STICKER 5 MILES 2009

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PHOTOS FROM THIS RACE (EITHER THE FUN RUN OR MAIN RACE, OR BOTH)?? IF SO SEND THEM TO IAN PLEASE – BY MONDAY EVENING.

It’s not my favourite race to be honest. Lots of hills and a jinx for me have had to pull up on the last 3 occasions.
Fortunately I completed it this time and in a P.B. for the course of 30.32
Disappointed that I had been beaten in my 55 age cat for the first time this season. Only by a few seconds and fortunately by someone who has only just turned 55 and runs for a Devon club so…
For Grand Prix purposes I was still first home and it’s 5 wins out of 5. Looking good.
Mike Robinson as usual put in a storming run. 14th overall in 29.16. And well up there to win MBH 4th overall male team prize was Miles Johansen, Jason Walker, Mark Omori and Andrew Hickson.
Lots of ladies running and Nancy Hill got 1st female 40. Brill.
I think we’ve got the makings of a really competitive female team now. What with Jess Turton (who managed a new 5 mile PB on the course, Rachel Tresidder and Mhairi Saville to mention a few.
Sam Perkin continues to improve. Mainly by beating up runners on the way around [possibly] and he certainly seems focussed!
I stood at the finish shaking hands and handing out cups of water. As Sam P came in I shook his hand and tried to draw his attention to the water I was holding for him by pulling him towards me. But no, his focus was 100% on the goody bag, and it was as if his life depended on getting it as he pulled away from me, groaned and gestured with a wide eyed stare and lunged for the bag!
The look of relief on his face as he hugged it to his body was, well… heart warming??
Nice one Sam!!
Clive Hibbert I made 5th over 60 and maintained a 7.47 mile pace over difficult terrain, excellent.
Unfortunately Ian ran injured but never the less did it, finishing with his son Jamie.
I made Liz Prady 5th over 50 female. And well done to all those who ran and represented MBH knowing they had no chance of getting any prizes.
But it’s not all about winning prizes is it; I know when I wasn?t winning anything 15 years ago I still enjoyed turning up for my team. I enjoyed running and I felt good, and that?s what it should be all about.
I counted 30 MBH at the race so a real good turnout considering the distance and time of day etc.
There was a children?s fun run of 1 mile with over 140 taking part. This was a record and shows the interest and future in running.
Of special mention is Taiyo Omori, Mark’s son who at 13 years old finished 3rd overall in around the 6 minute mark. Now that?s going for his age, and definitely someone to watch in the future. A big well done to all those Junior members who made the effort of running for MBH
Next GP race Turkey trot 4 miles. my sort of distance. Oh yes!

Geoff Letchford

Results HERE

Fun run results HERE

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