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Report by John Dickerson
2018-12-02 22:11:35

Alan Green Memorial 10 Mile Race 2018 Race Report

Alan Green Memorial 10 Mile Race 2018 Race Report
Written by Richard Allan

Despite some ‘interesting’ weather during the weekend of the race, making for challenges setting up the route and Race HQ, the weather shifted perfectly in time for the race start and the runners were set to go with the signs of a blue sky and the sun breaking through. The relatively warm weather was a very welcome surprise, although the coastal breeze would prove a bit of a challenge for the return leg of the race. What more could runners ask for from a race early in December?

As usual, the race was very well attended, with 428 entrants; the racers were raring to go after a short walk down to the sea front from Race HQ at Westgate. Amongst the entrants there were many familiar faces, along with a lot of first-time participants, both of which are great to see. Those that have run the race before will hopefully have been pleased to know that the route hadn’t changed from recent years with runners making their way along the promenade/sea defence wall, past the sandy beaches towards some of the familiar sights of Margate including Dreamland and the Turner Gallery. A short sharp climb up Fort Hill didn’t put off the runners and they continued along the cliff top promenade past Cliftonville, Palm Bay and towards Foreness Point and the turnaround point. As the runners made their way back along the route the coastal breeze that always seems to be present on this part of the Kent coast came into force and despite the ‘gentle’ headwind, all the runners did a remarkable job of staying on track with their race. Of course, those that may have gently cursed coming up Fort Hill during the first half of the race could come back down it at about mile 7 to catch their breath back a little.

Most runners maintained a smile (or was that a grimace?) as they approached the last part of the race on the promenade near Race HQ, knowing that they had a little climb up the slope from the promenade to the finish line; there were more than a few sprint finishes had on the last few metres before the finish line showing great determination from the runners, well done to you all.

There were some very fast times as we have become accustomed to over the years at this race with the top three in the men’s and women’s races as follows:

Finish Position

Name

Club

Time

Male

 

1

Jim Allchin

Thames Hare and Hounds

0:53:42.10

2

Harry Paton

Tonbridge AC

0:57:17.15

3

Marley Godden

Medway and Maidstone AC

0:58:04.85

Female

 

1

Sophie Marr

Tyne Bridge Harriers

1:09:03.65

2

Rhian Dawes

Invicta East Kent

1:11:27.95

3

Kat Owens

Crawley AC

1:13:50.80

Congratulations to all of the above who had very impressive races and were definitely deserving of their trophies.

The team prizes for male and female runners were won by Medway and Maidstone AC and Istead & Ifield Harriers respectively, well done to the two clubs for putting out such strong teams of runners.

The first male and female Thanet Roadrunners in the race were Owen Mitchell and Abigail Cardwell; very well done, you’ve done the club proud today!

All 25 of the Thanet Roadrunners that took part in the race ran very strongly with the following results:

 

Overall Position

Chip Time

Owen Mitchell

7

1:00:45.40

Andy Stevens

8

1:01:38.95

Christopher Brenchley

10

1:03:12.95

Jamie Collins

16

1:06:35.65

Andrew Richardson

25

1:10:46.30

John Dickerson

28

1:11:21.85

David Winch

31

1:11:32.65

Phil Stevens

32

1:11:35.95

Stephen Suttle

40

1:13:09.80

Maxwell Hubbard

46

1:14:14.30

Scot Haggarty

49

1:14:17.55

Michael Philpot

60

1:16:18.85

Abigail Cardwell

68

1:17:03.00

Gerald Sterling

73

1:18:07.90

Jo Holl

104

1:22:03.45

Oliver Northrop

116

1:24:25.55

Stephen Jones

130

1:26:07.00

Philip Cope

188

1:33:25.40

Elizabeth Carr

192

1:33:51.85

Clare Warren

205

1:36:22.85

Adrian Smith

224

1:38:35.45

Malcom Tait

244

1:40:35.65

Bill Wright

250

1:41:14.20

Ian Lockyer

298

1:53:21.00

Stephen Caps

326

2:04:14.80

 

Of course, the race is not just all about the very fastest runners that claim the podium positions, it is also about all the runners that participate in the race and achieve their own challenges, or personal bests, race to support their friends or just simply race for the fun of it. Well done to all of you who took part in the race; whilst out marshalling on the course it is fantastic to see so many enthusiastic runners taking part and clearly enjoying themselves. You all very much deserved the medals and cakes after finishing the race.

The results for the race can be found at http://www.uksportstiming.co.uk and there are great photographs from the race that are available to purchase from www.davidjcarrphotography.co.uk.

The race could not be held without a lot of hard work, both before the race and on the day, so a big thank you is in order to all of the volunteers that gave up their time to help organise the race, ably led by the Race Director Spencer Hoult.

The feedback after the race from the runners was very good with many commenting on the friendly and enthusiastic marshals out on the course and of course being runners, everyone seemed happy to indulge in cake after finishing the race!

Most of the cakes for the finishers of the race were freshly baked by members of Thanet Roadrunners and some had obviously taken a great deal of effort in making their cakes, including decorations in some cases; the winner of cake of the day went to Andrew Richardson.

We all hope that everyone had an enjoyable day at the Alan Green Memorial 10 Mile Race, whether you were running or volunteering and hope to see you again at some of our races that are planned for 2019.

 

 

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