Tarpley 20

Six Ely Runners set off for the Tarpley 20 on Sunday 28th February. For some, including John Manlow, it was the last planned road race before VLM.

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Six Ely Runners set off for the Tarpley 20 on Sunday 28th February. For some, including John Manlow, it was the last planned road race before VLM.

John was feeling ok after Folksworth, but he was still short on miles having completed only one 20 miler back in the February half term. The day started quite lovely – cool with a bit of sun – but was slightly spoiled by a rising wind; which seemed to give minimal help on the trip south from Beyton, but was blowing quite hard in the runners faces on the way back.

Alan Darby set off quite sensibly in 3rd place then pulled away at the end to take the win, set a new course record of 1:52:56, set a new PB and pick up some cash!

Meanwhile, John worked hard most of the way around, dropping the 3 other members of the group he was running with in the last 5 miles to finish 8th and pick up the V45 award.

Two Ely Runners in the top ten is a decent show. There were 286 finishers.

Afterwards, John was pleased with the fact that he had managed a sub 6 min mile for the final (downhill) mile – a good gauge that you haven’t blown up big style – and celebrated with a slice of Victoria sponge and a chocolate cup cake with a mini egg on top. The cake was decent enough… John presents his result as evidence that more runners should also be training with weights. He achieved his 8th place by running only 30 odd miles a week, but the weight sessions meant that his legs still felt super strong even in the last couple of miles.

Official Results: 1st Alan Darby 1:52:56 (PB), 8th John Manlow 2:05:16 (First V45), 57th Ciaran Murray 2:28:06, 78th Miranda Reynolds 2:35:28, 82nd Louise Bonner 2:36:27, 267th Emma Greaves 3:30:37.

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