May traditionally starts with the DK 10k and after a long and tiring day for most behind the scenes the racing got underway on a warm, pleasant evening. Rob Sannwald was first back for the club in 38.42, closely followed by Simon Blizzard in 39.48 and Stuart Perkins in 39.55. Mark Homer finished in 41.10, Mark Judge in 41.24 and there were plenty more behind, far too many to list here, with Chloe Henley the first DK lady across the finish line in 53.34. A couple of DK runners took part in the inaugural Birmingham 10k, a race starting at Millennium Point and venturing out of the city along the Pershore Road, around Edgbaston cricket ground and back to finish on Broad Street. John Andrews finished in 582nd place in 47.21 and Bob Jones stopped the clock in 49.31 to take 898th place. Elsewhere Dave Ede put months of injury behind him and returned to the land on his birth to take 603rd place in the Sunderland 10k finishing in 53.53.
As the weather warmed up at the weekend so did the action with a tough event over some undulating terrain in the Cannock Chase Half Marathon. The race brought back memories of the old Milford 21 taking in some of the old course features but being mercifully shorter over the 13.1 mile half marathon distance. Mark Homer was first home for the blue hoops claiming 1st in his age group and 21st overall in a time of 1.45.18. Rory Campbell was 119th in 2.07.41, Jane Campbell chased him home in 256th place in 2.30.28, Natalie Litchfield finished in 2.36.55 in 287th place, Gina Collins was not far behind in 298th in 2.39.48, Pete Krivosic was 305th in 2.41.11, Sally McConville finished in a time of 2.42.26 in 313rd and Sarah Krivosic was 395th in 3.02.17. Twenty four hours later and a few degrees warmer a large group lined up in deepest Shropshire for the Market Drayton 10k, a race regularly voted the best 10k race in the country and well known for its generosity after you cross the finishing line. With over 2100 entries it was a little crowded in places with DK making up 22 of the total number. Gary Bonner was first DK runner over the line in 110th place in 41.55, Dave Norman on tired legs finished in 172nd in 43.43, Richard Tonks finished in 44.00 in 186th place, Tracey Alderson was 201st in 44.13 and Graham Wildgoose finished in 211st in 44.28. Andy Litchfield took 312nd place in 46.53, Bob Jones was 512nd 50.23, Marie Latreche was 517th in 51.02, Sarah Cox finished in 710th in 53.49, Flora Bianco finished in 55.42 in 780th , Steve Davies was 864th in 55.56, Alison Whitehouse was 868th in 56.03, Natalie Litchfield was 1050th in 58.35, Charlotte Tonks was 1108th in 59.21, Tracey Jones was 1135th in 59.35, Amanda Dawes was 1160th in 59.51, Gina Collins was 1292nd in 1.02.03, Keith Whitehouse was 1360th in 1.02.48, Tracey Nicholls finished in 1.05.03, Sarah Krivosic in 1.05.07, Andy Fraser in 1.-5.22 and Aimee Pugh in 1.07.59.
There was more fun in the sun as a group travelled to Sutton Park in Birmingham on Saturday for the 28th National Masters Road Relays. Open to athletes over 35 years of age in teams of 4 or 6 runners this event attracted clubs from as far north as Scotland and as far south as London with each runner racing around a 3 mile lap before handing over to their team mate. The ladies team kicked things off in the W35 category with some runners having to run down an age group or two to make up a team. The blue hoops finishing in 26th place in a total time of 1.57.07 with Vanessa Morrison running 29.34, Leah Robins 35.33, Liz Comley 27.19 and Sarah Cox 24.41. There were three men’s teams on show, the M35 team finishing in 26th place out of 38 teams in a time of 1.52.38 with Matt Biggs running 17.18, Darran Bishop 18.40, Simon Blizzard 18.12, Simon Hughes 18.15, James Wright 18.19 and John Andrews 21.54. There were two teams competing in the M45 age group, the A team finishing in 37th out of 48 with Dave Norman running 19.06, Gary Bonner 19.19, Mark Homer 19.12 and Daren Thompson 19.26 and the B team coming 42nd in 1.22.33 with Pete Hood posting a time of 19.16, Graham Wildgoose 20.06, Andy Litchfield 21.20 and Russell Fox 21.51.
Twenty four hours later three of our Saturday team lined for a double header up at the Cobra Classic 10k, a tough, hilly race with the first 3 miles of relatively flat, even slightly downhill, tarmac but with the sting in the tail of some biting gradients in the second 3 miles. Simon Hughes was first home in 40.44 in 7th place, Mark Homer finished 11th in 43.12 claiming the 1st MV50 prize, Graham Wildgoose finished in 45.43 to take 20th place, Sam Hemming placed 86th in 1.02.09 and Gina Collins was a place and one second behind in 87th in 1.02.10.
There was the annual midweek charge around the streets of Dwaley for the Phoenix Flyer, race two in Telford AC’s Sexarathon Series. Stu Perkins led the charge finishing in 34th in 18.31, Craig Brown was 40th in 18.42, with Simon Blizzard a place behind in 18.46, Simon Hughes was 47th in 19.00, Gary Bonner was 56th in 19.13, Dave Norman was 67th in 19.26 and Mark Homer 74th in 19.43. Mark Judge finished in 19.56, Pete Hood in 20.09, Richard Tonks in 20.23, Helen Tromans in 20.28, Sergej Lyibovnikov in 21.05, Steve Parr in 22.01, John Andrews in 22.43 and Roger Beddard picked up an age group prize in 22.57, Rory Campbell finished in 23.48, Sally McConville in 25.28, Meg Dowen in 26.44 and John Glover in 28.03.
And the month finished with the club amongst the prizes as Helen Tromans took 3rd place in the Sherrifhales Shuffle, a 7 mile race over bridle paths, fields and muddy tracks coming home in a time of 51.34 within seconds of the runner up.