25/11/2019: In Northern Spain, Heathsiders crushed the marathon while back home, there were cross country meets yielding yet more medals for individuals and teams .....
San Sebastian Marathon, Spain - Sunday 24th November
Four Heathsiders made their way to the culinary capital of Spain this weekend, in search of Pintxos and PBs - for the 42nd Edition of Zurich Maratón Internacional San Sebastián. San Sebastián has a reputation for being wet and wild at this time of year and you could see why on Saturday with ‘blustery’ conditions threatening to make Sunday hard work.
In the end, there would be no opportunity to blame the weather for a poor performance, with the Marathon Gods taking mercy on the 7,000 runners with near perfect conditions - 11ºC and a gentle sea breeze. Andy Barnes, Francois Barou, Chris Holmes and Jonathan Powell all set off on the 2 lap course, which weaves its way around the flattest (+/-6m) parts of the city - which just so happen to be some of the most scenic.
Chris looked to be going well, but sadly only managed one lap before making the wise decision to drop out due to a hamstring problem. Evidently the first lap didn’t take much of a toll on Andy and Francois who both recorded negative splits - each of them making up 25 and 157(!) places in the second half to finish in 2:39:12 (38th) and 3:03:08 (PB) (412th) respectively. Jonathan came in soon after, not far off his best, in 3:09:35 (494th overall, 212th V40).
As usual, Kenya and Ethiopia dominated the elite race with Cheboi Collins Kipkorir winning for the men in 2:11:56. This wasn’t so in the women’s race however with Susana Cunha of Portugal victorious in 2:36:08.
Francois’ blistering second half means qualification for Boston Marathon 2021 - for which I’m told we already have a ‘massive Heathside crew’ taking part (and presumably meaning another much needed Heathside WhatsApp group). Age group qualification times for 2021 are already up on the BAA website for anyone who’s interested and looking for a target.
2nd Seyfu Jamaal U20 25:28
6th Roger Maidment V45 27.37
20th Francesco Melloni 29:06
29th Matthew Field 29:41
65th John Flahive V50 31:11 (4th V50)
73rd Rajiv Ratan 31:25
89th J.Doe 31:58
112th Robert Shulman V50 33:20 (12th V50)
199th Daniel Wrapson 38:25
212th Michael Hickey V55 39:27 (38th V55)
213rd Nuno Oterd V50 39:36 (39th V50)
220th Russell Weston V55 40:35 (44th V55)
247th Alun Nash V55 44:26
2nd Evangelista Divetain 31:52
7th Millie Barnes 33:08
14th Tatyana Potiyenes 34:59
63rd Caroline White V60 40:46 (7th V60)
65th Kimberli Butler 41:04
87th Marianne Gibson V50 43:58
NWLL 3# Match Report and Results
A large contingent of juniors took part in the third instalment of this season's NWLL at Trent Park. Conditions were challenging with thick mud adding an extra challenge to the rough ground. The Team secured wins in U17W and U15B age groups with 4 other teams placing 4th. Individually Mimi Blake (U17W) made it 3 victories from 3, Hattie Munday (U13G) and Oliver O'Connor(U17M) secured 2nd places with Mia Rosen (U13G) and Jack Davis Black (U15B) 3rd with 7 other top 10 places.
The U11 race saw our largest contingent yet this season with four debutantes. Ben Redland was first home despite struggling with a cold and tight hamstring, Eden Brown produced his best result finishing 8th. Connor and Charles Roberts both made their club debuts finishing 31st and 36th while sister Caitlin, also making her debut, was the first girl home in a superb 15th place with Elkie Baker 19th, Leetice Grundy also in her first race was 23rd and Erowyn Brown and Mia Westgate completed the runners both with solid runs to ensure both teams finished in 4th place.
The U13's were more mixed with Tynan Parker the only U13 Boy producing a great run to finish in 6th place. The girls race saw Hattie Munday produce her best place of the season in 2nd with Mia Rosen close behind in 3rd. Amara Odeogberin and Libby Judd Hawkes in 31st and 32nd place completed the scoring and 4th place for the team. Selma Lawrence completed her first race as an U13 with Larissa Wilson making her debut for the club, both good runs considering the conditions.
The U15 Boys go from strength to strength this year and must be favourites for the County Title in January. Here we had 4 finishers in the top 10 to easily win the team competition with Jack Davis Black first home in 3rd followed in quick order by Spike Blake, Michael Smith and Lucas Maher. Stan Hasson was not far behind in 12th and then a further group with Avery Dietrich, Fred Beale and Arthur Reed completing our runners. In the girls race Anne Pritchard ran well to finish 16th with Maia Hampton Phillips in 21st and Fabienne Weston completing the team.
We had 4 runners in the U17 races, Mimi Blake again ran strongly to secure her third successive win in the NWLL and is now almost certain of the individual league title, Mia Manttan as always provided superb support to finish 4th and the Team win, in the men's race Oliver O'Connor continued his fine form this season with 2nd place with Sam Ingram completing our quartet in 15th place.
Thanks to Ruth and Russell for managing on the day. The next and last club XC race of the year is the Met League at Uxbridge Saturday 7th December, with its infamous river crossing.
1st London Heathside 29 pts
Liverpool Cross Challenge XC
Thank you to Simon, Andy and Caroline for helping me put this week's report together.
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