Ladies Show Heart
More than 1000 runners braved the rain and
cold weather to take part in Dudley's five-mile Action Heart Run on Sunday
The race was again supported by hordes of Dudley Ladies rubbing shoulders
along side both elite and good club runners, including Marion Willetts,
Ann Kelly, Chris Clark and Eileen Bolton shown left, enjoying a bit of
Organisers said the response to this years event had been just as strong
as the 2006 event - and they hope to break the £20,000 fundraising barrier
set last year.
The route took runners around a five-mile circuit starting in the
hospital grounds and then out to Himley Road and Milking Bank before
bringing them back to Russells Hall.
and anxieties were running high amongst some of our competitors as the
countdown to the 9.30am start began. For many, this was their first race and
for others, it was the culmination of weeks and weeks of running around the
cold, wet and dark streets of Wombourne
preparation for their big event.
First back for the club was Carrie Creamer, shown left, in
44.50, followed by Rebecca Gentle in 50.56 and Star of the day
61 year old Marion Willetts, shown right in 51.00.
Other runners that accounted for themselves well included, Yvonne O'Neil,
Shirley Jones, Claire Morgan, Jackie Fellows, Eileen Bolton, Heather Davies,
Chris Clark, Debbie Mottram, Paulette Hayhurst, Marie Smith, Ann Kelly,
Irene Evans, Rachel Harris, Sarah Jones, Sue Hutton, Lisa Hadlington, Liz
McCarvill, Denise Anslow and Natalie Dellar. Apologies to all the others not
Natalie Dellar writes:
"Well, we survived!
It wasn't too bad, we started (and ended) near the back, tried to go at
steady pace - the weather held out until the end when it started to rain but
it was quite refreshing by that stage.
We got to 4.5 miles, and I must admit I started to crumble a bit going up
the high street towards the hospital, so Denise went off ahead to get it
over with and I jogged (staggered? Crawled?) my way up back to Russell's
hall at a very slow pace.
It took me an hour and 5 minutes, o.k. for the first time I thought. I've
got a sneaking feeling I was last, if there were people behind me they were
very far behind but I was quite happy to have got to the 4.5 miles mark in
relative comfort, that last bit is really tough...
One thing to be said for being in the last few finishers was we seemed to
get given 2 goody bags to get rid of them :-)"
So it seems that everyone had a good time and enjoyed the challenge of what is undoubtedly
one of the hilliest 5-mile races around. If you can do well at this race
then you'll do well anywhere.
So well done to all those that finished with a smile on their