Stevington 12k
17th May 2009


Official Results

Alan Barratt 49.03


Tim Price 53.14  
Veronica Singleton 54.28  
Keith Gray 56.08  
Norman Beckwith 57.52  
Kevan Armstrong 58.45  
Chris Fadden 59.27  
Paul Davis 61.24  
Renette Wolvaardt 62.08  
Paula Blizzard 62.42  
Tony Jones 63.04  
Lynn Christison 65.36  
Jon Sidwick 65.52  
Linda Hollowell 68.15  
Suet Lua 70.04  
Leigh Price 71.44  
Katarina Darcy 72.28  
Brian Flynn 74.37  
Susan Farr 74.45  
Anne Barnicoat 74.46  
Gyll Brunton 75.05  
Elaine McCulloch 86.56  

Katarina reports on the race:

On Sunday 17th May many local clubs, including Bedford Harriers, and some attached runners participated in the Stevington 12K (some of us competing with only a couple of hours sleep the night before due to the Midnight Walk and other activities). Several runners didn't show for the race, they must have been the wiser ones as it was cold, wet and a bit windy. Even when I got to the event I was debating as to whether I should stay in the car and 'watch' or go out and run. But I did the latter and for some strange reason I didn't regret it at all.

The start and finish was on the playing field at the village hall and the course covered part of the Oakley 20, so at least I knew where the hills were! It was quite a testing race due to the weather conditions with the wind was blowing completely in the wrong direction when we were running up the hills and numerous puddles to run through (or jump over). There were two water stations en route and one at the finish. The marshalls continued to be happy throughout the course, giving lots of encouragement to the runners. However there were a few drivers who were not so happy and am sure were getting as close to the runners as possible, or enjoyed driving at full speed right through the puddles to splash everyone.

I give praise to the Harrier's triathlon kit arm warmers that I had on. They kept my arms lovely and warm on the run and there was fortunately no drag like there could have been if I had worn my usual long sleeve purple running top. Everything else was completely soaked so there had been no need to have showered before the race!
The hot coffee and cake at the end made the run worthwhile despite looking like a drowned rat for the photographer


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