Spen 20 Race Report

courtesy of Phil Coop

Spen 20 – Sunday 9th March 2014

Conditions; Hot and sunny with a very slight

STAC attendees: 

Phil Coop, Paul Dixon, Craig Keedy, Terry ‘Baywatch’ Midgley, John Robson, Marc and Donna Lenaghan, Jude Jackson, Joanne
Loftus, Lynsey Farthing

The Spen20 race is the perfect warm up race for anyone attempting the cycle of Spring Marathons.  The STAC runners today
are engaged in the following marathons London, Manchester and Shakespeare (Stratford).

The race itself is tough but achievable. There are two main loops that criss cross uphill and down dale.  The views from the tops of Robertstown are wonderful on such a beautiful day.

The course is well marshalled and not too busy. Drinks are limited and I would advise people to bring a water bottle and some
gels with them if wishing to run the race. The race starts and finishes on the Athletic track in Cleckheaton and with free parking, changing facilities, toilets and refreshments available, the event is very well organised. A credit to Spenborough A.C.

How did we all get on?

Craig Keedy ran a fantastic race finishing 4th overall in a brilliant time of 1:59:23 only missing out on third place by 10 seconds.  Craig picked up a medal for 2nd place in the 40 male category. Great running Craig.

John Robson ran
a brilliant 2:14:25 finishing 23rd overall, well done John.

Terry Midgley ran a fantastic 2:15:32 finishing 26th overall.  A special note about Terry for those of you who do not know what his plans are for his Marathon this year.

Terry is attempting a world record for the fastest person to run a marathon dressed as a ‘Baywatch Life Guard’. He looked quite the picture at the start holding his red Life Buoy and I am sure he would have received some strange looks running around the hills of Spen. Well done Terry and good luck with your challenge.

Marc Lenaghan ran a super 2:38:25 finishing 96th overall which will set him up nicely for Manchester, well done Marc.

Paul Dixon ran a very good 2:55:43 finishing 161st. Running under 3 hours in your first 20 mile event is a great time Paul.

Phil Coop ran an encouraging 3:09:09 finishing a creditable 203rd and felt good and almost ready now for Manchester.

Donna Lenaghan and Joanne Loftus finished together in 3:36:33  placed 246 and 247th respectively and were very happy
with the run (they planned this as a long training run, well done ladies, great running and no injuries sustained).

Jude Jackson ran a strong 3:43:28 finishing 250th. Jude has been struggling with his calves and this was a fantastic run and confidence booster leading up to London. Well done Jude.

Lynsey Farthing ran a brilliant 3:49:18 finishing 255th in her first 20 mile event. Very well done Lynsey, great prep for Manchester.

Post race drinks were available, teas, coffee, juice etc (all free) and the lovely Lenaghans brought a tray of Danish pastries the size of which I haven’t seen for quite some time, they were delicious, thank you.

All in all another great turnout by STAC, everyone did the vest proud and should be very pleased with their own individual

I don’t think this would be a good club race but I would encourage anyone who fancies a 20 mile challenge to give it a go next
year. Good luck to all those who are running marathons in the coming weeks.

Happy Running!

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