After the heatwave on Monday and Tuesday, 29 members of Newport & District Running Club were amongst a field of runners who were very glad that the temperature abated somewhat for Wednesday evening, as they took on the Ironbridge 4, a 4-mile race which serves as the 5th of 6 Sexarathon races in Telford AC’s popular local series.
Starting just on the south side of the river, near the Iron Bridge itself, the route takes runners east through Jackfield, before crossing the river to Coalport and continuing down the High Street towards Coalport Bridge, which runners cross to bring them back to the south side of the river. From there, it’s a straight-ish slog back to the finish, which is near the starting area, almost exclusively along the Severn Valley Way.
In 28th position overall, David Clarke was the first Novaportan runner to finish, clocking a time of 24 minutes, 5 seconds. Robin Guy was next, 70th overall in 26:46, followed by David Brown, who was 84th in 27:23. Hot on David’s heels were Oscar Johnstone, whose time of 27:30 netted him 87th place, and Matthew Walley, who took 91st spot in 27:38. Andrew Wilmot finished 105th in 28:21, followed by Ashley Moore, who ran a time of 29:01 for 113th place.
Philip Dolding (29:20) and Daniel Miles (29:26) finished together in 117th and 118th place, and they were followed home by Aaron Nicholas, who clocked a time of 30:32 for 138th position. Simon Yap finished 145th in 30:43, whilst Philip Link (155th, 31:38) and Kirsty Greenhead (156th, 31:39) finished very close together. Peter Johnstone took 162nd place in a time of 31:53, not far ahead of Oliver Stokes, who was 169th in 32:08. Hot on Oliver’s heels were Marc Taylor, who was 171st in 32:10 and Amy Hughes, who finished in 32:18 to take 174th place.
In 195th place was Graham Rogers, with his time of 33:23, and he was followed by John Metzger, who was 209th overall in 34:05, and Nigel Ingram, who took 230th position in 35:11. Ralph Humphries was 244th in 36:01, whilst Selwyn Plant took 252nd in 36:40 and Ben Roper took 259th place in 36:56. Louise Patterson ran a time of 38:35 for 278th, whilst Simon Taylor was 298th in 40:03 and Wendy Tonge took 324th in 41:21. Martin Murdoch completed the course in 42:16 to take 335th position, whilst Sue Wylie was 337th in 42:55 and John Stokes took 354th in 47:00.