Shrewsbury Athletic Club's Pete Middleton received a boost to his preparations for the Berlin Marathon when he won the recent Raceways Summer Shakespeare Half Marathon at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford on Avon, in a time of 1 hour 17 minutes and 28 seconds. His training schedule, which has now increased to 100Km plus per week, is paying dividends with six weeks to go to the Berlin race.
Three Club runners competed in the Meerbrook 15K race on the Staffordshire Moorlands, where Paul Jones finished 9th in 55/00 and 1st Veteran Over 45, with Carl Aveyard 22nd in 58/40 and Sara Willhoit 39th in 62/41 and 2nd in the Womens' race. Paul Jones then travelled to the Sale Sizzler 5K in Manchester, finishing 20th in a personal best time of 15/45, once again 1st Veteran Over 45 and as a result, rising to 2nd in the UK Over 45 rankings for the distance.
In the Helena Tipping Wrexham 10K Race, Steve Waters' return to full form continued when he finished 13th in 36/15, Stewart Farley 58th in 41/33 and Lauren Morley finished 7th in the Women's Race in 44/18.
The final fixture of the Midland Track and Field League Division 6 took place at Tamworth, where the Women's team finished 4th and the Men's team, 6th. In the Men's match, Gabe Morris finished 1st in the 800m A Race and 3000m Steeplechase A Race and 2nd in the 1500m B Race. Patrick McBride was 2nd in the Pole Vault A Event and Matt Guilder finished 2nd in the 1500m A Race, his last race before moving to Durham, having been a key participant for the Club in the Track and Field Leagues. In the Women's match, Emily McBride finished 1st in the 400m Hurdles B Race, with Dora Tomlinson 2nd in the 200m A Race, Long Jump A and High Jump A events, Sara Willhoit 2nd in the 1500m A Race and Emily Newcombe 2nd in the 1500m B Race. The team finished 3rd overall for the Series, narrowly missing out on promotion.
Photo. Pete Middleton.