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Ramzi Sidani leads the home challenge for Ivanhoe

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

FIRST LADY ... South Derbyshire RR's Louise Insley

FIRST LADY ... South Derbyshire RR's Louise Insley

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IVANHOE Runners hosted their own race in the Burton District Summer League, the Worthington 5 mile.

The race was a course along the Cloud Trail and many fast times and personal bests were recorded.

First finisher was Alex Benfield from Burton AC in a time of 27m 33s, with Scott Hudspith second (Tamworth AC, 28.29).

The Ladies' race was won by Louise Insley (South Derbyshire RR, 30.21 and 20th overall), with Tracy Hinxman finishing second (32.52 and 53rd overall).

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Ivanhoe Runners fielded a very strong men's team, with Ramzi Sidani again being their first finisher coming home in 15th place with a time of 29.55.

Not far behind was Richard Martin, 19th place in 30.17. Third for Ivanhoe, and second in his age category, was Alistair Chambers, 33rd in 31:02.

Ian Bolton was returning from an injury, so was very pleased with 42nd place in 31.39, narrowly beating Gerard Elvors, 44th in 31.45.

James Cox is proving to be a great addition to the club as he ran another good race, finishing 58th in 33.27. Next home were Kev Wright and Nick Rowles, finishing closely together (67th and 68th, 33.49 and 33.54).

After months of marathon and triathlon training, Andy Lindley was delighted with his personal best of 34.09 (70th place).

Men's captain Martin Yeomans ran bravely despite illness to finish in 35.31 (82nd). Damon Bland was another Ivanhoe Runner to record a personal best, 35.36 and 85th place.

Tim Sturla is more used to running marathons and ultra runs, so five miles was a very short distance for him. He clocked 35.39 (86th), while next in came Andy Pawley (36.45, 95th), followed by Ivanhoe's first lady finisher, and 12th lady overall, Zoe Allery (37.14 and 100th position).

Andy Wilkinson was running his first race for Ivanhoe, having recently been bought a club membership for his birthday by his sister Rebecca. He repaid that by beating her in the race! Andy was 106th (37.34) with Rebecca 111th (38.17) and also 15th lady overall.

Lynda Revill finished second in her age category and 123rd overall (39.07) ahead of a host of Ivanhoe Runners who battled each other all through the race.

Finishing positions 129 to 133 were occupied by Duncan Ross (39.19), Ruth Green (39.21), Karen Hartland (39.22), Chris Finney (39.23), and Victoria Smith (39.32). Green and Smith also recorded new personal bests.

Fiona McKean and Bev Trilloe then finished in quick succession (150th and 156th, 42.12 and 42,35 respectively). Angela Wheeler beat her previous personal best by a massive six minutes to record a time of 43.28 (163rd), and Gabby Smith also achieved a two-minute personal best, 43.52 and 168th position. Julie Henfrey was the final finisher of the very large Ivanhoe team, 59.14 in 199th.

The men's and ladies' team prizes went to two local clubs, Hermitage Harriers and South Derbyshire RR respectively, with Ivanhoe's teams finishing sixth and fourth.

A small Ivanhoe Team ran the Whissendine 6 and had a very successful night.

New member Dave Hobbs finished 13th in his first ever six mile race, with a very fast time of 38m 45s. Second for Ivanhoe was Kev Wright, running another solid race to 21st place with a time of 40.42.

Becca Hallam continued her string of fine form finishing second lady and 24th overall, recording a personal best by over a minute in the process (41.07). She proudly received a pair of crystal glasses to add to her ever growing trophy collection.

Next for Ivanhoe were Andy Lindley and Laura Graves (57th and 58th, 45.29 and 45.31). Lindley ran the race with Graves to try to encourage her to achieve Ivanhoe's Diamond Standard time. She ran exceptionally well to beat the required time, achieving a new personal best in the process.

A pleasant surprise was to come later, when Graves was announced as first Lady Veteran finisher. She too received some crystal glassware.

Duncan Ross was the next Ivanhoe home, 72nd place in 47.45. Finally Kevin Marsh and Angela Wheeler ran together, finishing 114th and 115th, with Wheeler clocking a new personal best of 54:18.

The unusual reward for finishing the race was a bottle of beer and a commemorative glass courtesy of the race sponsors.

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  • mattlong  |  July 24 2014, 7:58AM

    My apologies my email was misspelt. Its matt@mattlong.wanadoo.co.uk. Unfortunately an anonymous poster has responded adversely and inappropriately on a related site to my genuine attempts to praise some well deserving local athletes and their coaches who happen to be from a variety of clubs. There is a comment online about my being 'rejected' from a local club and reference to my state of mind which is unfortunate given that the circumstances in part led to me being hospitalised in 2009. Some of you reading this will be aware I suffered a breakdown and used this as a catalyst to work with the Mail, our MP and the Labour party to try and save a mental health facility in our town. In light of the above context its not appropriate for me to make direct contact and to push offers of support through a local athletics club and thats why this shared social space is a more appropriate context. Please reflect on the fact that I'm offering to do something voluntarily in the sport - namely getting a group of young athletes together to potentially hook up with a famous athlete. I cannot for the life of me think of how this could offend anyone. Well done again to Ivanhoe runners on the summer league event - I had many a happy Friday nights running round the streets of Ashby with Dave Mann and the gang on Friday club nights in years gone by and if I've inadvertently offended any winner of a prize who I haven't mentioned below no offence was meant. Hope to read more about the successes of all local clubs in the future.

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  • mattlong  |  July 23 2014, 9:43PM

    Well done to host club, winners Louise Insley and Alex Benfield and participants in this event. Good to see continued Mail coverage of athletics by both Mail staff and volunteer writers from all local clubs. I am an athletics coach based in Birmingham working in a team with a squad predominantly of regional to international level athletes. Without wishing to join any local club I am genuine about wanting to help you or a family member with their athletics. As I earn money in the sport in a variety roles I am NOT interested or asking for any money. I want to put something back locally. The easiest way I can do this is for you to go onto the UKA Power of 10 website. Type in 'coach' and then type my name 'Matt Long'. You will see my entry which lists over 100 coaching articles. If you want ANY of these please email me as several people have done so today after a post on a related site and I will gladly oblige. If you have a coach you must tell me so they are copied in to any correspondence with you out of respect to them and if under 16 contact must be made with me by a parent or guardian. As I coach at a University which is based at a high performance centre it is absurd for anyone to suggest to you that you are being 'poached' by a rival club to any one which exists locally. Whether you are in a local club or unattached is immaterial to me. I'm sincere about wanting to bring some of the international athletes I've worked with to the town to meet with you and share their secrets. If you or your son or daughter would like this then check me out (references from Olympic coaches can be provided who have backed me in this) and contact me at matt@mattlong.wandoo.co.uk. I am soon to depart for Glasgow as a magazine I edit is covering the Commonwealth Games when the athletics starts in a few days so sincere apologies if my response is a little delayed as I will have intermittent internet access in Glasgow.

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