Archive for April, 2015

Manchester Marathon 2015

The Squad

The Squad

Twelve Tortoises headed south in good spirits after a strong four months of training hoping to hit the heights in this years Manchester Marathon.

After checking in at the hotel followed by a carb loading meal at the local Frankie and Bennies it was time for an early night ready for the following days run.

The weather gods could not have been kinder as twelve thousand runners awoke to perfect running conditions with barely any wind and overcast cloud it was set to be a day to run for a PB.

The race starts and finishes at Old Trafford Football Club and though it is called The Greater Manchester Marathon it does not actually run into the city centre it actually runs mainly through the borough’s of Trafford passing through areas such as Altrincham, Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Urmston and Stretford, the support is one of the main success of this race as the crowds are very good especially around the sections of the course close to the tram stations as friends and family cross the course catching runners at different areas of the race.

The Tortoises did the club proud with nine PB’s and five runners finishing in under 3hrs 28 mins, Stewart Swan in his first marathon finished with a strong time of 3.27.34 but Jim Phillips despite a troublesome foot injury led the way breaking the 3 hour barrier and finishing in 2hrs 59.57 a fantastic achievement and reward for the hard training runs he has put in.

There was also PB runs for Thomas Slocombe, Matt Pearce, Rob Carroll, Darrell Dunscombe, Mags Barbour and Hazel Mcfarlane

An excellent weekend  was rounded off with a few drinks followed by a good meal and plenty of laughs, now where shall we head to next year?

Official Chip results


Stewart Swan

Stewart Swan


Jamie & Darrell

Mags & Hazel

Mags & Hazel


Jim Phillips heading for a sub three hour



2015 5K Results to Date

Here are this years 5k results to date by month

Going forward we will try and have this sheet in the hall before the monthly run, so you can see your previous times.

Troon Tortoises 5k Time Trial
Name Jan-15 Feb-15 Mar-15 Apr-15
Alistair Aird 23.38
Andy Ince 24.31 (PB)
Andrew Ince 23.47 (PB)
Anne Noble 24.45 28.43 27.21 27.34
Bobby Miller 21.03 20.35 21.47 20.45
Caroline Mutch 23.39 22.03 (PB)
Claire Bain 28.05
Colin Bucke 23.02
Darrell Dunscombe 21.49 21.00 (PB) 20.05 (PB)
Elaine Warr 26.23
Ewan Walker 22.15
Fraser Mcphail 18.58 19.50
George McGregor 28.05
Hazel Mcfarlane 28.43 27.21 27.34
Holly Thomson 43.57 (PB)
Ian Mcnee 22.46 21.51
Jamie Bicket 21.16 20.20
Jim Phillips 21.07 18.35 19.16 20.05
John Allan 20.10
John Clarkson 34.17 (PB)
John Mckinlay 32.00
Kate Mckean 26.15 25.47
Kirsty Mackinlay 27.45
Laura McGarrity 19.10
Lucy Oldham 23.48 (PB) 23.14 (PB) 22.41 (PB)
Martin Fraser 22.41 22.18 23.13 21.40
Marion Sloan 25.03 (PB)
Matt Pearce 18.59 17.59 (PB)
Michael Mcfarlane 26.02 23.40
Murray Sheriff-Short 23.27 22.30
Ricky Sheriff-Short 26.34
Robert Gray 27.32
Ross Dobbie 20.27
Shona Thomson 35.41 (PB)
Stuart Swan 19.25 18.43 19.43 19.01
Tracy Baylish 28.43 (PB) 28.09 (PB)

April 5k

On a great night for running 20 Tortoises donned there short sleeves to take part in the fourth monthly time trial of the year.

There were six PB’s achieved with first place going to Matt Pearce who showed he is in excellent shape for the forthcoming Manchester Marathon by running a personal best time of 17.59.

Special mention also for Lucy Oldham who posted her third consecutive monthly 5k personal best.

Results are on the main forum page and the results tab on the top of the main home page.



Manchester Marathon – Two Weeks to go


Inaugural Fort William Marathon

Many Tortoises have spent time running in the Highlands so some may find the first Fort William marathon of interest

School Holidays

Hi all

Note that during the Easter Holidays the club will meet at the scout hall (next to the railway station).

The 5k on Tuesday 7th April can everyone be there at 7pm prompt so we can head over to the start.