Torrential rain greeted all runners as they assembled for the Humber Bridge Half Marathon last Sunday, where a healthy representation of 23 Beverley AC members was amongst the 1671 finishers.
The difficult conditions led to a 15 minute delay to the race, leaving the assembled field getting soaked and cold before the lead car could finally weave its way through runners seeking shelter, to the start line.
Once underway, conditions gradually improved and were certainly preferable to the high 20 degrees temperatures seen in recent years. Representation from outside of the East Riding took many of the top places but Beverley competed well in this strong and competitive field.
The first Beverley runner was Tim Davies. New to the club, Tim ran under his Newcastle University Athletic Club colours and came 9th in 1:17:33. Luke Davison was next home from Beverley in 1:21:31. Luke goes from strength to strength and this performance was one of his best yet, finishing in 16th position overall.
Next, 35th overall, was Darren Edge in 1:25:08, whilst Andy Johnson’s consistently good performances were maintained with 56th position in 1:27:53. Jordan Arnott is a product of the Club’s healthy and prospering junior section. He finished 232nd overall in 1:38:19, showing great progress as he develops.
Pete Watkinson continues to defy the years, picking up the Veteran 60 1st prize in 1:40:18. In addition 5 Personal Bests were recorded, a feat not often seen in one race. Chris Dunn, Jim Harbidge, Mark Sykes-Cook, Edward Linsey and Mark Horrocks all achieved their best times on this extremely challenging course which includes 2 steep climbs in the last 3 miles.
Jeremy Beesley was delighted with his time after recovering from a virus that ruled him out of an Everest Expedition climb via the North Ridge.
First Beverley woman home was Kate Mitchell in 1:52:22 and Mandy Ritchie started her build up to the Amsterdam Marathon in October with a time of 1:54:22, feeling she has the endurance under her belt after a recent coast to coast walk challenge but is targeting speed to challenge the 4 hours at Amsterdam. The time also got her 5th place in the FV50 category.
The race was won by Patrick Gardiner of East Cheshire Harriers in 1:13:34.
Beverley AC times:
Tim Davies 1:17:33, Luke Davison 1:21:59, Darren Edge 1:25:08, Andy Johnson 1:27:53, Matthew Horrocks 1:29:54, Chris Dunn 1:37:24, Jordan Arnott 1:38:19, James Durham 1:39:42, Pete Watkinson 1:40:18, Jody Horth 1:41:34, Jim Harbidge 1:42:30, Mark Sykes Cook 1:42:29, Andrew Garrett 1:43:39, Edward Linsey 1:44:39, Mike Anderson 1:47:05, Jeremy Beesley 1:49:03, Andy Grainger 1:52:04, Kate Mitchell 1:54:22, Andrew Gray 1:56:38, Mandy Ritchie 1:57:08, Neil Sergeant 1:58:13, Steven Marsay 2:01:03, Bruce Woodford 2:01:03, Steve Hadley 2:18:00, Frank Harrison 2:22:25
Report by Andrew Grainger