Stewart Ellis got the weekend’s racing off to a start at the Olympic Park 10k on Saturday. Ellis’s recent hard training paid off with him finishing in a time of 38.34, 20th out of over 300 finishers.

The big race of the weekend though was the ever popular Great Bentley Half Marathon. The race is usually an integral part of people’s training serving as a warm-up race prior to a spring marathon. The course is flat and always offers great personal best potential. Despite the extremely cold weather conditions including rain, sleet, wind and a bit of sunshine, today’s running of the race was no exception with a number of Road Runners achieving personal bests.

Tom Porter finished in 1.26 (pb). Steve May and Simon Humphrey stuck together all the way round to cross the line in 1.36, personal bests for both of them. Rachael Roughan was the first lady back for the Road Runners in 1.38 showing she’s just as comfortable on the road as off. Men’s Captain Dan Hollinshead was just behind in 1.39. Stuart Ashworth was pleased with a PB of 1.44. Caroliena Cameron was happy to see the finish in 1.49. The biggest PB of the day went to Meg Hollinshead, who knocked an amazing 13 minutes of her previous best, to finish in 1.50. This bodes extremely well for Meg who secured the club’s ballot place for this year’s London Marathon. Leigh-Anne Porter also managed a PB of 1.51 despite some recent niggles. Adam Buckle was only a minute over the 2 hour mark in a course PB. This race is an annual fixture for Keith Thorogood who finished in 2.14.

Photo of Meg Hollinshead courtesy of Charlotte May.