September started with the culmination of Telford AC’s popular Sexarathon Series with the sixth and final race, the Harper Scarper 5k, taking place in Newport. Stuart Perkins was first back for the club in 24th place in 17.40, Dave Norman was 35th in 18.22, Craig Brown was 48th in 18.59, Simon Hughes was 51st in 19.07, Gary Bonner was 57th in 19.36, Mark Homer finished in 19.50 to take 66th place and Helen Tromans claimed an overall prize on the night finishing in 67th place in 19.55. Peter Hood came home in 19.57, Mark Judge, Steve Parr and Sergey Lyubovnikov all finished together in 20.36. Roger Beddard finished in 23.05, Rory Campbell in 23.08, John Andrews in 23.29, Sarah Cox in 24.46, Jane Campbell in 25.51 and John Glover in 30.07. DK were amongst the series prizes with Sarah Cox taking 2nd in the L50s age group, Simon Hughes taking 3rd in the M35 category, Mark Judge 2nd M40, Dave Norman’s performance on the night got him a share of the 3rd M45 prize, Mark Homer was 2nd M55 and Roger Beddard was 2nd M60.
A few days later a group travelled to Cumbria at the weekend to take part in a Lakeland Trails race over 15k in Keswick. The race included some considerable climbs and the distance was nearer to 10 miles after flooding caused a late change in the course. Richard Bate was first back in 17th in 1.18.56, Dave Norman 22nd in 1.19.55, Simon Blizzard 52nd in 1.27.28, Pete Hood 53rd in 1.27.33 and Gary Bonner was 83rd in 1.34.48. Phil Smith stepped down to the more sedate challenge race, over the same course but going off an hour earlier coming home in 96th place in 1.46.21. And 24 hours later a large group travelled the short distance to Wolverhampton for the half marathon. Rob Sannwald finishing in 1.27.27 to take 22nd place, Simon Hughes was 25th in 1.28.39, Helen Tromans was 30th overall but claimed the 3rd lady prize in 1.30.12, Mark Judge was 47th in 1.34.38, Sergej Lyobovnikov was 71st in 1.39.09, Graham Wildgoose finished in 1.39.53, Tahir Yasin 1.40.31, Jacqui Elson-Whittaker 1.52.52, Sally McConville 1.54.43, Darren Judge in 2.25.07 and Nicola Wilkinson was 560th of the 597 competitors finishing in 2.50.27.
As the month progressed there was a race victory for both male and female representatives on the top step of the podium at two separate events. First to claim victory was Matt Biggs who, despite being sent the wrong way and dropping down the field, was able to charge through to take the lead in the Creini Trail Race, a 16k race across moorland, woodland and country trails in north Wales. He crossed the line in 1.10.01 a full 30 seconds ahead of the runner up to scoop the prize. Helen Tromans travelled to south Birmingham for the Waseley Wobbler, Her time of 64.59 over the rough 8 mile course was enough to claim the 1st ladies prize beating her previous course best by 6 minutes. And t was a family affair at the Lichfield 10k with Lisa Perkins finishing in 1.07.06 to take 818th place and Andrew Perkins taking 873rd position in 1.08.32.
As usual a coachload of DK runners toed the line in the middle of Wales to take part in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. First home for the hoops, and just ducking under the good club standard benchmark for the distance of 90 minutes, was Mark Homer in 1.29.40 to take 103rd place, Mark Judge finished in 1.31.25 in 126th, Graham Wildgoose was 183rd in 1.36.01, Richard Tonks 245th in 1.39.15, Tracy Alderson 289th in 1.42.39, Natalie Seex 397th in 1.47.12, Nick Ma 424th in 1.48.26 just pipping Richard Jones in 427th in a time of 1.48.28, John Andrews was 458th in 1.50.14, Peter Seex 519th in 1.52.21. Lisa Kendrick came home in 1.54.12, Sue Payton in 1.55.17, Peter Krivosic in 1.59.50, Dave Fennell in 2.00.18, Alison and Keith Whitehouse finished together in 2.00.14, Michael Wiggins in 2.00.50, Ingrid Cain and Paula Pallant were hand in hand in 2.08.05, Aimee Pugh and Paul McNee in 2.12.04, Amanda Hunt and Gina Collins in 2.15.06, Chris Wood in 2.18.13, Sarah Krivosic in 2.32.08, Jane Ryan in 2.43.44 and Charlotte Tonks and Lisa Frowen crossed the line together in 2.58.20.
It was almost two wins in two weeks for Dudley Kingswinford Running Club member, Matt Biggs, who was close to following up last week’s win with another victory in the Hay Hill Raiser, a 11.33 mile race over varying terrain out in the country around Hay-on-Wye. Having been an ever present in this race since its inception in 2009, a previous winner and previous course record holder, Biggs was hoping to add his name to their roll of honour once again but had to settle for 2nd place with Jon Pugh of Builth & District claiming the win in 1.12.16, Biggs taking the runners up spot in 1.14.07 but some distance ahead of 3rd. Andy Morrison also took part for DK coming home in 19th place in 1.45.12.
A little closer to home a group of blue hoops took part in the Worcester City 10k, Dave Ede recording a new PB for the distance finishing in 242nd in 44.40, Rory Campbell was 437th in 47.54, Bob Jones was 529th in 48.55, Jane Campbell finished in 54.08 to take 934th place, Matt Hawker was 1127th in 56.15, Lucy Elwell was 1338th in 58.33 and Sarah Jones came home in 1.14.07 to take 2131st place.