JANUARY

Bell Challenge, 2nd January: a plucky sextet of Langport Runners took part in this Marathon distance event along a disused railway line in Devon. Leading the way was Selina Jervis in 4:02:44, followed by Neal Stayner (4:10:23), Nicky Chrascina (5:11:10), Julie Gilbert (5:15:30), Cathy Parmenter (5:16:06) and Neil Fraser (6:05:22).

Stoke Stampede, 8th January: a host of Langport runners took part in this local 10k race. At least I think they did; only two runners ran under the official Langport Runners flag, so we had to run some very expensive and sophisticated name-recognition software (aka me sifting through the results page with a vigilant eye) to identify other LR members lurking among the results. Apologies if I have mistaken you for your namesake at eg Puddletown Puffers Running Club…or even missed you completely. Here goes:-
Adam Bevins spearheaded the Langport stampede, finishing 23rd out of 361 runners, followed by Ben Percival in 45:05, the one and only Hazel Shears (47:28), Ben Fogwill (50:05), Ben Deverell (51:55), Julie Gilbert (53:39), Trevor Strelley (53:59), Paul Gold (1:02:14) and Mark Wyat(t) (1:05:06).

Street 5k Series, 11th January: no official results for this one yet, but the Roving Reporting Team has picked up that Hazel recorded a 5k record time of 22:09! Ben Deverell also completed the course, in 23:49. If you also ran this race, and would like your result etched in stone in the Newsletter, just drop us an email with your time.

Oh my Obelsik! 15th January: the One and Only completed this 9 mile race near Dawlish in 1:23:28. 1st in age category and 4th female overall! We would expect nothing less…

Riverside Rollick, 15th January: Helen Thomsit travelled over to Thornbury and ran this 9.6 off-roader in 1:55:31.

Blackdown Beast, 28th January:  a few of our runners had a big day out in the hills involving pasties, mulled wine, pubs and cafes and a leisurely-paced 16 miles of running. In the spirit of the event we will not be disclosing peripheral details like running times. Piecing together the evidence of Strava records and selfies it looks like the following took part: Parmenters Cathy & Paul, Julie Gilbert, Katy Armstrong, John Howard, Neal Stayner…and possibly others.

Longleat 10k, 29th January: I don’t really want to stop the show, But I thought you might like to know that Hazel Shears was among the 868 runners here, completing the course in 48:23. The one and only Ben Deverell was close behind in 52:31, and the lady you’ve known for all these years, the indefatigable Jean Hughes, finished in 1:38:12.

FEBRUARY

Street 5k Series, 8th February: over the years this series of races has been going in and out of style, But it’s guaranteed to raise a smile, which is what Hazel Shears was doing as she raced home in 22:15. 

Exeter Half Marathon, 11th February (Saturday event): Simon Maggs got round in 1:48:02, 2nd in age group!

Exeter Half Marathon, 12th February (Sunday event): our new Dutch member, Lette Riijter-Neeuws, finished in 1:35:12.

Wiltshire 10, 12th February: Helen Thomsit was our runner in this one, clocking a time of 1:13:18 (.10).

Portland Coastal Marathon, 12th February: there was a blanket finish by Langport Runners as Selina Jervis, John Howard and Neal Stayner completed 26.2 gruelling miles in an official time of 5:00:11 (subsequently rounded down to 4:59:59………………..), but not before the reMARKable Mr King came home in 10th place in 4:14:41!

Portland Coastal Half, 12th February: Katy Armstrong was LR’s sole rep, completing the course in 2:33:07.

Penguin Plod, 12th February: Nicky Chrascina ran up and down the Thames towpath in Walton (-on-Thames) quite a few times, completing the classic Marathon distance in 5:54:41.

Lulworth Cove Trail Half, 25th February: well done to Louise Fisher who completed this picturesque but challenging course, incorporating 631 metres of elevation, in 2:36:31.

Devon Challenge, 25th February: Nicky Chrascina & Anne Kelly took part in this one, completing the 26.2 mile Marathon distance in 5:21:43.

Ironwood Challenge, 26th February: John Howard and Katy Armstrong ran this 6 mile trail race in Nailsea in 50:27 and 58:23 respectively.

MARCH

St David’s Marathon, 4th March: Neal Stayner and Selina Jervis took part in this spectacular race, finishing in 4:45:54 and 4:58:35 respectively and very respectably.

Spring Larmer Marathon, 11th March: Mark King made it two gruelling events in a week, finishing this trail marathon in a stunning 4:02:56!

Slay the Dragon 10k, 12th March: Hazel and Ben ran round the lanes and fields near Hinton St George, finishing in 52:48 and 56:09 respectively.

Barcelona Marathon, 19th March: Selina Jervis and Marie Finnis had a fantastic trip to Barcelona and joined over 10,000 runners in the city’s iconic Marathon. Selina finished in 3:50:58 and Marie in 4:09:20.

Cerne Giant LDWA 30-Miler, 19th March: John Howard & Neal Stayner spent just over 7 hours taking in the various food stations and the beautiful scenery while running just under 50k.

Taunton 10k Night Race, 24th March: Hazel Shears was 2nd female overall, finishing in 44:19!

Hohe Winde Marathon and Half, 25th March: John Howard and Katy Armstrong were this week’s second-longest-distance travellers (just over 700 miles), finishing in 4:32:33 and 2:43:35 respectively. The Marathon took in 1652 metres of elevation with the Half involving a tad under 800m. Quite remarkable!

The Big Cheese 26th March: Sam Pusar and Paul Parmenter clambered over the rocks and through the mud to complete 15 miles of challenging trail. NB Paul also ran 11 miles the previous day – barking!

Yeovil Half Marathon, 26th March: four Langport runners took part in this popular local road race. First across the line was our new Austrian member Andreas Baldmann  in an aerodynamic 1:36:03 (and 1st in age category). New Women’s Captain Helen Thomsit was next in 1:42:15, followed by Paul Gold (2:15:14), and Anne Kelly (2:59:23).

APRIL

Yeovilton Easter Bunny 10k, 10th April: quick times were the order of the day on Easter Monday, with Hazel Shears finishing in 45:48, and Ben Deverell not far behind in 48:58.

Dorset Ooser Marathon, 16th April: we had three Club runners overcoming the mud and hills in this demanding challenge. King Mark finished in 4:07:31, with new Italian member Giovanni Pistachio following behind in 4:37:19, and Selina Jervis completing the course in 5:01:10.

Butleigh 10k, 16th April: John Howard and Katy Armstrong ran this multi-terrain race near Compton Dundon, getting home in 48:58 and 57:57 respectively.

Mustang Trail Race, 11th – 19th April: slightly further from home, Nicky Chrascina completed this momentous and mountainous 170km race through Nepal over 8 stages. Extraordinary!

London Marathon, 23rd April: This world-famous event reverted to its traditional Spring slot for the first time since Covid affected the calendar. It will be long remembered for a stunning second-fastest-marathon-ever winning time in the Men’s Race and a tight sprint finish in the Women’s race…. and of course because we had two Club runners taking part! Simon Maggs finished in 4:06:24, and Julie Gilbert was not far behind in 4:44:45. Many congratulations to both!

Pewsey Downsaround 26-miler, 23rd April: Neil Fraser took part in this marathon distance event which takes in a number of prehistoric sites including Avebury and Silbury Hill. Then again, as he has run more than 600 marathons he probably runs one very week…but is too modest to publicise them!

Hurstbourne Tarrant 5, 29th April: Martin Saunders ran a fantastic 58:55!

East Devon Round, 29th April: even by his amazing standards this was pretty amazing. Mark King ran this brutal 65-mile ordeal, involving 2900m of ascent including sections of the South West Coast Path, in 14 hours 30 minutes (and 55 seconds). All hail!

North Dorset Village Marathon, 30th April: a sparkling 3:50:26 from Paul Parmenter, and 5:28:14 for Mike Norton.

Hartland Hartbreaker, 30th April: Marie Finnis ran this gruelling 18-mile race along the Devon coast in 4:32:46.

MAY

Milton Keynes Marathon, 1st May: congratulations to Louise Fisher, who completed the race in 4:47:51!

May We Challenge You Marathon, 14th May: crazy name, crazy guy! Yes, Neil Fraser* was at it again, running up and down a disused railway line quite a lot, completing the race in 6:30:42!

Weston-super-Mare Half, 14th May: Rachael Logsdon was Langport’s only entrant, getting round in 1:54:11.

Town Tree Trail, 17th May: an absolutely amazing turnout from Langport Runners with no less than 22 members taking part – that’s over a quarter of the total membership! The team was led home by new member Dan Milln-Hay 43:25, followed by Club Captain (Women’s) Helen Thomsit 43:44 (3rd female runner home!), Hazel Shears 46:51, Paul Parmenter 49:05, Ben Deverell 51:16, Haidee Pine 54:02, Martin Hooper 55:35, Anne Kelly 56:52, Alice Allen 57:43, Nicky Chrascina 57:47, Susan White 1:00:12, Cathy Parmenter 1:01:59, Julie Gilbert 1:01:59, Liz Martin 1:02:56, Spencer Chapman 1:03:05, Claire Welch 1:03:05, Anthony Welch 1:03:06, Amanda Bigger 1:03:38, Amanda Perrin 1:11:09, Brian Jennings 1:12:24, Roxane Pratt 1:14:56, and Lyndsay Hardwick 1:23:28.  Well done everyone!

Egdon Easy 10k, 27th May: Rachael was at it again, finishing in 53:38.