Points galore for The Sheffield Half Marathon. 30 league rivals showed up for the second race of the series. With many other DRC involved, either running, pacing, and supporting around the city (most notably poised to capture us at our worse it would seem).
Perfect conditions, with winter seemingly behind us, meant for pleasant race conditions in Sheffield, only slightly dampened by the massive bog queues.
With some missing and others pacing, runners in 1 saw an opportunity to collect some big points. And it was Throssle who wiped the smile off Robinson's face to snatch a vital point in league 1, finishing third. League 1 front runner which is becoming a bit of a habit for Michael Kenyon, took all 20 pts for a second time to sit confidently at the top of league 1. With Briddock casually going about his business with a brilliant time to come 2nd and keep the pressure on. Hannah Walker despite arriving very late, (lucky for you we aren't using gun times) smashed it to finish 5th with a superb time and 5th lady overall. Closely followed by Marley and Pryke in the league table after 2 races.
Collette Gains continues to impress with another victory and a time that would have troubled many of those in the top division. 40 pts from 2 races is setting the early pace, with David Johnston-Keay close behind. Sapsford, Biggs all performing well to keep league 2 looking tight, Jimmy Sharman and Andy Lock joined the party with strong times and scores on the board. There isn't much in it with the chasing pack with Joe Lee and Chris Allcard both running well, with Lee edging it slightly over the two races to sit 5th in the table with Constable well in the mix with plenty more to come.
League 3 has another one to beat, with Simon Wood also running superbly again and securing maximum points after 2 races. Chris Wright and Darren Worthy will be keen to close the gap, sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively with a strong pts score after the first 2 races. The Sheff HM also saw Karen Read and Ben Sanderson join the fold, both with brilliant efforts, scoring well and I'm sure will be looking for more points with plenty of races left to choose from. Nicola Ross and Andy Britton are tied on 29 points, trading blows after 2 races, one to watch in the next round.
In 4 a low turnout meant a huge opportunity for maximum points was taken by Dan Atkin with a fantastic time, with Ian Rands mere seconds behind. Dan is the man to catch in round 3 as these two set the early pace.
Next up the Dronfield Town 10k – Monday 2nd May, plenty of time to run and train well before our next race. See ya there!