Roding Valley Half Marathon; results roundup

Iain Cumming
The club held its annual Roding Valley Half-Marathon on Sunday morning. The race passed off smoothly, with a large number of club members helping out. There were 667 finishers, including a handful of our own members. Elsewhere, Bertie Powell won the Essex 20 in a fast time.

The Half-Marathon, organised by Dave Hollingworth, started at 9am. There were over 800 entries but around 100 failed to appear. After the first, small loop, there were two leaders away - Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay and Paul Martelletti of Victoria Park. Simon Seigar was our leading man, followed by John Wallis and and then Iain Cumming.


After the first of the two large laps, New Zealander Martelletti was 200m clear and looking smooth. He extended his lead to 2 minutes 38 seconds as he rattled off almost perfect splits for the two laps. And this after running 120 miles in the 6 days prior. Martelletti only started running in 2007 but already has a 2.23 marathon to his credit and is a name to watch. Bloomfield held on to second place by just 4" in front of Blackheath's Gibbins.

The women's race was won by Sarah Williams of Met Police in 1:31.07, followed by Catriona Reid (1:34.18) and Andrea Mann of Garden City Runners (1:34.38).

M45 Iain Cumming caught Seigar and Wallis to finish first club member home in 20th position in 1:23.34. Also: 24, John Wallis (M45) 1:25.30; 28, Simon Seigar 1:26.01; 30, Paul Clarke (M40) 1:26.36; 31, Keith McShea 1:26.49; 56, Steve Dawkins 1:30.49; 109, Julian Thorpe (M45) 1:36.32; 134, Adam Thorpe 1:38.46; 233, Steve Lambert (M40) 1:45.03.

Full results

The club and Dave Hollingworth are grateful to the club members who helped out during the morning with the many tasks that need to be done in order to give the competitors a decent race experience.

Bertie Powell retained his Essex 20 title at Great Bromley. This year he was challenged by Springfield Striders' Paul Molyneux, who had won the Bury 20 the previous week in 1:49.56. The two slightly overcooked it at times early on in their efforts to assert themselves on the race, but Bertie went clear from Molyneux after 7.5 miles. He passed 10 in 54.00 but slowed slightly after 15 to record 1:49.06, finishing 37" clear of Molyneux. Bertie's training is focused on the London Marathon.

New member Daniel Agustus raced the Finsbury Park 5, finishing 6th in 26.06. The course is slow, due to the fact that it finishes much higher than it starts, as well as incorporating 3 tough climbs.

Martin McLean opted for the Berkhamsted Half-Marathon, whose profile is (even) tougher than the Roding Valley. Martin got around in a useful 1:17.09 for 9th place.

CJ Shepherd got around the Barcelona Marathon in 3:33.26 off very limited training. The trip doubled up as a holiday for CJ and his daughter Chloe.

M50 Richard Holland ran 16.56 at Serpentine's Last Friday of the Month 5K.

M50 Terry McCarthy, M45 Paul Stockings and M60 Roger Green finished 27th, 41st and 64th respectively representing Orion Harriers in their mob match versus Blackheath Harriers.