Polly Segar and Simon McMorran both got new PBs.
THERE was a dramatic finish for Paul Cameron at the New Forest Marathon last weekend — crossing the line in an ambulance.
Appalling conditions greeted Cameron and the 12 other IW Road Runners who took part in the full marathon and half marathon last weekend and for many the experience was still very rewarding, despite the wind and rain.
In the full marathon, Cameron started some minutes late having left his timing chip in the changing rooms, but by 22 miles he had moved up to an incredible second place when he suffered a touch of hypothermia, resulting in him finishing the race in an ambulance.
Eric Smith and Steve Rumsey also took part in the full race, alongside 600 others.
With months of solid training behind him, Eric ran a terrific PB of 3.06.09 for 14th place and was also third vet45. Although a recent injury had hampered Steve’s preparations, he still produced a great run, crossing the line in 3.24.01 for 59th.
In the half marathon, Polly Segar led the ladies home in the half marathon finishing in 1.31.48 to knock an astounding 13 minutes off her PB and set a new club record.
Heather Drudge also ran a terrific new PB time of 1.34.44 for 347th. Carla Paonessa narrowly missed a PB by still ran a season’s best of 1.46.31 for 495th, while Jodie Giffard took six minutes of her previous best with 1.51.38 in 694th.
Karen Philips also ran a season’s best time of 1.52.49 in 741st place while Claire Campbell took an amazing 11 minutes of her previous best time when she crossed the line in 1.58.41 in 948th place.
Simon McMorran led the men home with probably his best race for the club, coming seventh with a new PB of 1.18.14, which also gave him the vet 50 prize.
Kev Fry’s recent good form continued as he finished in 1.48.34 for 566th while Steve Morris crossed the line in 1.43.23 for 362nd, while Simon Wray finished in 2.00.50 for 1,011th place.
l Road Runners Jodie Giffard and Claire Campbell took part in the latest event in the Demon Run Series in Berkshire.
The challenge consisted of ten miles of tough off-road running, including stretches of shoulder-high undergrowth, log-strewn trails, hills, ditches, and a few sections where participants had to wade through waist-high stinking mud and crawl through waterlogged tunnels.
Despite taking things a little easy in order to just have fun, both completed the course in one hour, 38 minutes for 55th and 56th places respectively, and were tenth and 11th women.