Sunday 21st September saw 14 Cheddar runners take on the 26th Bristol half marathon along with 8000 other runners. Members had been training hard under the guidance of coach Shane Roach, and this was clearly shown by the results, with many runners achieving personal best (PB) times despite the warm conditions making runners work hard for them.
Andy Rich crossed the line first for the club in 1:25:47, only weeks after successfully completing the Outlaw triathlon in Nottingham. Jenny McNamara was next, home in a PB time of 1:30:27, putting her 36th lady across the line and 14th in her category (F Sen). Next were Lee Woodland (1:37:27―PB) and Neil Jenkin (1:41:24―PB), closely followed by newly-weds Emma (1:43:43) and Jason Woodcock (1:44:08). Rosaleen Hyde 1:48:00) was next, then Andrea Cox (1:48:11―PB), Jill Wring (1:50:19), Jo Rich (1:53:22), Donna Brooks (2:00:41) and Karen Pittman (2:00:41). Great grandmother Christine Belcher, who has been a member of the running club since its inception 25 years ago, had an amazing run, finishing with a lifetime PB of 2:04:00. She was closely followed by Gill Constable (2:07:17), also a member from the very beginning, who was pleased with her performance having expected to finish a few minutes over her recorded time.
Coach Roach had missed the Bristol half to compete in the Worcester City 10K, and was pleased with his time of 38:05, which placed him 36th overall of 1399 runners, and 5th in his category (V40).
Big congratulations to all of you!