It was a fine end to the Borders League season for Ellesmere Port Running Club on Wednesday evening as the fine performances from the men saw them gain promotion into Division 1 and claim the Division 2 trophy! Dave Bennett was 1v40 and was 3rd overall and Graham Earlam was 2nd in the V60 category.
Friday saw the return of the Mid Cheshire 5k with some fantastic performances with speedy James Kimber was the first club member across the line in 17:22. Joanna Marsden was next in an amazing 18:28 closely followed by Nicola Whitfield-Bird in 18:42. Jon Cole completed the distance in 19:01 with Sara Avery hot on his heels in 19:11. John Harrison put on another fine 5k performance finishing in 19:20. Leigh Foley blasted across the line in 20:37 followed by Simon Prescott in 22 minutes exactly. Kerry Verschueren finished in 22:57 followed by James Harvey in 23:40. Rebecca Wright finished in 24:12 and Jane Steele completed the distance in 26:53 and there was also a fantastic performance from Jane Steele’s son finishing his first 5K in 23:09!
On Sunday Graham and Maired Dyke fancied a trip to the seaside and participated in the Blackpool Half Marathon coming across the line together in 2:04:37.
We also had members pushing the boundaries further with Joanne Cook competing in an Aquathon finishing in 34:06 and Lucy Knight finishing Chirk Triathlon in 59:37 placing her 7th female out of a field of 126!
Finally, we come to the London Marathon and the club record from 2005 for the marathon distance was absolutely destroyed by John Stone putting on a magnificent performance coming across the line in 2:40:26! Tom Sirett stormed across the line in 3:03:21 with Dave Lancelott battling the 26.2 miles and finishing in 3:48:49. Mark Dodd ran a sub 4:00 marathon finishing in 3:57:39. Our amazing Julie Lewis who has battled illness and other obstacles during her training put on a superb, consistent performance on Sunday coming across the line in 4:39:06.
Ellesmere Port Running Club pacing queens Sue Ledsom and Rachel Beddows were also at the London Marathon and perfectly guided runners across the line in 4:58:58.
A huge congratulations to all runners especially those brave enough to take on the 26.2 miles – a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into training and it has paid off with some fantastic performances over the past week.
Photos: Borders League Division 2 Trophy John Stone and Tom Sirett with their London Marathon Medal
Sue and Rachel – official pacers
Julie Lewis and Dave Lancelott with their London Marathon medals