Seven wonders of the World – Thanet Roadrunners style!

Thanet Roadrunners have been REALLY busy…running around the world…


Paris Marathon (Sunday 7th April)

Both Simon and James say they really enjoyed this iconic race, although this photo doesn’t tell that story!




James Figgins said; “Paris is a beautiful and well organised course with the start and finish either side of the Arc de Triomphe. Running along the Champs Elysée’s and around all the major landmarks of the stunning city including the Eiffel Tower, it is one that I have had on my list for a while, and it did not disappoint. The cobbled streets and the elevation make it quite a challenging course and really took its toll on my quads and hips! The last 12k felt incredibly tough especially after the tunnels section, but the crowds of energetic spectators lining the streets kept me going right until the end.


Although I was a little disappointed that I didn’t quite manage the sub 3hr target I set myself, coming in at 3:02:42, a 3-minute PB, this is a Marathon that will stay with me forever. Now the hard work is done it’s off to have some fun with the family and eat as many pastries as I can.”


James Figgins 3.02.42 PB

Simon Cowdery 3.24.55 (90 seconds off a PB)




Brighton Marathon (Sunday 7th April)

Club Secretary Julie Williams said; “After running the London marathon for a second time, finishing in 4h 43 and if I am honest, not enjoying it much, I decided marathons weren’t for me. But after 2 years with TRAC, I was encouraged to give it another go and embarked on training with Jacob Burton for Brighton to try to achieve sub 4 hours AND enjoy it. And… I did it! The course and support were great, I stuck to my pace rigidly (knowing lots of TRAC friends were tracking me made me determined not to go off too fast or too slow). I was really pleased with finishing in 3.49.23 and even more surprised when I found I was 4th in my age category. I couldn’t have done it without all the training, advice and encouragement from lots of fantastic friends in TRAC.”


Jude Wood 3.20 PB

Julie Williams 3.49 PB





London Landmarks Half Marathon (Sunday 7th April)

This was a warm race, with a warm atmosphere, winding around the streets of London.  Support was great throughout the race, and everyone liked the nice medal, which was awarded by a Chelsea Pensioner.  


Charlotte Hadden 1.37

Jo Holl 1.40

Lainey Carter 2.11 PB

Zoe Berry  2.15




Lainey smiled all the way!


Manchester Marathon (Sunday 14th April)

No one seems to have written much about Manchester except Alex Dugard, whose Strava reads like an Oscars thank you speech!  Alex used the 2.45 pacer and after Altrincham pushed on ahead a little, to finish with a great time.   YOU did all the hard work Alex – This is a REALLY impressive time and we think you have more to come – well done!



Alex Dugard 2.44.22 –. PB.  That’s an average of 3.51 minutes per Km or 6.17 per mile!

Adam Foster 2.59.59 – It’s got a 2 in front and that’s all that matters!!!  Well done!  PB.

Chris Pascoe 3.11.32 PB.


Two Oceans Half Marathon – Cape Town South Africa (Sunday 14th April)

Lizo Ngqobongwana ran his first half marathon for 40 years.  The crowd were tremendous, hills horrible and he intends to do it again next year!  In case you don’t know about this race… its in the hills above Cape Town and its brutal!  Until recently, if you were still out at 3hrs the marshals would turn their backs on runners and at the finish you didn’t get a medal, just a cup of water.  South Africans are a tough breed!  

Lizo finished in 2.15.16 a great time on this course. PB.




Ashford Half and Full Spring Marathon (Sunday 14th April)


Steve Jones 4.53

Peter Johnson 4.11- first V70 home. 

Half Marathon

Mark Croucher 1hr 38

Spencer Hoult 1hr 54

Ester Naybour 2hrs

Kevin Gladwin 2hrs 32

Peter Gough 2hrs 47 minutes

Mark Croucher is running really well, but he doesn’t drive.  If you’re going to a race and have a spare seat please bear him in mind.  We are a club for ALL!

No one seems to have made much comment on Strava on this run. We assume they are still in the pub! 





Crawley A.I.M Charity 24-hour track race (Sunday 14th April)

Sam Hastie and Andy Jones don’t know how to spend a relaxing Sunday.  They decided to run around, around and around a track at Crawley to raise money for Parkinson’s UK Charity. 


Sam said that from the start it was clear this wouldn’t be easy.  Existing niggles became annoying, but they’re both made of tough stuff and cross-country training had proved worthwhile.


Both ran for the full gruelling 24 hours. 

Sam Hastie ran 129.45km (although her watch couldn’t last out). 

Andy Jones covered a massive 173.1km (that’s from Ramsgate to Reading in 24hrs!)  Well done to both of you!  That’s 107.5 miles in old money!  

We haven’t heard that they then ran home from Crawley, but with these two crazies nothing would surprise us!



If we’ve missed anyone please do let us know – there are so many of you in action these days!

And of course next weekend is the big one LONDON MARATHON.  We have loads of Traccies running and even more supporting.


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