Five Mel's Milers completed the London Marathon this year with the most improved runner being Sharon Frankland, who completed the race in 3hrs 59mins. Other members were Sarah Curran (4hrs 01min), Fiona McDougall (4hrs 11mins), Robin Fairhurst (4hrs 31mins) and Magic Martin Sanderson (4hrs 40mins). Well done to all of them for making it to the end despite some wobbly moments !
Worthing Christmas Cracker : 5th December 2009
To get Christmas off to a good start twelve little elves from Mel's Milers ran the ladies only 10k race along the seafront at Worthing. The red shorts and pointy ears got them noticed and did not detract from some good running performances. They also got a few odd looks in Costas afterwards !
Barns Green Half Marathon : 1st November 2009
A good turn-out of Mel's Milers this year at our local race despite the awful weather. Well done to the everyone who ran, and the club supporters, who were nicely distributed along the course keeping the spirits up and trying to stay dry. Special mentions for Paula who easily managed her target of sub-two hours and Queenie for a fine PB of 1:44. Stamina awards for Tina who was running on 7 glasses of wine from the night before, and Dawn who had a close encounter with the tarmac in the first mile !
London Duathlon : 13th September 2009
This summer saw a rush of bike buying as all those pub cycle rides turned some runners into a bunch of budding duathloners. An impressive 9 club members made it to the start line of the London Duathlon in Richmond Park on 13th September, and all finished the race in good times with no spills. Some of the times for the final 5k run were pretty amazing, but the transition times were rather slow in some cases. (What were you doing Ed ?) Room for improvements next year so keep up the spinning everyone !
Southwater Triathlon : 6th September 2009
Well done to the three Mel's Milers who took the plunge in this year's local triathlon relay. Anna, Clare and Victoria - we admire your bravery in getting into that cold, murky lake. Glad you made it to the other side !
South Downs Marathon Relay : 13th June 2009
Two ladies' teams of four were entered for this trail run along the South Downs Way. The race started at Slindon College and finished at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, with three change-over points along the way, which added the extra challenge of driving the team members between the different points. The route was tough but scenic, and both teams managed to find their way and each other without too much difficulty. Mel's Merry Milers finished the marathon course in 3 hours 59 minutes, and Mel's Extra Milers in 4 hours 8 minutes, giving them overall positions of 45th and 52nd out of 81 teams. The eight girls enjoyed the race and well deserved lunch on the way home, and are hoping to be back next year.
Bluebell 10k, Angmering : April 2009
The Bluebell 10k is a popular one to start the Spring racing season, as you can always enjoy the flowers even if you're not enjoying the run ! All six Milers look quite happy after the race, and have obviously already forgotten that killer hill at the end !
London Marathon : April 2009
Well done to this year's group of Milers who completed the marathon in London with the usual support from other club members. Wendy and Sue deserve special congratulations for being first-timers and raising lots of money for their charities.
Paris Marathon : April 2009
Congratulations also to Sharon and Tony who decided to try the Paris marathon instead. By all accounts it was a good one, with wider roads than London, and they were both very pleased with their times, helped along by the shouts of 'Allez Sharon' !
Leith Hill Half Marathon : March 2009
Sharon and Dawn decided to have a go at this lethal sounding race in its second year. With an ascent of over 1800 feet, and subsequent descent, it was never going to be fast or easy. However the girls enjoyed the friendly race on a scenic course and finished tired but elated. The cooked breakfast afterwards made it all worthwhile, and the event got the thumbs up.
Mel's Milers 10k 2014, Sunday 30th March, entry forms available soon. See 10k page.