We Trotters certainly get around: at the weekend Paul Johns was in Poland, completing the Warsaw half marathon in 1.49.21, comfortably within his target time of 1h 50min. The race started in the famous 'Three Crosses Square' and headed through the picturesque Old Town before crossing the River Vistula to Praga, passing through residential areas then back over the river to central Warsaw. Much of final three miles passed through a pleasant and shady park. The course was mostly flat with the exception of a nasty little hill near the finish. Paul was placed a creditable 4267th out of a field of over 14,000.
Closer to home, Martin and Jo Randall ran the Bournemouth Bay half marathon, organised by the British Heart Foundation as a fundraising event. Jo ran with her father and finished in 2.12, while Martin clocked a creditable 1.32.
Five intrepid Trotters took on the Exe to Axe race, a gruelling twenty-mile run along the steep and muddy South West Coast path from Exmouth to Seaton, organised by Sidmouth Running Club. The course involves a number of challenging hills and lots of steps. Strictly a fell race, this was a self-navigating event without marshals, although there were some strategically placed signs to help runners find their way. Conditions underfoot were good (not too muddy!) and the weather was kind. Stuart Moulson, 76th overall, recorded a very respectable time of 3.56.15, with Jimmy Donovan 123rd in 4.18.45, Neil Skinner 162nd in 4.43.49, Eleanor Taylor 181st in 5.03.54, and Ryan Anthony 187th in 5.09.33.
Meanwhile fourteen Trotters made their way up the M5 for the 33rd Taunton marathon and half marathon event.
In the half marathon, first Trotter home was Jamie Barnett (18), taking 15th place overall, in an astounding time of 1.19.51. Jacki Woon, 1.39.26, came first in the F50+ age category (135th overall) while Helen Anthony was third lady overall and second in the F35+ age group, in 1.25.11 (35th) and Keith Anderson third MV65+ in 1.49.28 (309th). Other placings were Russ Wheeler 80th in 1.33.01, James Ayling 129th in 1.38.41, Louise Gentry 152nd in 1.40.23 and Emily Levey 457th in 1.55.24.
Six Trotters enjoyed the gently undulating course so much they went round again to complete the full marathon. First Trotter home, in a personal best time of 3.18.31 and 23rd overall, was Steve Barker. Steve was followed by Lance Mason 38th in 3.29.04, Paul Sharples (who also gained 1st MV 60+ category award) 57th in 3.38.25, Travis Wood 69th in 3.42.53, Sally Ingledew 160th in 4.27.05 and Richard Keatley 180th in 4.58.07.
Richard is building up his marathon account, having completed nine including Taunton. He has done six in the last four months and is setting his sights on the magic 100 total. Prior to Taunton he completed the Codopoly 28 miler, an undulating run based at Coalport, Shropshire and organised by How Hard Can it be Events, finishing 18th in 5 hrs 49 min.
Pictures of Paul Johns, Ryan Anthony (with Mandi Burroughs of Fit2Run) and Martin and Jo Randall stolen and used without permission.