Weekly Review – Week Ending 17th March

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a fantastic weekend for our members. PBs falling everywhere, support and teamwork on display and a huge testament to your commitment to training.

I’ll start with the slightly smaller attended races.

First up was the Fission 20/20. A choice between either a 20km or 20 mile event and we had one at each. Jo Motto did the 20km version and made some new friends on the way round, which is always good to see. Chris Hunt did the 20 mile version.

Richard Biggs ran the Weymouth half marathon in about 1:50, not bad for an old geezer even if he does say so himself.

We had 3 of our members at the Reading half marathon, Dan Harman, Mark Cortaville and David Townsend. It was an especially impressive performance from Mark, he ran it as his second race 3 years ago and this weekend he was 42 minutes faster than he had been in 2016.

We also had 2 other runners who ran 20 miles this weekend. Tom Frost and Stewart Unsworth both did the Gloucester 20. One in 7 minute miles and one at 8 minute miles. An exceptional performance from both.

And the last race I’m going to mention is the Bath Half Marathon. With 35 members taking part (a sixth of our membership) it was our biggest race of the year so far and our best attended half marathon EVER!

We had 3 runners who completed it in under 1:20 and all finished in the top 140. We also had a large number of people who were doing their first half marathon and equally putting in a huge effort.

And of course we had Matt Wills who ran the whole way in his Minion costume and still managed to keep under 10 minute mile pace.

I’ll put some more photos I stole from Facebook at the bottom.

I have counted 26 Personal Bests from our runners over the weekend. Some as it was their first time at a distance and some just chopping away at their time.

Tom Frost and Stewart Unsworth at 20 miles

David Townsend and Mark Cortaville (5 minutes) at Reading Half

I don’t normally mention Parkrun but Sue Mackie got a 5k PB.

And we had 21 at Bath Half.

Lois Norcott (23 minutes!)

Natalie Inman (14 minutes)

Katharine Burrett (12 minutes)

Craig Rumble (4 minutes and breaking 1:20)

Adrian Finch (also set a 10K PB during the half)

Caroline Cozier (22 seconds, it all counts)

And Laura Di Pisa, Kathryn Roynon, Jo Hussey, Rachel Lightfoot, Rachael Dark, Alison King, Lynda Brown, Jane Hanson, Sally Ball, Paula Clarke, Katie Rawlings, Heather Farragher, Michaela Curtis, Mark Forsyth, John Hillman.

Now that the half marathon has passed, some of you will be wondering what’s next as that was a culmination. Some of you will be looking at other half marathons (after saying never again yesterday afternoon) as you’d like to see how fast you can go, some might be thinking about going further or sticking to shorter stuff. Some may find their mojo will wane over the coming weeks and months. Just remember that you’ll always be welcome at CRC whatever you decide to do.

Addendum: We received an email at the club which should be included.

“Just wanted to pass a message on to the lovely ladies from your running club that I met at the start of the Bath half this weekend! I lost them when the race began but I hope they all did amazing, and just wanted to thank them so much for letting me stay with them at the start. I was running on my own and a bit nervous! There was a couple of ladies called Jo, and a Racheal? But I can’t remember any of the others…it was a long day! I’d be so grateful if you could pass the message on… and tell them I did it in 2:18:03!!!
Thank you 🙂

Helen”

It was Jo Hussey, Rachel Lightfoot, Alison King and Kathryn Roynon. We’re all proud of you ladies.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 10th March

Another weekend has passed and with it more races.

Both Annika Davidson and Andrew Wood travelled towards Salisbury and the Larmer Tree races.

Annika raced in the 10 mile (nearly 11) event on Saturday morning whereas Andrew waited until Sunday and a full marathon. Annika obviously enjoyed the trails as she’s now signed for a trail ultra.

David Mackie is no stranger to tough races and this weekend he did the Grizzly. A legendary race in South Devon with big hills and a lovely pebble beach thrown in at the end.

Danny was a little closer to home running the Longleat 10K, but he needed a quieter week after doing an ultra last week.

And finally, and of our members and there children and partners did some work in the community, helping with the gardening at Ladbrook Lane cemetery.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 3rd March

It’s been an ultra big weekend for some of our runners this week.

We start off with Max Luff who completed the Green Boy ultra in just over 7 hours. 30 miles of self navigation around the outskirts of Bristol on minimal training.

Also in ultra action this weekend were Ade Hurren, Stewart Unsworth and Danny Parker at the Imber Ultra. 32 miles across the Salisbury plains while battling storm Freya.

And finally, Angie and Dave Aplin did the two tunnels 10K in Bath. It may seem easier but you have to run a 10K hard the whole time without stopping every 2 miles for a snack. I know what I’d prefer to do.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 24th February

Some good performances this weekend as many got out to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather.

Alison Collins won the F55 trophy and Ade Hurren won the 2nd M50 trophy at the Terminator in Pewsey. Steve Hible and Gareth Evans were also there enjoying some meaty hills.

The Mackies and Jo Motto were in attendance at the Wokingham half marathon where Susan set a 15 minute PB and Dave claimed his best time this millennium.

Damian Hall ran 79 miles (128 km) across Gran Canaria, finishing 26th in a stacked field at the Transgrancanaria.

And Tuesday night saw the latest full moon run with the added bonus of a shorter 4-5 mile route. There is only one full moon run left this winter starting at the Northey Arms on Thursday 21st March and they’re great fun and we hope to have the shorter distance again as a gateway for people who want to try it out.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 17th February

This last weekend was a good chance for us to get together and just enjoy each other’s company without the pressure of racing.

Andrew Wood led an excursion to the Black Mountains to enjoy some hills and fabulous scenery, I think he’ll have lots more people to join him for his next trip across the Severn Bridge.

Dave Mackie organised a nice 7ish mile run around the Bowood estate finishing at the Lansdowne arms at Derry Hill for a slap up Sunday roast.

We did have some people out racing at the weekend.

Dan Harman, Chris Hunt and Stewart Unsworth ran the Bramley 20 miles and combined to be 4th placed team.

Craig Rumble and Laura Rumble both set PBs at the Castle Combe Chilly 10k where we had 5 members racing. Craig took a minute from his PB and Laura managed to beat her 5k PB in the process of beating the 10k. She wasn’t monkeying around.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 10th February

Where do I start this week?

Whether it’s the latest visit of Bryan Clinton, the 10k speed sessions being run by Jane C, Dave M and Andrew or perhaps the enforced quiet weekend the week before we’ve posted some exceptional results this weekend.

I’ll start with the Wiltshire 10, where we had 16 members, from what I’ve been able to tell, 14 of them set a PB and I have my suspicions that the other 2 did as well. Lois Norcott and Katherine Burrett each took 20 minutes from their 2018 times, Susan Mackie took 15 minutes, Paula Clarke 10 minutes, Mark Cortaville 7 minutes, Angela Aplin 4 seconds.

Next up we’ll make the short journey to Bath where Marie Vinolo-Young did the Pipley Wood Mud Bath 10k (representing JMS but we can forgive her for that). There were 158 ladies in the race and Marie finished 1st despite having an injury. She also gained one at the end as an ember from the bonfire got her.

Andrew Wood made the trip North to Shropshire to do the Long Mynd Valleys Fell Race. Around 11 miles of big hills, but using the power of his snazzy pink gloves he took 12 minutes off his time from last year.

And on Saturday, Becky Townsend and Helen Ashworth made the trip to Avon in Wales where they ran the Winter Trail Half Marathon together. Again, hills may have been a feature.