Archive for May, 2010

25th Anniversary 10K Results

TROON 10K RESULTS

There have been no further requests for change to the results which have now been finalised.

Click here for a link to the full results (NB – scroll down for summary results)

There’s a tab at the top of the page to a survey. I’ve also provided a link: Click here Please take just a few minutes to fill it in. It will make a difference.

HELP!!! If anyone still has their chip from the race, please will you contact me.

Results:

Men

1st David Millar 31:29

2nd Kerry Wilson 32:34

3rd Grant Baillie 32:43

Women

1st Lesley Chisholm 37:49

2nd Joasia Zakrzewski 38:08

3rd Laura McGarrity 39:02

Vets men (40-49) David Millar 31:29

Vets women (35-44) Lesley Chisholm 37:49

SuperVets men (50-59) Ian Berryman 36:59

SuperVets women (45-54) Susan Finch 39:08

Men (60-69) Andrew Rennie 38:18

Women (55-64) Geraldine Craig 54:14

Men over 70 William Lusk 54:16

Junior Male (15-17) Stephen Paris 37:37

Junor Female (15-17) Natalie Sharp 1:27:10

TROON TORTOISES 25th ANNIVERSARY 10K – RESULTS

TROON 10K RESULTS

Please note that these results are provisional. Check your result and let me know if there is a problem.  Use the ‘Comments’ section (just above – in yellow)    – As soon as possible – but, please see my responses below (I may have provided an answer already).   Any other errors or omissions, ‘Comments’ section please. Cheers! 
NB  RESULTS WILL BE FINALISED ON WEDNESDAY 12th.

Click here for a link to the full results Updated Sunday 9th  (NB – scroll down for summary results)

There’s a tab at the top of the page to a survey. I’ve also provided a link: Click here Please take just a few minutes to fill it in. It will make a difference.

HELP!!! If anyone still has their chip from the race, please will you contact me.

A special thank-you to Toni McIntosh, who provided free massage on a first come basis.  Donations went to the very worthwhile charity, Prader-Willi syndrome (Click here for link) further donations will be gratefully received.  (Click here for link to Toni’s own website)

RESPONSE TO COMMENTS

  • Q – Why has everyone been recorded as belonging to a club?
    A – This was how it was passed to me by the chip timing company.  Some of the CSV SS columns appear to have been merged.  I’ve run a ‘Lookup’ from the original SS and think I’ve sorted that issue.
  • Q – Why did some manage to get registered on the night?
    A – No one registered on the night.  There were a couple of folk whose numbers had been inadvertently taken by someone else (another thing for me to sort out).  We had to stick them in somehow and couldn’t put them in under their own names which were already there.
  • Q – Why were no places kept back for elite runners?
    A – We are a small club that is interested in YOU and not only a few elite runners.  We did all we could to make sure that everyone knew the situation.  Our race runs at around the same time every year.  We are really sorry that some elite runners didn’t register in time but have to stress that we cannot be held responsible for their failure to plan ahead.  Also, we don’t do appearance money!
  • Q – There seemed to be a lot of runners without numbers; why?
    A – Due to us not being able to register on the night there were a number of disappointed runners who decided to run without numbers so haven’t been recorded.
  • Q – I registered, I ran, I didn’t get a time; why?
    A – There appear to be a very small number of runners whose chips have not recorded a time.  I’ve been told by the chip timing company that a few may have ‘missed’ the mat due to being too close to its edge.  In addition, if the chip wasn’t on either foot eg in pocket, it wouldn’t record.  I know how important the recording of times are to runners and I’ll do all I can to rectify for those who get in touch.
  • Q – I’m struggling to complete the final bit of the survey.  What’s wrong?
    A – Not sure.  It did that with me first time round and I persevered and it seemed to work.  Any problems, drop me a line and I’ll make sure that your opinion is counted when we do the analysis (alex.drain@tiscali.co.uk).

Results:

Men

1st David Millar 31:29

2nd Kerry Wilson 32:34

3rd Grant Baillie 32:43

Women

1st Lesley Chisholm 37:49

2nd Joasia Zakrzewski 38:08

3rd Laura McGarrity 39:02

Vets men (40-49) David Millar 31:29

Vets women (35-44) Lesley Chisholm 37:49

SuperVets men (50-59) Ian Berryman 36:59

SuperVets women (45-54) Susan Finch 39:08

Men (60-69) Andrew Rennie 38:18

Women (55-64) Geraldine Craig 54:14

Men over 70 William Lusk 54:16

Junior Male (15-17) Stephen Paris 37:37

Junor Female (15-17) Natalie Sharp 1:27:10

Hazel’s London Report

Hazel has written a report on the London marathon which she would like everyone to share. It is, in fact, a tribute to everyone in Troon Tortoises who has supported her since she first joined us two years ago. There are many of you who have encouraged her and run with her but special thanks to George McGregor who looks after all of us but was always determined that Hazel be a full member of our Club.

London Marathon 2010
I was very fortunate to travel to London for the Marathon with two experienced marathon runners, Anne as guide runner and Anita. They both knew the ropes in terms of the expo, getting around London and importantly encouraged me to drink water for two days beforehand – and lots of it!

When we walked into the expo and the marathon theme music was playing, it just made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end , you can’t help but feel part of something big. The people at the expo were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The advice given by two sports psychologists (part of the Virgin stage) stuck with me; the crowd will get you through the first third of the marathon, your training will get you through the second third and your mind will get you through the final third.

I had felt nervous, verging on petrified about running the marathon, actually I was petrified that I wouldn’t make it! That unknown quantity beyond 22 miles had been freaking me out! However, I woke on the day of the marathon feeling surprisingly calm, I just kept telling myself this is what we have trained for and if it’s your mind that gets you through the final third – I’m hardy!

As we walked into the start area there was a real party atmosphere, Bruce Springstein blasting Baby we were born to run – totally upstaged by Anne singing at the top of her voice. Can you believe this woman’s talents, guide runner extrordinaire and she can sing and even did both while going round the marathon!

Although within the start area there were about a million portaloos, we nonetheless queued behind another 50 people for a last wee before actually going to the start. Such a long que for the loo we got to the start with just minutes to spare – which meant I didn’t have time for any last minute nerves. The pace was nice and slow to start with, utterly packed and soon we were into cheers from the crowds. The pace picked up a little bit, the comfortable pace and massive crowds meant the first 8 miles went by in a flash. We were in good company – spiderman, scoobydoo and men wearing curly wigs and dresses with running shoes of course. At Cutty Sark we were almost bulldozed by a running ice-cream cone. At this stage the course was still utterly jammed packed, but we thought just a few more miles and it will open up.

I had joked with Anne that no matter where we were on the course , when we passed Sir Richard Branson she was to get her phone out and take a photo of me with him. If only we had known we were right behind him and passed him at around 12 miles, cleverly disguised by his butterfly wings. By the half way point we realised that the field was not going to open up at all, this was really positive as we just relaxed, soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed ourselves.

We had our names on our vests and people from the crowd were shouting to us as if they knew us. Loads of people thought we were either twins or sisters! I think the catch phrase from London has to be looking good girl – shouted with a really strong London accent. The crowds were just incredible, it was a very emotional experience to turn a corner to be met with a welcoming wall of noise, cheers, horns blowing, people shouting your name. I just kept thinking I can’t believe these people who don’t know me have come out to provide this tremendous support. I have never experienced anything like it in my life. It was amazing and just carried you around the course.

One of my concerns about the marathon was whether I would be able to hear Anne above the crowds, which on the day was absolutely fine. The course was so packed Anne had to give me an almost constant stream of instructions and had to invent a new instruction ‘pause’ when runners had slowed down to get around someone walking or everyone had jammed up because the route had narrowed. In these circumstances we found ourselves putting the brakes on, something we were not accustomed to and it was sore on the legs within the first ten miles.

The distance began to kick in for me at 23 miles, my legs felt heavy and tired. At this point I kept thinking that I have to go to Ciaran’s school on the 10th of May to tell them all about the marathon. I just kept thinking, I have to tell them I finished, I want to be able to tell them I ran the whole way – and the thought of not letting Ciaran and his schoolfriends down and all the people who had given sponsorship and sent messages of support really kept me going until I felt a bit better at 25 miles. I actually found myself gritting my teeth a few times. Throughout Anne was describing what was going on, people we were passing who were in fancy dress – we passed a donkey, giraffe and four fat controllers carrying Thomas the Tank. We met another blind runner, whom we had met a couple of times at other races, as much as I felt sure he must have sustained an injury or was having a bad day, he gave us loads of encouragement as we passed him.

With 800 meters to go to the finish another runner clipped me as we turned right. The next thing I knew I was sliding along the road surface on my front. I heard a first aider ask Anne if I needed oxygen. I realised they thought I had collapsed and got up and shouted to them that I’d been tripped up, but was ok to continue. During this time there seemed to be silence. Anne told me later that the crowd were completely silent. When Anne came up to me and handed me the running rope the crowd started to chant Go go go! When we started to run the place erupted, it was an intensely emotional moment, the wave of support from the crowd just carried us to the finish. With 200 meters to go to the finish Anne asked me if I wanted to sprint to the line! I honestly wasn’t sure if I had it in me to sprint, I did try to speed up, but I don’t think you could call it a sprint!

The sense of achievement when I realised we had actually finished the marathon was just amazing. It had been such a strong personal goal to run the London Marathon, it was just fantastic to achieve it.

The magnitude of what we had achieved started to hit me on the way home the next day. All the way round the marathon I was just in awe of Anne, her ability to instruct and direct me round the course, describe what was happening around us, runners fancy dress costumes, bands, singers, banners, mile markers – all details that meant I felt fully included all the way round. If Anne felt tired at any point, she didn’t show it. Her concentration, enthusiasm and good humour did not falter once. The marathon was a really special experience for me and much of that was down to Anne and her willingness to take on the challenge of guide running round a marathon course.

Another aspect of the weekend was having the opportunity to travel with and get to know Anita, Stephen and his friend John. Anita had a bad fall during the marathon, resulting in her requiring 11 stitches in her mouth. It is a real testament to Anita’s strength of character and determination that she completed the marathon with such a severe injury.

All in all an amazing experience, I loved running the marathon and now would like to look towards a quieter event to see if I could run it closer to four hours.

A huge thank you to everyone in the club for your encouragement, support and text messages of support over the marathon weekend.

*** NEW WEBSITE FOR … Live @ Troon ***

The music festival of the year will be held in the Town on the weekend of 3rd – 5th September.

Link to Live@Troon :- NOT TO BE MISSED! Tickets now on sale.

A fundraising event to help support the main Festival will be held in Portland Church on Saturday 22nd May and will include a rock musical, some great acoustic music followed by dancing to the wee small hours.  Tickets are £12.50 and include a fish supper.

More news on venues and bands playing at the September festival will be posted shortly . We hope you will give this new event your support

If it helps, there will be cheap drink!!!

Organiser is our own Stephen Vallance