Sue Mcindoe, Beverley Goodson, Linsey Bellis
Deestriders’ resident hairdresser Lindsey Bellis, at the sharp end of training for the Chester Marathon, competed in this year’s popular Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Powys. The weather did not match the gorgeous scenery as the event was deluged with rain and the second half was particularly exposed to the windy elements- mum Debbie got soaked in support. However Lindsey gave a terrific performance to take more than a minute off her personal best, which now stands at 1.52. This gives her an excellent chance of reducing her current personal best of 4.25 at Chester. Lindsey’s boyfriend Stewart McElmeel also took part and is now set to become a very welcome new addition to the club, particularly so as he took 7 minutes off his best, which now stands at an impressive 1.42.
An impressive 339 athletes completed the first Border League of the season, Tattenhall’s hilly course of just under 10k. Thankfully the weather was far kinder than 2011’s downpour on that route- cool, overcast and windless. There was a great turnout from the relatively small Deestriders club- 10 men and 7 women meant we had more than enough for the teams.
With Andy Edwards in Leeds running a near personal best at the Abbey Dash 10k, it was left to the evenly-matched lieutenants Steve Hayes and Craig Davies to lead the Deestriders’ charge for home with excellent times of 35.50 and 36.15 respectively. Next in was Mark Williams with a strong 39.44 and almost right behind him was last year’s women’s runner-up Jay Jennions with a fired-up 39.55 for fourth lady and first SL. Chris Hyndman did well to be not far behind them with 40.39. Next in was the impressive debutant Stewart McElmeel. Lindsey Bellis’ boyfriend already has a 1.42 half marathon to his credit and he showed himself to be a valuable new asset to the club with 43.17. Following him was the ever-present Vince Edwards with a good 44.07. Next in for the ladies’ team was the talented veteran Linda Martin (45.58) and Kev Burns completed the men’s scorecard with a quality 47.15. It was then the tale of two Mikes as Messrs Norris and O’Brien finished together (50.16/ 50.18). Lindsey Bellis ran an outstanding 51.24 to complete the women’s scorecard and launch them in at #3 in Division 2 which gives them already one eye on promotion at the end of the season. The indomitable Fred Aird and the returning Lorna Royle worked together for creditable times of 53.02 and 53.03, and the always determined Sue McIndoe and Bev Goodson were in next (56.39 and 59.30). The team was brought home by new girl Fiona Gordon who faced her first race for the club with real grit to finish in 63.39.
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