Cooks are in the Big Apple

Lindsay and Gary Cook were flying the flag for the North Herts Road Runners at the ING New York City Marathon. The challenging course took its toll on both local runners after around 19 miles but although their pace may have dropped, they still finished w

Lindsay and Gary Cook were flying the flag for the North Herts Road Runners at the ING New York City Marathon.

The challenging course took its toll on both local runners after around 19 miles but although their pace may have dropped, they still finished with impressive times.

Lindsay put in a strong run to record a time of 4-26:04 in her 12th marathon.

Conditions were cold and windy but despite the weather and the famous undulations in Central Park, Gary finished comfortably under the three-hour mark in a new best time of 2-55:03.


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Oliver Saville was also in half-marathon action, taking part in the Barnes Green half marathon in Surrey. Oliver finished well up the field of around 1,500 runners in a new personal best time of 1-26:30.

James Atkins finished fourth in the Rainforest Foundation 10k in Finsbury Park, North London.

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More than 1,000 runners weaved their way around the park over a number of laps and although his time of 37:52 ensured a top five finish, it left him frustratingly short of a podium place.

The Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k took place on Halloween and two Squirrels were involved.

Chris Priestley currently stands at 15th in the age-graded championship this year and posted a time of 20:38 in this month's race. He will be looking to move even further up the rankings in next month's race.

Martyn Annetts also took part and crossed the line in 19:51.

Dennis Cannon from Fairlands Valley Spartans continued his winning streak with a fine run at the rainy Bedford River Valley six miles race recently.

The flat course at Bedford was relatively easy, resulting in a fast time of 49:33, which gave him another first place in the V70 section.

He is now off to Vietnam for a well- earned rest, and has promised his wife to leave his running shoes at home!

Roger Biggs ran his first marathon since September following an Achilles injury. He was in Springfield, Missouri, on Sunday for the Bass Pro Marathon.

Using the famous Jeff Galloway method of run/walk throughout the marathon enabled him to complete the course in 4-41:19.

It was sunny, still, cool and damp underfoot for Friday's Serpentine 5k race in London's Hyde Park. Jim Brown was 79th out of 228 in 20:24.

Mike Bridge from FVS TRI competed in the AMI/L two dayer fell race which amazingly went to a sprint finish as the leading six all came off the last ridge together!

He was third in the sprint for an overall fifth for the two-day combined result.

In poor weather conditions which ranged from thick mist, knee deep snow and strong winds, only 12 of the 61 starters managed to finish.

Rob Davies raced the second race in the Regents Park 10k Winter Grand Prix Series and finished 60th from 383 finishers in a time of 42:35.

Graham Perry completed the Billericay 10k in 59:36. And newest member Karen Parnell travelled to Boston to run her FVS TRI debut race, competing in an 8k Breakfast Run.

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