Burnham Beeches Half Marathon: 15 August 1999

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All runners

Pos arrow Name arrow Time arrow Cat arrow Club arrow Graded arrow Pace arrow
1 1 Owen Barder 1:28:10 SM Serpentine 67.7% 6:43
2 2 Eric Williams 1:31:10 SM Serpentine 65.4% 6:57
3 3 Rokea Schiller 1:32:26 SL Serpentine 71.2% 7:03
4 4 Dorte Christiansen 1:35:33 SL Serpentine 68.9% 7:17
5 5 Eamonn Richardson 1:37:07 V40 Serpentine 63.0% 7:24
6 6 Annie Kane 1:37:40 SL Serpentine 67.4% 7:27
7 7 Sarah Newton 1:40:43 FV40 Serpentine 68.8% 7:41
8 8 Grethe Petersen 1:41:35 SL Serpentine 64.8% 7:45
9 9 Ron Hagell 1:43:01 V50 Serpentine 66.1% 7:51
10 10 Peter Torre 1:49:55 V55 Serpentine 63.6% 8:23
11 11 David Lipscomb 1:51:59 V35 Serpentine 53.3% 8:32
12 12 Beate Vogt 1:52:43 FV40 Serpentine 60.4% 8:36
13 13 Margaret Moran 1:54:59 FV45 Serpentine 64.0% 8:46
14 14 Tony Leppard 1:57:11 V60 Serpentine 62.5% 8:56
15 15 David Bailey 2:00:18 V60 Serpentine 61.5% 9:10


I have never run the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon until this year, which as I was to discover was more the pity, as I thoroughly enjoyed the run. It is two laps over an undulating course through woodland and roads in the Berkshire countryside. Eric Williams clearly hadn’t run the race before either, as the webmaster had to explain that it was nowhere near the beach!
I had been given my race instructions by the Peter Pan of the Serpentine Running Club – Bob Davidson: to refrain from going off like a “headless chicken” but to run the first half of the course slowly noting where all the undulations occur, and then gauging how I felt on the second lap.
I followed Bob’s instructions to the letter and along with Tony Leppard went through 5 miles at a sedate pace, although some confusion arose as Tony had misheard the time called out by the timekeeper and thought his stopwatch was playing up.
Having concentrated on the first lap, I felt comfortable at the beginning of the second lap seeing Peter Torre a few hundred yards in front of me up until the 10.5 mile stage where there is a long drag uphill which slowed me down over the last few miles. The worst part of the course was not the hills as I had envisaged but the very short sharp decline near the finish which with the comparative stopping speed of an oil tanker caused me a few problems.
Finally, congratulations to the Ladies Team who won the team prize for the second consecutive year. The full results are now on the web (webmaster warning: this site is slow), but I have with the webmaster’s assistance listed below the times of all those serpies who I am aware ran.
David Lipscomb

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