Tracey triumphant in first half marathon

PUBLISHED: 14:29 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:07 16 June 2010

A trio of Axe Valley Runners ladies ran the very hot Taunton Half Marathon with Tracey Stone, in her first ever half marathon, leading them home in 2hrs 4 mins. Sam Tooze was next in 2hrs 15 mins, a PB by 16 mins 39 secs – a brilliant effort.

A trio of Axe Valley Runners' ladies ran the very hot Taunton Half Marathon with Tracey Stone, in her first ever half marathon, leading them home in 2hrs 4 mins.

Sam Tooze was next in 2hrs 15 mins, a PB by 16 mins 39 secs - a brilliant effort.

Gill Day knocked 42 secs off her PB finishing in 2:32:42. A great effort as she was running with dodgy calf and knees.

On Sunday, Liam Roberts raced in the Big Cow Emberton Duathlon, a race involving 10km of running followed by 40km of cycling and then 5km of running.

This race was a qualifier for the World Age Group Duathlon Championship (essentially an amateur championship which exists alongside the elite championship) and Liam was trying to pick up a qualification place with little recent training due to an unfortunate conflict between exams and races.

Having struggled around the runs with a stitch on the first, after starting well and with a current lack of fitness showing on the second run, he held his own while on the bike and managed to curb his loses.

On crossing the finish line, Liam was third in his age group and seems to have earned a place to race at for GB at the World AG Championships in Edinburgh this September, but has to wait until later in the week for this to be confirmed.

However, a well sub-par 53rd overall (in a field of over 500) means that Liam has a lot of training to do after finishing his exams to return to form!

On Good Friday morning, Luke Reed's wife Beverley gave birth to their third child, Megan.

On Easter Monday, knowing that his wife and baby were home safe and sound and his sister had taken charge of the other children, Luke decided to make a quick getaway to Yeovilton for the Easter Bunny 10k organised by Yeovil Town RRC.

After little sleep and not great preparation for the race Luke managed to storm around the course in 36.32 breaking his PB by 25 seconds to finish 31st overall.

Paul Johns also produced a PB by finishing 92nd in 42:49. Emily Van-Tinteren does not run races too often. A two year rest period is her strategy. Still, with hardly any training, she finished 328th in 1:03:22.


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