Eleven new top-ten placings during the month of September with Don Adie (M75) providing the only number one spot with his 82.21 set at Epsom Downs. A far cry from his UK record of 75:41 but the course was a bit of a toughie and I understand that injuries have played a role this year.
If anyone out there has a copy of any of these it would be much appreciated
There are now five categories showing the maximum limit of 100 names plus the W50 group, which is almost there.
You will see from the lists what you have to achieve to get among these particular listings but with both the Great South Run and the Cabbage Patch 10 due to take place in October, dramatic changes to these times look set to me made.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
The September update is a little later than usual as my computer ‘went down’ and a few days in a local intensive care unit was necessary. Well now all is well, and thankfully my lists survived the experience.
I have taken the opportunity of including in the current list the Wimbledon 10 held on October 5th for which I was responsible for producing the results. (At least I ensured that it was in five-year-age bands!)
In this race Jane Davies of Epsom & Ewell H ran a magnificent time 67:14 for third place on the W55 all-time list. Having just turned 55, Jane has time on her side to improve on this mark which was run over a testing course but Carol Ann Wolstenholme’s 65:22 set earlier this year looks daunting.
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD
The M80s are just like a London bus, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. After discovering Bruce Davidson’s efforts in the New Forest (see September Editorial) a race held in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland on August 29 shows that John McKeag has run 1:39:12 to now head this category for 2003.
It is unusual to receive a result from this part of the world but Lagan Vale’s Terry Eakin, a frequent visitor to England and who often stays in southwest London, kindly sent the Ballyclare details to me. I have often invited him to come for a training run from the famous Lauriston Cottage in nearby Wimbledon but as of yet he has been unable to make it.
For those of you not familiar with Lauriston Cottage click on to www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk where you will discover a tribute to Arthur Whitehead, the man who made it happen.
A letter published in the Daily Mirror September 15, 1925 shows a correlation between the world of ballroom dancing and 10-mile road racing. So long ago that even the two M80s mentioned earlier were too young at the time to take heed! ‘New steps of a more strenuous character will never become popular in the ballroom so long as dancers indulge in their favourite pastime not for an hour at a time, but for five at least.
One would never ask long-distance runners to get off the mark at full speed when starting on a 10-mile race and to keep up the pace throughout. It is the same with present day dancers. They need to ‘nurse’ their stamina by means of low stepping.’
SHAKING ALL OVER
The Daily Telegraph reports that shoes with vibrating soles could help elderly people to avoid falling over. An experiment with men and women with an average age of 73, found that special soles – fed with a low noise signal to make them vibrate – gave them the balance of someone in their 20s.
During the study, originally reported in The Lancet, 15 young people and 12 elderly people stood with closed eyes for 30-second period on the vibrating insoles. Both groups swayed less when the soles vibrated but the effect was greater with the older group.
Personally, I only fell over once and that was when tiring towards the end of the Folkestone 10 but if a running shoe company wishes to develop this idea further, New Balance springs to mind.
I haven’t included the results of the Rydale Run 10 held on September 7 as no age groups were indicated. With a winning time of 59:29 it was obviously a tough one so it is unlikely that any of the runners would have featured.
Some races for October (& early November)
12 Derwentside 10 www.derwentside-ac.co.uk
12 Ropsley 10 Lincolnshire www.ropsley.org.uk
12 BUPA Great South Run (Entries closed) www.onrunning.com
12 Marathon Windows Coulsdon 10 www.southlondonharriers.org.uk
12 Deviock Bounder 10 Cornwall
19 Tiptree 10 www.tiptreeroadrunners.freeserve.co.uk
19 Stragglers Cabbage Patch 10 www.cabbagepatch10.com
26 Fenland 10, Wisbech
26 Fordingbridge Fire Station 10 www.fordingbridgefirestation.com
Nov. 2 Flying Fox 10, Staffordshire www.stonemm.co.uk
2 Ronhill Derwentwater 10 www.keswick-ac.co.uk
2 Guy Fawkes 10, Harrogate www.niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk
2 Templeton Woods 10, Dundee www.dundeeroadrunners.co.uk
2 Lordshill 10, Southampton www.lordshillroadrunners.freeserve.co.uk
2 Drogo 10, Exeter www.swrr.co.uk