Flat marathon course helps runners set impressive times

Phill Taylor, Simon Porter, John Nolan, Cathy Wood, Emma Brown and Becky Clifton at the Manchester Marathon.

Phill Taylor, Simon Porter, John Nolan, Cathy Wood, Emma Brown and Becky Clifton at the Manchester Marathon.

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The new course for the Greater Manchester Marathon means that it is the flattest marathon in the UK.

The course heads out to Altrincham before returning through Urmston and Stretford to the finish just outside Old Trafford football stadium.

The Bridlington Road Runners members had all worked hard this spring and the flat course paid dividends in providing them with some well-earned excellent times.

Following Phill Taylor’s remarkable performance, next home was Emma Brown in 3:04:28 with John Nolan and Cathy Wood finishing close together on 3:10:01 and 3:10:49 respectively. Wood was especially pleased because she had knocked nine minutes from her previous best time.

Taking part in his first marathon, Simon Porter was very happy to complete the course in 3:27:14, while Becky Clifton was also be pleased with her time of 3:41:34.

Sewerby Parkrun 5km: 27 April

Kevin Sissons was the first Bridlington runner to finish in 10th place with a time of 22:06.

The next three home only had a couple of seconds between them. First was Ashley Porter in 23:32 in 16th position, next was Adam Fairest with a PB time of 23:33 (17th), followed by Simon Porter, saving himself for Manchester on Sunday, in 23:34 (18th).

Stuart Atkinson was only a few seconds off his PB finishing 24th in 24:38 and Ben Smith completed the course in 25:35 (26th). Next came Mandy Holah recording a PB of 27:58 to finish 33rd and Amanda Tindall 35th in 30:02.

North Lincolnshire Half Marathon: 28 April

It was cold for the start at Scunthorpe on Sunday where Verona Petty and Kerry Whitehead were running for Bridlington. They both had very respectable times with Petty finishing in 1:47:00 and Whitehead in 1:49:50.