There were several outstanding performances from Heathsiders over the last weekend. Our speedy 11-year-old Benjy Bediako broke his own club record in winning the 600m in the Minithon in Lee Valley in a time of 1:42:37. Marco Serena ran a PB in Amsterdam in 2:37:51 and Heathside’s women came 6th out of 45 teams in the Southern Cross-Country Relays, with Rebecca Piggott running the fastest (anchor) leg. And we had a record number of six wins in Parkruns.
SEAA Cross-Country Relays, Wormwood Scrubs, October 19
Our women did well to come 6th and 11th out of 45 teams in the Southern Cross-Country Relays. Our men came 19th and 25th out of 41 teams. Our fastest man was Peter Gould who completed his 5,000m leg in 14:50th – the 39th fastest leg out of 155. Our fastest woman was Rebecca Piggott who completed her 3000m leg in 12:16 (the 12th fastest out of 125). The second fastest was Lily Woolcock, who ran in the B team, completing the distance in an excellent 12:29 (19th). Also worth mentioning among the men was Chris Vincent who ran in the incomplete C team but was the third fastest Heathsider in a time of 16:01.
Our U13 girls came 17th out of 38 teams. The fastest Heathsider was Hattie Monday who completed her leg in 7:58, the 16th fastest out of 132 runners.
Our U15 boys came 21st with .Jack Davis- Black running the fastest 2000 leg in a nifty 7:11.
Sunday League, Cheshunt
Scarlett Parker sent this report: 'We had 14 at Cheshunt, rallied by Captain Laura and supported by vélo-vets Ruth & Dave. More by luck than design, with the male/female split meant we had exactly the right numbers for two complete A teams. Spirited runs by everyone, first in age categories for Emilia and Bob, and a few age group 'podiums' among the rest of us. Hopefully we'll be joined by more of the regulars (and newcomers alike) at the next one, race calendar permitting. That's Trent Park, 10.30am, Sunday 1st December.'
Yorkshire Marathon, York, October 20
Five Heathsiders were among the 4310 finishers in the sixth-ever Yorkshire Marathon. Conditions were near-perfect - a cool 10 degrees and just a light breeze – but the course was hillier than expected. The first nine miles are almost all uphill (gently so, but still taxing) and there are a few other hills along the way including a nasty one in the final mile.
Natan Doran was the first Heathsider in a PB time of 2:54:49, which is outstanding considering that he lost three weeks of training with a hamstring injury. Natan ran the perfect race – even splits. We went out together but he decided I was over-cooking it and wisely held back only to sail past me with a mile or so to go.
I was running for the first time in an England vest (last year I ticked the wrong box) and training had gone well so I was a bit morose when going down with a cold in the final week (a product of going on the tube to save my legs from a cycle). But on Sunday morning it seemed to more or less clear and I decided to do 6:30 miles for as long as I could. I went through the half at 1:24:30 and felt fine but at 22 miles I paid the price, cramping badly in my calves before hobbling in at 2:55:29.
Tatyana Potiyenko was the first Heathside woman in 3:22:45. Also finishing were James Cutty (3:16:14) and Jessica Vinluan (3:36:46) – a very impressive 21 minute PB.
Results (4,310 finishers)
145th Natan Doron – 2:54:49
153rd Gavin Evans (V55) – 2:55:29
449th James Cuddy – 3:16:14
577th Tatyana Potiyenko – 3:22:45
950th Jessica Vinluan – 3:36:46
Amsterdam Marathon and Half Marathon, Sunday October 20th
Marco Serena reports that '12 Heathsiders made the trip to Holland by train or plane for the Amsterdam marathon and half marathon. Both events finished in the 1928 Olympic stadium which added a special feeling. Amsterdam roads are probably too narrow for the crowds in these sell out events expecially at the start but the atmosphere was great with runners from all over the world and the organisation top class. Running conditions were ideal with 10 degrees and virtually no wind and the brave Heathsiders delivered fantastic runs and heroic performances.
Abington Marathon, Sunday October 20
Rajiv Ratan ran this one, completing the distance in 3:12:59.
Lisbon Marathon, Sunday October 20
Felipe Cardoso reports that he and Nuno Ortero were in Portugal to compete at the Lisbon Marathon. The conditions were great with sunny weather and no wind. Unfortunately, Nuno did not recover from his injury on time so he could not run. Filipe ran his first marathon in 3:31:47.
Great South Run (10 miles), Portsmouth, October 20
Jim Gardiner picked up a ten-mile PB and broke the 60-minute mark, in a time of 59:51. Four others joined Jim and all picked up PBs (if you count first-timers over the distance). Shaun Kennedy sent this report: 'Conditions in Portsmouth were absolutely perfect with the sun shining on a beautiful clear autumnal morning. Very well organised event with plenty of local support out on the streets and some great performances with what looks like PBs for everyone (perhaps inevitable for me in my first race over 10 miles).'
Fifty-four Heathsiders ran in 20 Parkruns on Saturday with a record number of six wins for our men. Seyfu Jamaal won in Finsbury Park in 15:41. Roger Maidment won in Walthamstow in 17:04. Andy Barnes won in Greenpoint in 17:19. Joe McKeown won in Wormwood Sctubs in 18:17. Andrew Alasdair Brown won in Hilly Fields in 18:44. Melvin Lewis won in 19:06 in Sheffield Castle. Full results are here: https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=2017&eventdate=2019-10-19
Report by Gavin Evans with thanks to Scarlett Parker, Shaun Kennedy, Jessica Vinluan, Felipe Cardoso, Marco Serena
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