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Salomon Kielder Marathon Weekend

07/10/2012

On the 6th and 7th October, seven Club members travelled to Northumberland to take part in the Salomon Kielder Marathon weekend...

Marathon

On Sunday October 7th, the third Salomon Kielder Marathon took place on an almost entirely off-road course round northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland. It is billed on the event website as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’ and is a challenging undulating route that offers a test for trail runners, adventure racers and marathon runners. 1193 runners officially started this year’s race which was organised, as in previous years, by Steve Cram and his team of friendly helpers. This year the weather was ideal, with clear skies and virtually no wind.

Six members of the club took part in the marathon event and first home was Jacob Tangey in a time of 3:08:18, which placed him in an excellent seventeenth overall. Next was Sandy Shankland in thirty sixth place overall (and 2nd V50) with a time of 3:16:23. The ever reliable Frank Skachill was next of the clubmates to finish in a time of 4:09:42.

The real stars however, were the three ladies who were all competing in a marathon for the first time. First of this trio was Alison Groat in a time of 4:30:40, followed by Paula Craven in 4:38:25. Karen Reed running with a knee injury bravely fought the pain to finish in a very credible time of 4:47:17. All agreed afterwards, whilst enjoying the home baking on offer, that it had been a well organised and enjoyable event.

Club results as follows:

17th,   Jacob Tangey        3:08:18

36th,   Sandy Shankland   3:16:23 (2nd V50)

393rd, Frank Skachill        4:09:42

599th, Alison Groat           4:30:40

677th, Paula Craven         4:38:25

750th, Karen Reed            4:47:17

Run Bike Run

The previous day, Saturday 6th, Susan Graham chose to do an event totally new to her and took herself out of her comfort zone by taking part in the 3rd Kielder Run-Bike-Run. This event can be completed as a team or as an individual effort and Susan went for the harder option by chosing to do the lot herself. The event consists of an 11K run, a 26K bike ride and a final 5K run.

Susan admits to having suffered a little on the bike section, timing wise, due to her inexperience on a mountain bike, especially with the gears, however she did find the downhills 'extremely exhilarating'. This event takes place on the same course as the marathon, and Susan was very pleased to complete the tough but very beautiful route in 4 hours 36 mins.

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