This past weekend ‘aqua alta’ meant runners in the Venice marathon ended up with very soggy feet, and whilst MFR racers didn’t have to contend with any floods, the weather certainly gave Amy and Emma an extra challenge as they took on the Lausanne Half Marathon and 10k in Switzerland. It was -2 degrees and there was ice and snow on the ground, but both finished in very respectable times, bravo! Closer to home Rachel, Kate, Heather, Mel and Michael ran the Goyt Valley 10k – from what I can see in the pictures, it looked like an amazing race, take a look below. Lastly, and by no means least, Jacqui Baines woke up intending to run the Beachy Head 10k, but with only 3 hours until the start of the race she changed her mind and decided to run the marathon instead, well why not? Well done to all! Results below:
Lausanne Half and 10k (28/10/2018)
Goyt Valley 10k (27/10/2018)
Beachy Head Marathon (27/10/2018)
Goyt Valley Photos:
This past weekend was a little quieter on the racing front, but whilst many of you were taking a well deserved rest, Greg Beck snuck off to the Lakes to take part in the Langdale Marathon. It was his first marathon and it was hilly (c.1000m/3000ft of elevation), but despite this, all of his hard work and preparation paid off seeing him take 5th place in 03:18:05! Well done Greg!
What a weekend of racing we’ve had! Starting with the first Cross Country race of the season on Saturday, followed by the Manchester Half on Sunday. In addition Julie Virgin smashed her marathon PB at York, running an impressive 03:50:47, taking 03:41 off her previous time! Meanwhile Andrew Ferguson was representing at the Munich Half after missing out on last year’s trip to the Bavarian capital due to injury.
Cross country at Wythenshawe Park was well attended, despite many saving themselves for the Manchester Half. Our ladies team came 27/64 and the men 32/55. It was great to see Emma Burns and Edmund Woodfield taking part in their first cross country for MFR. Man of the match undoubtedly goes to Andrew Porter; after losing his shoe on the last lap he carried on valiantly, finish with shoe in hand!
The Manchester Half was a target race for many and it was great to see so many MFR members volunteering on the course, taking part and coming out for a celebratory drink in the afternoon. The stars of the show were Foxy’s cohort of volunteers who were up at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning to marshal and in turn raise funds for the club. 22 of you took part in the race, 7 PBs were set and 4 of you ran the distance for the first time as a Manchester Frontrunner!
Links to the individual race results below:
Manchester Half (14/10/18):
Munich Half (14/10/18):
Cross Country, Match 1 (13/10/18):