Self Transcendence 2 Mile Race Tuesday July 4th 2006
Eastville Park, Bristol (held under permit from MCAA)
"When we transcend ourselves we do not compete with others but with ourselves. And each time we surpass our previous achievements we get joy."
|6||12.25||231||Sian Monahan||Bristol & West AC||f||7|
|10||13.13||216||Mark Unsworth||San Domenico RC||m|
|14||13.53||204||Matt Washburn||Weston AC||m|
|18||14.44||224||James de Teissier||m|
|23||15.07||237||Dave Broadbent||Poole AC||m|
|28||16.27||214||Francesca Andrews||Yate AC||f||3|
|40||dnf||211||Ron Denney||Sevenoaks AC||m70+|
(Pictures of some of the medal winners are in our race photo gallery)
With the mini heatwave in full swing many of the runners in our two mile race opted to warm up by chatting in the sun at the startline rather than the usual jog around the course. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there were some big efforts made in the race and the wet sponges proved popular among overheated competitors at the finish.
Among the men, GWR claimed a 1,2,3 in the shape of Gavin Watkins, Tim Fletcher and Michael Dunkley, all of whom were in sub-12 minute form. Elsewhere in the field there were lots of improvers who beat their times from the 2-miler earlier in the season, and their time are listed below.
Sian Monahan always brings an injection of pace to the event and she took first place among the ladies, also finishing sixth overall.
Rachal Reid and Karen Lillywhite planned to take part as walkers, but their brisk finishing times (just over 26 minutes) suggest they are either very athletic walkers or got inspired to run at least part of the undulating course.
Agegroup medals went to Moya Church, Mike Nutt and Roger Haynes. Ron Denney suffered a very unfortunate fate in his first race since moving up into the 70+ agegroup. An out-of-control dog disturbing runners on the first bend led to a few collisions and to Ron getting tripped, landing with some force on his elbow. Several other runners stopped to check that Ron was ok and to inform the organisers - we didn't note all their names but we're very grateful that they showed such a kind and positive attitude when it mattered. Ron, meanwhile, impressed everyone present with his fortitude in the face of acute pain, shock and disappointment and when it was suggested that he should be awarded a 70+ medal for his efforts, spontaneous applause proved that all the other runners heartily agreed. We wish Ron a speedy recovery and his medal is on its way to him.
Runners who improved their two-mile performances:
|Andy Kempson||14.28||14.29||1 sec|
|Mark Adams||13.08||13.24||16 sec|
|Matt Hawkins||13.52||14.12||20 sec|
|Lorraine Thorn||16.47||17.16||29 sec|
|Bruno Laasna||14.48||15.48||60 sec|
|Matt Washburn||13.53||15.48||1 min 55 sec|
And now, the prizes! These are all to be given out at the final race of the season, the 3 x 1 relay on July 18th.
Moya church, GWR and Gary Hughes, City of Bath AC - each will receive a pair of running shoes kindly donated by Mizuno.
Mike Nutt (50-59), Martin Church, GWR (60-69), Audrey Butler, GWR (60-69) - each will receive a runner's CD-walkman also donated by Mizuno.
Improvers: We also wanted to recognise improved performances as well as winning times, so the six runners listed above will each receive a small prize donated by Mizuno, Sugoi or Run and Become (Cardiff's specialist running shop).
And finally, every runner who took part in all 4 races will receive a goody bag containing a few items from Mizuno, Run and Become, Isostar and Stinger. We have a few spare goody bags so the rest will be given out to those who did three events and maybe others if there are enough to go round. We should point out that there would also have been a few goody bag items donated by Tesco, but the voucher they gave us was lost when the race director had his wallet snatched in a Paris metro station :)
See you at the relay,
Roger Chamberlain, Sri Chinmoy AC