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10K challenge for March runners

February saw March Athletic Club runners take on a 10k challenge where they were tasked to either shoot for a new 10k PB or to buddy up with another club runner, to share the love and check in with their running friends.

The event took place from February 6-21 and some of the runners who decided to complete the challenge at the beginning of the allotted time period had icy cold temperatures, strong winds and even snow to contend with.

Five runners managed to secure a new 10k personal best, with Dean Markillie securing the most improved pb of 3:51, continuing his great start to 2021.

Andrew and Geraldine Larham (44534482)
Andrew and Geraldine Larham (44534482)

Sixteen runners decided to buddy up and run with another club runner and two club runners – Nina Markillie and Andrew Wool – really took the challenge to heart and each ran two buddy runs.

Mum and son combination Tina and Serge Lambert ran together; Serge is still only a March AC Junior, but yet again he put in a superb time, beating many of the senior runners.

Full results:

Niall Jackson 35:46 pb, Andy Cole 37:56 pb, Toni Alcaraz 41:19, Kanina O’Neil 42:09, Andrew Larham 42:26, Kev Bunn, 42:29, Geraldine Larham 42:53, Dean Markillie 43:16 pb, Liam Lambert 43:32, Jon Long 45:45 pb, Tim Brammer 46:40, Andrew Wool 48:50, Jason Mottram 48:50, James Arran 49:46, Mark Salmons 50:13, ugh Harris 50:52, Justin Showell 51:37, Mark Cook 51:38, Emily Garry 53:27, Tony Brown 53:50, Tina Lambert 54:29, Eleanor Snooks 54:49, Serge Lambert 55:21, Nina Markillie 57:42, Fay Scrivener, 58:12, Aisleen Parker 58:17, Jo Anderson Wenn 58:54, Sue Ward 58:54, Wendy Harrison 1:01:18, Deb Watts 1:01:51 pb; Dawn Veal 1:03:50, Mark Darlow 1:03:57. Pat Norris 1:07:05, Carole Davis 1:09:31.

Deb Watts (44534484)
Deb Watts (44534484)

Valentine weekend saw round four of the winter’s inter-club Frostbite League for March Athletic Club, who are currently in fifth place.

The weather once again was not kind and hopes for a milder weekend were dashed as the bitingly cold blustery eastern winds saw the wind chill effect leave temperatures of minus 6 for runners, even though the snow and ice had melted all but melted.

This still didn’t put off 26 seniors and eight juniors from competing in this month’s round.

GP Wendy Harrison could even be spotted running around town for her five mile entry in her shorts!

Joanne Anderson Wenn and Sue Ward (44534486)
Joanne Anderson Wenn and Sue Ward (44534486)

The seniors run five miles and the juniors 1.5 miles in each of the six rounds of the league.

First runner home for March AC seniors was Luke Brown in 28:56 and first woman home and third overall was Kanina O’Neil in 32:41.

First junior was again Luke Cumbridge and first girl for the juniors was Molly Cook.

Full results:


Luke Brown 28:56, Andy Cole 30:38, Kanina O’Neil 32:41, Toni Alcaraz 33:17, Kev Bunn 33:59, Mark Salmons 34:22, Liam Lambert 34:31, Dean Markillie 34:36, Andrew Wool 35:13, Jon Long 36:58, Justin Showell 38:24, James Arran 38:43, Walter Beldom 39:05, Mark Cook 39:15, Tina Burbridge Lambert 40:09, Phil Beldom 40:15, Rhys Davies 40:30, Joanne Anderson-Wenn 40:50, Hugh Harris 40:59, Fay Scrivener 43:47, Wendy Harrison 45:42, Sue Ward 47:24, Deb Watts 49:59, Mark Darlow 50:41, Dawn Veal 50:42, Pat Norris 53:49


Luke Cumbridge 8:29, Archie McClure 10:20, Matthew Cumbridge 10:34, Charlie Bradshaw 11:53, Serge Lambert 12:15, Molly Cook 13:14.

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