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Results and Photos from BMAF Marathon 2014
Author: Dave Beattie First Published: 17/09/2014

Thanet Roadrunners organisation of this event was excellent – at the Race HQ, runners were efficiently identified and issued with race numbers, timing chips, and age group numbers. Marshalls and feed stations were plentiful, and the enthusiastic announcer kept spectators entertained throughout the event.

The marathon runners started with the half-distance entrants: the winning half marathon time of 1:19 illustrates the hilly nature of the first half of this coastal course. There is also a testing hill two miles from the finish, climbing from Margate seafront up onto the clifftop path. The runners also faced quite humid conditions, and most times were several minutes slower than the runners’ London Marathon results.

BMAF runners dominated the open race: M40 Peter Dimbleby of Birchfield led from the gun and, despite slowing in the later stages, hung on bravely to win the open race. M50 Keith Dowson of Sevenoaks was third over the finish line. Walter Hill won the open prize for M60, and Barbara Ralph of Chiltern Harriers won the open F60.

M45 winner, Mark Havenhand of Kingstone Runners, prevailed by 10 minutes over a close battle for silver won by David Proud of Les Croupiers, from David Ashworth of Leamington. Both runners were beaten by M55 Douglas Brisco of Andover. The best BMAF age graded score was 82.94%, by F65 Anne Docherty of Forres Harriers, who ran 4:19:39. Anne’s long journey from Scotland, and her fine run, won a well-deserved gold medal – and only one year before she moves up to another age group.

Understandably, SCVAC members accounted for 50% of the BMAF finishers. No doubt Northern athletes will predominate next year when we return to Newcastle for our championship.

First name

Surname

Age

Club Name

Pos.

Chip time

Age Grade

Peter

Dimbleby

40

Birchfield Harriers

1

02:55:57

72.75%

Keith

Dowson

51

Sevenoaks AC

3

02:59:13

78.52%

Mark

Havenhand

47

Kingstone Runners

8

03:11:01

71.10%

Douglas

Brisco

59

Andover and District AC

11

03:17:00

76.99%

David

Proud

47

Les Croupiers RC

13

03:21:20

67.45%

David

Ashworth

45

Leamington C and AC

14

03:21:52

66.13%

Walter

Hill

61

Crawley AC

15

03:22:30

76.39%

Andrew

Noble

50

Folkstone Running Club

20

03:25:11

67.97%

Jack

Chivers

35

Haywards Heath Harriers

22

03:27:52

60.09%

Stephen

Suttle

56

Thanet Road Runners AC

30

03:36:57

67.93%

Barbara

Ralph

60

Chiltern Harriers AC

60

03:52:18

79.02%

Anne

Docherty

69

Forres Harriers

94

04:19:39

82.94%

Philip

Brennan

71

Stratford-upon-Avon AC

106

04:26:27

64.47%

Ann

Bath

66

26.2 Scottish Veterans

122

04:31:59

74.63%

Peter

Godbee

63

Swanley and District AC

133

04:42:21

55.90%

Karen

Samuel

53

Kent AC

168

05:01:51

55.10%

John

Gaade

70

SCVAC

183

05:22:09

52.73%

 

Photos by Jodi Hanagan

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Peter Dimbleby
  - M40 Gold, Race Winner

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Mark Havenhand
  - M45 Gold

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David Proud
  - M45 Silver

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Keith Dowson
  - M50 Gold

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Andrew Noble
  - M50 Silver

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Steve Suttle
  - M55 Silver

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Barbara Ralph
  – F60 Gold

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Walter Hill
  – M60 Gold



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Anne Docherty
  - F65 Gold

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Ann Bath
  - F65 Silver