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Captain’s Report 25th February 2015

Bill Clarke – Captain, Stone Master Marathoners

Blimey, February is almost over and I still haven’t run a race this year. Hopefully I will be taking part in two half marathons and a 5 miler during March. I may find it a bit of a struggle because of a cough I’ve had recently so not letting me do as much training as I would have liked.

Only 3 races to talk about this month. In the middle of January Richard Shaw was our only representative on the Colwyn Bay Twin Piers 10K. A race that I have taken part in many times over the years. It starts from Llandudno Pier and finishes on the sea front at Colwyn Bay. He recorded a time of 50.57.
This was followed by the 1st race in the club championship, the Alsager 5 miles, in which Mick Downes was first in for the club in 32.39, Anne-Marie Mountford was our 1st lady in 40.26 (PB) and there were also PBs for Paul Phillips 35.27, Gail Evans 40.59 with Joyce Edwards 1st lady 65 in 46.48.

On Sunday 15th February the Wrexham Village Bakery Half marathon, again this race I’ve run a few times, Richard Fain broke the 1 hour 30 minutes barrier for the first time with a PB of 1.29.30. (next target 1.25.00)

Captain’s Report 1st October 2014

Bill Clarke – Captain SMM

(many thanks to Anne Griffiths for preparing this from Bill’s notes)


As I have not done a report since April, I am just going to mention the highlights of the last five months.

In May, at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon, Mick Downes ran 1.29.52 and Ann-Marie Mountford 1.56.46 (PB).

The following week at the Market Drayton 10k, Mick Downes ran 39.11, Rachel Yates was 1st lady club member and Ann-Marie ran 49.34, another PB.

At the Clayton 10k four days later, Mick Downes ran 38.49 (PB) and Pam Davies was 1st lady club member.

FFM_3KnackersAt the Flying Fox Marathon, run for the first time for 20 years, Tim Hulse recorded 3.35.13 with Clare Mackellor running 3.54.39.  My thanks go to Bernie and everybody else who helped to make it a special day.

The runner of the month for May was Ann-Marie Mountford.

Into June… At the Westbridge 5, Mick Downes ran 32.39, Rachel Yates was 1st lady club member, Pam Davies was 1st LV60 and Ann-Marie again ran a PB of 41.14.

At the Potters Arf, Mick Downes ran 1.30.28 with Pam Davies 1st lady club member.

CaenM_GroupPreAt the Normandy Marathon, Fabian Carbonell finished in 3.34.42 and Jackie Allen with a PB of 3.45.30.

At the Shugborough relays we had 8 teams; Mick Downes ran the fastest leg at 12.04 and Pam Davies 15.25 for the ladies.

In the Stone St. Michael’s 10k 25 members took part.  Mick Downes ran 39.21, Rachel Yates was 1st lady club member, Pam Davies was 1st LV60, Paul Lee ran 44.25 and five new members ran their 1st race for the club.

The runner of the month for June was Mick Downes.

Westbridge 5Mick Downes was again 1st for the club at the Berryhill 10k, and Pam Davies was 1st LV60.

In the absence of Mick Downes at the Cheadle 4, Richard Fain finished 1st for the club.

Carolyn Gilligan took the honours at the JCB 5 in 36.00 and she was also the 1st JCB employees lady.

At the Trentham 10k, again Richard Fain was 1st for the club with a time of 42.10,

At the Cheadle Vets X Country we had a ladies and a mens team.  For the ladies 6k, Alison Brind ran a time of 34.14, and for the mens 10k, Mick Downes ran 43.36.

Trentham10k_PaulLeeAt the Leek Half Marathon, Mick Downes ran 1.35.51, Ann-Marie Mountford was 1st lady with a time of 1.59.20 and there were PBs for Paul Lee and Paul Phillips.

At the Dave Clark 5k, Paul Phillips was 1st for the club and Emma Clay was 1st lady.

In September, Claire Irving ran a PB of 59.00 at the Wolverhampton 10k.

Ann-Marie Mountford ran a PB of 2.57.05 at the South Cheshire 20 and was 1st in her age group for NSRRA.

In the Great North Run, Alison Brind just got the better of David Russell with a time of 1.56.52 to 1.56.56 and it was also the first half marathon for Anne Griffiths who ran 2.32.08.

A week after the Great North Run, it was the Lake Vyrnwy Half. Kim Humphries was the 1st member to finish in 1.47.47, Joyce Edwards was 1st lady club member, Marian Humphries ran 2.10.03 (PB), for Sally Butler and Katie Adams this was their 1st half marathon and Anne Griffiths ran a 13minute PB with Bill Clarke last in for the club.

PamAt the St. Thomas 7, Mick Downes ran 46.55, Pam Davies was 1st lady club member and surprisingly no PBs in the 1st race of the North Staffs X country at Winsford.  In the ladies race Alison Brind was 1st club member to finish in 28.08.

Bill Clarke