Belle Vue Racers were represented at the London Marathon this year by Leah Evans and Annie Hirsch. Beautiful weather over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April set the tone for a great event. Registration at the Excel on Saturday afternoon managed to get the nerves going a little. Annie managed to lose her envelope containing her number and timing chip in the crowds for a few minutes – which felt like quite a long time! Unfortunately for the BVRs they had different starting zones, Leah at Blue with all the elites and Royals whilst Annie was at the relatively quiet backwater of Green start. Having been packed onto busy trains full of marathon runners there was a short walk to the starting areas. However all the start zones had enormous toilet queues which did mean there was ample time to strike up new friendships whilst waiting.
It was somewhat of a relief when the time reached 10 a.m – not that we could start running then as there is always a few minutes delay to crossing the start line – but to know that the main marathon had begun and soon we would be running was exciting. London marathon is rightly famous for the support from the crowds – it was very busy along the way which was particularly helpful over the last few miles. Leah and Annie were supported by family and friends and they made sure we saw them among the throngs. It is a great route through London streets which are not often not traffic free but filled with runners and supporters.
Annie and Leah were pleased with their times – 3.56 and 4.01. At the finish we met up at the Motor Neurone Disease Association (mnda) meeting point where leg massages, cups of tea and nourishing food were all on offer. Leah and Annie were fundraising to support mnda in memory of BVR member Steve Mycio who died of the condition in 2016. Thank you to all BVRs for your support and generous donations. Hope you are all in the ballot for 2018!
As the track at Sportcity is being repaired on 13th and 20th April, we are planning to have training sessions on those evenings in Philips Park, which is near to Sportcity, on the other side of Alan Turing Way. We will meet in the car park which is for the tennis centre. To get to that car park, instead of turning down Aston New Road, continue on Alan Turing Way and turn left into the car park signposting the tennis parking area. We will set off at 7 p.m to the park so please arrive before then.
On the following Thursday, April 27th, Manchesters United and City are playing at the Etihad which will mean the traffic will be heavy. That night we will meet at Debdale Park which is off Hyde Road. There is a car park at the end of Wall Way, before the Gym. Post code for Debdale Park is M18 7LJ.
Congratulations to our Men’s and Women’s Champions for the 2016-17 Autumn / Winter season – Andy Wood and Annie Hirsch.
In the men’s competition, it was Men’s Captain Patrick O’Brien who for the second consecutive season had to settle for silver, with our recent Spring / Summer Men’s Champion Vic Walsh taking third. The women’s competition also played a little musical chairs, with Annie again rising to the top, Julia Foy, like Patrick, again taking second spot (as well as the Progress Award – congratulations, Julia!) and our 2016 Spring / Summer champion, Ruth Amin, taking third. Congratulations to all runners who completed the season!