For two Elswick athletes Steve & Yvette Wilkins the time had come to put months of heavy training into a perfect race day at last Sundays Ironman Barcelona.
They had a fantastic day at the sunny office in Callela Yvette and Steve both done themselves proud. Many congratulations on your achievement. Below are the impressive statistics for the day’s race. Yvette’s results: 3.9km swim: 1.15.30 then 180km bike in 5.55.13 averaging just over 30kmph! Then 42.2km run in 4.22.47 averaging 6.13km. Finishing time: 11.42.32. 15th in age group category & 89th female overall….a FANTASTIC RESULT! Steve’s results: 3.9km swim: 1.16.49 then 180km bike in 6.15.21 averaging just over 28kmph. Then 42.2km run in 5.03 averaging 7.11km. Finishing time: 12.47.11. 210th in age group category & 1510th male overall…..A SUPERB RESULT!
Meanwhile back home and in the borders of Scotland, Ex-Elswick Harrier Andy Greenwell, a track sprinter, took on a personal challenge to raise money for something very close to his heart (the fight against cancer).
Our much loved Elswick Harrier, the late, great Jimmy Bell gave Andy the motivation & inspiration to take on the challenge of running 97 miles from Scotland to St. James Park, Newcastle. Here are some of the villages & towns Andy ran through:
Berwick, Holy Island Causeway, Fenwick, Belford, Budle Bay, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Craster, Alnmouth, Amble, Cresswell, Annistsford, Gosforth and finally stopping at Sir Bobby Robson’s Statue at SJP. So on Friday 2nd October Andy set off and ran 20 miles, from Lamberton. On Saturday it was a 57 mile run! To finish off the weary, trashed legs it was just a “short run” of 20 miles to the finish at SJP. He was met by family and friends who celebrated his achievement with a well-deserved beer in the Shark Bar! Andy said, “It was the hardest running challenge he has ever done”. Not surprising given Andy trains in meters, not miles!!! Andy has raised so far over £1400. If you would like to support and acknowledge Andy’s endeavors, then there is a just giving page where you can donate and read about Andy’s story and the background behind the challenge: https:www.justgiving.com/newcastlescotland/
WELL DONE ANDY….MANY CONGRATULATIONS