With April’s London Marathon looming, it is the season of the half marathon as athletes’ training progresses.
Vale runners are no exception and this weekend we had competitors at both Reading and Silverstone.
Reading is a huge event with more than 14,000 competitors. Vale’s first to cross the line was Sean Bowler who is delighted with a new PB of 1:17:32. He finished in in 146th place. James Davis finished in 1:33:16 and for our ladies, Jo Card came away with a PB finishing in 1:42:52.
Jo was happy with her efforts, saying: “It went according to plan and the conditions were fairly good, though a bit windy. I have never finished a road race in a stadium before which was just amazing.”
Meanwhile, back on local territory, four Vale athletes headed to the Silverstone half. Phil Corbett ran a season’s best to finish 50th in 82:36, with Rob Taylor not far behind in 82:52 which is a new PB for him. Richard Bazeley completed the course in 89:31 and Alan Roberts in 90:36
Meanwhile, at the Winslow 10k, the Vale’s runners did not disappoint despite exceptionally windy conditions which meant there were few pb’s.
First Vale man to cross the line was Tim Jones who had a cracking run finishing in 37:13, fourth place overall and first Veterena 50 by 2mins 30secs.
In the ladies race, it was great to see Sophie Green back to form after illness. She came in as second lady in a new personal best time of 40:59.