Three Biggleswade AC members were among the thousands of runners taking part in the Great North Run last weekend, and despite the undulating course and extremely warm weather conditions, all three completed the 13.1 miles.
Isobel Everest finished in a fantastic time of 1hrs 33 mins with coach, John Haines, just a few minutes behind her. John had not been feeling well all week but was adamant he would finish because he was running for a charity close to his heart, ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’. Claire Smyth, who was also running for charity – two in fact, the ‘RNLI’ and ‘Breast Cancer Now’ – finished her first half marathon in just over 3hrs.
John was also in action the previous weekend, breaking the club’s vet 60 3,000m record in a time of 11mins 39secs, improving on the previous time by 47 secs.
And it was a new decathlon personal best result for Dan Steel at the Surrey County Combined Events Championships last weekend as he improved on his previous best score by 116 points to finish in 6th place with a total of 4,610 points thanks to a sub 12 sec 100m time.
Meanwhile, across the channel Paul Cooke, Paul Davies and Giles Hawthorne donned dresses to compete in the Marathon du Medoc, this year’s theme being ‘Dressed to the nines’. This event is billed as the longest, booziest race with numerous ‘wine stops’ along the route and also offering specialities such as oysters, steak and ice cream. All three crossed the finish line, together, in 5 hrs 47-48 mins; not as quick a time usually expected from these three, over this distance, but still a memorable event. They, too, were raising money for charity (the NDCS and the Stroke Association).