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Putting Datchet on the map


Dashers continued the running year in May with a packed month and the start of our summer 5k series. Here are some of the highlights from May.


We started off on 1 May with a post from Rob Foster thanking the club for donating old trainers and shoes for him to pass on to the Shoe Aid Charity. Rob was able to deliver over 100 pairs from the club which Lee Todd the founder of the charity was incredible thankful for. Thank you Dashers!


The first event was the Shinfield 10k which took place on the first bank holiday Monday of the month. Lots of Dashers ran it with a host of PBs reached on a course that is not generally felt to be particularly fast. Congratulations go to Ian Spencer and Janet Binns winning their age categories. Well done everyone!


A few days later and the Dasher ladies took on the BA 5km Speedbird in Harmondsworth Moor. Despite some rainy conditions, the ladies put in a great performance and picked up the 3rd team prize. Well done ladies!


12 May saw 93 Dashers head to Marlow for the Marlow 5.  There was great support all round the course and the weather played its part too by being sunny but not too hot. Dashers put in great performances with Jill Collett being first lady home in a time of 29:05. In the various age categories, David Lee was second man home in the M40+ in a time of 27:16, Robin Smith was second in M60+ in 32:00, Yvonne Olney was second lady home in the W60+ in 39:47 and Ian Spencer was first in M70+ in 37:06

I think the entire club got the prize for being the noisiest, most enthusiastic supporters, especially at the prize-giving.


May also was the start of the summer 5k series and it kicked off in Wargrave on 14 May followed by Burnham on 28 May. Probably a bit too early to talk results but Dashers have been out in force and putting in some great performances.


In the midst of the summer 5k series, we had the British Masters Road Relays in Birmingham. Janet Binns, Yvonne Olney and Helen Bolt represented Dashers and came in 6th after amazing performances. Note to club - we should aim to have teams representing all age categories in this event next year.

Our superstar V35 men Chris Fox, Paul Woolley, David Lee, James Samson, Ian Gutteridge and Mark Ferguson came in 10th against some really strong competition - superb running from all on a distinctly non-flat course.

Datchet Dashers had a call out as the organisers’ new favourite team (influenced possibly by supporter decibels, I'm seeing a theme here) – so low were we on their radar that they had to find out where Datchet was but now Datchet Dashers are firmly on the British Masters map, ready for us to arrive en masse next year. Get ready for a great day out…


Continuing her winning ways, Jill Collett came 1st lady at Binfield 10k on 19 May in 36:47 ( a PB) followed by Emma Twomey as third lady in 42:12. James Sansom was overall 2nd in a time of 33:33. Well done also to Sean Paynter, Sebastian Burley, Catherine Foster and Susannah Cleary who all put in great times! 


Towards the end of the month, we were represented in the Vitality 10k on the second bank holiday Monday. Great times again from Jill Collett, Chris Hunt, Sean Paynter, Wayne Clements and Satnam Singh who all finished in under 40 min.


Finally, just to prove that Dashers are truly international, two of our newest members, Henry and Jean Dodwell ran the BolderBoulder 10k in Colorado with Henry coming in at 37 mins and Jean in 44 Mins and that is at altitude. Well done guys!


So there you have it - a quick canter through the Datchet Dashers May. Apologies to all those not mentioned or races / events not covered  - let's just say we love running and we take every opportunity to do it. #werunwindsor


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