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Gavin’s Virtual 10k results

A fifty per cent improvement on last week’s 5K finishers as 45 took the challenge this week, bolstered by some of our friends at Hillingdon TriStars, reports Gavin Collett.

Charlie Edwards had won a tight affair over the 5K last week, but had to settle for fifth this time with his 38:27. Shaun Lazzari took bronze last week but turned his 17:38 into an impressive 35:57 over double the distance, whilst Jack McVann recorded 37:53 in his debut 10K. Jon Hicks was first veteran with 38:09, though TriStar Marcel Kunecki recorded a promising 38:37 and will turn 40 next month. However, an element of order was brought to the new kids on the block as James Laing returned to the fray with an impressive 34:13 for victory!

Some of our faster women seemed to have gone missing during lockdown leaving the way for Watford Harrier Claire Bentley (Martin Searle’s niece) to be fastest female in 44:43, whilst Mel Spencer continued her impressive form in second, first veteran.

Mike Illing restored some male pride in the upper age groups, though Lesley Conway was only a minute behind.

Elsewhere in the field, it may be Virtual but those battles still emerge! A returning Andy Mansi ten seconds in front of John Bignell, Martin Searle locking horns with the Dobbs x 2, etc.

Special mention to Trevor Steeples on his comeback from serious leg breaks when knocked from his bike earlier this year.

This marks the halfway point of our lockdown virtual races (hopefully!). This week’s challenge is a bit different. It is the fastest marathon distance (26 miles 385 yards or 42.19 kilometres) you run/walk throughout the week in total; it is not a one-off attempt, your marathon could be run in one go (why?!), two lots of 13 and a bit, two ten milers plus a 10K, seven runs of just under 4 miles, or any other combination of your choice, it’s entirely up to you. I can visualise the spreadsheets being compiled by the likes of Andy Wood and Martin Searle as I write this!

Your permitted period of exercise can be taken from home, in the woods, round your garden, anywhere permitted under government guidelines.

Then send your time (minutes & seconds) for the whole distance and date of birth by email to gavin.collett@jti.com by midnight next Wednesday 25th November race and I’ll produce a “race” result next Thursday.

There is no need to send me any proof, description of course or links to any others site such as Garmin, Strava, I won’t open them. I trust you all! However, this week I am quite intrigued as to how you go about it, but no need for vast essays or thesis and it isn’t compulsory!

Any ages, any standard, for members, friends and family of Hillingdon AC.

November 2020 Week 2 Virtual 10K