A number of Waveney Valley Athletic Club members have travelled to both the English and Scottish capitals over the last fortnight to compete in major races. On May 27 Mark Nussey and Paula Lambert joined a field of 11,000 competitors on a very warm day at the BUPA London 10k. Part of the attraction of this popular race is the last part of the course which, like the London Marathon, finishes on the Mall. Mark has shown good form of late and he recorded a personal best 43:45 to finish overall in 1,000th place. Paula was placed 3,024th in a time of 51:24.
The same weekend, Ailsa MacDonald and Alan Richardson took part in the Edinburgh Marathon. Ailsa, making a return to home soil to compete in her first marathon, enjoyed the experience, from high-fiving children at the 24 mile mark to blasts of morale boosting music of which a ballad from Amy MacDonald made her feel homesick. She completed the race in a time of 4-05.05 in 3,203rd place and plans to repeat the experience next year.
Alan Richardson competed to raise money for charity SSAFA – wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen – on behalf of his son-in-law to be, who was injured on duty in Afganistan last September. Alan ran well until muscle spasm in his back at the 21 mile mark slowed his pace. He finished in a time of 4-58.41 in 6,607th place.