Weekly Review – Week Ending 8th March

Blimey, after the quiet of February, we’ve suddenly ramped up this week with 11 different races.First up was the rearranged SMaRRT Smasher, a club championship event. It feels like it’s been a while but Laura Midwinter picked up another trophy for her mantelpiece with an age category win and Chris Cooke got a sub-50 for the first time.There were also trophies collected for CRC at the Roding Valley Half Marathon where Stuart Henderson won his age category but was outdone by Vicky as she was the first lady.And in other fast 10Ks, Richard Moore was just over 50 minutes on the Rodway Trail 10K and Katharine Burrett ran the Tatton Park 10K, not her fastest time but we can blame running with her brother-in-law for that.Andrew Wood was not impressed by the Maverick Original Cotswold event. 5 bottlenecks in the first two miles led to taking 40 minutes and after that there was too much road for a trail event, although he did say everything besides the route was excellent.Richard Biggs was at the Grizzly cub, 10 miles of tough terrain including a shingle beach, I think he forget to invite Charlie Berry though. Also at the Grizzly was Damian Hall who did the extended 20 mile route with even more tough terrain and a shingle beach.Stewart Unsworth was at the Imber Ultra where unfortunately he had a bad day. First off he’d lost the cap for his camelbak water bladder, he somehow missed the start of the race and then the worst happened and his back stopped him running about halfway through the race and he had to stop. There’s always next time though.On Saturday morning David and Susan Mackie did the Larmer Tree 10 miles, always popular events with great routes and support.And then after finishing that, they got back to Corsham to take part in another ‘event’, with many others from CRC. This was the 2nd running of the 6 nations 5K. A handicap event where you have to have an alcoholic drink from each of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy between laps. Not all the drinks were palatable but a fun event followed by watching the England-Wales game afterwards.