Success for local runners

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Endurance Sports

Runners from Spirit of Monmouth Running Club made the most of the fine weather this weekend to take part in various races across the region.

On Sunday, May 14th, Leanne Meek from Ross-on-Wye took part in her first half marathon, completing the hilly 13.1-mile course in one hour and 45 minutes - an outstanding time for a first half marathon. Leanne is now training to beat this time at the Cardiff Half Marathon in October.

In Tewkesbury, David Rutter achieved a new personal best time in the half marathon, finishing in two hours and 11 minutes, more than 2.5 minutes faster than his previous best time.

Sally Gilson and Kirsty Jones took part in the Brecon Beacons Marathon, which included more than 2,800 metres of ascent along the 26-mile route. Sally finished in six hours and 45 minutes. Kirsty completed the course in nine hours and 35 minutes.

Kirsty was part of a team of runners she met through the online running community ‘Run Mummy Run’.

Kirsty and her friend Laura Hurcombe are training for the 100km ultra-marathon, Race to the Stones, in July, which they are doing to raise money for a multi-terrain outdoor play area for Whitchurch Primary School. To support and see how they get on, follow them at @whitchurchmums on Facebook or Twitter.

Herefordshire runner, Paul McAfee, took part in the ultra-marathon distance race at the same event. This route included over 3,500 metres of ascent and covered 32 miles. Paul completed this in 6 hours 54 minutes.

Spirit of Monmouth Running Club has members with a wide range of running abilities. They meet at 7:20pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and have runners from Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. More information on the club can be found on their website, please visit: www.spiritofmonmouth.co.uk

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