Jemima Amanda was the only Miler representing the club at an event over the last week. And a tough event it was too, she took part in the Summer Session Frolic. An 8 hour timed event in which participants do as many 4.5 mile loops as they can manage or want to. Jemima finished an impressive 6 laps, yes 27 miles in an overall time of 7:37:07. Huge congratulations on completing Marathon #5 👏🏃🏻♀️💨💪🏻🏅
Another week, another two events that couldn't be further apart geographically.
First the local race undertaken by Sarah Golding. She completed the Hazelbury Trailrace 10K in a PB time of 1 hour 3 minutes. Congratulations on her PB, we're sure it won't be long until she smashes her PB again.
A little further a field Dan Cahill represented the Minster Milers again on the global stage, this time in San Francisco taking part in the Golden Gate Double, 5K followed by 3K with an hours rest in between. Congratulations for his 5K time of 16:27 and 3K time of 10:02, coming 2nd in each discipline and 2nd overall.
Whilst not a race and you could argue why would you then? A huge congratulations to Ed Clements for completing his first ever 100K run, running all the way from Dawlish to Ilminster in 10:55:58. Completing the last 9 miles with the company of Julian Wilkes & Jason Hockey, well done for bring Ed home safely.
A ‘Bling’ and Burger’ flavoured Race Report
A quieter couple of weeks due to the hot weather saw just two honed MM athletes compete in races in search of ‘Bling’ and ‘Burgers’ this weekend.
With the weather turning from oppressive heat to showers and high winds here, Dan Cahill travelled all the way to America just to ensure a run in the sun! Dan clocked up his air miles to race in the San Diego 5K race. Clearly he left his jet pack on as he jettisoned to a 16.26 (7 seconds off his PB) And more importantly - 1st place overall. Finally Minster Milers makes it onto the global scene! I am sure Dan our tourist will now enjoy what the USA has to offer and refuel with Burgers!
Avoiding the long flight, Lissa Milton took on a White star running event as she conquered our neighbouring county on the Dorset Invader ‘Ultra’ Marathon. She tackled almost 29 miles of trail running amongst beautiful scenery and great aid stations. Lissa avoided the showers however the high winds literally blew her hat off!
The reward of almost 7 hours of running was a cracking new medal to add to Lissa’s collection.
Well done Milers!
It’s here again.... and he’s back winning again! Our club 5k handicap challenge took place this hot summers evening and a huge Congratulations goes to Keith May for taking back the trophy after it only leaving his mantle piece for a 3 week holiday! One up for the boys, however Keith can’t keep winning it can he chaps??
Photo here being presented the by last months winner Nichola Hockey
The sun was out this weekend and so were the Minster Miler Members, maybe not in quantity but definitely quality! Two different events, one local, one further afield, one a 10k trail, one a marathon trail event. However both have been described by our members as the ‘Hardest Hilliest’, ‘Most stupid’ and in the most ‘Crazy heat’ ever!!
We had two hardy members turn up in search of shiny gold, at the Buckland Bolt to take on the demanding 10K trail run around the hilly Blackdowns. The results are in and we have a club winner!!!!! The lightening quick Dan Cahill came in 1st overall in a time of 39:11 following closely in 6th was Stuart Gold in under the 50 minute marker. The unique prize on offer for each finisher was some local timber with a bolt driven through it. Makes a lovely change but we are not sure hanging these around your necks is a wise idea!
Secondly we have had two ‘Heat seeking’ missiles head to Bath in a pickle for the ‘Relish’ Bath running festival. Ed Clements finished an incredible 6th overall on the gruelling ‘Stupid, Stupid, Stupid hilly, hardest run of his life’ Marathon in 4hr:11. With half of the starters failing to finish must lay testament to the severity of this race! Nina Wagstaff took on a similar mission on similar terrain on the 10K version of this trail series race. Hoping to not aggravate her Achilles pain she still managed to kick her heels to a fine 4th overall and incredibly the first lady home in 49:10.
Well done all, a terrific display and a credit to the club.
Minster Milers would like to thank The Archie Gooch Pavillion for their continued support and superb facilities hosting our Wednesday run club evenings. The Milers recently raised £105.61 at the Ilminster Midsummer experience and as a token of the club’s appreciation presented Emma Jane Taylor, director of the Pavillion a cheque to put towards their car park resurfacing project.
Congratulations to Nichola Hockey who won June's club 5K handicap race. 13 runners including Nichola achieved a 5K PB, congratulations to all
It was definitely a case of over the hills and far away for our sun worshipping, medal hunting athletes of Minster Milers this weekend.
Saturday 7th July Races
- Richard Clifton warmed up at the Montacute Park Run finding good form with a 5th overall.
- Tom Jennings and Julian Wilkes continued their sibling rivalry at the Guildford Triathlon which took on a 50m pool/500m swim, a 24k ride followed by a 5k+ trail run. Both enjoyed successes with a 9th and 12th overall respectively. Tom winning the brotherly bragging rites this time however Julian did achieve 3rd in age category.
- Stuart Gold and Caroline Mullane braved the heat on the Ham to Lyme Ultra Run, 31 miles/50k were tackled by the smiley Milers pair on a hilly demanding route. The result was a sea side finish, a dip in the sea and a well deserved ice cream!
Sunday 8th July Races
- Jo Carnell and Nina Wagstaff took to two wheels on the Velothon Wales for 90 miles in 6 hours of hard riding up some iconic climbs such as the ‘Tumble’ Well done MM ladies
- Richard Clifton and Hilary Askew caught a ferry to race around Lundy Island! With Richard coming in 16th in under two hours covering the 14 miles with over 2000ft of climbing.
Both Milers experienced some amazing scenery and even caught sight of porpoises!
Well done everyone
Athol Petts- Bustinskins Race to the Bill Triathlon (time TBC). Congratulations on a great race Athol!
The following members also competed in the Martock 10k:
Jason Hockey- 43:17
Nichola Hockey- 01:07:15 (well done on completing your first ever competitive 10k Nicky!!)
Simon Moulding- 48:44
Jo Carnell- 59:33
Keith May- 01:07:16
Sue Ripley- 01:03:33
So great to see so many of you competing and achieving some fantastic times!
Meanwhile in Devon... Chairman Dan Cahill came 2nd in Exeter Age UK 10k- 34:46.
Congratulations on another successful weekend of racing Milers!
Congratulations to Ed Clements and Julian Wilkes (two of our committee members) who supported each other fantastically to keep on going to complete the gruelling and very hilly Race To The Tower- a 53 mile double trail ultra marathon, with over 8000ft of climbing, along the Cotswold Way! They came 43rd out of 515 finishers, finishing in under 11 hours.
Congratulations to Athol Petts who completed the Goldenstones aquathlon in a fantastic time. Athol completed the 300m swim in 6:14 and the 5km run in 27:27!