Dorney Lake Marathon - October 2020

Dorney Lake

Five Sevenoaks runners tackled the Dorney Lake Marathon in Berkshire on 4th October. John Witton, who said: "It was a tough race with the loops in the wind and rain!", led our runners home. The SAC results were as follows:

Pos Num Name Time Category CatPos Gender GenPos Club
85 65 JOHN WITTON 02:50:45 M40 24 Male 84 Sevenoaks AC
147 100 HUGH BRENNAN 02:58:13 M40 52 Male 139 Sevenoaks AC
201 655 NICK HUMPHREY-TAYLOR 03:08:21 M40 74 Male 187 Sevenoaks AC
270 447 ANDY ASHLEE 03:23:31 M50 32 Male 235 Sevenoaks AC
307 401 DANIEL WITT 03:28:54 M40 104 Male 265 Sevenoaks AC

 The full results are here.

SAC (Virtual) Handicap October 2020

MartinMartin Dixon won the September handicap ahead of Lucy Wilkes with Andrew Mead third.

Lucy now leads Dan Witt by two points in the series with Andrew another two points behind in third.

The October race over seven miles will again be a virtual event.

The full details are here.




North Devon AONB Marathon and Half

Ben and Graham

The North Devon AONB Half Marathon and Marathon took place on Sunday 27 September at sunny (but a bit breezy) Woolacombe, writes Ben Taylor.

With reduced entries and many runners deferring to next year there were less than half the number of starters compared with last year's event - 197 in the half marathon and 85 for the marathon.

The procedures to cope with covid-19 included a rolling start with runners assigned a time between 10am and 10:45, mask wearing up to the start line and immediately after gathering your breath after the finish, and using your own water cup/bottle at aid stations. In practice the low numbers meant that marshals were able to slot runners in whenever they were ready to go, and most people came self-sufficient with water and gels.

The run itself takes in plenty of the South West Coast Path, some tarmac roads and a few hills steep enough to turn your legs into jelly. After reaching the southern end of Woolacombe Beach the course ventures out and around Baggy Point, with views south to Bideford and Westward Ho! before descending to Croyde. It was while running along Croyde Beach that I saw the familiar SAC face of Graham Cook, out doing the full marathon.

After a quick chat we concluded that since I was only doing the half I should probably be going faster, so he sent me off ahead. With the pressure on me now, we headed towards the village of Saunton before taking a series of steep ups and downs back towards Woolacombe.

With my legs giving way I finally reached the turn off to finish the half marathon only to find Graham stalking along behind me, getting ready to do it all again on a 21k loop to the north of town. Clearly my half marathon pace had room for improvement.

Overall it was a well organised event in spectacular surroundings which lived up to the claim of being one of the UK's toughest races. The organisers had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get the race happening and showed that races could still be done well even in the current situation.

Ben was 31st in the half in 2:00:19 and Graham 49th in the marathon in 5:09:14. The full results are here.

SAC (Virtual) Handicap September 2020

DanDan Witt won the September handicap ahead of Andrew Mead with Lucy Wilkes third.

Only Dan beat his handicap.

Lucy still leads the series, but Dan has reduced her lead over him to a single point.

Andrew is third, another three points behind.

The next race is also virtual - 5M/8k anywhere, any time in September.

The details are here.