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Buckden Out Moor Fell Race

Martin Gabriel and Sally Houghton took part in the Buckden Out Moor fell race on Saturday 5th May.

Organised by the National trust and in just its second year, the course winds up through Rakes Wood out on to open moor to the summit of Buckden Pike. With a short run along the tops the route then heads down towards the lead mines, then continues round the fell side before heading back to Buckden.

5 miles and 1700ft ascent, the route has a long climb up but the reward was some fantastic descents. Sally came second lady and Martin also had a great race – times to be confirmed.

Milton Keynes Marathon

Stuart Pender and Jane Grundy ventured to Milton Keynes to run the marathon. The expected heatwave came to fruition with it being 19 degrees at the 10am start.
Temperatures continued to rise throughout the race to a tropical 26, with the tree lined avenues and park land offering some respite. The people of Milton Keynes and surrounding villages were out in force with ice pops, buckets of water, super soakers and garden hoses, all of which were gratefully received especially in the latter stages.
The route itself was a relatively flat circular course, starting at the MK Dons stadium and headed north, going through some of the infamous roundabouts, before turning into small housing estates and pretty villages. The route went through a number of parks and along the side of rivers and canals before heading back to finish inside the stadium.

Jane Grundy finished the course in 3 hours 54 whilst Stuart knocked 9 minutes off his previous PB in a time of 4.14.

Heat aside, the route is definitely recommended as an alternative to city centre road running.

Fountains 10k

Near perfect running conditions, cool and dry, along with a great atmosphere, saw many members heading the local Fountain 10K race on Sunday.

Kari Munro claimed second female place (and 41st overall) in a time of 44:32, while there was top 20 finishes for Dominic Lockwood (38:31), Simon Cave (38:39) and Douglas Scott (41:18), while Michael Hernandez was 23rd in 42:07.

The Rickard family had four finishers, with the youngest, 15 year old Ben first of the four back in 45 minutes 54 seconds. His mum Suzanne was next in 49.55, while sister Libby finished in 51.30 finally followed by dad Andy in 53.02. Trish Garbutt managed a PB time of 1:13:34. Other finishers were:

Andrew Harker 48:30
Jon Hancock 48:55
Ray Johnstone 48:59
Phil Ramshaw 51:58
Bruce Willoughby 52:40
James Stuart-Mills 53:23
Sarah Hood 53:23
Jo Hope 53:24
Beth Constantine 54:05
Lesley Willoughby 54:22
Helen Cox 54:42
Kim Holden 55:28
Simon McCudden 57:54
Fiona Alder 58:00
Rod Cooper 1:00:16
Helen Pickard 1:01:29
Pamela Munro 1:02:17
Lester Pickar 1:02:51
Jessica Caven 1:06:37
Hayley Needham 1:13:01
Wendy Green 1:13:14
Maggie Driffield 1:13:17
Karen Lennox 1:13:40
Fiona Hernandez 1:17:34
Christine Cooper 1:17:53

Hardmoors Wainstones Marathon

The second of the 2018 Hardmoors Marathon series saw Jill Holt claim first FV50 prize for the second event in a row. The 27.5 mile long course has 5100 foot of ascent, with just over 3500 foot of that coming in the first 13 miles. Steve Silver was first back of the RRs in a time of 5 hours 27 minutes, while Jill also claimed 3rd female overall in 5 hours 38 minutes. Next was Matthew Holt (5:38) while Lena Conlin showed no signs of fatigue following her April road marathons at Manchester and London to finish in 5:48. Jono Baker took dog Billie around her first ever official 10k route, which was actually 50% longer at just over 9 miles, for a finish time of 2 hours 8 minutes.


The Fellsman, a gruelling 60 mile challenge around the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales, was held again on Saturday and saw runners battling through the often wet ground conditions. Pete Chapman, in a time of 14 hrs 32 minutes, claimed the Great Knoutberry Trophy for the fastest over 60 and Colm O’Cofaigh completed yet another ultra distance event in 18 hours 38 minutes. Tim Joynson also started but had to retire at the halfway point.