Monthly Review – September 2020

Welcome to the first monthly review for CRC. Hopefully we can get back to weekly reviews shortly but until then, we’ll have a bumper monthly review on the last Monday of each month.

If anyone was going to be doing any races at the moment then you can trust David Mackie and Andrew Wood to find something and they both did the East Devon 8 Trigs. A 34ish mile run taking in 8 trig points in East Devon near Exmouth, so it included a good chunk of the South West Coast Path, which is less than flat. There was also an option to do just 5 trigs but David and Andrew don’t like to take the ‘Easy’ option.

David also managed to do a run nearer the start of September – The Fan Brycheiniog Fell Race. This one, was in the West Brecon Beacons and at a mere 9 miles, but did include 2,247 feet of climb, quite the leg burner.

Also in actual racing news John Wilmott did the Hullavington 5K, where 3 runners were set off at a time in 1 minute intervals. Despite posting a hugely impressive time of 18:47, that was still only good enough for 31st of 81 runners. The field was incredibly stacked with a winning time of 15:10.

We’ve also had a couple of virtual racers. Gary Young completed the virtual Weymouth Half Marathon and the Virtual Great North Run. Managing to dip  under 2 hours for Weymouth. Richard Biggs and Charlie Berry also did the Virtual Weymouth Half Marathon, although it looks like they did the actual race route. They definitely ran around Weymouth at least.

While the virtual Hilly Helmet Challenge was in August, September was when the prizes were announced and it was a victory for Mike Fisher who was voted as having the best male helmet. Congratulations Mike.

Also in Virtual racing, Carl Zalek spent a beautiful sunny Sunday running around the Mendips with a friend in the Virtual Butcombe Ultra 56 miles. Fantastic views all day and still able to run up the short flat inclines at the end of the race. The only bad point was the pub being shut at the finish. Must run quicker next time.

Susan Mackie also took on a long run in September. Not even a virtual race, just for fun (and training), Susan completed a 35 mile run which I believe is her longest ever. 10 hours, starting in Corsham, looping Bath and back to Corsham. Very sensibly, she stopped for coffee and crisps at 13 miles and ice cream and sausage roll at 26. Need to keep fed!

September has also managed to include a couple of away runs with the super routes around Lacock and Castle Combe both taking place on sunny evenings. David always picks sunny evenings.

There was also a group which ran around Cherhill and someone (possibly Carl) stood on a Wasp nest and the next half mile was very quick as we raced to get away. With sting numbers ranging from 1 to 17, we do not recommend it and luckily nobody was allergic (make sure you have your medicine on you if you are!).

Sam Stacey was with us that evening for a trial run and somehow decided we were the right club and has joined us. And Stuart Henderson went back to take the wasps on the morning afterwards as he lost his car key on the run. Luckily he was able to find it. What an eventful run.

Finally a few notes from committee. Firstly, it’s almost certain now that the AGM in January is going to need to be virtual. It will be discussed further at the October committee meeting and hopefully we can start to let members know about the details for the AGM.

We are looking for feedback on the session booking system, so if you have any comments please send them to If you can’t get onto a session, then please let us know as soon as you can so it can be sorted.

Due to limited numbers per group, only one session per week can be booked in advance. If there are spaces still available, 24 hours before a session is due to take place then you can book one extra session on that basis.

And if you do have to cancel a session, it’s great if you can post on our Facebook group that a slot is available so it can be filled, bearing in mind the paragraph above.

I’ll see you in a month for the October review.