Weekly Review – Week Ending 19th May

It was a double club championship race week.

But more importantly than that, we had our latest batch of eager (and not so eager) beginners. Thanks to Richard Biggs, Christine Bott, Paul Scotford and Danny Parker for assisting. Don’t forget to volunteer for future weeks.

The first of the Heddington 5K summer series was on Tuesday, we had 11 runners there with 4 of them getting 20:00 or quicker and PBs for Tom Frost, Mark Cortaville, Andrew Wood, David Mackie, Marie Vinolo-Young and Lois Norcott.

As well as the Heddington 5K, Tuesday also had the start of our latest beginner’s group

Saturday saw the Semington Slog with 12 runners taking in the 10K. Again there were PBs set from Richard Biggs (by at least a minute), Rebecca Edwards (breaking 50 minutes for the first time) and Susan Mackie.

There was a great performance from Laura Midwinter, her first race in a Corsham vest and she was second female overall and took him the vet-40 prize.

Craig Rumble was also 3rd overall.

Chris Hunt broke 2 ribs and has been taking it easy so only did 2 races this week. As well as being at Heddington he did the Dusseldorf half marathon. The cakes in Germany are worth travelling for.

The Mackies cleaned up at Inaugural Conkwell 8, which includes the old Conkwell Killer hill. After finishing second vet-50 at Semington by just 6 seconds the day before, Dave went one better to win the prize at Conkwell. Of course, he gets overshadowed by Susan winning the vet-40 prize at the same race. Well done to both.

Jo Gill has had a couple of weeks off from marathons so she must have been climbing the walls before running the Worcester marathon this weekend in a little over 4 hours and 1st placed vet-45.

A huge well done to Mavis Rose who completed her first 10K this weekend in the Race for Life and ran it all. An achievement to be celebrated as much as any race win.

Lee Davis paced a friend of his around the Bognor Prom 10K, his friend’s first time at that distance.

Katharine Burrett is not afraid of a half marathon and completed the Chester one on Sunday.

Debra Kearsey was also in half marathon action. She completed Plymouth half marathon in just under 2 hours. 3 seconds under by the clock time.

Andrew Wood is not afraid of making us jealous with his pictures of races in superb locations and he didn’t let us down this week by doing the Keswick Mountain Festival 25K.

However, this week he’s been upstaged by Caroline Cozier who was in the far northwest of Scotland at the Cape Wrath Festival.

On Monday she raced the Loch Eriboll Half Marathon, Tuesday it was the Two Lochs 5.5 Mile, Wednesday was the Sandy Robbins Around Durness 5 Mile run and she rounded off the week by doing the beach run on Friday. A superb week.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 12th May

I think this week might set a record for most number of races with fewest CRC runners. I count 15 runners across 10 races.

First up were Rachael Dark and Caroline Cozier enjoying the trees at the Westonbirt 10K, where Rachael finished under 50 minutes for the first time.

Marie Vinolo-Young joined with her friends from John Moore Sports (sponsor of the excellent Hazelbury Hurrah!) for the Rat Race Dirty Weekend Half Mucker. A 20 mile ‘run’ with 200 Obstacles. An obstacle every 160.9 metres. I remember watching something about it on channel 4 many years ago. It looked immense fun then and still does now.

The Luffs took the short journey to Marlborough for the 20 mile Marlborough Downs challenge. They had exactly the same time but on the results Max finished one place higher than Mike so it counts.

David and Susan Mackie travelled to Wales for one of their favourite races, the Preseli Beast. With 4,700 ft of climbing in 24 miles, it doesn’t undersell itself as the beast.

Richard Biggs was also in attendance taking on the slightly more sedate Beast Bach, which is ONLY 1,700 ft of climbing in a MERE 11 miles.

However, I think we can let Richard off as he day afterwards he did the Jan Younger Memorial 10K in Pembrokeshire with his daughter Caty. Results aren’t out yet so who knows which Biggs (or Brock) won.

Daniel Parker did the Stourhead 10K in under 50 minutes and unfortunately I’ve seen no photos as I’m sure it was stunning, taking place in the grounds of a National Trust property.

Mark Cortaville continued his recent run of mostly very impressive performances, shaking off the disappointment of Newport marathon with sub 35 minutes at the Commonweal 5 miler.

There were also hills this week for Becky Townsend, Helen Ashworth and John Ashworth as they did the Jack and Jill Challenge 10K. Hosted by fellow black and gold club Somer AC, it’s definitely not a PB course. As well as having many hills, one of them leads up to Kilmersdon primary school and lays claim to being the hill that Jack and Jill fell down. There are little stones on the side as you ascend which contain the words of the nursery rhyme and when you teach the top, there is a well.

Chris Hunt doesn’t know when to running. After breaking two ribs two weeks ago, he didn’t want to remove his races from the calendar, so this weekend he walked the inaugural Hullavington Half Marathon in what I suspect is a Personal Worst for him of 2:37:10. A very good time for someone walking.

So that’s our 15 racers, but last week also saw our latest away run and for the first time since the For Fox Sake run last summer, David Mackie failed to arrange the sunshine and everyone got very wet. As you can see from the photos though, it doesn’t appear to have dampened spirits.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 5th May

After the excitement of last week, this week has been a little quieter and hardly any photos at all.

We had the second of the AVR Steeple Ashton 5K club championship event with Dave Mackie and Chris Hunt representing Corsham. Dave had a strong sixth place finish, whereas Chris held on the back despite two broken ribs.

If you’re looking for club championship points, this race is the one as we’ve only had 3 entrants over the 2 races so far.

We had 3 of our runners at the Newport Marathon. Tom Frost led the way with a 3:07, taking 18 minutes off his PB from the same event last year. Stewart Unsworth was unsure if he’d make the start line as he was suffering with injury but he did and finished in a good time of 4:44. Unfortunately, Mark Cortaville didn’t finish but I know he’ll be back stronger in future.

And going slightly off topic, Rachael Dark completed the Oldbury White Horse sprint triathlon, her first. A 400m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run, in 1:31:04. Well done Rachael.

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Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th April

Well what a week it’s been. I’ll save the big one for the end but there has been loads going on.

Some people like to spend the Easter Monday bank holiday sat in the pub, seeing how much chocolate can be consumed or doing something else relaxing. We instead had 5 people heading to Wales for the Gilwern Grunt.

Some people got lost, some didn’t, everyone got back safely and had a great race.

Saturday saw the Bath Beat, a walking event which allows runners and has distances of 12, 17.5 and 27 miles roughly. While there are no official placings, Richard Biggs was first back at 12 miles, Becky Townsend, Helen and John Ashworth were first back at 17.5 miles and Chris was very quick over the 27 mile distance.

No medals at the Bath Beat, but a certificate instead.

Andrew Wood gained redemption for a DNF at the Yorkshire 3 peaks last year completing it this time in just under 5 hours with a huge amount of elevation. He forgot to take any photos though.

Also taking on lots of elevation, as well as jetlag and heat, Damian Hall came 11th in his latest adventure. The Canyons 100K in California.

Normally on a big city half marathon, it can be difficult to find an Evans in the results, but luckily Gareth Evans did the Madrid Half Marathon in a little over 2 hours. Not many Evans’ in Spain.

The Bath Beat wasn’t the only walking event attracting our runners this weekend as Annika Davidson made the short journey to the Pewsey Downaround. An LDWA event, so I can only assume cake was in plentiful supply.

Jo Gill completed her 3rd marathon in April, this time at the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her time of 3:57:02 also means all 3 have been within 8 minutes and all under 4 hours.

There was another marathon this weekend with CRC runners. We had 4 runners at the London Marathon. Leading the way was Dan Harman who just missed out on sub 3 hours by 53 seconds. Craig Gingell did the other way around and managed to finish in 3:59:46. Paula Clarke was next in a PB time of 4:30:57. And Jo Motto may not have set a PB with her time of 5:12:26 but she did get a record number of high fives and shout outs. Well done to all of our representatives.

And finally, let’s have a fanfare for the big one:

What a day for Corsham Running Club. Months of planning by the 10K committee, weeks of planning by the army of volunteers and marshalls, a cleaning crew the day before the race, and it all added up to a fantastic day for 1,212 runners and innumerable spectators.

As the day did, we’ll start with the 2K. 190 children towed the start line and by my calculations, 64 of them were either children of our members or members of One Mile Club, a third of the runners.

The 2K was led home by Finley Charlton of One Mile Club in a time of 6:54. That is a 5:45 mile pace. It was a close battle as he just held off Amelia Cox from Crawley runners to win by just 3/10 of a second in a sprint finish.

Amelia Harvey and Bobby Hodge who are both members of One Mile Club and children of our members won the under 9 age category for boys and girls.

All of the runners were finished in under 17 minutes.

At 10:30, the MOD Corsham field gun crew and Matt Garvey of Bath Rugby set off the 1,020 10K runners. It will come as no surprise that the race was won by Simon Nott of CRC (That’s Calne Running Club) in a time of 31:56. And as this race doubled as the Wiltshire Athletics 10K championship race, he had to award himself a medal too.

In total we had 49 runners in the 10K (so 113 including the 2K), including our 7 pacers, who all came in just under their target times (6 within 10 seconds).

Craig Rumble was the first Corsham finisher in a time of 37:39 for 13th place. There were definitely PBs for Christopher Sapiano (who beat his Dad), James Shaw and Renata McGrath but I’m sure there must have been more.

We had some excellent performances and both our mens team and our ladies team were 3rd place in the teams results. Our 4 men were all under 40 minutes and the 4 ladies were all done in a little over 50 minutes.

The 2K race had 111 girls and 79 boys and the 10K race had 466 ladies and 556 men. In total this gave us 47.6% female racers. I see this as a testament to our inclusive nature and everyone being as important as each other.

Finally, I can’t leave this without thanking the 10K committee, the volunteers from CRC and the rest of Corsham and Neston and anywhere else for giving up their Sunday morning and of course the runners. It isn’t easy to put on the biggest 10K in Wiltshire but it looks effortless on the day.

So thank you to the team and congratulations to the runners, see you all again next April.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st April

It’s the calm before the storm.

We had 15 runners at the Good Friday 10 miler in Chippenham on a glorious day for running. Some smashing results led home by Tom Frost in 1:04:24. There were PBs for Lois Norcott (1:33:59), Katharine Burrett (1:35:44) and Lauren Edwards (1:18:16).

But most importantly, there were Easter Eggs for all.

Annika Davidson completed the Helmsley 10K in 50:47, another one of those races with a mug in the goody bag.

Of course, next Sunday sees the Corsham 10K and 2K fun run. Good luck to all of those running it. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the runners and an army of volunteers. It’s never too late to volunteer.

And details have been released of our new beginners running course, we’ve had many successful courses over the last couple of years and many of those members are still with us and still improving.

It’s a fun friendly course to take you from couch to 5K in a group environment and with much encouragement along the way. If you’re interested or know someone who may be then get in contact. Details on the poster.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 14th April

We’ve not done as much racing this week but still lots of other things going on.

On Saturday, 5 of our members went to Wales for the Longtown Llanthony Loop Fell Race. 8ish miles and 2,500 feet of climbing and descending.

It’s definitely marathon season as we had 4 at Brighton marathon. A fantastic PB for Chris Hunt of 3:35:22. Lucy Bright also got a PB with her first marathon in a time of 4:50:50 and I think the same is true for Ed Harper with his 3:53:31. Jo Gill was doing her second marathon in 2 weekends, only 7 minutes slower than last week and still under 4 hours. Well done to all.

We also had our first summer away run of the year with our traditional visit to Biddestone for a range of 3-7 mile runs and a visit to the pub on completion.

Congratulations to the 10K and 2K organising committee who have been recognised by Corsham Town Council for the positive contribution to the community.

Obviously these events rely heavily on volunteers from CRC (and many other Corsham institutions) so it’s a recognition for all of us.

And of course, if you’re not already signed up to help this year then we will always accept more volunteers. Even if you’re running it, there’s lots to do before you start.

We opened entries to the Hazelbury Hurrah! taking place on the evening of Friday 12th July. We’ve added a fun run and a junior race so Dave Mackie and the HH! committee are looking for volunteers. So please help out and make our events the best that we can offer.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 7th April

There are 2 easy to read signs that summer running has returned.

1. Big city marathons

2. Weekday races

And we’ve had both this week.

Tom Frost was our sole representative at the first of the AVR 5k series in Steeple Ashton, finishing in an excellent 4th place.

Matt Wills was extolling the benefits of our hill sessions at training as he did the West Buckland School, Exmoor Run, 10 miles and much quicker than he’s ever done it previously. The real twist is that you have to walk 7 miles just to get to the start line.

And as the picture shows, it was a very damp and cold race.

The rescheduled Lungbuster took place and we had 5 runners there, with all of them getting a PB. Well done to Chris Hunt, Nick Maryon, Annika Davidson, Becky Townsend and Christine Bott.

We also had 4 runners at the Devizes half marathon. Where there were PBs for Stewart Unsworth and David Aplin, Stewart taking 2.5 minutes off and finishing under 100 minutes for the first time.

And now for the big city marathons. We had 4 members at Manchester while the Mackies went to Rotterdam. Fantastic performances all around with 5 PBs and a time close to her PB for Jo Gill.

Craig Rumble led the way with a 2:52:20, Jon Morell just behind at 2:53:34. Mark Cain got a 3:42:46, 24 minutes faster than his time from London last year with Jo doing 3:49:58.

Across the water in the Netherlands, Dave Mackie finished Rotterdam in 3:32:11 for a 40 minute PB and Sue Mackie had a 30 minute PB going round in 5:04:29. They even got Sue’s brother Keith to wear a Corsham vest as he did when he joined us at Endure 24 last year.

Of course as it’s now summer, this week sees the first of our very popular away run schedule on Thursday 11th with the traditional opener from the White Horse in Biddestone starting at the slighter earlier time of 6:45. Do join us for a run and maybe a beer afterwards.

For those of you wondering how all of those excellent marathon times are achieved, thinking it must be the hours of training (of which there were many), time and miles on feet (of which there were many). Doing tempos and hills all by themselves (of which there were many). Well please see the evidence from the night before of the real secret to speedy marathons.