Stourbridge Running Club had runners out at various races this week. At the Hagley Stag Run, runners took on a hilly course over two distances. Sarah Trigg completed the 5k event in 31.05 and Sebastien Nicolas finished the 10k in 55.19.

Paul Bradley ran 6.5 miles at the Bulmers Bash in 59.29 and at the Market Drayton 10k Pete Walters finished in 39.36.

Stourbridge Running Club had members out at races at the extreme end of the scale this week. Steve Burch took on the Thames Towpath 100 and finished in 26 hours 00 minutes and 04 seconds. This is a niche event and attracts a relatively small field, running along the River Thames from Richmond in London to Oxford, 100 miles non-stop. Tough enough in ideal conditions, this year runners had to take on a sweltering day and this was reflected with the number of drop-outs. Steve battled throughout the day, maintaining  a steady pace before grinding out the miles through the short night and into the next day. The next morning was warm again adding to the tiredness of running through the night but Steve held on bravely to finish just after midday.

At the other end of the scale, runners took on the hugely popular and relatively short distance DK10K. Tom Isherwood was first back for Stourbridge in 35.23, finishing in 9th place overall.

Chris Ashcroft was next in 41.17. followed by Rob Woodward 43.15, Alastair Mcintosh 47.37, Sebastien Nicolas 49.41, Rachel Batchelor 49.41, Helen Evans 50.54, Mel Williams 51.48, John Coyne 52.52, Richard Dawson 53.45, Francesca Cox 54.40, Phil Dunn 56.48, Jean Brayshay 58.31, Sarah Trigg 59.19, Heather Hughes 59.44, Lynda Dunn 59.58, Nicky Higgs 1.01.40, Chris Massey 1.02.43, Alison Kent 1.02.54 and Gary Cattell 1.03.22.
 
Sebastien Nicolas was out again on Sunday taking on the Great Birmingham 10k and finished in 52.54.

With many runners resting before this weekend's London Marathon, Stourbridge Running Club just had the one runner out this week, with Rachel Batchelor taking on the Brighton Marathon. Having been running many years, Rachel took on her first Marathon in last year's Birmingham Marathon. Recording 4:02 at that race, Rachel recently joined Stourbridge Running Club and joined in the Marathon training runs in an attempt to beat that time. Despite an undulating course, with 700 feet elevation, Rachel managed to beat that time, finishing in 4:01:18. Rachel is now setting her sights on improving again and joining the sub 4 hour club. 

Runners from Stourbridge Running Club took on the hottest ever Virgin London Marathon with the heat seriously affecting times, adding on a hour or more to some runners' times.

First back for Stourbridge was Liam Reilly in 3:43:38, followed by Ben Perks in 4:17:51, Mark Farnon in 4:37:44, Adrian Phillips in 4:48:07, James Sutton in 4:54:50, Joan Clarke in 5:02:15 and Ian Whyatt in 5:22:39.

Closer to home at the Hagley Resolution Run, James Bellamy finished the 15km course in 1:19:04 while Helen Bellamy finished the 10km course in 59:38.

Stourbridge Running Club had runners competing at two races on Sunday morning. At the Lilleshall Monument 10k runners took on a tough multi-terrain course. Helen Evans finished 2nd in her age category FV50, only three seconds behind the winner. This was made more unlucky when the Chip timings revealed that her real time was actually faster. Helen finished in 59.13 with team-mate Paul Bradley finishing in 1.00.47.

At the Ironbridge Half Marathon, runners took on another tough course with Neal Woolhouse finishing in 1.45.25 and Jon Taylor in 1.56.43.