Entries are now open for our 2017 races – 5km Doncaster Road Races and the Cusworth 10k – click here.
The Road Rankings are being updated by Darren Wood and Sharon Maughan (thanks to both of them).
Edinburgh Festival of Running 2017
5km – 27 May 2017
I entered this race because I don’t get to do many road 5km races and I was travelling up to support Rose in the marathon. Its a tough race, basically the first half climbing, then levelling out and a fast down hill finish. 1092 runners finished the race and I was pleased to finish second overall with a time of 18:11, not the time I was looking for but I did not know how hilly the race was going to be.
Marathon – 28 May 2017
Firstly I would like to mention that two of our most popular runners and club captains Darren Wood and Rose James had to pull out from the race, always a tough decision to make but got to look at the bigger picture, so well done for making the right call both. You have both put the training in and will be strong for it going forward. I know Sharon Maughan is grateful to her guide runner, he was unwell during the race but managed to guide Sharon to the end.
On Sunday Kate Willett and I ran our first full marathon at Edinburgh. Kate joined beginners last May and I joined the club at a similar time after Tracey Ellis persuaded me to do so during a conversation at Parkrun (thanks Tracey – I blame my achy legs on you!). I received a text from Kate in November saying she’d signed up for Edinburgh and did I fancy it. I’d had a glass of wine or two at the time so, of course, it sounded like a great idea and I signed up.
When we told Tony O’Connor (see his report for the 2016 Edinburgh at the bottom of this page) Half he devised a training plan for us and we started in January running 10 miles and increasing by a mile per week. Tony ran with us each week despite not having a race to train for himself and we are both immensely grateful to him for his unwavering support.
It’s never warm on the bank holiday weekend and it’s colder up in Scotland, right? Ha! Friday was the hottest day in May in like a million years. It was quite cool when we started on Sunday morning and we were both feeling more excited than nervous which was a nice surprise as we both get quite nervous before races. The first couple of miles were good and we were running comfortably at a really good pace. Then the sun came out and it got really tough. We took water on at every station but it didn’t seem enough.
Eating shot blocks was awful as they just stuck in your mouth. Mile 15 was a killer as it was a long boring road, trees on both sides and no breeze. Our original plan was to run half together then to see how we felt as I knew Kate had it in her to be faster than me. But we were really keeping each other going so agreed to finish together and I’m so glad we did! We took turns in being positive “it’s only a 10k then a parkrun” “it’s just a road race” “just twice round the lake now”!
We crossed the finish line together in 4:28:38 which we were super pleased with as our original target was 4:30. The support from the local people was amazing – handing out water, jelly babies, sweets, beer (err, no thanks!) and playing music, giving high fives etc. And the marshals were awesome.
Thank you to all of our lovely running buddies at Doncaster AC for your advice and support during our training. Report by Jody Savage
Nottingham 10k – 28 May 2017
Glynn Jones wrote “So glad to have been and run the Nottingham 10k this morning. Fastest 10k of the year so far, lovely route to run nice bit of bling too” Glynn finished in 737th place with a time of 51:55.
Liverpool Rock “N” Roll weekend
Awaiting Results – to be published separately.
Parkruns 27 May 2017
Win for Simon WRIGHT at Doncaster.
|135||Paul BROWN||31:00||VM65-69||54.09 %||M||83||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:01||131|
|212||Mike CLEASBY||50:58||VM40-44||27.40 %||M||129||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:48||80|
|27||Simon PARKIN||21:39||VM45-49||66.51 %||M||25||Doncaster AC||New PB!||59|
|228||Vicky ROYLE||28:21||VW45-49||56.55 %||F||54||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:54||37|
|379||Sophie ROYLE||35:41||JW15-17||42.88 %||F||139||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:34:31||11|
|17||Nicola DEVINE||19:42||SW25-29||75.13 %||F||2||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:54||96|
|23||Phil WHITEHEAD||21:08||SM25-29||61.04 %||M||21||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:05||111|
|119||Laura VICKERS||28:08||VW35-39||53.14 %||F||29||Doncaster AC||New PB!||7|
|120||Carrie WATSON||28:09||SW30-34||52.93 %||F||30||Doncaster AC||New PB!||16|
|254||Mark CAWOOD||47:13||VM40-44||29.79 %||M||136||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:42:34||36|
|18||Dave BIRKETT||21:20||VM55-59||72.66 %||M||17||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||14|
|32||Ben METCALFE||23:34||JM11-14||61.53 %||M||31||Doncaster AC||PB stays|
|1||Simon WRIGHT||17:11||VM50-54||87.97 %||M||1||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:17:07||10|
|9||Peter BADGER||19:12||VM40-44||72.14 %||M||9||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:17:43||82|
|13||Paul Anthony BOND||19:58||VM55-59||78.96 %||M||13||Doncaster AC||New PB!||5|
|21||Luke OSBON||21:34||VM35-39||62.36 %||M||21||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:05||7|
|22||Edward PHILLIPS||21:35||JM11-14||68.88 %||M||22||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:16||74|
|40||Marie-Louise TAYLOR||23:08||VW40-44||67.00 %||F||2||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:22||47|
|53||Nick NEWMAN||23:52||VM55-59||65.50 %||M||49||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:27||54|
|79||Rob PEACH||25:48||VM40-44||54.52 %||M||71||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:26||74|
|85||Naomi MCMAHON||26:23||VW35-39||56.85 %||F||10||Doncaster AC||New PB!||2|
|92||Bill TOPPING||26:43||VM65-69||65.25 %||M||79||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:14||124|
|110||Roy TURTON||27:39||VM50-54||53.35 %||M||92||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|131||Margaret BUTLER||28:44||VW55-59||64.73 %||F||29||Doncaster AC||New PB!||12|
|133||Daniel BOYD||28:47||JM11-14||49.28 %||M||103||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:34||42|
|134||Martin BOYD||28:47||VM55-59||53.39 %||M||104||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:55||108|
|150||Sarah HURLEY||29:41||SW30-34||50.20 %||F||38||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|163||Peter BUTLER||30:43||VM60-64||53.12 %||M||120||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:43||9|
|171||Julie GUEST||31:03||VW50-54||56.79 %||F||46||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:39||75|
|175||Rose FELLS||31:43||VW45-49||51.60 %||F||50||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:31:43||40|
|190||James FLANAGAN||33:10||JM11-14||46.13 %||M||129||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:32||7|
|201||Katy TURNER||34:58||SW20-24||42.33 %||F||69||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|218||Trevor BLAKE||36:33||VM35-39||37.07 %||M||137||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|219||Vicki SHAW||36:37||VW40-44||42.01 %||F||82||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|229||Joanne PEACOCK||39:32||VW35-39||37.94 %||F||91||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|237||Samantha ROBINSON||43:43||SW30-34||33.89 %||F||95||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:41:59||2|
Edinburgh Festival of Running 2016 – Tony O’Connor
For the 2016 Edinburgh half marathon I decided to stay at Drummohr camp site Musselburgh.
It is well organised for the EMF as it lays on transport for both half and full marathons dropping off at the bagging area. We arrived Friday and had fish and chips for a supper.
Saturday was a walk into Musselburgh to reccy the Finnish and find a bakery for cakes and bread for tea.
The camp site was filling up with all the athletes and families on our return.
Our friends from form Doncaster arrived and we had chat and got organised for the big event and booking the mini bus. Transport is £8 and leaves 6.30 for the half and 7.30 for the full.
I arrived at the start area with plenty of time to spare and the weather was fair. The year before it was raining and I decided to run in a jacket, it was a wrong decision as the rain stopped 15 minutes into the race so I got a little bit warm. There is plenty of coffee shops near the start so with time to spare a nice Latin went down well. The bagging area is on a par with London so after dropping my bag off it is short walk down to the start. I was starting from London Road and I was starting well back conveniently next to the loo. There never seems to be enough loos on these events but chip timing is a bonus when the que is still 10 deep when the gun goes off.
The race went well. I managed to keep a steady 9min pace and had a hill at 7 miles.
The course goes through Musselburgh and along the coast road which rises very slightly.
A mile or more the course returns to the Finnish at Musselburgh. I found the slight downhill leg to my advantage and found good strong pace of 7.5 min mile from somewhere and finished with time of 1hr 57min which I was well pleased with.
I met Bill and Hazel MacDonald, my friends from my army days and returned to the camp.
After a shower and some lunch, the race passes the camp site and I was able to watch and support my friends as they passed.
On the way home we decided to have a look at Northumbria. We stayed a Beadnell bay for 3 days and enjoyed it very much.
The camp site is a lovely 2 mile walk into Sea houses where we were able to catch a boat out to The Farne Islands. The islands wild life was in full swing. Puffins, terns, razorbills and more all with their fledglings. You needed you hat on as they are very protective of their young and a peck on your head hurts.
The pub in the village was dog friendly and the food was very good and plenty.
Having enjoyed our trip to Northumbria, when a the Castle half/full marathon was advertised in October I couldn’t resist. Back to Beanell bay. Obligatory fish and chips on arrival after setting up camp in Sea houses. The race starts in Banburgh castle. It is not a big event with maybe only 100 for the full marathon and 300 for the half. The start was a bit chaotic and delayed by 15 with timing problems but off we went down hill out off the impressive castle. Not good when you stood around in the cold and would of preferred to have warmed up.
I manage to keep a pace of just over 9 min miles. I was caught by a young man complaining about his music who sprayed with me up to 7 mile point. He said “are we going then” meaning shall we speed up. I told him I was comfortable at this pace. He stayed with me up to the 10 mile point and found a bit more speed and left him. I finished 2.00.01 but I’m not sure if they got the timing fixed but still happy with the time. The young man that kept with me came and shook my hand and said thank you. He had knocked 12 minutes of he’s PB. Obviously going out to Quickly.
Some Races to Enter
Doncaster Town Centre Road Races
Askern 10 Mile