Friday, 15 August 2008

Well done Tony and Kathie

Father and daughter Waddies duo Tony and Kathie Gates competed in the Kent Challenge with Tony achieving the full distance of 52.4 miles in a time of 13 hours and 11 minutes. Kathie managed 40 miles in 10 hours flat. The race is an annual event consisting of 8 laps broken up with pretty undulating scenery over farmland around Canterbury.

Our Berkshire-based Waddy Barry Gilbert had a clean sweep and won the series trophy as 1st place in the vet category 5 (60 to 64 years of age) at each of the 3 Patch Running Queen Mother reservoir 10K race series with times of 51:03; 49:54 and 51:13. Gilbert is on a quest to complete 100 races this year and is almost on schedule. The wheels almost came off last weekend when, with WebEd he ventured to a place called the north for the Great Walford 10 Mile race. Unfortunatel, Barry pulled out after 6 miles with sore hips - but WebEd stormed through the field in a blistering 1.52.33.

The main force of the team ran in the Bexhill 5K running race which is race no. 9 of the 18 race series in the Sussex Grand Prix.

Tony Sorrell

Not all Waddies have access to the t'internet and we sometimes forget these people when we're publishing results, news and gossip. Tony Sorrell is one of those in the wonderful position of not receiving emails by the hundred. But he wanted us to put a message on the Blog - so here it is. Thanks for your contribution Tony.

I started running when I was fifty years old and I never thought that whilst struggling at the rear of the |Tuesday evening runs that I would have so many years of fun and enjoyment ahead of me.

The Sussex Grand Prix races are an opportunity to meet so many new people and to make new friends. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute points for the Wadhurst Runners even if you never win a race!

Although I have never entered races abroad I have competed proudly wearing my Wadhurst Runners vest in Phoenix Park, Dublin; Balmoral, Scotland and mask in Yorkshire. For a number of years I have also competed in the Great South run at Portsmouth and it is amazing how year on year you meet up with other runners from different venues throughout the South.

Albert has always been such an inspiration and support and has often run me in after he had finished his race.

Grand Prix races are excellent – everyone can earn points for their club and feel they are doing their bit whether they are the hare or the tortoise.

Tony Sorrell”

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

More summer races

Don't forget tonight sees the 2nd Hastings AC relay event at William Parker School in the town.

Teams of four are needed and if you haven't already made it known you'd like to take part then why not pop along to the event?

Results of the latest Bexhill 5K event held last Wednesday along the sea front are now available. Congratulations to all those who took part:

73. Eddie Wattenbach 20:14.01
84. Shane Last 20:51.00
93. Linda Hayes 21:13.00
116. Peter Burfoot 22:01.01
126. Tony Gates 22:34.00
143. Tim Clements 23:28.00
152. Albert Kemp 23:42.00
196. Sara Wrenn 26:25.00
209. Kathie Gates 27:15.00
247. Maria Parkinson 29:40.00
248. Janet Drake 29:42.00
258. Helen Goddard 31:16.01
259. Fiona Seabrook 31:24.00

Web Ed took part in a blisteringly hot Deal Dinosaur 10K last Sunday. In a race that saw many particpants fall victim to the heat, a potter round in 1.09.29.

Next up in Sussex is the Newick Will Page 10K on Bank Holiday weekend. Two Waddies though are making the long journey north this weekend to take part in the Great warford 10 Mile race near Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

Must be barking!