Weekly Review – Week Ending 30th June

What a Relay good week for CRC.

It started with the Lacock Relay on Tuesday. Dan Harman was in the 2nd placed team and Lauren Edwards was in the 5th placed team.

Thursday Evening was the latest club championship event, the Great Chalfield 10K, where 15 members ran on a hot evening. Big congratulations to both Ade Hurren and Laura Midwinter who won their age category prizes.

Also winning prizes was Damian Hall, who came first overall on his latest bimble at the Lakeland Trails 55k. I’d love to see what he could do when not bimbling.

Angie Aplin and Jo Motto travelled to Windsor on Sunday for the Beat the Boat 10K trail race. As they do their 10K race, there are spectator/pacing boats on the river also trying to get a target time.

Stewart Unsworth doesn’t like to do things the easy way. Despite having some niggly injuries recently, he assisted a road crossing at the Cotswold Way Relay (more on that later), then went to Tewkesbury parkrun nearby before heading off for his leg of the CWR. He then joined us in the evening for a couple of drinks and on Sunday morning had to travel to Woolacombe for the North Devon marathon – PHEW!

And finally, going back to relays. Saturday saw CRC at the Cotswold Way Relay for the 17th time and continuously since 2004. We’ve had 38 teams in total.

This year we were only allowed to enter 3 teams so we had 30 runners raring to go throughout Saturday. The weather forecast was looking ridiculously hot for a second consecutive year and the order of the day was just to get everyone to their finish lines safely.

We achieved this, which was great news and while our times were not as good as previous years, our placings in each of the categories were marginally better than many previous years, so it shows that the heat really was oppressive.

We didn’t have anybody who broke any of the Corsham records and Dan Harman was the only person whose time was in the top 10 for a Corsham runner on his leg (10th on leg 1).

I like to keep track of all of our records and we did have 2 records for current members. Marie Vinolo-Young on leg 5 and Lauren Edwards on leg 7.

And I can’t mention Lauren’s time without mentioning that she was given a time credit for assisting a runner who had taken a tumble. A credit to the good name of Corsham Running Club.

Our teams contained 2 runners who were born in the 1950s and if the teams had worked out differently we could have had 4 runners born in that decade. And at the other end of the scale, John Hible became our first runner born in a year beginning with 2.

Congratulations to everybody who ran, and thank you to everybody who volunteered or supported or was driver for the day or patched up our injured runners, it takes a full team for everybody to run.