Some great performances thus far by DUAXC members over the Easter break. After strong runs by Dan Jenkin and Sophie Smith the cross-country season has now ended and has been replaced by track and field, road and (for Pete Davison) fell racing.
On the roads, a stunning half-marathon performance for Kat O'Mahony has been the highlight, with Pete Davison's obliteration of his 10km PB and Dan Jenkin's London Marathon display not far behind. There were also brave displays by Tory Wells and Sophie Smith (over 15 and 16 miles respectably) who showed the appetite the miles among the DUAXC ladies, while Mike Grimes also performed well at the road relays.
The track and field season thus far has seen PB's for club President Owen Walpole (over 3,000m) and for Athletics captain Gareth Phillips (100m). Freshers Chris Lowe and Katie Hewitt have also begun the season strongly, and secured BUCS slots in the process, while Sarah Maguire has also commenced her Javelin season, as she looks to build un her BUCS final slot last year.
Ollie impressively managed to finish in the same postition and with the same time as last week, and he will surely get closer to an elusive 18:00 minute clocking.
Newcastle Parkrun 5km:
14th: Ollie Cook 18.17
Another solid performance by Mike, who ran the 42nd fastest long leg of the day and brought his team home in 10th (although they eventually finished 30th.
A fantastic PB also from Pete, while Tory competed in by far the most gruelling of any DUAXC race this year.
Northern 12 Stage Relays (Catterick):
Leg 3: 7th: Michael Grimes 23:29
30th: Pete Davison 38:10
Banbury 15 Mile Race:
180th: 2:01:15 Tory Wells (29th Women)
Start Fitness Harrier League (Prudhoe)
8th: Dan Jenkin (26th overall)
A below par performance from Ollie, but a magnificent one by Kat as she translated her cross-country form into a good road time.
Liverpool Half Marathon:
540th: Kat O'Mahony 1:34:28 (14th Women)
Paddock Wood Half Marathon:
292nd: Ollie Cook 1:34:19
Derby Runner League:
8th: Sophie Smith: 41.56
A fine start to the track season for Owen, as he frontrun a 3,000m PB and came close to one over 400m aswell, as he showed good speed and endurance in preparation for his 800m and 1,500m challenge this summer.
Yeovil Spring Open:
400m: 2nd: Owen Walpole: 51.9
3,000m: 1st: Owen Walpole: 8.55.8
Wimbledon Parkrun 5km:
10th: Ollie Cook: 19:30
Havering Mayesbrook Spring Warm-up:
A fine 1,500m early season showing from Chris, who started the DUAXC track season, and may well have booked a BUCS Outdoors slot with this Personal best performance.
200m: 'B' race: 3rd: Chris Lowe 26.00
400m: 4th: Chris Lowe 57.5
1,500m: 3rd: Chris Lowe 4:20.1
'Lads Leap' Fell race
Another strong run by inform Pete, who improved his time by a staggering 17 minutes from last year, while ex-DUAXC teammate Tom Beach also showed impressive improvement, by finishing 8th.
Some good early season runs also by BUCS team member Katie, while Sophie destroyed the endurance milestone set by Tory by completing a brutal 16 mile race.
19th: Pete Davison 59:49
Newquay and Par Spring Warmup:
200m: 4th: Katie Hewitt 28.7
400m: 3rd Katie Hewitt 64.6
Combe Gibbet to Overton 16:
107th: Sophie Smith 2.24.14 (21st female)
Even when not at Durham, Pete and Ollie seem to mimic each other and both have now run well in non-Newcastle Parkruns.
I had just completed a 70 minute run when asked if I could run the next day at the road relays so was happy despite a slow time in hot conditions.
Barnsley Parkrun 5km:
4th: Pete Davison 19:28
National 12 Stage Road Relays (Sutton)
Leg 6: 61st: Nick Butler (Stroud) 20.36
An early season 100m PB for Gareth shows the benefit of warm weather training, as he looks likely to smash his times this summer. Three more good performances also by Chris.
Radley AC Open:
200m: 5th: Chris Lowe 23.6
800m: 4th: Chris Lowe 2:15.6
1,500m: 2nd: Chris Lowe 4:23.3
Wakefield Spring Open:
100m: 2nd: Gareth Phillips 11.65 (PB!)
200m: 5th: Gareth Phillips 24.05
A strong season opener for DUAXC's throws specialist Sarah, and a 200m SB for Gareth.
Alpha Beta Trophy (Lee Valley)
Javelin: 1st: Sarah McGuire 34:42
West Yorkshire League (York)
100m: 4th: Gareth Phillips 11.89 (1st Under 23)
200m: 4th: Gareth Phillips 23.84 (1st Under 23)
In hot conditions, a fantastic performance by Dan, running just outside his PB. He went through 10km in 38.54 and halfway in 1.22.36 for a strong time.
Also more good sprinting displays by Katie and middle distance ones for Owen and (in his season opener) Fred.
Virgin London Marathon:
439th: Dan Jenkin 2:49:29
South West Athletics League Division One (Exeter)
Men's 1,500m: 1st: Owen Walpole 3.59.6
Women's 200m: 200m: 6th: Katie Hewitt 28.9
400m: Katie Hewitt: 64.4
Anne Marie Readshaw Memorial Open:
800m: 12th: Fred Hamlin 2:09.7