The Common Runner – Week 14, 2014

Jonathan Stead became Herne Hill Harriers’ one-hour track champion on Saturday after covering more than 11 miles – equivalent to a mind-numbing 45 laps of a 400m circuit – in the allotted time.

Stead – who boasts a marathon best of two hours, 24 minutes – ran 18,027m (11.2 miles) around the Tooting Bec track in one hour, with Robin Jones second after running 16,618m (10.3 miles). Ruth Chalmers dominated the women’s event, covering 13,984m (8.7 miles).

Away from the track, Mohammed Ismail clocked a personal best 72 minutes, 49 seconds, in finishing 13th at the Paddock Wood Half Marathon, with John Kettle 24th in 74.42. Marathoner Robert Edwards also posted a personal best, as he finished 55th in 79.08, while Patrik Ewe was 100th in 83.37.

Carl Ferri, meanwhile, was first at the Fast and the Furious Duathlon at Eynsford in Kent. Ferri was leading at the 2km mark of the first 5km run and would not relinquish the lead in the subsequent 23km bicycle and 5km run. Ferri is thought to have broken the course record of pro-triathlete Richard Stannard.

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