Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon
The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon is a canal side half(ish) marathon that runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham. Always in the first week in July it is often a race against the heat as much as your fellow runners. This year four K&D runners took part in the race. Ian William (1:50:52) was first across the line in Green & Gold. Kerry Hobbis (2:03:45) took the silver while Hayley Murphy and Rob Yates clocked identical times (2:12:00). As an added bonus here is a man in a dinosaur costume from yesterday’s race:
We are lucky in Knowle to be blessed with a great canal network that makes perfect training ground for these kinds of races, as well as Sunday long runs. It is great to see members exploring the canal network and the unique races it offers.
It was a welcome return to action after an injury layoff for Anne Spencer-Dowdeswell this weekend. Welcome back. She enjoyed a good return in 31:24 providing a solid base for progression over the rest of summer. Her post-run cake updates on Facebook have been sorely missed during her layoff.
A strong turnout at Brueton this weekend saw things continue to be hot in the frontrunners. This weekends first finisher crossed the line in 15:44. Darren John was first Knowle and Dorridge runner scanned across the line in 18:04, although Gareth Wainwright and Chris Morgan ran well finishing ahead of him (but crucially didn’t get scanned so i’m not counting them this week. Nothing to do with who is authoring this post though….*ahem*)
Russell Davies (19:52), Kevin Boake (20:05) and Andrew Connors (20:07) continued their ongoing duels in the sun. You could throw a blanket over them most weeks, Russell taking the nod this week.
For the ladies Siobhan Cotter was first in 23:11, Kathy Bailey second in 23:48 and Kerry Whitehill third in 26:14.
Caroline Edwards PB’d this weekend at parkrun in 27:51.
Over at Kingsbury David Carbutt took advantage of the flats to run a strong 18:42 through the lakeside course. Sarah Cattell also turned out at Kingsbury clocking 27:59.
In the land of the “Welsh Cruyff” Hal Robson-Kanu, Steve Marks ran 32:11 at Porthcawl parkrun.
Rob Ambrose popped up on Mersyside with a 20:37 showing at Crosby parkrun. The course appears to be a nice seaside one.
Remember; we do accept donations of seaside rock in order to big up your performances in the Weekend Recap.