MMKAC lead the way home

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A total and record field of over 4200 runners contested the four races comprising this year’s Festival of Running.

Individually the host club provided two winners and one third place whilst they provided over 100 helpers on the day of which many were marshalling the courses and manning feeding stations etc.

The half-marathon saw 1921 finishers and at the head was MK’s Ryan Burling and making his debut over this distance, finising in 74.18.

Geoff New had turned 50 years of age a few days prior to the event and appropriately ran his 50th half-marathon placing 181st with a time of 94.44. In the top 500, Robby Taylor placed 368th(98.34, Maria Calleia 277th(98.48), Les Turton 294th(99.58), Sam Daniells 381st(102.20) and Greg Williamson 491st(105.46).

Other finishers were Sarah Fane(114.22), Peter Tye(118.25), Sharon Edghill(123.07), David Stride(124.25), Lisa Watts(125.10), Vanessa Stride(126.19) and Peter O’Sullivan(127.08).

The inaugural 20mile race attracted over 600 runners and, as in the half, MMKAC produced the winner.

Michal Glowacki won in 1hour 54.16 with the fifth best on the club’s all-time rankings for this distance. Michal had a margin of 59seconds over 2nd place Andrew Inskip(Bedford).

Dan Webber ran a PB for 5th place, and just outside the 2hour barrier with 2:01.46.

Mike Kerrigan placed 13th and took the M40 prize with his time of 2:11.06. Tom Hayman(35th) and Chris Nicholson(38th) were inside 2:20 with times of 2:16.49 and 2:18.12 respectively. Chris Dunn placed 44th(2:20.43), Carl Reynolds 58th(2:23.58), Malcolm Down(59th(2:24.20).

Wendy Webber was 6th lady overall and 2nd in the F35 age group, 89th with 2:30.57. Russell Jones set a PB of 2:32.36(97th) as did Kevin Church with 2:49.08(232nd). Julie Jones placed 330th(2:57.23) and Hazel Cockerill 575th(3:45.19).

Tom Comerford placed third in the 10km from a field of 1300 runners with a time of 34.39. Two more MMKAC runners in the top 20, Mark Dowson(10th) with 37.48 and Jos Dyer(19th) in 38.45.

There were six other club finishers, Martin Brent(53rd) with 42.57, Kelvin Smith(83rd and first M65) with 44.49, Debra Brent 1600th (48.08), Dave Hickman 161st(48.08, Kevin Connolly 218th(49.54) and Leah Hartwell 264th(51.17)

The 5km race attracted a field of 400 and saw Mel Wright finish 12th(22.14) and two youngsters, Laurence and Sam Tye placed 15th= with a time of 23.33.

Ebony Carr represented England at Cardiff in an Under18/20 indoor international between Wales and England. Ebony placed 4th in the under 18’s 60m with a time of 7.81 and then run a leg of the 4 x200m relay where the Welsh team narrowly beat England. Overall England were clear winners of the match.