Events Maidstone Half Marathon 2012

Maidstone Half Marathon 2012 (14th Oct 2012)

Host: Maidstone Harriers

 

Sunday 14th October saw the Maidstone Half Marathon take place on a fresh autumn morning with a slight frost on the ground and a cold nip in the air. The race started at 930am and was the last of this year’s Kent Championships, Kent Grand Prix and TRAC'S own club championships. Despite the start being approx.. 15 minutes walk from the Race HQ the race got started on time. A number of TRAC athletes took advantage of the mini bus from Thanet to Maidstone with a few choosing to make their own way. In total Thanet Roadrunners AC had 14 runners on the day all who managed to complete the course. The course was undulating throughout with some very narrow and uneven footpaths to negotiate on the way round.

The first TRAC runner home in 6th place overall, 1st vet 40 in both the open race and Kent Championships was Noel Sutton in 1:16:45 (chip time same). TRAC'S 1st lady home was Becky Williams in a time of 1:41:16 (chip time 1:41:00. Leigh Thain ran a fantastic race in only his second half marathon he finished in 1:41:52 (chip time 1:41:38) a PB by almost 20 minutes, and Chris Brenchaly also scored a new PB. It was good to see Steve Suttle back out running after a year of injuries and despite being a lot slower than he would normally be, it is hoped that Steve is on his way back to full fitness. There were a total of 670 finishers on the day. At the time of writing the full Kent Championship results are unknown.

I’ll have what this means for the final standings in due course, but please let me know of any results I’ve missed – I know Terry and Steve were not listed at Thanet Roadrunners, so will need to make sure they get their points.

Many thanks to John Cooper for the report, and thanks also to Brian Brenchley for the photos - full Thanet Roadrunners AC results below:

Pos

Gun

Time

Name

Sex

Age

Group

Chip

Time

6  

01:16:45

Noel SUTTON

M

v40

01:16:45

64  

01:30:42

Christopher BRENCHLEY

M

v40

01:30:38

133  

01:37:51

Michael PHILPOT

M

v50

01:37:47

160  

01:40:31

John COOPER

M

v50

01:40:19

163  

01:40:42

Steve SUTTLE

M

v50

01:40:38

171  

01:41:16

Becky WILLIAMS

Fem

Senior

01:41:00

181  

01:41:52

Leigh THAIN

M

Senior

01:41:38

231  

01:45:32

Spencer HOULT

M

Senior

01:45:18

255  

01:46:45

Steve CLARKE

M

v50

01:46:29

261  

01:47:13

Terry BRIGHTWELL

M

v60

01:47:04

291  

01:49:06

Sarah HARMES

Fem

v35

01:48:51

397  

01:54:47

Debbie HATT

Fem

v35

01:54:32

414  

01:56:11

Pam PHILPOT

Fem

v45

01:55:54

667  

02:47:09

Gaynor SHELVEY

Fem

v55

02:46:30

 

Final Standings in Grand Prix and Club Championships

Another decent club showing at the Maidstone Half Marathon last weekend resulted in the men securing fifth spot and the ladies seventh – a great achievement considering the size of some other clubs in the county.

The club had over forty scoring runners over the year, with four men and three ladies in the top 30, and scorers in every age category, with Terry Brightwell best placed with 5th in the v60.

Have a look at the final Grand Prix standings to see what you need to beat next year – the club has had a great year and we’ll have to pull out the stops to go better in 2013.

A very well done and big thanks to everyone who took any part in the series, and not just the scorers – it’s a team event and like the cross country, the more people who attend the better chance the club has. But everyone who took part will have made the full final club championship standings.

Despite not racing at Maidstone, Steve King claimed the overall men’s club championship by two points from Andy Stevens, with Chris Brenchley’s new half marathon personal best securing him third place. Chris also picked up second spot behind Steve in the v40. John Cooper claimed the v50 title ahead of Steve Clarke, with Steve Suttle in bronze position, while Spencer Hoult moved into third place in the senior men’s category. Terry Brightwell wrapped up victory in the v60.

The top three in the ladies all ran, with Sarah Harmes beating Debbie Hatt and Pam Philpot, but another run from Becky Williams would likely have seen her do the double as she claimed the senior ladies title. Pam and Gaynor Shelvey were clear winners in the v45 and v55 respectively.

We’ll see what next year holds in store, but the awards will be made at the presentation night in the New Year.

 

 

 

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