Border athletes shine at Goodwood and beyond

A small group of Haslemere Border AC runners took part in 10k and marathon races at the Goodwood GP running event on the famous motorsport circuit.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 1:00 pm
The start of the grab a buddy relay with Rob Webb as the official starter and Rosie Dyke and Claire Beswick before they set off

It was touch and go whether the event would go ahead but it did – before December’s new lockdown restrictions came into force.

Each race involved a lap of 5k and two HBAC runners took part in the 10k. First home was Mike Cathcart, who completed his run in an excellent 38.47, putting him eighth in his age category.

Cathcart had been boosted in the lead-up to the race, like many HBAC athletes, by the work of the club coaching team led by Dave Bateman and Daniel Alloway.

John Raynor, Philomell Bennett and Roger Cripps in the ‘Grab a Buddy Relay’

Nicola Jarrett also ran the 10k, and she achieved a PB of 50:48, putting her 21st in her age category.

The Goodwood marathon took in 11 laps of the circuit, not only physically challenging but mentally exhausting.

Two of HBAC’s finest entered – and finished in some style. Dave Jarrett and Luke Brocks both finished in just under 2hr 45mins, Jarrett in 2.42.13 and Brocks in 2.43.12, third and sixth in their age group. These times don’t happen without months of hard work, training plans and a desire to achieve.

Club coach Issy Peters competed in the Dorney Half marathon in Buckinghamshire.

Luke Brocks and Dave Jarrett after the Goodwood marathon

Peters ran superbly and completed the four-lap course in 1:39, 12th female and fifth in her age group.

Competing in the 5k, Nicola Jarrett finished in 24.44, fourth in her age category. Dave Jarrett took on the 5k, finishing third in 16:11 for a PB.

Other club members got into the festive spirit. Janet Govan and Rita Smalley took part in a 5k charity Santa Dash, while coaching assistant Annalisa Alexander took to the Devil’s Punch Bowl in her Father Christmas outfit for a Santa run, following up with a festive run round Blackdown with fellow club runners Caroline Lawler, Tina Laing and Sarah Caudrey.

Mike Cathcart, about to set off with Seb Linke on the second leg, with Rosie Dyke
Mike Cathcart on route to securing a PB in the Goodwood 10k
Janet Govan in a charity Santa 5k