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Runners achieve PBs on busy weekend

It was a busy weekend for the club's runners as they took part in several races across the North of England. Suzanne McGill claimed a personal best and a club record at the Yorkshire Marathon where she clocked 3-22-56. This gave her a top ten position in the ladies over45 age category. Also competing was Michael Walsh who finished in a time of 3-58-26 to get under the four hour barrier. Second overall in the race was Gary Briscoe from Penistone who competes for Barnsley AC. Gary claimed a personal best in a very rapid 2-26-05.

The event also saw a shorter 10 mile event. Ray Brown claimed first place in the men’s over80 age category in 1-40-22. This knocked 8 minutes off Ray’s own club record for the 10 mile road distance.

James Sidebottom, Rhianna Banford, Chloe Worth and Will Hoyland completed the Ladybower Reservoir 50k Ultra. They crossed the line together in 7-13-58. At the same event there was also a 15 mile race and Heather Graham completed this in 2-56-39.

A good contingent of Penistone runners travelled over the Pennines to compete in the Manchester Half Marathon. Their trip was rewarded with impressive personal bests for everyone. Andrew Heppenstall was first back in a time of 1-15-20. Next was James Mumford in 1-17-07. Martin Ball followed in 1-20-49, a personal best at the age of 52. Ashley Firth finished in 1-25-58. Rob Lees also completed the course in an impressive 1-21-58 just behind Matt Robinson who clocked 1-20-42.

A bit closer to home, four Penistone runners took part in the Holmfirth 10k. First man back was Rory O’Sullivan in 57-54 and first lady back was Jill Scrivens in 1-01-39. Three runners headed over to the coast to compete in the Scarborough 10k. First back was Daniel Hague in 40-10 followed by Mark Graham (49-11) and Peter Beever (49-45).

On the parkrun scene there was a first place for Rachael Mayston at Penistone and a second place for Lee Storey at Concord.

The first South Yorkshire Cross Country League fixture took place at Clifton in excellent conditions. There were many good performance from Penistone runners but the results have yet to be published. Younger athletes representing Penistone included Nina Baldwin and Heidi Morley who put in good performances in the girls under11 race.

Race results

Yorkshire Marathon 644, Suzanne McGill 3-22-56; 1958, Michael Walsh 3-58-26; 3846, Ian McNulty 5-09-09.

Yorkshire 10 Mile 686, Paul Gee 1-21-32; 1696, Raymond Brown 1-40-22.

Manchester Half Marathon 112, Andrew Heppenstall 1-15-20; 147, James Mumford 1-17-07; 248, Martin Ball 1-20-49; 284, Matt Robinson 1-20-42; 286, Robert Lees 1-21-58; 395, Ashley Firth 1-25-30.

Holmfirth 10k 123, Rory O’Sullivan 57-54; 141, Jill Scrivens 1-01-39; 146, Sarah Halstead 1-02-48; 155, Mandy Helliwell 1-04-43.

Scarborough 10k 68, Daniel Hague 40-17; 352, Mark Graham 49-11; 375, Peter Beever 49-45.