Women's Running Roundup 11/6/18


Comrades Marathon

While Steve Way may rightly be getting huge coverage for his 3rd place at Comrades, this is one of those moments when the ladies might sneak under the radar unless we shout about it. Carla Molinaro, who was highlighted in last week's WRR preview only went and came 9th. Now, that’s amazing in its own right but, as you will remember (pay attention at the back), she was running from Cape Town to the start of Comrades. 810km in days 1-19 (503 miles ) followed by 90.184km in 6:50:31. Thats 7'19/mile or 4'33/k for nearly 7 hours, which equates to 3:12 marathon pace - crazy.  Clapham Chasers' Carla has quite the history, having worked as a sports masseuse for a national team, served in the army in Afghanistan and has a nifty marathon PB of 2:51:46.

Outside of the GB results, SA didn’t dominate quite as much as previous years but still made a good showing with 5 in the top 10. Aleks(x)andra Morozova of Russia was the top non-SA athlete, coming 3rd in 6:20:21 with Sweden, USA and GB also represents in the top 10.


Our other GB previewed runners were:
Claire Briggs (GB) of Bad Boy Running, who came second of the GB ladies in a brilliant 7:50:24 and 39th place.
Suzy Calitz-Patel of the 100 Marathon club who finished in 10:48:53

And our previewed ‘Elite’ runners:
Gerda Steyn - 2nd in 6:15:34
Lizzy Ramadimetja Babili (Team Massmart) - 132nd in 8:44:32
Ann Ashworth (Team Massmart) - 1st in 6:10:04
Devon Yanko - 7th in 6:47:44

You can see the full list of GB women’s results below but overall we got:

1 x GOLD (top 10) -  Carla Molinaro
No Wally Hayward: 10th to sub 6hrs
No Silver medals: 6hrs 00min 01sec to sub 7hrs 30min
5 x Bill Rowan medals (bronze-centred circled by silver ring): 7hrs 30min to sub 9hrs 00min.
29 x Bronze medals: 9hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min.
19x Vic Clapham medals (copper): 11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min.

Yeovil Marathon

Straight off the back of her 2nd place at the UK Boston Marathon (2:56:49) two months ago and  1st place at Retford Half (1:24:08) in March, Julie Warner (V50) of Shelton Striders is in storming form and won the Yeovil marathon in a new PR of 2:55:16. Julie only started running in 2004 and has previously represented GB as an age grouper in the triathlon. However, she had to start again from scratch after a life changing bicycle accident a few years ago. It seems that she’s really finding her form again now. What a woman! Her previous best was 2:55:38 set at the Robin Hood Marathon in 2017.

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1st Julie Warner, V45, Unattached - 2:55:16 (7th OA)
2nd Natalie Carroll, SW, Fulham RC - 3:17:27 (1st female last year in 3:36:41)
3rd Jessice Buscombe, SW, St Austell RC - 3:19:39

Course record  Tracy Cook - 3:12:26 (2016)
2017 winner Lucy Richens (Westbury Harriers) - 03:19:09

Lacock Half Marathon

After coming 1st in Casterbridge half (89:09) at the end of May, Holly Rush was back at the top of the podium this weekend in Lacock. Ellie Monks was second, almost 5 minutes away from her PB (80:42). Can't find much about 3rd lady, Fran Rawlings.

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1st Holly Rush, Avon Valley Runners, F40-49 -1:25:03
2nd Ellie Monks, Southampton Athletic Club, F 20-39 - 1:25:44
3rd Fran Rawlings, Clevedon AC, F 20-39 - 1:33:26

Heron Half, Yeovil
1st Rachel Astington, SW, Running For Time - 1:28:05
2nd Kelly Hall, SW, Honiton RC - 1:31:06
3rd Sarah Mat, V45, Just Jog Bideford - 1:35:58

Puddletown Plod Half Marathon
1st 1.34.27 Lesley Moore Poole AC
2nd 1.39.27 Heather Khoshnevis Littledown Harriers (who ran 3:41:06 at Dorchester Marathon in May)
3rd  1.42.05 Alexandra Door Egdon Heath Harriers

St Albans Half Marathon
1st Stacey Ward, W, St Albans Striders -  1:18:33
2nd Rachel Felton,W35-44, Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers - 1:18:55
3rd Heather Hann, W, St Albans Striders - 1:24:43

Southend Half Marathon
1st Ginte Bailey, FSEN, Havering AC - 1:26:56
2nd Vicky McElligott, FSEN, Leigh on Sea Striders - 1:28:07
3rd Robyn Matson. FSEN, Havering AC - 1:29:58 

Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon
1st Lindsay Skinner, F35, Scunthorpe & District AC - 01:24:07
2nd Lyndsey Eastman, F -  01:24:57
3rd Natalie Bell, F - 01:27:18

Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf

Over 1,900 took part in the hilly half which takes place around the Hanley and Stoke-on-Trent area. A little like Comrades (in this way alone!) there are different levels of medals. Gold medals are awarded for those who complete the course within 1hr 30, silver for 1h45 and bronze for sub 2h.
1st Diane McVey - 1:24:13
2nd Leigh Matthews - 1:25:19 (assuming this is a female Leigh!)
3rd Rachel Naylor -1:30:54

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'tis me

Orion Forest Five (sneaky self-promotion)
1st Annabel Litchifield, SW, London Heathside - 32:58
2nd Hanna Somani, SW, Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets, 33:52
3rd Gill Bland, W35, Harrow AC, 34:31 (Its MEEEEE!!!!)


Wexford Marathon
Results not available yet

Strathearn Marathon
Results not yet published
Course record Fiona Ramsay, Cani-Fit, 2015: 3.05.59
2017 winner Fiona Ramsay Cani-fit FS 0 03:12:55

 Weymouth Half Marathon
Results not available but can be found here eventually



Cajsa brings you all the news from the trails: 

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It was a big weekend for big off road mileage here in Blighty. 

Let's start down south where the Saxon trails of the South Downs got a real dusting off courtesy of the 300 centurions out chasing that elusive 100 mile belt buckle; 

SOUTH DOWNS WAY 100 (100 miles, 5000 m)

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With two of the favourites DNS-ing (Mari Mauland who I'm guessing chose to rest in order to prepare for WS100 in two weeks time and Sarah Sawyer who was out on course but pacing rather than racing) last years second lady Sarah Cameron took an early lead and brought the 2018 trophy home with a finishing time of 18 hours and 14 minutes. Half an hour behind was Laura Swanton following up her second place at Thames Path 100 with another Centurion 100 mile podium.

Melanie McKay finishing (her photo off-of FB)

Melanie McKay finishing (her photo off-of FB)

Rachel Bennett held the bronze position for the first half of the race but in the later stages Rebecca Lane found that extra endurance gear and rounded up the top 3 by crossing the finish line in 20:06.  

Big trail-homie shout outs to the sheros Melanie McKay and Emma Hancock who both made their 100 mile debuts on the gnarly hills of SDW and finished in the respectable times of 25:27 and 28:46. <3

1. Sarah Cameron 18:14
2. Laura Swanton 18:45
3. Rebecca Lane 20:06
4. Rachel Fawcett 21:00
5. Rachel Bennett 21:37


CTS CLASSIC QUARTER (45 miles, 1800 m)

By sticking to the coast but heading way out west and dividing the race distance by 4 we get another competitive race result to devour. 

The annual June instalment of Endurance Life's Trail Series stretches over 44 rugged coast path miles from Englands southernmost point; The Lizard, to the most western point at Lands End. This year the hot and humid weather over the exposed Cornwall coast seems to have taken its toll on the runners. 2017 runner up at Lakeland 100; Wendy Chapman came in as first woman and 5th OA in 8:09, a finishing time over an hour slower than the course record set by this years second lady Zelah Morrall in 2016. On third place we find another returning Classic Quarter champion (2015), Clare Prosser in 9:00.

1. Wendy Chapman 8:09
2. Zelah Morrall 8:21
3. Clare Prosser 9:00

RACE TO THE TOWER (50 miles, 2000 m) 

We're finishing up the UK ultra weekend in style with an overall female champion! 

Mary Menon claimed the first ever female victory in a Threshold Trail Series event by being the first runner to finish the 50 mile race of up and downs to Broadway Tower in an impressive 8:46. I have a feeling Gill might have more info on her since my research found her noted as 10th fastest woman in this years London Marathon results.

GB: Indeed, Mary runs for Illfracombe AC and  was 10th woman in 2:51:20 and has a PB of 18s quicker, set in London the previous year as well as a half marathon best of 1:21:37 from March this year. The woman is fast! Mary, we salute you.

Runner up was Amy White finishing in 9:34, twenty minutes ahead of Helen Mussen in 9.56.

Mary Menon finishes (from her FB)

Mary Menon finishes (from her FB)

1. Mary Menon 8.46
2. Amy White 9.34
3. Helen Mussen 9.56

In other European Isle based badass-ery news last years Transgrancanaria winner Azara Garcia dominated the womens race at Tenerife Bluetrail and came in on 4th position overall. She finished the gruelling 102 km 'sea to summit to sea' -race across the island (including a climb of Mt Teide) in 14:21. (The full results have not been published yet.)


Next week the european trail gals can (unless they're signed up for the Mozart 100) let their legs recover ahead of Lavaredo Ultra Trail later in the month. The American top birds on the other hand will be out fighting in force for titles in the first race of the USA skyrunner series. This years start list for the Broken Arrow 52 k is stacked with big names, Amelia Boone, Rory Bosio & Megan Kimmel are a few to look out for, also back in the game after her terrifying fall at last years Tromsoe Skyrace is Hillary Allen. I'm looking forward to reporting my tracking duties from this one!

Until then, you will find me at the end of the road, cursing at nettles, specifically this weekend at the long course of the first of 2018's Maverick's X races over in Exmoor!  


Er, so this is a bit rubbish this week as I've contacted the organisers to ask for start lists but I'm waiting on replies. Let me know what races you want covered.

14th Dorney Lake Marathon & 6 hour challenge
16th Midnight Sun Marahton
23rd Dartford Midnight Marathon

12th Aug - Euro Athletics Championship Marahton, Berlin

GBR women's results for Comrades 2018

1 x GOLD (top 10) -  Carla Molinaro
No Wally Hayward: 10th to sub 6hrs
No Silver medals: 6hrs 00min 01sec to sub 7hrs 30min
5 x Bill Rowan medals (bronze-centred circled by silver ring): 7hrs 30min to sub 9hrs 00min.
29 x Bronze medals: 9hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min.
19x Vic Clapham medals (copper): 11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min.

Race NoNameNationClubDistanceCategoryTime
21250Carla MolinaroGBClapham ChasersComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN6:50:31
6034Claire BriggsGBBad Boy Running PodcastComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN7:50:24
19741Valeria SestoGB Comrades 90,184 kmF407:51:44
20457Jayne LawtonGBStockport HarriersComrades 90,184 kmF408:32:23
28562Amy BurdisGBNorthbrook ACComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN8:49:36
39227Rachael BrufordGBDesert Road RunnersComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN8:57:43
20513Camilla LanglandsGBSerpentine Running ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN9:06:41
12660Tricia BunnGBPeel Road RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF409:32:32
15723Gail WinterGBWest 4 HarriersComrades 90,184 kmF409:33:35
6983Laura GushGBBearbrook RCComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN9:38:13
10522Nikki ChamberlainGBKnutsford Tri ClubComrades 90,184 kmF409:41:51
5969Charlotte ThornycroftGB Comrades 90,184 kmFOPEN9:42:10
8943Andrea HurmanGBPenarth and Dinas RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF509:54:51
13622Hannah MollettGBGotham City RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF409:55:31
32604Natalie MansfordGB Comrades 90,184 kmFOPEN9:56:08
5501Sarah DooleyGBReading RoadrunnersComrades 90,184 kmF4010:02:23
32803Elizabeth Routley-DriverGBDubai Creek StridersComrades 90,184 kmF6010:03:10
11206Debra BourneGBStriders of CroydonComrades 90,184 kmF5010:22:38
7389Sian JamesGBReading roadrunnersComrades 90,184 kmF6010:29:50
13888Angela PorterGBHorsell RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF5010:30:26
30375Natalya AndreyevaGBBedfordview Country Club Athletics SectionComrades 90,184 kmF4010:34:06
18936Anne-Marie WillicottGBAlmost AthletesComrades 90,184 kmF5010:34:15
55899Jacqueline MillettGBSerpentine Running ClubComrades 90,184 kmF6010:34:16
12749Jan MccabeGBWhite Horse HarriersComrades 90,184 kmF5010:41:32
5624Belinda TullGBSedgefield Striders Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmF4010:42:29
20607Rebecca ParryGBWigston PhoenixComrades 90,184 kmF4010:45:05
4772Maree JessonGBWootton RRComrades 90,184 kmF4010:47:07
29617Fiona ConwayGB Comrades 90,184 kmF4010:47:29
12287Jeane MccallumGBn/aComrades 90,184 kmF4010:48:45
30307Sunny Calitz-PatelGB100 marathon clubComrades 90,184 kmF5010:48:53
38782Victoria BennettGBDubai Creek StridersComrades 90,184 kmF5010:50:53
11189Dee ClaassenGB Comrades 90,184 kmF5010:53:05
12019Zoë WatsonGBWoodford Green with Essex LadiesComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN10:54:16
13957Elizabeth AndersonGBLincoln District RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF4010:55:12
10642Steph WalkerGBDurham Tri ClubComrades 90,184 kmF4010:55:47
10558Greta JonesGBDurham City HarriersComrades 90,184 kmF5010:55:47
10543Anna Owen-DaviesGB Comrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:04:41
25931Judy FaintGBIrene Athletics ClubComrades 90,184 kmF5011:08:38
10450Allison Burt (armstrong)GBSkydivers without planesComrades 90,184 kmF5011:11:06
10327Louise MorrisGBDubai Creek StridersComrades 90,184 kmF4011:11:57
27990Alice HawkesGBFish Hoek Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:12:35
5713Heather MillerGBJeppe Quondam Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmF4011:15:00
18732Emma HillGBSerpentine Running ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:17:24
13520Penny FranciscoGB Comrades 90,184 kmF4011:18:27
7735Nicola FaderGBFitness From Africa Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:22:40
19443Laura HamptonGBDubai Creek StridersComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:29:44
11982Tracey FerrisGBWootton Road RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF4011:32:49
20017Rebecca HendersonGBBenoni Northerns Athletics ClubComrades 90,184 kmF4011:37:00
8140Julie LewisGBIslwynComrades 90,184 kmF5011:37:49
6840Debbie AitkenGBRunnymede RunnersComrades 90,184 kmF4011:37:57
13683Nicola ChildsGBwye valley runnersComrades 90,184 kmF5011:40:24
37615Hannah CoxheadGBNewbury ACComrades 90,184 kmF4011:46:44
10994Amanda WaalerGB Comrades 90,184 kmF5011:48:07
5850Kathy BerghGBMarlow StridersComrades 90,184 kmF5011:51:57
7190Lebo DisekoGBRun Dem CrewComrades 90,184 kmF4011:52:32
8715Phillipa MyramGBPhobians Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN11:55:37
7822Ana Gonzalez PandeloGB Comrades 90,184 kmF40DNF
5694Rachel BallGBSunderland StrollersComrades 90,184 kmFOPENDNF
17801Farnaz MatthisGBFish Hoek Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmF40 
7166Hang Fong KanGB Comrades 90,184 kmF40 
52109Karen HillsGBTeam COCOComrades 90,184 kmF50 
13288Lucy HumphreysGBOrion HarriersComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN 
9987Madhusmita Jena-DasGB Comrades 90,184 kmFOPEN 
12968Margaret SladeGBFulham Running ClubComrades 90,184 kmF40 
44262Sally BarendsGBQueensburgh Harriers Athletic ClubComrades 90,184 kmFOPEN 
18745Sandra HolmesGB Comrades 90,184 kmF50