Mike’s year of challenges

February 21 2019
Mike’s year of challenges

THORNBURY Running Club’s Mike Bennewitz has set himself the ambitious challenge of completing a half marathon race every month in 2019.

First on the list was Gloucester Half Marathon and he was joined on the start line by club mate Rachel Murphy. Mike, pictured below, finished in 440th position overall and 6th in the 60-69 age category, in a time of 1 hour 57:42 mins.

Rachel was using this race as part of her preparation for Barcelona marathon in March and finished in 639th, in 2 hours 19:03 mins.

Mike Bennewitz

On February 10 an injury-depleted team of 10 Thornbury RC runners arrived for the 30th edition of Dursley Dozen. The very hilly Dursley course includes a rope-assisted precipice at the 9-mile mark.

Dylan Roberts was the first Thornbury runner to finish, holding off the fast-finishing Rob Watkins and crossing the line in Dursley town centre in 13th place overall in 1 hour 35:16 mins. Rob was only 5 seconds behind in 14th place, and 2nd place in M45 age category.

The team prizes were decided by the points won from the top 4 runners from each club and the next 2 TRC runners were Matt Johnstone in 18th place, in 1 hour 36:28 mins, and Dave Beard in 28th. Thornbury's men edged out the hosts to win the overall men’s team prize by a slim margin.

Hannah Kinloch Haken achieved the best individual result on the day, finishing 5th out of 167 women and 82nd overall.

Thornbury Running Club were out in force for the hilly and challenging Doynton Hard Half Marathon. Nick Williams had another good performance after a closely fought battle near the top of the field, finishing 5th overall in 1 hour 37:53 mins. Rob Cowlard finished in 9th place and retained the 1st prize in the V40 age category in 1 hour 41:01 mins, as the men won the team competition.

Laura Orna produced the individual performance of the day. She was 2nd overall in the ladies race out of 127 runners and 48th overall in 1 hour 53:57 mins as the women’s team finished in 2nd place in the team competition.