Boston (UK) Marathon
Simon McCudden ran the Boston Marathon in Lincolnshire, the course being a nice rural flat one on minor roads. The weather conditions were kind, and Simon completed his 65th road marathon in a superb sub 4 hour time of 3hrs 54mins 20secs.
This event is run on the same day as its more famous counterpart in the USA – and Simon was lucky enough to qualify for the Boston USA Marathon way back in 1990.
361 runners completed the undulating Helmesley 10k race on Easter Sunday, with Tom Charlton from Tyne Bridge Harriers winning the race by almost three minutes in 34 minutes 26 seconds.
Ripon had some good performances with Simon Cave (39:39) and Douglas Scott (40:04) claiming top 20 finishes in 12th and 15th place respectively. Mark Ryder was only few seconds behind Douglas in 40:43 and Dave Binks continued his return with a 42:50 finish. Ripon’s first lady was Jane Grundy with a PB time of 49:32. Jane was followed by Kim Holden (55:40), Clare Childs (57:37), Julie Brown (1:01:10) and Christine Cooper (1:17:54).
Hardmoors White Horse Marathon
Also tackling the hot weather conditions on Sunday were six members at the White Horse Marathon, the latest in the Hardmoors Marathon series.
Michael Hall was first back for the club over the undulating 27 mile course, which started and finished at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, in approximately 4 hours 50 minutes.
Ripon ladies were among the prizes, with Claire Baker claiming her 4th top 4 finish in the past two months for 2nd lady in 4 hours 54 minutes. Lena Conlin, following on from her great Hardmoors 55 race two weeks earlier, had another great PB effort, this time taking 45 minutes of her previous best for the course to claim first V50 female in 5 hours 33 minutes.
James Stuart Mill was just over the 6 hours time (exact time TBC) while Kim Holden and Simon McCudden finished together in 6 hrs 56 mins.
Vale of York 10
Mick Meegan was among seven members who took part in the Vale of York 10 mile race on Sunday, and was 86th out of 1,019 entrants with a PB time of 1 hour 07 minutes 59 seconds.
Reported as the hottest day of the year so far and it didn’t disappoint, the race started and finished from York Gliding Centre which then took runners around a 10mile loop before coming back in.
Other Ripon runners who raced were:
Lewis Brooks 1.13.30
Jo Thwaites 1.28.50
Hayley Whipp 1.38.06
Martin Whipp 1.38.07
Samantha Miles 1.39.42
Fiona Hernandez 1.48.23
Mark Ryder raced the Glendalough Adventure race in Wicklow, Ireland, also on Saturday. The 57 km distance consisted of 37 km cycling, 19 km running and 1 km kayak, with a total of 1,800 m of climbing over the race. Mark finished 68th overall in a time of 4 h 5 mins.