Weekly Review – Week Ending 29th March

It’s a club championship weekend with the Bowood 10K but sadly the race didn’t happen.

We had exactly 100 runners this week clocking up an incredible 1,868 miles in 356 activities. 5 people managed to run 7 times this week, and another one ran more than that. I will just assume that the extra runs were all done before 20:30 on Monday as we’re all following the once a day guidelines.

The Bowood 10K organisers have allowed runners to claim their medals with a virtual 10K (just run one anywhere) and some took the opportunity. Jane Tunnicliffe, Caroline Cozier and Gary Young did it together (with suitable social distancing). It was a PB for Michael Fisher and Disco too.

Some people love parkrun and find it difficult to miss it, like Richard Biggs who organised their own; the inaugural Gastard parkrun and others like Stuart Henderson just run numerous laps around the garden until the Garmin reaches 3.1 miles.

Despite there being no races, our Facebook page had been busy. Becky Townsend took the chance for us all to think about why we started running. Some of the reasons

  • Entering a race and needing to train
  • Other friends ran (and were able to eat cake)
  • To fit into wedding dresses, or regain a body lost to children
  • To get fit or fitter
  • Saw CRC advertising beginners course

Whatever your reason for putting on your running shoes, we’re glad that you did and we’re glad that you joined us.

Christine Bott asked for photos which reminded us of why we love CRC and there were some great photos – Races, events, friends, trophies, food, sun and smiles, lots and lots of smiles!

While there were lots of smiles in the photos shared, we know that some of you may be struggling with isolation. Please reach out to your friends or the committee if you need any help. We’re all here for each other.

Gloucester 20 Report – Chris Nutt

The race was well organised and functional as opposed to flash, with stewards, runners and all, respectful of the conditions in which it took place – I suspect numbers were down. The weather was typical for this winter – atrocious but this didn’t really dampen the energy and enthusiasm of those running and those cheering them on and backing things up.

The course is a good one for those preparing for a marathon as the main purpose it serves at this time of year; a couple of slightly slower rises getting on for around 700ft in total over the three lap circuit but otherwise fairly flat. Despite not getting in any longer runs (I only managed one run of 16 miles in the run up) by way of preparation and fully expecting to fade badly at the end I was very pleased to maintain a fairly steady pace across my split times and came in on 2:34:22 chip time with which I was very pleased – any real speed endurance is a thing of the past for me now, so its all about expectation management in my mind these days. I would definitely recommend the event, small enough to be easily navigated but serious enough to be well worthwhile!

Weekly Review – Week Ending 22nd March

No races this week, no races for the foreseeable future so we’ve obviously all been staying home this week. Nah, of course not. According to Strava 90 of us have done 1,479 miles this week in 270 runs.

And as the rain has stopped and the sun has shone, the views have been lovely.

We would like to thank members for being responsible and following the advice to stay safe and well themselves and for their friends and families. Please continue to stay healthy and active and resist the urge to post any runs planned in case it encourages others to join you but as always we love to hear what you have been doing to keep fit and active, photos are an added bonus.
As Jerry Springer used to say – Look after yourselves…And each other!

Weekly Review – Week Ending 15th March

No idea how long we’re going to have races for but there will still a couple that survived.Andrew Wood was running in Welsh hills again with the Ras Yr Aran race. 10 miles of fell running, just for a change.

The Bath Half went ahead and while some decided against getting up close and personal with thousands of other runners, taking on a virtual run instead. We still had maybe 10 runners in the actual event.David Bethune has been training hard and it paid off with a PB for him. Wendy Byrne also got the benefit of a good training block and I’m sure there were others too, well done to all whether you pounded the streets of Bath or did the event virtually.

We also had Chris Nutt doing the Gloucester 20 in a little over 2 1/2 hours. An excellent time.

During the week, we also had a full moon which meant a full moon run on Tuesday as we did a 6 mile loop from Monkton Farleigh, which took in Brown’s Folly.

Don’t forget that we are temporarily meeting at 6:55 on Tuesdays and Thursdays outside of Springfield.

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.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 1st March

It’s a testament to engineering this week.

First up we had Wendy and Paul Scotford running in 2 countries as they did the Severn Bridge Night 5 miler, starting in Wales, crossing to England and returning to Wales, with a warm up in a graffiti filled underpass that resembled an illegal rave.

And Danny Parker was in Bath for the Two Tunnels 10K, an out and back along the cycle path taking in the aforementioned tunnels, where you can at least guarantee staying out of sudden rain showers!

Weekly Review – Week Ending 23rd February

Things are starting to pick up a little, more and more races are filling the calendar.

Stewart Unsworth did the Terminator in Pewsey, 12 miles of hills and wind and mud. He may also have fallen in a bog at some point.

There were half marathons for the Mackies at Wokingham and the Hendersons at Carsington Water where Vicky got first in her category. It was also a great result for David Mackie coming in with a fastest time in 24 years and getting very close to going sub-90.

And in other good results, John Wilmott was only 12 seconds from winning the Back to Black 5K Night Race in Bristol as he came 3rd overall.

As the Wiltshire 10 was postponed 2 weeks ago due to Storm Ciara, many people have done a virtual Wiltshire 10 in order to claim their medal. Caroline Cozier organised one for CRC and was joined by Jane Tunnicliffe, Katie Rawlings and Gary Young. Well done to all.