Weekly Review – Week Ending 9th June

It’s been a mix of racing and other things for our runners this week.

We’ll start with the racers and first up was the third race in the AVR Steeple Ashton 5k series attended by David Mackie, Stewart Unsworth and Chris Hunt. You’ll notice that we’ve still had no ladies (and only 4 men) run this event so it’s a great one to pick up those club championship points.

Andrew Wood has been in the mountains again taking on the Scafell Skyrace. The race was only 90% as long as last year, but Andrew still managed a 3 hour improvement.

Richard Biggs travelled all the way to Gloucestershire for the Fairford 10K, and was not far off his PB time set at Semington 3 weeks before.

Caroline Cozier ran the Lacock half marathon with Rachael Dark. Rachael had tried to sign up on the day only to discover that they don’t take cards. She still ran with Caroline though which we like to see.

Mark Cortaville took an incredible 27 minutes off of his marathon PB at Yeovil. He’s down to 3:47, but most impressively, he’s adamant that he has more to get.

In non racing news our beginners have set a new record by taking on Biggsy Hill in only their fourth week.

It’s been great to see people out and about doing recces of the Cotswold Way Relay. I’ve seen people out on legs 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9. It gives them a chance to enjoy the views this time.

James Lye was part of a team of cyclists from Corsham Cycling Club who spent Sunday completing a 184 mile cycle ride from Caernarfon in the north west of mainland Wales to Chepstow in the south east. They called this event Batter the Dragon and they certainly did.

This week also saw our latest away run and it was a new one, meeting in Monkton Farleigh and taking in some of the local sights including Brown’s Folly. Due to some interesting navigation, group C ended up completing more miles than group A on a magical mystery tour, but they loved it!

And finally, June is pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and to commemorate this, Strava have added an interesting function. If you put the rainbow emoji 🌈 into your run name then it makes your run route look a little more colourful.