The Dacorum & Tring Road Runners put on a superb show at the Marlow 5 mile race, with 35 runners pushing themselves to new PBs and targets.
There were personal achievements at both ends of the scale – from Jamie Marlow, fifth overall for the men in a huge new PB, to Helen Reardon, who completed the race at seven months pregnant.
The ladies came out on top, with Ania Gabb, Sam Fawcett and Lizzie Roberts picking up the trophy for the winning ladies’ team, and Samantha Sullivan finishing as first VF40 vet.
Sam Sullivan, Becky Fawcett and Alison Sullivan also picked up the prize for third ladies’ team across the line, while Clare Hunt, Jennifer Weedon and Debbie Kennard were seventh team out of 34.
Jamie, Chris Marriott and Matt Hamilton combined for fifth-fastest men’s team, while Chris Kitchener, Darren Mills and Richard Bentley were 12th.
There were also some astonishing PBs: Rob Wright took more than seven minutes off his previous best; Alison Richardson was three minutes under her previous best; Vicky Thornley went under 40 minutes for the first time; Richard Belsey took a minute off his PB, and many more runners dug in deep to finish strongly as they recovered from injury or time off after spring marathons.
Jamie Marlow 28.01 (new PB by a minute). 1.45 faster than last year, when he came 16th.
Chris Marriott 31.42
Matt Hamilton 31.51
Chris Kitchener 32.04 (new PB)
Ania Gabb 33.17 – 6th lady overall
Sam Fawcett 33.28 – 7th lady overall
Darren Mills 34.39
Richard Bentley 34.41
Elizabeth Roberts 35.28 – 12th lady overall
Samantha Sullivan 35.32 (new PB and 1st Vet lady)
Russell Morris 35.18
Tim Churchill 35.43
Richard Belsey 36.07 (new PB by over a minute)
Becky Fawcett 36.35
Ken Perry 37.03
Keith Wishart 37.32
Alison Richardson 37.51 (new PB by 3 minutes!)
Clare Hunt 38.04
Jennifer Weedon 38.51
Debbie Kennard 40.06 (new PB)
Victoria Thornley 39.53 (new PB, first time under 40)
John Slack 42.43
Claire Copperwhite 42.56
Robert Wright 43.00 (PB by more than 7 minutes!)
Katie Rance 43.36
Denise Burford 45.05*
Michelle Ashwell 47.00*
Sam Hawkridge 47.14
Kirsty Russell 47.40*
Danielle Kerr 47.40*
Jan Briggs 48.12*
Pat Hayball 49.57*
Gary Sturdy 50.39*
Philip Sturdy 50.40*
Helen Reardon 1.06.18* (first pregnant lady)
*Denotes gun time. All other times are chip time.