Mackrell leads Leighton home at an improved MK Winter Half

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Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club ended 2014 on a high with 13 strong results at the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon.

A few of the runners had competed in the inaugural MK Winter Half last year and there was a remarkable transformation in terms of how the event looked and the organisation involved for the 2014 version.

Nikki Elvin has barely run all year, but a kickstart in Lanzarote with four races in four days meant that she is getting back into the swing of things and she was very pleased to get round in just over two hours.

Fiona was delighted to get on the other side of two hours after a fantastic last mile, coming home in 1:59:05. This also constituted a new club record for an F45.

Katie Haylock was a little nervous about her longest run since 2009 but ran a very consistent race as she finished in a big PB of 1:46:42.

The ladies club champion on the day was Amy, who seems to be getting back towards her form of last spring.

Her 1:35:52 is her second best half marathon (in the UK) and was built on some consistent pacing, with all but the big downhill in the 12th mile being within 15 seconds of each other.

The final one of the men’s finishers was Richard Inchley who was very pleased with his 1:52:16 as he was thinking he’d be nearer to 2 hours, but with V70 on the horizon there are all sorts of club records up for grabs in August next year.

Fred finished in 1:50:41, behind one of the closet Buzzard battles on the day was between Nick and Gary.

They were never more than 30 seconds apart with Gary closing the gap before just outsprinting Nick at the end as they both ducked under 1:32.

As a club, LBAC had nine athletes that managed to break 1:30 on the day and probably the most pleased about that was Sam Dear.

Sam’s previous PB was 1:37:27 from the Great North run in 2011, but since being run over in January has gone from strength to strength and his 1:29:38 represented reward for some solid training over a fair few months.

Just a minute ahead of Sam was Warren Rose, who saves all of his best performances for MK as this was just a minute outside his best, set in MK in 2013 and he was delighted to be so close to that time.

Timothy is now officially an old ‘un but after 18 months of pretty consistent training and a regular attendee at the MKAC interval sessions and doing lots more races he is seeing some rewards. Unbelievably, he actually set a new PB, beating his 1:25 from Watford in 2002 to finish in 1:23:08.

Adam Haylock has really improved over the course of 2014, and finished in 1:21:17.

There was a bit of a battle for 2nd and 3rd in the club champs between Andy Inchley, Jordan Clay and Simon Coomes.

They were pretty good results all around though, as Simon ran quicker than he had hoped to and closed out very strongly with 1:16:05 to finish 8th.

Jordan set a first ever U20 club record for the half marathon with 1:17:45 at the age of 17 and Andy ran his second quickest time ever of 1:17:53 and was delighted to average under 6mpm.

At the front of the LBAC field though was Pete Mackrell. His 1:15:48 earned him 7th place in the race and although it was a minute slower than Stevenage last year.