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Editorial – June 2016

har (1)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.

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.

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 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.’

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
12 Ropsley 10 Lincolnshire
12 BUPA Great South Run (Entries closed)
12 Marathon Windows Coulsdon 10
12 Deviock Bounder 10 Cornwall
19 Tiptree 10
19 Stragglers Cabbage Patch 10
26 Fenland 10, Wisbech
26 Fordingbridge Fire Station 10
Nov. 2 Flying Fox 10, Staffordshire
2 Ronhill Derwentwater 10
2 Guy Fawkes 10, Harrogate
2 Templeton Woods 10, Dundee
2 Lordshill 10, Southampton
2 Drogo 10, Exeter

Editorial – March 2016

Once again, this latest input has been somewhat delayed, the reason this time being that I have been employed for some weeks up in London Town. Shouldn’t be allowed at my time of life!

There where major inroads made during October into the higher ranks of the various age categories with races at Portsmouth and Twickenham having some say in the matter.

Four new names, for this year, now head their respective categories, namely M75 Peter Thomas, W45 Fiona Kennedy, W50 Paula Fudge and W65 Ena Urich. Two current number ones, M40 Mike Boyle and M60 Graham Patton both consolidated their positions with improved performances.

Both 2003 Flora London Marathon veteran winners Mark Hargreaves and Michaela McCallum now grace the lists while former outright women’s winner of that event. Liz McColgan has entered the realms of W35 10-milers for, I believe, the first time.

Ballycotton 10
One of the most popular events in the road racing calendar must be the Ballycotton 10 held in Ireland and which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. The long-standing organiser of the race, John Walshe, already has next year’s race well in hand and if anyone wishes to get an early mark for the 2004 rankings, now is the time to make plans.

The 2004 Ballycotton ’10’ takes place on Sunday March 7th (1.30pm) and anyone interested can write for entry forms to: Ballycotton Running Promotions, Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Ireland. Instead of a limit as in previous years, a closing date of December 16th will apply. Full details are on the race website at:

John also submitted a brief look at the event with the emphasis being on the veterans’ scene.

The small seaside village of Ballycotton in East Cork has been home to a ten-mile race for the past 25 years. Starting with just 31 runners in 1978, the race now struggles to cope with the massive numbers wanting to run this spoon-shaped, mainly flat, course on quiet country lanes.

Pete Flatman from the City of Hull was one of the first cross-channel visitors back in 1984. Just turned 40, he finished tenth overall in 50:32, a time that stood until 1995 when four-time overall winner Liam O’Brien set the current M40 best of 50:06.

Known as the ‘Flying Ferret’, Malcolm Martin from Sheffield has the M45 best of 52:42 from 1992, which was three seconds inside the time Corkman John Buckley recorded the previous year – Buckley would go to win four medals that summer at the World Veteran Championships.

After losing one record, Buckley got his name on the books again in 1988 by establishing a M50 mark of 54:09. Adam Jones from Dublin set the M55 record the same year with a time of 58:05.

Flor O’Leary, who ran the inaugural race back in 1978 in 57:55, had the remarkable achievement of ‘breaking sixty at sixty’ when setting the M60 best of 59:15 in 1994. Five years later, he was still able to break 65 minutes with a M65 record of 64:19.

Another of the many British visitors over the years, Jack Kirk from Middleton Harriers, holds the M70 best of 70:11 from 1996.

Among the women, Cathy Shum holds the W35 record of 55:29, a time she set when finishing just one second behind overall winner Marian Sutton in 1997. These are still the two fastest female times – one Sonia O’Sullivan is fourth on the all-time list with 55:37 from 2001.

Trudi Thomson from Scotland, winner in 1999, set the W40 record of 56:22 the following year when finishing second.

Ann Kearney, a tri-athlete from Dublin, holds the W45 best with her 62:59 from 1996. Margaret McCreery set the W50 mark of 69:12 this past year, which also saw the W55 record go to Joan Coyle with her time of 69:14. And finally, the W65 effort stands to Catherine O’Regan at 83:37 from 2002.

Ian Bloomfield – a mystery solved
In a previous editorial I enquired as to who was Ian Bloomfield whose M40 best of 49:23 shares fifth place alongside Nigel Gates on the UK all-time list. Well, thanks to the following e-mail I have now been enlightened.

I have only just come across your excellent web-site service – I haven’t run any 10’s for a while so hadn’t picked your site up. I think it’s really informative and interesting – well done!

The reason I’m writing is that your August newsletter refers to ‘an Ian Bloomfield’ who ran a fast 10 in the Brampton to Carlisle race of 1993. Ian in fact runs for the Chester-le-Street club in the North-east, about five miles north of Durham, and, although racing infrequently these days, has a very good record from the past – he ran a marathon in the region of 2:12 to 2:14 in his pre-vet days, I think in New York.

I will keep reading your site now, and might even be tempted to turn out in a ’10’ again!

Best wishes,
Richard Harvey (O/60)
Newton Aycliffe A.C. (also in the North-East)
(Ed: Thanks for that Richard, feedback on the site is always more than welcome,)

Mileage – Quantity or quality?
When researchers at the University of South Carolina studied 583 veteran runners recently, they found that the most important predictor for injuries was total mileage. Those who ran 40 miles a week or more were more likely to get hurt. This doesn’t mean you should never do more than 40 miles a week in your training; some people handle the high mileage just fine. (Also, most marathon training plans have you doing more than 40, but only for a short period.) However, the research does suggest that, over the long haul, running more quality miles may be the way to go.

Did you know?
En route to his UK record breaking 66:42 on October 26 in the Stroud Half marathon, Martin Rees went through ten miles in 50:30…faster than his current UK best of 50:43 set at Woking in March of this year.

When I was 40 my doctor advised me that a man in his forties shouldn’t be running. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.

Editorial – February 2016

November was a hectic month as far as 10-mile races go (14 at last count) with three – Brampton-Carlisle, Llandudno and Hayling Island – leading to major input on the site.

Three new number one positions with M75 Peter Thomas also making 4th place on the UK all-time with his 78:53 at Hadleigh.

Newly qualified as a W60, Kathleen Robertshaw ran 73:58 at Preston at Harrogate – Kathleen is also 8th on the W55 listing – and Iris Hubbard’s 1:50.57 at Hadleigh is good enough to top the W70 lists.

Patton marches into third
Talking to Graham Patton, after his runaway M60 win at the Masters International Cross-Country in Cardiff, it was only by chance that his time of 57:46 at the Nuneaton 10 on September 21 was discovered. Now this puts Graham into third place on the M60 UK all-time list just one second ahead of former European 5000m champion Bruce Tulloh, with Steve James still heading the category with his 57:04 at Leyland in 1998. Note: Steve also heads the M55 lists with 54:51.

Steve, as proved by his M65 win at Cardiff, is now probably back to something like his form of old so could he became the first Briton in this age-group to crack the hour barrier for ten miles?

The Nuneaton result also threw out the fact that Garry Payne is an M45 so his 54:22 at Rugby on October 12 which saw him as 15th M40 on this year’s list now moves on to third in the M45 listings. (Ed: Now you know why I harp on about 5-year age bands being shown in the results!)

NB: Thanks to Irene Nicholls of Midland Vets I have now received a full copy of the Nuneaton results and as a bonus it shows all of the runners individual ages. (Ah! What luxury.)

Shown in these results was a Sheila Carey who, as Taylor, was an Olympic 1500m finalist and former UK record holder for that distance. What with Sheila (5th W55) and former world 10,000m champion Liz McColgan (2nd W35) now gracing the lists, there is certainly a touch of class about the women.

Morris Major
Tracey Anne Morris becomes the latest female veteran to breach the one-hour barrier this year with her 59:48 in the Guy Fawkes 10 held in Harrogate on November 2. However, even more impressive was the fact that she finished fourth overall from a field of 607 runners over – judging by the times of the men – what was a not too easy course. In fact Tracey was the first veteran of any gender to finish.

Don’t be shy
In discussion with one of the principals of the company that produces the popular Racemaster results package the question was raised as to why they had altered a key aspect of their product.

Formerly, when producing the age-graded result the exact age of each competitor was displayed. This meant even if the category showed e.g. M60+, W40-W49 etc the relevant five-year age banding could be ascertained for ranking purposes. However, this no longer happens, the reason given being that not all athletes want the whole wide world to know of their age.

Thankfully there are still a number of results providers that show these individual ages but it would be interesting to hear if they have had any adverse comments.

Name that club
Visitors to the site will note that on the all-time lists there is many an athlete that doesn’t have their club indicated. If anyone out there can fill in some of these gaps, it would be much appreciated. A complete up-to-date list for these will appear in January.

New model Ford
Noted in the results of the Llandudno 10 was a Leon Kata who was classified as an M70 with a majestic time of 64:22; an amazing two minutes inside the late Bob Peart’s UK best for the category. There was a question mark indicated against his name so unless I hear otherwise the mark will be ignored.

Mind you, he was competing for Ford Halewood so perhaps he is the latest model to roll off the production line!

M70s required
Currently the M70 listing shows 98 recorded performances so if two more compete in that category during December the ‘magic’ ton will be achieved, probably for the first time ever. There have probably been during the year some M70s shown on result sheets but designated e.g. as an M60+

If you add the 15 in total M75s and M80s listed it makes a pretty impressive statistic for the older runner.

Quick Templer
You won’t find any references to the Templer 10 at Newton Abbott on November 16 listed as after keying all the results in was discovered that the race was advertised as ‘approximately 9.5 miles.’ Mind you it should have been sussed that something wasn’t quite right, as some runners had knocked around five minutes from their previous season’s bests and no less than 34 entries from the race had been inserted into these lists. (Ed: I must remember this one for next year.)

Of Mice and Men (and Women)
Working out ‘may lead to a physical addiction’

By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent

A team led by Dr Justin Rhodes, of Oregon Health and Science University, studied the brain activity of two groups of mice deprived of exercise wheels. One group were normal laboratory animals, the others had been bred for their love of running.

Dr Rhodes said: “All mice run on wheels and therefore have a motivation to run.” But the specially bred mice had a genetic predisposition to run longer distances. “They may represent those few extreme individuals in the population with an intense desire or compulsion to run,” he added.

Over six days the normal mice ran about two miles while the specially bred mice managed six miles. On the seventh day, half the mice in each group were removed from the exercise wheel. All mice denied exercise had higher levels of brain activity in 16 out of 25 brain regions.

The activity was highest in the specially bred mice.

“In the high running mice, certain brain regions displayed extremely high levels of activity,” said Dr Rhodes. “These were the same brain regions that become activated when you prevent rats from getting their daily fix of cocaine, morphine, alcohol or nicotine.”

The findings suggested that the mice had a physical craving for exercise if prevented from running. People may have a similar reaction to exercise, the team believes. The above appeared in the Daily Telegraph 1/12/03

December, as the more observant of you will be aware, is the final month of the year. This means that the next up-date on these lists will be held over to appear later than usual in January to enable the final 2003 rankings to be as accurate as possible. In the meantime if any callers to the site discover any errors please advise on

Some ten-milers for December
7 Nene Valley 10 (Peterborough)
7 Thanet Coastal 10 (Margate)
7 Mince Pie 10 (Peacehaven)
7 Full Montycute 10 (Yeovil)
14 Turkey Trot 10 (Lowestoft)
14 Christmas Pudding 10 (Walsall)
14 Stockport 10 e-mail
And January
4 New Years Day! 10 (Epney, Gloucs)
4 Tadworth 10 (Epsom)
11 Milborne 10 e-mail
18 Fred Hughes 10 (St Albans)
18 Dartford 10
18 Blaythorne 10 (Camborne)
25 Canterbury 10

Editorial – January 2016

marathon.jpg-pwrt2Well, at long last here are the final rankings for the year 2015 and hopefully there are not too many inaccuracies.

There is no doubt as to the performer of the year. It must be Martin Rees with his staggering 50:43 at Woking in March to take 1m 40s from Ron Groves previous UK M50 record of 52:43. Martin’s time was in fact the fastest 10-mile time recorded by anyone over the age of 40! Two more marks proved to be UK age records with Carol-Ann Wolstenholme capturing the W55 mark with 65:22 and Louise Gilchrist likewise with her W70 time of 78:28. Also worthy of mention was the Graham Patton’s 57:46 for third M60 all-time and Jane Davies’ 67:17 for a similar position on the W55 list. Debbie Robinson came so close to another number three as her 55:17 for fourth W35 all-time was just one second from slower than the current number three Angharad Mair.

Mike Boyle led the M40 listing from way back in March but a late dash by Guy Amos and Mark Burnhope has seen the Herne Hill Harrier drop to third Guy made a substantial improvement on his previous 2003 best 54:15 at Wymondham in June to got top with his 50:58 at Nene Valley while Mark entered the lists with 52:18 to go second.

Here are the current movers and shakers for the races that took place during December which proved a quiet month for ten-mile races.

1 Guy Amos up from 17th.
2 Mark Burnhope.
6 Steve Murdoch up from 31st.
10 Ian Van Lokven up from 16th.
3 Phil Carbutt
7 John Dawson
8 Bill Atkinson up from 11th.
7 John Roberts up from 14th.
5 Jane Clarke up from 6th.
10 Kim Masson
5 Evelyn Elkington up from 12th.

The most productive ten-mile road race as far as these rankings go? Why the BUPA Great South Run at Portsmouth with no less than an amazing 105 mentions in the final 2003 listings. Second best with some 60 mentions was Stoke, scene of the British Masters Championships closely followed by Llandudno with 58 and the Brampton to Carlisle with 53. A major factor in why these venues appear so high up in the ‘appearance list’ is that all of their results were in five-year-age bands and ages of competitors in the older age groups were shown. I’m sure that many a M45, M55, W40, W50 plus those of a certain age have not been credited with their rightful places in these lists because of lack of identification. The provision of the web site has been a great help with correspondents pointing out various omissions and/or corrections during the year all of which have been gratefully received.

Speaking to Roy Webb it appears that his time of 70:12 published as leader of the 2003 M70 rankings was incorrect. “It should have read 80:12,” he admitted. Roy’s best time of the year was 74:54 set at Hayling Island on November 30 a time that now sees him as eighth best M70 for the year. “That’s fine with me,” Roy said, “as I am still in the top ten it gives me a concession to use the local sports centre, the Tone Zone and that’s the name of the club I compete for.”

Received an e mail from Dave Hill of Thames Hare and Hounds and former World Masters but now domiciled with his wife Michele in Tucson, Arizona.

Hi Pete
We settled here about a year ago and we are enjoying the lifestyle. Tucson can get a bit hot in summer – up to about 110 fahrenheit – but we all have air conditioning, so it’s no great problem. We run at about 4.30am, when it’s typically 70 to 75 degrees – very pleasant! In mid-winter, the daily maximum rarely falls below 60, although being a desert area at about 2500 feet altitude, we do get occasional overnight frosts. It certainly beats London weather, though!! Running wise, I’ve gone through a long recuperation from my foot surgery in April 2002, but I’m starting to show a bit of form again. My best performance to date was in December at the Tucson half marathon, where I ran 74.40 (I’ve just emailed that result to Mr Duff for his rankings). Michele is also getting her running back together after years of niggling injuries (the heat seems to have helped in that regard) So far both Michele and I remain unbeaten in the O/50 category in Arizona, at all distances from 5km upwards. We both turned 53 in December, so the clock is ticking, but we remain enthusiastic about our running. The stimulus for writing to you was that I stumbled across your 10 mile ranking lists the other day, whilst ‘surfing’ the internet and I have a few corrections to your all-time list. In 1994, at the Erewash ’10’, I ran 49.34 and Mike Hagar was right behind me at 49.58. I’m attaching a scan of the results as they appeared in AW, so that you can verify my information. I don’t know how deep your rankings go, but there are also some other worthy performances in the results. I hope that this finds you fit and well. I’ll keep in touch with future results, as and when I have anything worth reporting. We’re running a 10k race next weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!
Best wishes, Dave & Michele Hill
PS: The M40 all-time list has now been amended to include both Dave’s and Mike Hager’s performances.

For those of you considering whether to participate in the Ballycotton 10 to be held in County Cork, Ireland on March 7…you can forget it. Entries are now closed with over 2300 applications received. Last year, painted on the road was, ‘A classic race over a classic distance.’ I don’t think they are far wrong there.

A letter in the Daily Mail December 29
‘Who says you slow down as you get older? I’m 70 and can put £10 worth of petrol into my car three times faster then I could when I was 30.’

The following reminds me of a competitor who always entered races as a W35 even into her late 40s.
‘Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years’ Oscar Wilde. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ 1895

Stop press: Jo Lodge finishes sixth overall in the Canterbury 10 miles on January 25th with 55:27 to go sixth on the W35 UK all-time list.

Some 10-mile races for February 2004
1 Ferriby 10, Hull
8 Pontypridd Roadents Reverse 10
15 Kent AC 10, Sidcup
22 Great Bentley 10, Essex
22 Plymouth Hoe 10
29 Netherall 10, Cumberland
29 Bramley 10 & 20, Hampshire
29 Goring 10, Nr Reading