Wootton Road Runners coach Greenshields shines in Silverstone Half Marathon

Wootton Road Runners athletes smile for the camera at the Vitality North London Half Marathon
Wootton Road Runners athletes smile for the camera at the Vitality North London Half Marathon

A superb performance from club coach Vicky Greenshields led the way for a number of successes at the annual Silverstone Half Marathon last week.

Underlining her fantastic progress since completing the Copenhagen Ironman last August, Greenshields clocked a time of 2.03.19, nine minutes faster than she has run before, making a sub two-hour half marathon at Peterborough a definite possibility later in the year.

With 27 Wootton runners taking part in the popular race, Jason Eales was the first club runner home, knocking almost five minutes of his previous best to finish in 1.26.31. There was also another PB for Tim Thurlow in 1.27.37 while Ironman Stuart DeFreyne 1.28.48 and Graham Hollowell, 1.29.13 were also under the 1.30 minute mark.

Nicola Deether is another runner who continues to impress with her time of 1.56.54, almost 20 minutes quicker than her last half marathon outing. Just ahead of her were Sharon Hacker, 1.47.43 and Alexa Osborne, 1.47.50 who both dipped under the coveted 1.50 mark.

A strong men’s team performance saw Niall Gardiner, 1.37.07, Mark Coupland, 1.37.16, Stephen Young, 1.39.00 and Stephen Atkinson, 1.42.58 also produce decent performances while the consistent Graham Tee finished in 1.43.15. Mick Turner’s time of 1.49.56 was another PB for him.

Dave Osborne, 2.23.01 and Helen De Bono, 2.44.27 both produced creditable performances in their first half marathon outings while Nicola Marshall also enjoyed a PB to come home in a time of 2.14.47. Josie Pickering and Erica Van Bree, who have competed in a number of half marathons all over the country, recently finished in identical times of 2.47.14.

On the same day, Wootton also sent a coachload of runners and supporters to the new Vitality North London Half Marathon, whose route winds through the iconic Wembley stadium at the halfway point.

Adam Pilsbury led the Wootton team on the day, clocking a time of 1.37.01. There was an excellent run from Kevin Garner finishing in 1.43.11, just ahead of Eliza Kurczewska in 1.45.54 and James Meade, 1.46.25.

Glen Cousner, 1.53.58, Liam Cahill, 1.53.53, Julia Wetherill, 1.54.56 and Sharon Mayne, 1.55.32 completed the team and ensured that all eight Wootton competitors completed the race in less than two hours.