This week’s highlights are Mags Beever winning both the Greenhead Park 5K race series and the Saltaire Vets race, and James Penson completing the Lakeland 100.
Greenhead Park 5K Series
Mags Beever ran consistently well throughout July to finish 1st Lady overall in the Greenhead Park 5K series. Mags ran in three of the four races, finishing in under 20 minutes on each occasion with a best time of 19:43. Other Lions who took part in the series are Lorraine Naylor (Race 2, 22:30, 2nd W45), Jonny Cartwright (Race 3, 20:21) and Gaby Ferris (Race 4, 23:16, 1st F45).
Aileen Baldwin took on the Lakeland 50 this weekend, one the greatest ultra running challenges in Europe. It's almost double the distance of a marathon at 50 miles long, on rough terrain and with 10,000 feet of ascent to deal with. Aileen ran with her usual commitment to finish in 15 hours 11 minutes.
Meanwhile, James Penson, in another of his trademark challenges, took on the Lakeland 100. This is the Lakeland 50 with a bonus extra 55 miles. There’s a massive 23,000 feet of ascent – including the summit of every hill you’ve never heard of in the Lake District. James completed this epic feat in 38 hours 33 minutes.
Saltaire Vets Race
The Yorkshire Veterans’ Athletics Association Grand Prix continues, with the Lions still topping five of the six team categories. At last week’s race which took place at Saltaire, Mags Beever finished 1st Lady, and there were a number of age category wins for the Lions.