Etherington and Peck ‘go loopy’ in Kent

Yarmouth Road Runners

The inaugural Kent Roadrunner Marathon took place at the beautiful new Cyclopark venue in north-west Kent on the Bank Holiday Monday of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

Great Yarmouth Road Runners Steve Etherington and Andy Peck took on the challenge. This multi-million pound venue has been constructed on a green-field site adjacent to the new A2 and Channel Tunnel rail link. Containing several different cycling arenas, the marathon makes use of the 2,493m smooth tarmac track. The track was primarily built for cycling races, with expected sweeping bends, and not so gentle slopes and absolutely no traffic.

The looped nature of the course made it an ideal location for spectators and for Denise Etherington to support and aid both Steve and Andy during the race.

Results: 41 Steve Etherington 3-20:46, 107 Andy Peck 107 4-01:04

Edingthorpe 5M: 25 Stephen Dady 33:37, 29 Sean Jermy 34:06, 42 John Bone 36:05, 60 Lorrian Dawson 40:19, 76 Sylvia Dady 44:02

On a perfect night for racing six Road Runners took on the tough 10km course at Broome. Matthew Buckoke and Steve Dady put in a sterling effort as usual and Mark Peach coming off his pacemaking duties for the night and doing a pb. Jone Bone was close behind with Lorrain Dawson and Sylvia Dady bring it home for the ladies . Well done to everyone.

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Results: 37 Steve Dady 42:50, 42 Matthew Buckoke 43:14, 59 Mark Peach 45:34 pb, 74 John Bone 47:08, 99 Lorrain Dawson 50:50, 126 Sylvia Dady 57:39. Next race in the series is on July 4.

Matthew Sutton ran his first ever fell race, five miles and 1000ft of ascent in the Peak District. Matthew really enjoyed it, going uphill was fine but downhill at full speed was terrifying, over rocks, ditches and loose gravel paths. Took 44:40.

In yet another good turnout from the Great Yarmouth Road Runners 12 members attended the Wymondham 10 mile road race. In weather which was good for watching, but possibly a bit too hot for running, two of the runners came away with awards.

The performance of the day came from Sean Jermy in winning his age group and on the way getting a personal best to boot. Another award winner was Steve Dady in his age category. Steve Etherington and Andy Peck also had good runs bearing in mind their marathon efforts on Bank Holiday Monday.

The competition within the actual race was between Neil Sibley, Steve Dady, Steve Leeves and Steve Etherington with only four minutes between them all. Karen Manning finished strongly to beat off the challenge from Michael Dale and Pauline Richardson was only 20 seconds away from a personal best at this distance. Ivan Lees carried on his good form with another strong showing while Sylvia Dady will be happy with her mornings work. Paul Spandler enjoyed the race and finished in a good time and will be looking forward to his next race.

Results: Sean Jermy 1-03:33 pb, Neil Sibley 1-07:32, Steve Dady 1-09:19, Steve Leeves 1-11:17, Steve Etherington 1-11:31, Andy Peck 1-16:16, Karen Manning 1-20:46, Michael Dale 1-25:48, Pauline Richardson 1-27:35, Ivan Lees 1-32:52, Sylvia Dady 1-42:04, Paul Spandler 1-48:40

At Gorleston Park Run in a hardy field of 93 results were: 14 Stephen Leeves 21:28, 16 Mark Stone 21:38, 21 Matthew Sutton 21:59, 39 Pauline Richardson 24:45, 41 Lorrain Dawson 25:21, 52 Tamsin Desborough 26:46, 65 Dianne Crosby 28:34, 66 Mark Peach 28:35, 67 Peter Spandler 29:12, 71 Bob Arnell 29:37