Weekly Serpie round-up

We travel far and wide this week - Chester via Manchester, Vicky Park, Milton Keynes, Marbella, Richmond to Oxford, Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Hampton, Cong and a whole lotta parkruns. It's the week's news!

Picture from Weekly Serpie round-up

England Age Group Marathon (Chester)

Congratulations to Jacqueline Millett who has been selected to represent England on the Masters team at the Chester Marathon in October. Jacqueline was selected based on her performance at the Manchester Marathon in April. (Photo: Camilla Langlands)

Assembly League

The second Assembly League fixture took place in Victoria Park on Thursday, with one of its largest turnouts and ever increasing attendance from club members. The fast, flat lap and a half course provides a strong standard of entry at the front but also a wide range of ability across the field.

It was my second year running it. I just managed to avoid the trap of the unusual distance, just slightly more than a parkrun, and in slightly cooler weather due to the evening start, it was generally good conditions all round. Serpentine were led home by Rick Weston (17:47) and Cheryl Sacks (23:40).

The League returns to our home race at Battersea for a two lap 5K on June 7th. (Report: Philip Whitehouse)

Ironman Marbella 70.3

13 happy faces post Ironman Marbella 70.3A thirteen strong crew of current and past Serpentine triathletes and their supporters travelled to the south of Spain to compete in a half Ironman in Marbella. Flanked by the ocean and the mountains, it is one of the most beautiful locations in Spain. The race consists of a 1,900m swim in the Med, a challenging 90km on the bike due to more than 1400m of climbing, and a two lap run along the promenade of Puerto Banus Beach.

The misfortune of injury sadly hampered team Serpentine which meant that only seven out of ten finished the race but each one of us still raced in the respective discipline we could. The run in the midday heat was a real test after such a hilly bike course and those of us who were still out there were truly grateful for all the vocal encouragement and support we received from our fellow Serpies and their partners.

This is a brand new event, it has never been held in Marbella before which makes it a little bit special but more importantly because it means so much more to race together with friends. (Report: Katia Hadaschik)

(The magnificent 13: Katia Hadaschik, Ivan Gowan, Rosh Karunaratne, Angus Beaumont, Michael Shaw, Nicola Kaye, Hamilton Huxham, Paul Pulze, John Kearney, Reinhard Kreth)

MK Marathon Weekend

A small but hardy bunch of Serpies ventured out to Milton Keynes for Monday's marathon and half. To quote Tom Poynton, it was a day for eating ice cream, not racing, and this was reflected in the times recorded. PBs were not on the cards; survival being the main objective in searing 25C+ temperatures.

In the marathon, John Nugus was first Serpie home, with a time of 3:10:27, with Tamsin Simmonds leading the Serpette charge in 3:14:03. Spare a thought for Frances Ngu, who toughed it out in the half despite being well outside a PB. Kevin Murray was first Serpie home in the half and first in the V50 category.

Mercifully unique to this race was the man dressed as a cow giving high 5s to all finishers. In addition, we were treated to the dubious pleasure of a Mariachi band delivering tortured versions of 'Wonderwall', '500 miles' and the Human League's 'Don't you want me baby'. (Report: Kevin Murray)

Centurion Running Thames Path 100

Great turnout at the Thames Turbo Sprint TriOver the Bank Holiday weekend at least 4 Serpies (Alistair Watson, Andy Bain, Ade Fowler, me...there may have been others) took on the Centurion Running Thames Path 100, a 102mi race from Richmond to Oxford along the Thames Path. The weather conditions were not conducive to running long distances which lead to a ~42% DNF rate for the race, but Andy and I battled to the end overcoming heat, dehydration, blisters, chaffing and drunkards leaving the Reading beer festival. Ali unfortunately dropped out after a very respectable 38mi and Aid withdrew after an incredible 71mi. (Report: Matthew Hearne)

(Some of...) The best of the rest

Handicap winner Camilla14 Serpies raced the Thames Turbo Sprint Tri on Bank Holiday Monday. For the uninitiated: That's a 426m swim, 21.5k bike and 5k run. Great turnout! Congratulations to Christine Lutsch for taking 3rd spot. (Photo: Coralie Frost)

Congratulations to Bairbre Doyle who was 2nd woman at the Ashford Duathlon (that's Ashford in County Mayo, Ireland, rather than Kent). 

Congratulations to Phil Kelvin who was fastest FV60 at the ever popular Regent's Park Summer 10k

Congratulations to Camilla Allwood for storming to victory at the May Handicap in an impressive PB. Does all that Monday night track work have anything to do with it? (Photo: Kim Boursnell)


Parkrun results for 5 May 2018 (57 runners)

Top 5 by time and age-graded performance

NameEventTimeGender # NameEventTimeGender # NameAge-graded
Max Harrison-TosattoDulwich16:363 Helen GrayMile End18:211 Victoria Basquill83.51%
David EvansBurgess16:571 Victoria BasquillGreenwich19:121 Helen Gray80.65%
Martin RichardsonBromley17:072 Lavinia SingerCheltenham19:381 Tim Hazell78.55%
Samuel BarnesColwick17:132 Ahlem Ben GuebliaFulham Palace19:432 Andrew Reeves78.26%
Milan MisakFulham Palace17:233 Sarah PembertonReigate Priory19:511 Richard Taylor78.03%

Podium Finishers

1st: David Evans (Burgess) - 16:57, James Gillanders (Hampstead Heath) - 17:48, Helen Gray (Mile End) - 18:21, Andrew Reeves (Reigate Priory) - 18:24, Victoria Basquill (Greenwich) - 19:12, Lavinia Singer (Cheltenham) - 19:38, Sarah Pemberton (Reigate Priory) - 19:51
2nd: Martin Richardson (Bromley) - 17:07, Samuel Barnes (Colwick) - 17:13, Joost Vogel (Wormwood Scrubs) - 17:28, Ahlem Ben Gueblia (Fulham Palace) - 19:43
3rd: Max Harrison-Tosatto (Dulwich) - 16:36, Milan Misak (Fulham Palace) - 17:23, Tim Hazell (Osterley) - 19:44, Margaret Greatorex (Minehead) - 24:24

Busiest parkruns (3+ Serpies)

Fulham Palace (5), Brockwell - Herne Hill (3), Bushy (3), Osterley (3)

Full consolidated Serpentine results. Can't see yours? Updating your parkrun profile with Serpentine RC as your club should do the trick. (Results: Alex Jeffreys)

Next week and beyond

The weekly round-up is taking a break next week, normal service will resume w/c May 21st. Do feel free to share your reports from this week's events and I'll do my best to include them in what I'm hoping will be a bumper double edition!
Looking further ahead, I'm looking for regular co-writers and editors to help me with specific tasks, e.g. sourcing and/or taking photos, researching, writing about a race, editing, and/or taking charge of the whole shebang once in a while (or more if you're keen!). The only prerequisite is a keen interest in and passion for our club and members. Drop me a line if that sounds like you.

If your result is missing from the club website, you can add it yourself or, if the race isn't listed in the dropdown menu, contact the Results Elves at results@serpentine.org.uk. Even better, simply add your name to the Race & Event Planner in advance and name SERPENTINE as your club when you enter races to ensure your results are added to your profile.

With thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's edition!

Eda Korkmaz

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Submitted: 9 May 2018