Silson Joggers raise money

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DESPITE being in the midst of the annual cross country season, several Silson Joggers runners were out and about competing in other events over the weekend.

In the 2012 Bedford Harriers Half Marathon, Nick Pacey was fastest out of the club’s five members to take part after running 1.23.43 hours to finish 60th overall.

He was well clear of fellow Silson Jogger, Michael Spencer who was 414th overall, ahead of the only woman in the group, Madeleine Moutrie, who was 848th out of around 4,500 athletes on the day.

Allan Lock came third in the Men’s Over 70 category, 915th overall in a time of 1.53.43 while Dave Jarrett ran just inside two hours to finish 1,043rd.

Over Bicester way, three more Silson Joggers were out doing their stuff for the club at the ninth-running of the Andy Reading Memorial 10k.

This event attracted a smaller field than Bedford, though there were still around 500 competitors.

Best club runner was Simon Woodward, finishing 26th overall and 12th in the Men’s Over 40 group.

Brian Gray was next in 65th while Brian Keers was 26th in his age group the Men’s Over 50 category and 210th overall.

Meanwhile, the club have also spent time raising money for the child physiotherapy department at Northampton General hospital after they gave great support to Silson member Chris Woods’ prematurely-born baby.

Coincidentally the unit is also where another club member, Heather Kirk, works.

After Heather discussed with her team various options, they have chose equipment totalling £500 which will benefit the unit and those that use it.

The club, represented by Brian Keers and John Fowler, was delighted to present a cheque for that amount to the team at Northampton General Hospital on the afternoon of Monday, December 10.

Elsewhere, planning continues for the 2013 Silverstone 10k, which will be the 30th running of the event.

Information about how to enter the event will be available at the beginning of February 2013 on the club’s website at www.silsonjoggers.org.uk.