Weekly Review – Week Ending 20th October

It’s been another champion weekend for CRC.

Laura Midwinter took Marie Vinolo-Young with her to her home town of Barrow to take on the Abbey Ascent, a 6 hour looped event of 5K. You do as many loops as you can in the 6 hours.

And they both bought trophies home for 1st and 2nd lady as they both completed 10 laps (31.07 miles, so their first ultras too) in just under the 6 hours. They were 2nd and 3rd overall as 4 ladies finished in the top 6.

At Abingdon Marathon we had two runners and both of them got a PB. Mark Cortaville took 12 minutes off his time to come in just over 3:35 and Nick Maryon just missed out on a sub-4 by 20 seconds but still a PB.

Christopher Siggery also got a marathon PB as he did his first – The Dramathon. A nice jaunt around 8 Whisky distilleries in the highlands, and it netted you possibly the best goody bag I’ve ever seen. Unlike the Medoc marathon, you don’t get to try the Whisky until you’ve finished.

3 of our runners travelled to Minehead for the Exmoor Stagger. 16 miles and 3,600ft of ascent, mean this isn’t a race for the faint-hearted. All 3 of our runners finished in the top half of the race.

Andrew Wood had a change from his usual lumpy run by doing a flat 5K on roads. Nah, only kidding, he did the Yorkshire 3 peaks ultra. A 70k run, up and down 3 mountains in the Yorkshire Dales national park in just under 12 hours. Unfortunately he hasn’t shared any photos on Facebook so no mountain scenery in the weekly review this week.

Darren Thorley did the Great South Run for the 3rd consecutive year and improved his time again. He did 1:15 in 2017, 1:14 in 2018 and is down to 1:13 for this year. If he keeps up this progression he’ll win the race at some point in the future. Good luck Darren.