Weston runners conquer the hills

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Weston Athletic Club members took part in many races in which hills featured strongly.

HILLS have featured strongly in the many races that Weston Athletic Club’s members have taken part in over the past week.

First off, Wednesday evening saw 18 club runners take on the Nailsea 10k race which took in a double lap route on a hot evening.

First to finish for the club was Steve Kibblewhite in 40.50. Jim Hayward took second in 43.47 and Stuart Diamond was next in 46.12.

Nia Davies was first club female to finish in 46.59, followed by Claudine Mercer and Michelle Fryer in 48.06 and 48.56.


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The next day saw 11 runners take on the Dundry Thunder Run which is a multi-terrain 10k with two 130m climbs. This year’s event almost lived up to its name with foreboding skies.

Kieron Summers was the club’s first man home, and first in his age category, finishing in 43.12. Adrian Noble was next in 45.19 and Andy Chadburn was hot on his heels in 45.40.

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Bruce Bourne was first to finish in his age category in 53.06 and Tamara Bourne was the club’s only female finisher, crossing the line in 55.23.

The weekend saw half marathons and marathons for the club on both the north and south Devon coasts.

In Torbay’s half marathon, Kibblewhite remained on top form, finishing the eight-hill course in 1.32.49. John Hinchliffe finished second in 1.46.28 and Simon Andrews took third in 1.51.58.

The club’s female runners also worked hard in the heat and Georgie Ford crossed the line first in 2.00.39. Mary Nutley was second in 2.05.31 and Lesley Bowskill and Vanessa Andrews crossed the line together in 2.11.20.

The punishing North Devon Marathon was braved by five of the club’s members. Stuart Haynes finished first for the club in 5.09.45. Kev Hudson was not far behind, finishing in 5.15.57 and Michael Potter took third in 5.36.41.

Deb Allen completed her first-ever marathon in 6.33.31, cross the line with Sarah Styles.

The half marathon also attracted interest from the club, with Caroline Holt finishing first in 2.23.37. Julia Withers took second in 2.25.17, while the White-Weaver contingent finished together in just under two and a half hours.

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