Jimmy Smith successfully tackles Centurion Hundred Hills 50km

Centurion Hundred Hills 50km, near Henley-on Thames, South Oxfordshire, Saturday March 16th: Jimmy Smith (4:45:27, 23rd of 385 overall, 8th of 107 in M40-49) achieved almost even splits in this extremely hilly trail event, with 4,400ft of climb and plenty of muddy ground. This race was really a preparation for even longer races planned by Jimmy for the coming months; he aims to run 4 x 50-mile Centurion trail events (The Grand Slam) as well as his 10th London Marathon, the latter just 8 days after his first 50-mile race. He is helping to raise valuable funds for Alzheimer’s Society in support of his father, who took up running in 2008 (aged 70 at the time) but was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015.
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Above left: Jimmy Smith finishing the Hundred Hills 50km; above right: with medal. Many thanks for the Strava photos.

Essex 20M, Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden, Sunday, March 17th: Mark Hayward (1:55:35, 21st of 431 overall, 8th of 45 in M40-44) put in a great effort in this 20-mile race, which will serve as excellent preparation for his TCS London Marathon attempt on April 21st. Part of the same event was the Debden 5K, in which Andrew Taylor (21:18, 16th of 49 overall, 3rd of 5 in M50-54) posted his first race of the year in a promising time, despite several months lay-off.

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Also on Sunday, it was the Stowmarket Half Marathon, organised by Stowmarket Striders. Sam Sadler (1:28:59, 21st of 272 overall, 5th of  39 in MS) was in top form, followed by Greg Davis (1:41:57, 87th, 5th of 21 in M60-64) with a good effort in his age group. Meera Mahadevan (2:02:29, 49th F of 95, 12th of 25 in F45-49) also put in a decent time, just two weeks after her top performance in the Cambridge Half Marathon.
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The same day, not far away, the Colchester Half Marathon also took place. Liam Elvidge (1:49:05, 628th of 2,096 overall, 335th of 764 in MS) was running in his first ever half marathon and must be very pleased with the result.
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Much further north in Cumbria, the Carlisle Half Marathon took place, in the homeland area of Joggers Marc Drury (1:36:34, 141st of 746 overall, 11th of 77 in M50-59) and Angela Drury (2:04:31, 138th F of 308, 44th of 86 in F40-49). Both put in sound efforts but were no doubt feeling the effects of the Cambridge Half Marathon 2 weeks earlier.
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Above left: Angela & Marc Drury in the Carlisle United football stadium, with medals; above right: Marc finishing the Carlisle Half Marathon. Many thanks for the photos.
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English Schools Cross Country Championship Finals, Pontefract Racecourse, West Yorkshire, Saturday, March 16th: 16-year-old Junior Jogger Lilian Corbett was honoured to be chosen to represent Cambridgeshire in the Intermediate women’s team (~FU17) over a 3.5km course. She did very well to clock a time of 14:46 and finish 3rd of 8 in her county team, with the first 6 counting for team points. Her team finished 27th of 43 counties.
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Falesia 5K, Portugal, March 12th: This race was part of a week’s training camp in Albufeira for Caroline Mcintosh F70+, who makes the trip regularly every year, with the longest training run about 17 miles. She put in a top effort of 31:45 in the 5k, her best time this year, giving her 67% age grade. She aims to complete the London Marathon, Helsinki Marathon and Athens Marathon (Marathon to Athens) this year; a tall order indeed and we wish her the best of luck.
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Above left: Caroline Mcintosh celebrating after her race in Portugal; above right: Goats on the roads are a charming sight in rural areas, unless you need to get past them. Many thanks for the photos.