Shadbolt shrugs off injuries and pain to complete quick Milton Keynes marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 08 May 2017

Some of the many Garden City Runners who took part in the Kimpton May Festival Fun Run.

Some of the many Garden City Runners who took part in the Kimpton May Festival Fun Run.


Husband and wife team Veronica and Andy Shadbolt had an eventful day at Milton Keynes.

The Garden City Runners pair tackled the half-marathon and marathon distance with Andy marking his return to action after nursing a broken ankle by completing the half distance in two hours 44 seconds.

But while Andy was just coming back from injury, Veronica left the marathon course with a set of brand-new ones.

“I started off way too fast because I got carried away with the half marathoners,” she said. “I reached 13 miles in 1:42, which was way too fast, and by 17 miles the wheels were starting to drop off.

“I tripped over in the underpass at 25 miles and after rolling around on the floor for I don’t know how long, I decided that I would at least walk to the finish line.”

What she didn’t realise was she had not only injured her chin but also required a chest x-ray for possible cracked ribs.

And yet she managed to jog home, finishing in 3:48, just three minutes slower than predicted.

Also at MK, Denis Baudry finished the marathon in 3:23:04 and Gary Chalkey in 4:34:30, while in the half Gary Faires came home in 2:03:06.

A large contingent from GCR took part in the traditional Kimpton May Festival Fun Run where there was double-delight for the Hume family as dad Neil won the main event with son Morgan victorious in the juniors.

There was also triumph for the Judge family, with GCR chairman Bruce clocking 34:46, son Sebastian 23:22 and daughter Cecily the third girl home in 24:26.

Villager Paul Guy was fifth in 35:35, Peter Harvey sixth in 36:05 and first female home was Caroline Hale in 40:30.

At Ellenbrook Fields parkrun GCR runners not only bagged three out of the first four places but all recorded new PB’s in the process.

Neil Hume was second in 16:39, followed by Guy in 17:49 and James Huish in 18:02.

Rob Casserley, Nigel Cavill, Brad Smith and Maureen Steed all picked up new best times as well as did Louise Beale who was first lady home in 24:02.

There was also PBs at Panshanger Parkrun for Hannah Ahmet and Wayne Aylott.

Dominic Chapman was second overall in 18:15 and he was followed by Malcolm Down 16 seconds later.

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