Stourbridge Running Club took a contingent of runners and campers to Tywyn in Wales for Race the Train this weekend.

Runners covered a variety of distances, all including extreme hills, some with cambers, mud, water, barbed wire and uneven terrain throughout all made that little bit harder by the torrential rain the night before.

In the morning races, Helen Evans took on the Dolgoch Challenge
completing the 5 mile course in 50m 42s, while in the Quarry Challenge, Ann Kite finished the 10km course in 58m 40s, followed by Jamie Taylor in 1h 00m 42s and Bob Hopkins in 1h 07m 04s.

In the Rotary Challenge, runners had to complete 14 miles. The morning runners were able to cheer on the runners from the comfort of the pub as the afternoon race passed through Tywyn High Street before heading for the hills. Robert Taylor was first home for Stourbridge in 1:50:40, followed by Chloe Pearson in 1:54:54, Steve Burch in 1:56:50, Rob Colman in 1:57:02, Rob Woodward in 2;01:26 and Paul Bradley in 2:33:11.

 

Chris Ashcroft competed in The Summer Shakespeare Half Marathon and came 26th overall and 13th Senior male with a time 01:37:44, Jon Taylor also competed in the race with a time of 1hr 53mins. Duncan Cornish travelled all the way and competed in the gruelling Kennet & Avon Canal 145 mile race but could only do 102 miles until injury dampened his chances of completing the full distance.

Stourbridge Running Club were out in force this week at small, local races and bigger events further afield. Chloe Pearson was 3rd Lady at the Rat race man vs lakes, completing the Marathon distance obstacle course in 5:20:00.

At the Ironman triathlon in Bolton, athletes completed a 2 mile swim, 112 bike and 26.2 mile run. Matt Cooper finished in 11:01:01, Mark Higgs in 12:21:31, Tim Bailey in 12:59:07 and James Bellamy in 14:09:20.


Steve Burch
ran 100 km in Race to the Stones in 12:51:07.


At the Droitwich midweek 10km Trevor Osborne was first for Stourbridge in 35:17, followed by Robert Taylor in 39:16, Chris Ashcroft 41:08, Adam Crompton 41:43, Pete Walters 42:27, Alastair McIntosh 44:01, Rob Moore 44:03, Mark Lawton 44:45, Kevin Burke 45:23, Joan Clarke 47:01, Dawn Nagle 48:45, Paul Bradley 49:42, Steve Moss 49:49, Phil Dunn 51:07, Jon Taylor 51:09, Helen Bellamy 51:58, James Bellamy 51:59, Phil Elwell 52:56, Andy Bernasconi 55:54 and Lynda Dunn 56:43.


Joan Clarke
did the Fishbourne off road 5 miler in 41:01.

Stourbridge Running Club just had the one runner out this weekend. Bob Hopkins took part in the Cotswold 24 hour race. This event takes part at the Bathurst estate in Cirencester and can be run solo or as a team. The multi-terrain course is a 5.5 mile loop which each team or runner aims to complete as many laps as possible in 24 hours. Bob entered as a solo runner and was aiming for 100 miles but set off a little too fast and after 10 hours started to struggle and was unable to keep up the pace necessary. Bob pulled out just after midnight having completed 55 miles in 12.04 and though he was still ahead of schedule, was fading fast and retired knowing he would not achieve his target.

Stourbridge Runners stayed local this weekend with runners at the Birmingham and Black Country half marathon and the Black Country 10k.
On Saturday runners took on the half marathon between Wolverhampton - Birmingham, 13 miles on the Old Mainline Canal which includes the 360 yards Coseley tunnel. To ease congestion on the narrow paths runners set off in small groups meaning runners were against the clock rather than the runner in front.
Dave Sheppard posted the fastest time for Stourbridge in 1:54:16, followed closely by Helen Evans in 1:55:41, Jayne Gardner 1:56:15, Phil Dunn in 1:58:39, Andy Bernasconi in 2:08:50 and Ian Bytheway in 2:10:13.
On Sunday, runners took on the two-lap road race around Halesowen. Chris Ashcroft was first Stourbridge runner in 41:57, Kieran Burke was 2nd under 20 in 47:41 and Duncan Evans finished in 1:00:06.