CLC Striders Race report for 31 March, 1 and 2 of April 2017

Palestine Half Marathon, Manchester Marathon and Solihull Half Marathon

 From the West Bank to the West Midlands: CLC Striders were everywhere last weekend

 On Friday 31 March, CLC Strider Paul Northup ran in the fifth Palestine Marathon held in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Running the half marathon distance, he finished 14th in a large field of local Palestinian and international runners, clocking a modest one and half hours on the incredibly tough, hilly and hot course.

Meanwhile, closer to home, in the Cheltenham Parkrun on Saturday 1 April, Strider Iain Porter finished in first place with a time of 17:56, just two seconds outside his course best. And elsewhere, Gareth Davies ran as a “tourist” in the Parkrun at Highbury in London, clocking a sharp 19.38 and finishing 20th.

On Sunday 2 April ultra-man Andrew Paterson and marathon debutante Mike Speke tackled the iconic Manchester Marathon on a surprisingly hot and sunny morning. Andrew completed the 26.2 miles in 3:45:54 and Mike finished his first outing over this distance in 4:52:05. Further south on Sunday, Emma Abbey continued her prolific form by running the inaugural Solihull Half Marathon and completing the hilly course in 1:52:02, just two weeks after setting a club record in the Gloucester 20-mile road race.