WHILE Taunton was sunny, Taunton Athletics Club’s 10k runners faced the rain in Wells.

Phil Paddick got back into the dry in a time of 42.25, followed by Mark Bysouth in 48.20 and Liz Paddick in 1.05.15.

Slightly further afield, Kate Drew was running in the championship race at the Vitality London 10k.

Drew absolutely ran her socks off to nail a PB of 36.07.

The Green family also trod the streets of London, with Daniel managing 40.31 (PB), Robin 44.34 (PB), and Ursula and Matthew finishing together in 54.37.

James Mulready took on the Liverpool marathon and recorded a big PB of 3hrs 1min.


THIS Spring Bank Holiday saw much activity from Running Forever athletes.

Joining Bishop Peter to run the Wells 10k, the ladies stormed home, taking three of the top six ladies spots with Joanna Carritt first in 40.34, Sam Wharton 42.37 and Tanya Lewis 44.41.

Following them in were Sally Tuer (54.44) Ola Timpson (55.00) and Peter Stretton (58.25).

Becky Coles, Bev Collins, Wendy Cruickshank, Sallie Durham, Emma Perkins and Lisa Rossiter showed the true spirit of the club - training together, running together and finishing together in a time of 5hr 35min at the #womencanmarathon in Sidmouth.

Georgina Brice completed the Dorset Invader ‘Marathon’ in 7.01 which made her third senior lady.

It was actually a tough, hilly 27.8 miles so, technically, an Ultramarathon!

In Liverpool, Ray Tutton took on the Rock and Roll Marathon, rocking home in 3hrs 52min, having already run the 5k in 27.21.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the 7.1-mile Bampton to Tiverton Race first run in 1946.

First back was Ali Bisatt (46.10) followed by Simon Rowland (56.44), Helen Moffat (63.07), Goff Welchman (65.03) and Cathie Welchman (76.32). Goff and Cathie both recorded PB’s for this course.

Three of the club’s multi-talented ladies took on Taunton Triathlon on a sunny Saturday evening, with Sarah Capstick completing the 400 metre swim, 21km bike ride and 5.7km run first in her category in 1.21.

Also competing were Sarah Whiteman (1.25), and Nadine Prouse (1.29).

Emma Greig travelled to Northumberland to take on the LDWA Hadrians Hundred, completing the magnificent 100-mile walk in an eyewatering 37hrs 46min.

Saturday morning saw parkrun tourists take on Roliston, Minehead, Catterick, Netley Abbey, Wotton, Penrith Lakes, Exmouth, Witney and the great-named Tetbury Goods Shed.

Meanwhile, Running Forever accounted for 10% of the 435 runners at Longrun Meadow parkrun with PBs for Simon Malley, Simon Rowland, Carlos Ramos, Chris Adams and Claire Loader.


TAUNTON Running Club’s All Blacks were at the opposite ends of the nation on Sunday, running in marathons in Sidmouth and Edinburgh.

Firstly, Maxine Nixon ran the tough ‘Women Can’ trail marathon in Sidmouth, where the weather was near perfect for marathon running.

Following the contours of the Jurassic Coast, this course is not for the faint-hearted, and super-fit Nixon managed her first marathon in just under six hours.

Up in Scotland, a team of All Blacks competed in the Edinburgh Half and Marathon, in totally different weather conditions.

Heavy wind and rain met Anna White, Ruth Preece, Jason Routley, Sharon Passmore and Jo Lowe as they lined up with a mass of half-marathoners for the 13.1-mile course.

The weather subsided for the start of the marathon as All Black first-timers Sharon and Matt Pearse, Jo Ellis and Jane Burchall lined up with seasoned marathoners Laura Davenport, Kerrie Bawden and Jon Passmore.

The group headed out through Edinburgh city centre to the coast and met a fierce headwind for the final seven miles as they battled to the finish at Musselburgh.

Edinburgh results: Marathon - Jon Passmore 3:49, Laura Davenport 4:23, Kerrie Bawden 4:35, Jo Ellis 4:35, Matt Pearse 4:45, Sharon Pearse 4:45, Jane Burchall 5:01. Half Marathon - Anna White 1:55, Jo Lowe 2:08, Sharon Passmore 2:10, Ruth Preece 2:32, Jason Routley 2:32.


FIVE Hydro Harriers turned out for the final instalment of the 2018/19 Weston Prom 5-Mile Run, last Thursday.

In blustery conditions, whipping up a sand blasting from the beach, Chris Jones was first Harrier home in 33mins 15sec, finishing in 55th position from 305 runners.

Mark Foss crossed in 82nd place in 35.02 and received his certificate for completing all nine races this season.

Rowland Lyons put in a solid performance, recording 41.20 (185th).

Ian Salter, delayed by heavy traffic on the M5, did complete the race, starting nearly 10 minutes after the official start time.

His official finishing time was 43.58, while James Wright crossed the line in 47.07 (252nd).

Harrier Simon Blunt not only registered another Parkrun PB, last Saturday, recording 27min 32sec, but also became the first member to tackle the Fire Service College (Moreton-in-the-Marsh) route.

Meanwhile, at Longrun Meadow, Mark Foss pipped Chris Jones by 29 seconds - managing 19.23.

Steve Cooper crossed the line in 97th place, in a time of 23.41.