as her first ever Half Marathon.
Graham Tudor 10th M60 category, Claire Searle ran well to place 21st F40. Shona Darley Michelle Ball and Karen Eadon all ran personal bests.
Results: Nigel Sankey, 83rd, 01:35:40; Jonathan Tudor, 107th, 01:38:15; Mark Sprigings, 119th, 01:39:31; Graham Tudor, 206th, 10, (10th M-V60), 01:48:22; Francesca Amigoni, 242nd , 01:50:00; Pete Dunn, 303rd , Finished, 01:53:16;Shona Darley, 354th, 01:56:35; Michelle Ball, 470th , 02:02:55: Claire Searle, 575th, 02:11:23; Karen Eadon, 647th, 02:18:20; Eileen Hieron, 649th, (4th F-V60), 02:18:27
The 2016 Tewkesbury Half Marathon was a warm event for four Dursley runners. Despite a cool breeze, the sunny conditions made it too hot for many to run at their best, not for the first time that this Half has been “blessed” with such fine weather. Jon Tudor defied the conditions to run a massive PB of 03:42 at Tewkesbury, boding well for his Cotswold Relay appearance. Nigel Sankey led Dursley home with Margaret Johnson placing 3rd FV50, despite the hot conditions not being her favourite. At one point she was chasing three Penguins, always a bit soul destroying having people in fancy dress in front of you!
Nigel Sankey, 71st , 01:35:59: Jonathan Tudor, 73rd , 01:36:17 (PB); Margaret Johnson, 190th, (3rd FV50), 01:46:21; Ben Twells, 309th, 01:55:59.
Sunday 17 May saw seven Dursley athletes travelling up to Tewkesbury to compete in the town’s half marathon. The early morning sun meant that it was initially quite warm, fortunately for the runners the sky clouded over as the morning progressed, meaning that they were able to race in reasonably cool conditions. Nigel Sankey was first home for Dursley which more than made up for the disappointment of the Berkeley 10K, when Nigel was just a few seconds from dipping under 40 minutes. He rolled back the years, and some, beating his previous PB set when he was 18. Nigel was also pleased to be a minute ahead of Paul Wellings, who was also showing a return to form after a strong showing at the London marathon. Margaret Johnson was first Dursley woman home achieving a 2 minute PB at the distance, 6 minutes quicker than 2014, and placing 6th in her age category. Fran Amigoni was 4 minutes faster than in 2014, with Richard Hearn and Deanne Bennett both having strong runs, with Deanne making the top 10 in the FV40 category.
Results: Nigel Sankey, 61st (25th SNR-M) 1:33:31; Paul Wellings, 73rd (25th V40-M) 1:34:34; Richard Hearn, 131st (48th V40-M), 1:40:29; Margaret Johnson, 164th (6th V40-F), 1:43:21; Alex Wellings, 166th (60 SNR), 1:43:22; Francesca Amigoni, 206, (21st SNR-F), 1:46:42; Deanne Bennett, 207th (10th V40-F) 1:46:43.