Bridlington Road Runners seniors and juniors back in action

Bridlington Road Runners seniors and juniors were back in race action last week.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:47 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:48 am
Bridlington Road Runners juniors in action during their beach race. PHOTO BY TCF PHOTOGRAPHY

The adults took part in the second round of the Virtual Summer League, which was the Sproatley 6 Mile event.

Due to Covid restrictions, the actual events are cancelled for 2021, so Road Runners are heading out on a course of their choice close to home and submitting their times.

The winner of the men’s handicap, where runners gain points on how much they beat their predicted time by, was Stuart Gent, ahead of Daniel Cawthorn and James Briggs.

Gent and Cawthorn occupy the top two spots in the overall standings after two events, with Anthony Hughes in third.

Clare Gummerson won the women’s handicap, seeing off Mim Ireland and Keren Miller.

The standings are extremely tight after two events. Helena Bennett, Gummerson and Ireland all have 95 points, followed by Liz Ingle on 91.

Thirty-one runners took part in the club’s virtual Sproatley 6 Mile race.

Fastest overall time came from Scott Hargreaves, in a superb 33:40. Second was Phill Taylor (35:19) and third was Briggs (37:56), with Cawthorn the only other runner to beat 40 minutes.

The top three in the women’s handicap were also the fastest three, with Ireland, Gummerson and Miller 10th, 11 th and 13th overall in times of 44:54, 46:00 and 47:21.

Last Wednesday, Road Runners juniors tackled a tricky 2.5-mile beach race.

Heading along the south promenade to Wilsthorpe and back, there were again a number of impressive times.

Winner of the juniors handicap was Becky Miller, who was fifth fastest overall in 19:12. Second and third places were claimed by Louie Dixon and Miguel Tenario.

Fastest finisher was Isaac McNulty in 17:10, three seconds ahead of Ben Edwards. Annabelle Miller just beat the 18-minute mark to clock the third fastest time.

Bank Holiday weekend saw two of the Road Runners’ endurance enthusiasts take on a gruelling 48-hour challenge.

Andy Baker and Lisa Cockcroft both ran four miles, every four hours for 48 hours, between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon - adding an extra mile to two of their runs to bring the total distance up to 50 miles.

Team-mates Cindy Baker and David Foster signed up for a shorter version, running one mile every hour for 13 hours during Saturday.

All four completed their series of runs, cheered on by their team-mates on social media.