News Hot day north and south of the border Hot day north and south of the border


Report by Ed Heardman
2010-09-18 20:34:03

Hot day north and south of the border


The notoriously tough Canterbury Half Marathon and the hot weather had rather different effects on various Thanet Roadrunners at the weekend leading to a mixture of fortunes


Aboura Mahieddine had an outstanding run and won the race comfortably in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 11 seconds which brought him over the finish line more than 5 minutes ahead of the 2ndplaced athlete from Invicta East Kent – a quite astounding margin over the 13.1 miles.  Aboura has been enjoying a rich vein of form recently which has seen him put together a good string of results, most noticeably a 2ndplace in the Folkestone 10 mile race on Good Friday but last weekend’s fine win sees him step up another level.


Paddock Wood athlete Tina Oldershaw was the first lady home as is often the case currently, and her time of 1 hour 23 minutes 45 seconds was enough to give her a superb 10thplace overall from the field of 805 finishers.


Thanet Roadrunner’s 1stmale was of course Aboura and the first TRAC female home was Genevieve Holden in 1:51:04 with Julia Hermitage and Tracey-Anne van der Merwe being the only other TRAC ladies competing on the day.  Another athlete enjoying a good day at the office was Ian Lockyer who defied the conditions to run a personal best time and afterwards said “I can’t quite believe I took half a minute of my PB for a half marathon…….especially with that heat and those hills!”


At the other end of the scale several runners really suffered from a combination of the course, the temperatures and in some cases recent marathon outings and recorded times perhaps, understandably, not quite up to their normal standards!


TRAC Finishers (Chip times):

Aboura Mahieddine 1:13:11 – overall winner; Adrian Waters 1:35:54; David Hall 1:36:17; Grant Burton 1:38:29; Mark Terry 1:39:40; Ed Heardman 1:44:31; Genevieve Holden 1:51:04; Marinos Calothis 2:01:05; Julia Hermitage 2:05:13; Cliff Stokes 2:05:16; Symon Barkway 2:12:10; Tracey-Anne van der Merwe 2:13:21; Bill Wright 2:15:00; Ian Lockyer 2:19:11; Mark Hadden 2:19:40.



Meanwhile, on an equally hot day north of the border, long time TRAC member and highly experienced marathoner John Cooper took part in the Edinburgh marathon coming home just over the 4-hour mark in 4 hours 1 minute 27 seconds.  Again conditions took their toll as John slowed over the length of the course and he ran the 2ndhalf of the race over a minute a mile slower than the first half.


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