Weekly Review – Week Ending 24th November

We’re back to a regular review this week, just members racing for fun.

Vicky Henderson did the long course (5.75m) of a Richmond Park Cross Country and while the organisers sadly failed to recognise it, we’re not shy about announcing her as the second lady and first vet. Fantastic Vicky and congratulations.

Andrew Wood and David Mackie took on some gnarly terrain at the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon in the Peak District. 15 miles of hills, mud and map reading. They ran as a pair and they’re still speaking to each other so that counts as a win.

We had 7 members at the Castle Combe Chilly 10k. 3.5 laps of the circuit, so good for a PB but not so good if it’s cold and wet. Luckily, it was a mild day for November and some good results from our members. Jo Crossman and Samantha Grimes both got a PB as it was their first 10K. Tammy Zalek was running her first 10K since 2016 and wasn’t far away from her PB, and did the first 5K faster than her River Run PB. Jake Gregory wasn’t far from his PB either despite running with an injury and Wendy Byrne kept herself ahead of the 60 pacer which in her own words – Not achieved that in a long time. Well done to all of our runners.

The Avebury 8 (nine) attracted 6 of our runners who enjoy getting muddy. Some great results from our members, especially Craig Rumble who finished 4th overall and got the trophy for first vet, there are advantages to turning 40 it seems. Debra Kearsey also brought home a trophy for first vet 50. Stephen Hible loves this race as you get a great hand made mug and this year was his 7th attendance so he’s got more than his mug tree can handle. Unfortunately he also picked up something else (picture below) which hopefully he recovers from quickly.

Luckily Stephen’s son John had a bit more success running without injury at the Oxford University Santa Dash 5K. A full 5K in santa costume. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy then there are always lots around in the lead up to Christmas including one in Neston.