The David Lloyd Pacers enjoyed success around the globe last week as club members took part in races in Lanzarote, France, and even the USA.
Leading the way for the club was Pacers coach Celia Findlay, who was the first lady across the line at the Lanzarote Club La Santa Half marathon.
Further afield, Vikki Webber was the first lady finisher in the New Orleans 10k in America, while a number of club members travelled to France for the Nice Marathon.
“We couldn’t fail to be charmed by the route,” said 60-year-old grandmother of nine Jane Jaffe, who was one of eight Pacers to compete in France.
“Having shopped and carb-loaded in Nice on Saturday, to get up the following morning and be sent on our way by Paula Radcliffe on a jog through picturesque fishing villages, past orange trees heavy with fruit in mid-November, climbing uphill in beautiful Antibes old town to a view over the entire bay of Antibes, and arriving in Cannes to a heroes’ welcome at the finish was such a treat.”
Hemel Hempstead resident Celia, meanwhile, was full of praise for the efforts of her team.
“We’ve been training towards an autumn marathon since most of the girls ran the London Marathon in April,” she said.
“I’m so impressed with the finish times our members achieved. Three of them achieved personal bests and the others all did brilliantly battling 75km headwinds, falling branches and sea, sand and salt in their eyes for at least two thirds of the distance.”