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Yeovil Half Marathon Report

Race Report by Rach Webber

Well last Sunday saw the local half marathon for the BHAM’ily! Hosted by our friends at Immortal Sport and with many bhammers having signed up following the 2018 race this was a big event.

With nearly 40 runners taking part in the clubs Half Marathon Training and many others who have been training hard for the first few months of the year BHAM were once again very well represented with around 60 runners taking part.

The morning started early, even earlier as a result of the clock change, meaning an hour less in bed. Luckily all the runners managed this well and arrived at Pen Hill Dental Surgery, our race HQ for the day in plenty of time and for the photo call. This was where the morning really kicked off with the 2019 edition of “race to the loo” with many competitors making the dash back to get the best spot in the toilet queue, not mentioning the winner

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LOO DASH 2019 Winner

Back to the real reason we were here. Just before 9am we made the short walk to the start line. It was so lovely to see so many of the Purple Army in the sea of runners and made the event extra special to be surrounded by familiar faces. The race began with a lovely downhill section and around the town centre while we fought for position within the masses and settled in to a comfortable pace.

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Date Night is it?

The support throughout the race was incredible with many of the locals out to cheer on the runners. The race headed east out of the town centre, before heading in to Yeovil Country Park and part of the recent local parkrun route, it was nice to be in familiar surroundings as we ran the length of the park before exiting on to Lysander Road, again the support throughout this section was amazing. The race continues to head along the road and towards the airfield, where we were met with the sight of a large lorry who was baffled by the sight of so many hi-viz, lycra clad people heading towards him. It was ok though one of our own, Rob Gundry, soon sorted him out.

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Happy Smiley BHAM’ily!

From this point the race headed out of Yeovil along quiet country roads, towards Montacute and again members of the BHAMily marshalling along the route provided great support. Then we entered into the grounds of the iconic Montacute House, where the drinks and energy station was a relief for some. Running along The Avenue to more incredible support provides a slight distraction as the nerves began to hit, being fully aware of what was to come next.

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BHAM! Marshmallows out on Course

The trickiest part of the route is without doubt the section of undulating hills that take us back to Yeovil, the up and downs and then hitting Balls Hill was punishment for all at mile 9. Upon reaching what seems like the peak of this mini mountain a gradual incline continues until we reach Yeovil once more. From here one more little ascent before a long descent to the finish. The support continued to gather and grew as we approached the town centre where the crowds carried us down to the finish line. This provided an incredible sprint finish for most, but a special mention to Caroline who unfortunately on her sprint finish took a horrible tumble and had to receive medical attention, but Kevin Church made sure she reached the finish, showing that we most certainly are a family! She wasn’t the only one who made use of the medical support but sometimes really pushing it hard gives us the best achievements.

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Hands in the air if Spencer is going to make you run faster!!

I am so proud to be part of the BHAMily, where we all worked together, trained hard together and achieved together. Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2019 Yeovil Half Marathon whether it be your first, a PB or you just had fun. Well done to all the marshals who helped out and provided support throughout the route and Special thanks to Gary & Susan Irvine for opening up the Dental Surgery again, and hosting us with lovely tea and cake following.

Full Results:

Pos Race No Name Time Chip Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos
28 1561 Paul Thomas 01:25:59 01:25:56 40-49 10 Male 28
130 1350 Thomas Rowe 01:35:27 01:35:22 40-49 38 Male 121
139 159 Tom Brister 01:35:38 01:35:34 30-39 50 Male 129
169 1211 Christopher Pinnock 01:37:08 01:37:01 40-49 44 Male 157
207 850 Mark King 01:39:17 01:39:13 40-49 60 Male 191
273 2079 Ben Gunn 01:42:19 01:42:00 30-39 88 Male 246
308 351 Craig Dabinett 01:43:31 01:43:07 30-39 101 Male 276
316 210 Kevin burton 01:43:42 01:43:23 40-49 94 Male 282
324 253 Kevin Church 01:43:57 01:43:37 40-49 98 Male 289
477 1337 Mark Romans 01:50:04 01:49:40 40-49 136 Male 412
480 352 John Dabinett 01:50:05 01:49:43 50-59 60 Male 415
497 1668 Rachel Webber 01:50:34 01:50:11 30-39 25 Female 71
498 1346 Rebecca Rowe 01:50:36 01:50:21 40-49 20 Female 72
563 316 Georgia Coward 01:52:42 01:52:14 U20 3 Female 96
659 1667 Marc Webber 01:55:59 01:55:29 30-39 178 Male 531
695 1672 Anthony Welch 01:57:13 01:56:49 40-49 184 Male 552
696 236 Chip Chapman 01:57:13 01:56:49 50-59 84 Male 553
705 1792 Richard Mitchell 01:57:23 01:56:33 40-49 186 Male 560
710 833 Shaun Kent 01:57:32 01:56:57 50-59 88 Male 562
733 778 Gary Irvine 01:58:11 01:57:46 50-59 92 Male 573
857 239 Spencer Chapman 02:01:10 02:00:47 40-49 219 Male 646
858 199 Nic Bullock 02:01:11 02:00:43 40-49 71 Female 212
880 1212 Rebecca Pinnock 02:02:13 02:01:11 40-49 76 Female 225
908 1253 Brendon Purdy 02:03:50 02:03:25 30-39 219 Male 671
918 1271 Catherine Rands 02:04:25 02:03:20 50-59 24 Female 242
968 1520 Richard Swaine 02:06:35 02:05:15 30-39 232 Male 703
971 317 Kate Coward 02:06:47 02:06:18 40-49 91 Female 268
995 1255 Marc Purdy 02:07:47 02:06:49 40-49 231 Male 713
998 1254 Jessica Purdy 02:07:49 02:06:49 40-49 96 Female 284
1104 180 Dan Brown 02:12:21 02:11:53 40-49 244 Male 757
1106 822 Tracey Kanditt 02:12:22 02:11:07 40-49 123 Female 348
1107 1740 Mark Wyatt 02:12:23 02:11:34 50-59 120 Male 759
1132 1635 Shaun Walker 02:13:06 02:12:21 50-59 123 Male 769
1162 265 Jo Clarke 02:14:03 02:12:54 40-49 135 Female 382
1192 305 Donna Cornelius 02:15:05 02:13:49 40-49 144 Female 398
1198 384 Nicky Deady 02:15:10 02:14:02 40-49 146 Female 401
1227 81 Laura Batten 02:16:40 02:15:23 40-49 151 Female 420
1268 1196 Amanda Perrin 02:19:16 02:18:06 50-59 66 Female 442
1270 802 Brian Jennings 02:19:26 02:18:31 50-59 140 Male 828
1302 1892 Wendy Driver 02:20:59 02:19:26 60-69 16 Female 462
1324 1166 Christabel Pates 02:21:55 02:20:13 50-59 74 Female 480
1364 144 Claire Bragg 02:24:26 02:23:58 50-59 82 Female 510
1379 1410 Jim Silsby 02:25:00 02:23:49 40-49 275 Male 858
1380 1411 Melanie Silsby 02:25:00 02:23:49 30-39 148 Female 522
1405 287 Ali Collier 02:27:21 02:26:08 50-59 86 Female 541
1408 2062 Isabel Marks 02:27:41 02:26:15 40-49 196 Female 542
1409 1748 Nicky Partridge 02:28:11 02:27:07 40-49 197 Female 543
1410 1972 Charlotte Loxston 02:28:11 02:27:06 40-49 198 Female 544
1411 730 Tara House 02:28:13 02:27:47 40-49 199 Female 545
1412 320 Anthea Cox 02:28:15 02:26:44 40-49 200 Female 546
1414 958 Emma Mann 02:28:23 02:27:18 40-49 201 Female 547
1422 233 Nikki Channon 02:29:37 02:28:20 30-39 153 Female 553
1427 254 Sharon Church 02:31:07 02:29:57 50-59 87 Female 556
1499 668 Emma Herrod 02:39:36 02:38:01 50-59 98 Female 610
1500 345 Jenny Curtis 02:39:36 02:38:02 40-49 223 Female 611
1515 1238 Roxane Pratt 02:41:04 02:39:52 50-59 102 Female 621
1568 457 Sharon England 02:51:46 02:50:10 40-49 235 Female 657
1569 456 Jason England 02:51:54 02:50:20 40-49 293 Male 912
1570 205 Simon Burke 02:51:55 02:50:16 50-59 159 Male 913
Last Jon Forsyth (TAIL RUNNER)

Photos Courtesy of Derek McCoy

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