Now deep into their London marathon preparations, Michael Brown and Lucy Jenkinson look set to do just fine in the capital next month after completing the undulating Oundle 20 road race on Sunday. Having previously fallen foul to the weather, the re-arranged inaugural event took place in pleasant, sunny conditions and the duo impressively paced themselves round the course, covering the distance in a time of 03:12:09.
Whilst Michael and Lucy are preparing to take on the capital next month, Carmel Perrin was in attendance over the weekend for Londonís landmarks half marathon. The route goes past some of London's most iconic landmarks, taking in views of Big Ben, St Paulís Cathedral, Nelsonís Column, the Shard and the London Eye to name a few. Carmel crossed the line in 02:04:47 finishing 3773rd of 9684.
Also, on Sunday racing over the 13.1-mile distance, Beth Smith completed the 25th annual Liverpool Half Marathon. Starting and finishing in the Pier Head area, the course offers an interesting mix of city roads and park pathways around the historic city before a four-mile finish along the famous river Mersey. Beth completed the course in 02:22:21 finishing 3544th from the sellout 3990 entrants.
Kyle Barber was in action over the same distance as he took on a unique challenge at the Le Marathon du Golfe de St Tropez. The relay portion of the event is split into 2 x 21.1 km legs with duos each running a half-Marathon from Ste Maxime to Cavalaire. With his partner Kyle's team finished 3rd out of the 356 teams participating, with Barber posting a time of 71:00.
Closer to home Ray Lack and Michael Donington were in attendance for the latest round of this yearís Leicestershire Road Running League held at Desford. The undulating five mile route offers a good challenge and despite both carry existing niggles battled round in impressive style; Ray was first home 307th breaking the 41min barrier in 40:43 with Michael finishing 425th of the 562 other runners clocking 44:49. Having completed the race they then retreated and indulged in the great cake selection available within the clubhouse, with Michael later noting it was a most welcome finish to a most enjoyable morning out.