Sarah’s Olympic experience reaps new personal best

Nidd Valley Road Runner Sarah Chalmers at the Olympic Stadium. (S)
Nidd Valley Road Runner Sarah Chalmers at the Olympic Stadium. (S)

FOR most people, an Olympic experience involves events in the local community or watching on television, but for one Harrogate runner it involved a whole lot more.

Nidd Valley Road Runner Sarah Chalmers travelled down to the Olympic Park in London last weekend for the National Lottery 5 mile Park Run.

The 12,000 supporters were the first members of the general public to be allowed into the stadium while 5,000 runners ran the course.

Sarah was delighted with her time of 43.36, a new personal best.

One of her miles was timed at an impressive 7 minutes 2 seconds.

Closer to home, Harrogate parkrun attracted five Nidd Valley runners to a splendid morning where the underfoot conditions were ideal, Lee Welsby took full advantage and clocked a pb of 20.04.

In-form Paul Manning recorded a time of 23.04 just pipping Tony Ledwaba-Chapman in 23.10.

Helen Gregory led the ladies home in 24.23 and Sue Reast completed the team in 29.08.

In the Lakes on the same day Stuart Hatfield and Lizzie Medwell had a great day at the Coniston 14, a testing road race around the edges of the lake.

Stuart was first back in 2:08.58, taking 14 minutes off his prevoius best, and Lizzie finishing in 2:15.44.

On Sunday three Nidd Runners went over to the Baildon Boundary Way, a popular off road half marathon for both runners and walkers.

Annie Burns was first home for the club in a time of 2:15.06, Judy Greenwood folllowed in 2:25.06 with Bob Sweeting finshing in 2:39.20. Across the otherside of the Dales Andy Todd ran his last long run before London at the Blubberhouses 25, he had a good solid run and came away with confidence.

Running abroad is growing in popularity and one race attracting runners from across the globe is the Connemara Marathon, with three distances to choose from it has something to offer everyone but is not for the faint hearted.

Carol Morgan was first to start taking on the ultra distance, that is the half plus the full marathon distances and flew round in 5:25.52 taking first lady in the process.

Starting after the ultras, Emma David chose the shorter full marathon and finished in 3:54.24, while Mark David chose the half marathon distance and finished in 1:38.54.