In the first round of the Assembly League inter club series at Beckenham Park, Dulwich Runners’ men and women led the way with first place team finishes ahead of Victoria Park and Kent AC.
Ed Chuck (second), Andy Bond (fourth), fast-improving Jack Ramm (sixth) and Alastair Locke (16th) scored for the men.
Elkie Mace was first female finisher, well-supported by Marta Miaskiewicz (third), Andrea Pickup (ninth) and Laura Vincent (16th). Michelle Lennon and Ola Balme also had excellent runs to finish first and second in the W55 age category.
Club members were in action in the Brighton and Paris marathons and the club’s 10 mile championships at Chiswick on Sunday.
A strong easterly breeze on Brighton seafront meant that runners needed to make up time on the run to Shoreham Harbour with a headwind at the finish.
Rob Hollands smashed his marathon PB by 15 minutes with a well paced performance and even had the energy for a sprint finish to record 2 hours 52 minutes. Daniel Mann ran 2:59 just outside his PB and Grzegorz Galezia agonisingly ran 3:00 for the second year in a row with a small consolation of a five-second improvement.
Coach Steve Smythe beat his own M60 marathon record by seven minutes in 3:09 and was the fastest of the M55-plus in the race.
Over the Channel, Adam Taylor ran 3:28 and Lucy Pickering put in another sprint finish for 3:29 and a five-minute PB.
Andy Bond and Jack Ramm finished first and second in the Thames Towpath 10 Mile race. Marta Miaskiewicz won the women’s competition and was joined by Belinda Cottrill and Yvette Dore in the overall winning team.
Photos: Matt Ladds and Yvette Dore by the Thames. Andy Bond and Marta Miaskiewicz collecting their individual prizes