Weekly Review – Week Ending 2nd August

Week 4 of Return to Running has passed so we’ll be starting to have training sessions included, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a regular run too.

This week we managed 1,667 miles. I did my notice that some people are managing a huge number of runs each week. Vicky and Stuart Henderson each averaged at least 2 runs a day. Laura Midwinter and Chris Hunt were into double figures.

Due to the Garmin outage our miles I published last Monday were not reflective of what we did and I’d been hoping we’d do over 2,000 miles for only the second time. Well Garmin is fixed (and Damian postdd his run) so I looked at the numbers from last week and pleased to report that we managed 2,079 miles, a record for CRC.

Virtual 10K report by Vicky Henderson.

For those of you who read my last race report, you may remember that I mentioned about a parallel universe not being possible. Well…, I’m not quite so sure – read on!

Today I ran the same 10K route (well the last mile was slightly different); with very similar weather conditions, rain that had stopped and a slight breeze (though not in the same miles), slightly overcast with the sun threating to emerge at any point. The difference? Today Stuart was also racing so he wasn’t pacing me; it was down to me to race and see what I could do. So, I decided I was just going to let my legs do the talking – well, as long as they went relatively quickly!

Laura was also racing 10K today because she had entered the Calne Clock Change Challenge (as did Stuart) and it had been changed to a virtual race. I was racing for my 2nd claim club, Ravens (London based).

As we were preparing ourselves, a young male runner went past. I knew we’d probably pass him at some point, but wasn’t sure where. It would be interesting to see, if he chose the same route as us.

So as per before, 2M warm up, quick pre-race wee and count down from 3, 2, 1 and go. Now Laura had said she was going to stick with me for the following reasons: she had a few drinks the evening before, a very late night, an even later morning and just managed half a biscuit on her way to ours (to follow us to our designated parking in Chippenham). She also noted a slight niggle in her lower leg. I’ll be honest, I doubted she would stick with me because she is quicker so there was no reason for her – but to be fair, she did – well at least for the first 4 and a bit miles.

Mile one was pretty uneventful; you all know how it feels, it’s great, you’re running with pretty fresh legs and it doesn’t hurt. So, mile 1, 6.38 – that’s okay I thought, same as I started last time but slowed to 6.50 to keep the pace; no such thing holding me back today. I didn’t question the time or wonder if I could maintain sub 7 this time.

As we were working our way on mile 2, we were approaching the young man I mentioned earlier. He must have wondered what was happening; first Stuart would have passed him within the first mile, as would Robin (Schols from AVR), then came Laura and I. I was actually quite surprised at how fast he was running when we approached him and how long it took to overtake him; I tried to guess his pace – I decided it was probably about 7.20s – 7.30s. Other than that, nothing much happened on that mile other than I was trying to gauge how I felt last time, but to be honest, there wasn’t much either way. The wind was slightly more within the first two miles, but nothing I couldn’t tackle with fresh legs. Mile 2 finished with 6.50 so yes I’d slowed but nothing to be alarmed about.

And so we pushed on, Laura and I almost stride for stride; it felt good being able to align my breathing with my leg turnover; it felt comfortable having Laura at the side of me and probably spurred me on too. There was absolutely no conversation, both of us concentrating intently on the road, our pace, our breathing and conserving energy. Mile 3 ended very quickly too, 6.52. Another 2 seconds down but I didn’t feel it was anything to worry about at this stage.

Mile 4 was quite interesting; whilst I was still maintaining pace, it was clear Laura was ready to up the pace and so I stuck with her for a few hundred metres but at the end of mile 4, I could see she was making quite a space between us. However, at 6.49, I was still holding steady and had not slowed. My glutes were starting to complain a little but I tried to pass that off and not think about it. If I gave it too much head space, it would start to bother me; and with two miles to go, I didn’t have time to be bothered with twinging glutes. I could stretch and rest when I’d finished, so get on with it woman!

Mile 5 saw me trying to chase; it’s not my favourite part of the route; once you go past the pig farm, the road winds a little and the wind picks up and it seems a very long way to the end of that particular road, where you can turn out of the wind. I also find that the road on this part of the course has quite a tough camber but I don’t like running directly down the middle of the road either, as there is a lot of gravel so you can’t get a good grip. Call me fussy, but it’s my nemesis on this part of the route. Before we get to the end, my watch beeps and that’s another mile done, mile 5 in 6.47. To say I don’t like that mile, I’ve obviously found something from somewhere to propel me forwards.

Finally, we’re at the end of this particular road and making a right turn (instead of left which is what we did last time); it’s not time to relax yet though. Not only have I got a mile to go but actually it’s then .22 on top to make the 10K distance (and to make Strava happy), so it’s almost another quarter of a mile on top. Stay focussed I tell myself, don’t get side-tracked, you’ve done well so far, keeping your splits under 7mm, you really can’t afford to lose focus now. Unfortunately, Robin thought he had taken a wrong turn (although he hadn’t) so retraced his footsteps only to see Laura and I and had to turn around and continue where he had originally headed. So he is now running to catch up with Laura and probably overtake her to stick to his own strategy. Meanwhile, it’s now getting hard for me. It’s always the last mile (I even think this to myself). If it had been a 5 mile race, I’d have been fine until mile 4 then started to struggle! So, I had to employ tactics I’d not needed until now. Head up, arms like pistons, but relaxed, (pretend you’re drawing a gun, someone once told me), trying to lift your legs, feet up to your bum if you can, not scuff them along the floor.

I can see a tight corner ahead, one I always cross over to the left-hand side of the road, the same as flowing traffic as opposed to opposite it. I was unable to shout to Robin and Laura to warn them as they were too far ahead. There was a very slight mishap; two cyclists were coming in the opposite direction just as Laura & Robin were running around the corner. Fortunately none of either party were injured but the cyclists were very shocked when they came past me. I don’t think it affected either Robin or Laura.

Up until now, I had only looked at my watch when the mile beeped but I needed to know how much further I had to run. The watch was on 5.40 so still a fair bit yet. Yes, I tried the old “maths” in my head – always a good tactic to try when you’re tired. I tried to think of how much I actually still had left to run – .80? No that wasn’t right, try again. Then horror of horrors; I saw Laura and Robin take a right turn where I was planning to go straight on. I can’t really blame them, it is after all still part of the HM route. But I know this is a slightly hilly part of the route and the last thing I wanted at the end of my race. I now faced a dilemma; should I follow them or continue on as I’d planned in order to make the “hill” more palatable and probably less of a hill. I couldn’t; if I didn’t follow them, either they might turn around wondering if they’d gone wrong, or they might wonder what had happened to me and why I hadn’t followed them. Just suck it up I told myself and another quick look at my watch. An inward groan and I’m still only on 5.79 and that means almost another half a mile on an uphill section.

Stuart was just up ahead cheering us all in; I saw Robin next and he was very encouraging, telling me to finish strong. I pumped my arms extra hard and tried to keep the legs turning over. I was determined I wasn’t going to go over that 7mm pace; I’d eluded it this long! So on to the top and a left turn. Laura was ahead and had finished, shouting me on – and finally I looked at my watch and I’d done just over the distance, of 6.23. Ah, finally, I could relax, press the stop button and slow right down to a stop.

We were all pleased with our results; Stuart finished in 37.53 so quicker than the AVR relay. Robin finished inside 40 minutes, which was the aim of the day for him. Laura knocked yet more time from her 10K PB to finish just over 42 minutes and yours truly finished in 42.29 – a full 20 seconds faster than when I was paced by Stuart a couple of weeks ago for the AVR relay. So that parallel universe I was talking about….

Laura and I walked back to Robin and Stuart and we all walked back to the main road where there was a beautiful field of sunflowers that everyone of us had missed as we’d run past it. It was stunning and we may even be able to provide a photo soon.

It was rather a longer cool down than I’d have preferred, jogging back to the car was over 4 miles with what felt like mountains to climb. But we made it and I was dreaming of ice lollies and cold drinks.

Having looked at the elevation and map on Strava, I’m wondering if it would be slightly quicker if we ran it in the opposite direction, because it certainly looks like it might be. Will there be a third 10K on this route? I’m not sure, but you can bet if we do run it fast again, I’ll be writing another race report 😊

Till next time.



Weekly Review – Week Ending 26th July

I was hoping that we might get over 2,000 miles in club this week but unfortunately we fell short by quite a way. Obviously it’s because Garmin has been down for a number of days and someone who went for a long run (on Suunto) hasn’t uploaded it to Strava yet.

We’re about to start our 4th week of led runs and hopefully most people are managing to get out whether with us or on their own. If you have any feedback on the booking system or anything else about the led runs then please let your run leader or a committee member know.

Sue and Dave Mackie have been taking part in the Sagarmatha Challenge with Crooked Tracks while on holiday in Cornwall – The aim being to reach the height of Everest (also known as Sagarmatha) between them – 8,848m. Scores on the doors… Sue Mackie Total 4,502m over 96.32KM, Dave Mackie Total 4,734m over 105.27KM. Combined Total 9,236m over 201.59KM.

This week, we’ve had 2 people attempting really long runs.

First up was Stewart Unsworth who was aiming to do 14 laps around Cherhill totalling 100 miles completely solo. His legs gave up on him unfortunately, but not before he had achieved an excellent 50 miles in just over 13 hours.

Our second long run (not yet on Strava) was Damian Hall attempting to break the FKT (Fastest Known Time) record for the Pennine Way National Trail.

Mike Hartley set a record in July 1989 of 65:20 running south. This stood for 31 years until last week when John Kelly went north in 64:46. Damian was running south with a schedule to run in 64:04 so very little leeway.

He was crewed by Nicki Lygo, who’d also crewed John Kelly (and provided the header photo) and he was supported by 11 teams of pacers and they picked up litter along the way as Damian’s attempt was to be carbon neutral. He also had a go faster mohican!

He started off at 6am on Wednesday and was soon chopping into his schedule and at one point was around 4 hours up. Day 2 was interspersed with a few nap breaks and by the time he’d been running for 48 hours, his margin was down to around 2 hours.

However, his schedule was reasonably generous for the 3rd day and it become apparent by lunchtime that as long as he kept moving forward and didn’t do anything silly he would break the record. He also had Nicky Spinks pacing to ensure he wasn’t slacking.

Luckily he didn’t do anything silly and he arrived in Edale in 61:34 taking over 3 hours off of John Kelly’s time. Such is the support in the ultra community that both John and Mike Hartley were at the finish to congratulate Damian on his achievement.

Damian has literally written a book on the Pennine Way, he’s run the Spine Race twice and is still heavily involved with the race each year, often as their social media guru so he is well versed on the Pennine Way.

So where next for Damian? I think he has 3 options

  • He also holds the FKT for the South West Coast Path so he has 13 National Trails left to get!
  • John Kelly is a Barkley marathon* finisher so Damian could attempt to replicate that.
  • Or he could try and come to a running club session at CRC!

*If you don’t know of the Barkley marathon, I’d seriously suggest googling it. It is probably the world’s toughest race.

Thank you to John Bamber for permission to use one of his photos of Damian during his record attempt.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 19th July

We’re into our 2nd week back with sessions and there are plenty of chances for everyone to get running from returning to running if the last few months have been difficult to get out, up to the usual beasting with group A.We’ve been out for 320 runs, doing 1,612 miles and Paul Scotford ran the quiz at the Scoop Inn, with a round on cow breeds and another on cartoon dogs.Last weekend, 5 of our members took part in the virtual Masters 5K, where our ladies team of Laura Midwinter, Vicky Henderson and Alison Collins came 34th of 120 teams from across the country. Susan Mackie and Stuart Henderson were our other runners with Stuart going under 18 minutes.

Many of our members are continuing to support the Hilly Helmet Challenge and a group went out on Sunday (including two 11 year olds) and did the actual route, but as long as you do 4.25 miles and preferably with a hill then you can do it anywhere and it’s all for a good cause.

AVR Virtual Relay 10K Race Report by Vicky Henderson

And so here we are again, warming up for another virtual race. However, this one is as part of a team, so I really do need to put my best foot forward and not bugger it up. I decided the best approach for the 10K was to pace it, rather than race it hard out from the start. Yes, I’ve been training, but not for the longer stuff, mainly the 5Ks.

In order to try to obtain the best result, I engaged the services of my husband to pace me and I had chosen a suitable route, part of the Chippenham HM (yes again). I was extremely lucky; it had been raining for most of the morning, but now there were signs of blue sky amongst the white clouds. I silently thanked the gods, hoping the rain would stay off, but preparing to race regardless. The wind could become a problem… The two-mile warm up was complete and the necessary pre-race wee was had.

After a couple of hard training sessions, this week, I really had no idea how my legs were going to react; time to find out. My Garmin watch was ready, countdown from three and we were off; sub 7-minute miling was the instruction to Stuart. Of course, we set off too fast, 6.38 pace. Like any good pacer, he advised me to slow, which I did until we hit 6.50. It felt good, almost easy, but I knew it wouldn’t feel like that for the whole 6.21 miles.

Apart from a Chippenham runner in the opposite direction (Frank), I don’t recall seeing any one else out running in that first mile (and it remained like that throughout), despite it being a popular route.

Mile 2 continued in much the same vein, a relatively easy pace to keep at this early stage. Mile three seemed even easier and my pace increased slightly; Stuart did remind me of the pace, but it felt good; so good, I really did want to push on at this point but held back (am I a coward?) going for safety over speed. The views are amazing on this course if you keep your eye out, it’s nice to have the opportunity to have something to take your mind off the pace, stop you wondering if you can keep it going, if you’re strong enough, or if you’ll falter.

My hearing is impeccable, so much so I was able to ensure Stuart moved inside, either in front of behind me when a car approached. Mile 4 is the start of my least favourite mile of this run and toward the end of this section, the cracks are just beginning to show. Comfortably hard, I kept telling myself, that’s how it should feel.

We’re now on mile 5, the terrain has started to deteriorate, the road winds and the wind has picked up, you simply cannot avoid it. However, I just managed to pull a sub-7 out of the bag. Comfortably hard, I remind myself. It might have been physcological or it might have been genuine, but my legs have seriously started to tire. I hate running in the wind, trying to fight it, but I have no ammunition against it, I have nothing to offer. I know I only have 1.21 miles to go but that’s still a long way to go to maintain sub-7.

We are at a point now, where if we had stuck to the main HM route, we would have turned right; however, the decision was made to head back towards Chippenham, hence making a loop and turning left then immediately right. Unfortunately, as soon as the right-hand turn was made, I knew it was a mistake. The wind was as bad as the previous mile and a half and in a split second I made a decision to turn back around. From this point, I really should have then made a left turn to get back onto the HM route and out of the wind, but of course I wasn’t thinking straight and I turned right. I lost terrible seconds here and it will come back to haunt me.

Whilst it wasn’t as windy, there was still a side wind. There was also a slight incline; it’s surprising where you can find inclines on a relatively flat course when you’re running at your absolute peak. Cursing, I tried to pump my arms to get my legs turning over, to no avail; I could feel my legs slowing down and could hear Stuart’s encouraging words, trying to get me to pick my pace up. I knew it had dropped, a quick peak at my watch, but it was just so hard, I really just needed to get to the height of the incline, then I could get going again.

Mile 6 beeped on my watch, a disappointing 7.06. It would have been so easy to give up here, but this is where I rallied. I needed a fast pace now, more than ever to get my average back down to improve my overall pace. Push, push I kept telling myself, only .21 left to go. I glanced at my watch. 6.07, not time to stop yet, keep going; 6.18, OMG, how much further, is this ever going to end!!! This is always the most difficult part of any race/run – that last push when you just want to be over the finish line, it’s in your sights but you’re not there yet!! Stuart pushed ahead and made a line on the road, I ran, checked my watched, saw it at 6.21, stopped the watch and stopped running.

I’d done it, finished, pulling back that last .21 of a mile at 6.39 pace, giving me a watch time of 42.49. Of course, I should have been happy with a 6.54 average, but I’m a runner. Instead of focussing on the positives, the consistency, I focussed on that last mile and was mildly annoyed, to say the least. Asking myself, if I had pushed on when I felt fabulous at the start of my race, would I have achieved a better time, or would I have tired sooner, got a slower last mile and an overall slower time? But we’ll never know the answers to these questions, unless of course there is such a thing as a parallel universe.

Now, to jog the 4 miles back to the car and that’s what we did, JOG!! Special thanks to my lovely hubby, Stuart Henderson for pacing me the day before attempting his own 10K (then he went and actually ran it properly the following week!).

Weekly Review – Week Ending 12th July

There is only one place to start this week – WE’RE BACK! It is groups of 6 (including the leader), it is slightly different to what we’re used to and it’s probably a while still before we’re back to normal but we have started to meet again.

We are running a booking system and we are hoping to display and open sessions on a rolling programme to give people more time to plan and book sessions. Please bear with us whilst we engage your leaders and embed it into the booking system.

We also had the results of the Virtual Avon Valley Relay and Holly who organised it is looking at doing a winter version so please let her know if you would like to do it again.

Lockdown Lords came 5th overall, 4th male team and only 10 seconds off of a podium spot.

Ladies of Lockdown came 15th overall and came 2nd female team, just 24 seconds behind the winners.

Our other 6 teams were 29th, 33rd, 35th, 41st, 44th and 60th out of 71. A bid congratulations to everyone that took part.

In individual placings John Wilmott came 2nd AND 3rd in the 2.5K as he did it twice, once for us and once with some friends. His time for us was 10 seconds slower than his friend’s team. And don’t forget that 10 seconds was the time that Lockdown Lords missed out on a podium spot by. Oh dear John!

In the 5K we had 3rd place male and 3rd place female with Craig Rumble and Marie Vinolo-Young. Laura Midwinter was 2nd female in the 7.5K leg.

We didn’t have any placings in the 10K. Our best placings were an 8th place in both male and female for Stuart Henderson and Vicky Henderson.

As well as the running there was also a photo competition and a names competition. We didn’t win either but there were some great photos in which we had 5 entries. And while they didn’t win, Holly picked 3 of our names for an honourable mention – Lockdown Lords, Pandemic Peacock Pals, Virtual Relayality.

Thank you to Susan Mackie for organising our teams and getting us all involved.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 5th July

So this week the total miles are 1,819 with 330 activities. As usual, we’ve had Jane’s exercise class, notparkruns, Scoop Inn quiz hosted by Alex Fogwill and lots of people going out to do their own things.This week was the second week of the Avon Valley Relay and many of our members have been out and about doing their legs. Some people have been smashing PBs during their legs including Craig Rumble going 17:46 for his 5K and Richard Moore with 22:24. The teams have also been getting creative to do their socially distanced photo. Looking forward to seeing the results when they’re released. With races being called off all over, Carl Zalek took it as an opportunity to do a dream run and ran 102 miles solo on the Cotswold Way from Bath to Chipping Campden taking just over 31 hours. The things he’ll do for something to put in the weekly review.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th June

It’s relay true, our members have been out and about this week.

We’ve done 1,864 miles and 342 activities this week. Great efforts everybody.

The virtual Hilly Helmet in aid of Brain Tumour Support was run by 4 of our members this week as Richard Biggs, Lois Norcott, Jane Tunnicliffe and Charlie Berry travelled to the actual course with their helmets on Saturday morning. Richard says ‘Managed to stay pretty much dry despite my reservations on Jane T timing of the run.’

If you’d like to join them on the Entry List, run 4 miles jn a helmet and support the work of Brain Tumour Support then entries are still available HERE

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed the pun in the opening line, this is because last week and this week sees the virtual Avon Valley Relay. Corsham have a record 8 teams of 4 people, running a leg each of 2.5K, 5K, 7.5K or 10K.

Some of our runners have completed their leg in week 1, perhaps most impressively of all has been the 5K runner in the CRC Virtual Relayality team. Annika Davidson had to go out at 4:15am, wearing gloves and a mask in 35 degrees as she is deployed in the middle east currently.

CRC Virtual Relayality also created a baton handover video over zoom while wearing military (or military style) uniform to celebrate Armed Forces Day and enter the Best socially distanced team photo or the Best picture running in fancy dress category!

The Avon Valley Relay is free to enter this year but the organiser, Holly Newman is encouraging people to donate to Shelter. Charities are being especially hard hit by Covid-19 so if you’ve been lucky to be unaffected financially then any donation would be appreciated and the link can be found HERE

It’s fair to say that Annika really appreciated being able to be part of a team for the relay and having a video chat with her team. And while we are edging closer to running together again, it’s important to remember to reach out to friends if you’re struggling no matter how near or far they are.

Throughout June, Mavis Rose from our 3 mile group has been running and walking 100K for Rosie’s rainbow virtual challenge, raising money for Springboard. If you’d like to make a donation then please see HERE

BMAF 5K Race Report by Vicky Henderson

As I’m a 2nd claim member of a couple of running clubs in London, I’ve been quite spoilt by running challenges during lockdown. One of my clubs’ offers a weekly 5K TT challenge and that’s given me some focus other than just running aimlessly (although that’s still been enjoyable). When Stuart mentioned the BMAF virtual race, I thought this could be quite interesting, because it’s for us oldies and it gives us the chance to benchmark ourselves against others in the country that we’re not aware of – and stops us feeling too smug about our own running, in case anyone thinks they’re fast!!

Stuart & I decided that our weekly 5K route would be suitable for the BMAF champs as it does not have too much downhill to warrant it being outside of the rules. We invited Laura to join us too; I felt this would be mutually beneficial as I knew I would be chasing Laura, trying to keep her in my sights (5Ks are not my forte). For Laura, she knew I’d be chasing as hard as I could so good for her too; plus of course, she could make keeping Stuart in sight, her focus.

We explained the route and where there were slight undulations, where the “fast parts” were and potential wind tunnels. So, after our 2-mile warm up, we were ready to go. We were starting from the other side of the railway bridge at Thingley, near the travelers site, where the route would be the third left, to the end, turning left into the main Corsham Road, then at the crossroads, turning left again, over the small railway bridge, to the end, left once again to finish at the crossroads with the road leading to Chippenham.

Watches ready, feet poised; the countdown, three, two, one, go and we were off; unsurprisingly Stuart was first off in the lead, then me, then Laura. Within 50 metres, Laura had taken me and the chase was on. Thankfully, there was little wind but goodness me, was it hot. Still, haven’t got time to worry about the temperature, we had work to do. Because I’ve done this route so many times, I know exactly where the mile splits are (yes I’m old fashioned and still work in Miles, not Ks). The first mile is round the corner, just before the big tree; this can vary in time for me, anything from about 6.55 to 7.07. Imagine my shock when my first mile showed 6.37!! I tired to stay calm and not worry about going so fast that I’d blow up. You see the secret is, I usually get quicker, because the Corsham Road is ever so slightly downhill. So, it was a case of “keep calm and carry on” (I love this so much, I have it on a mug and a t-shirt).

In mile 2 there is a downhill section followed immediately afterwards by a short uphill – time to get the arms pumping to keep the legs turning over in an effort not to lose too much momentum. From there, it’s a short run to the end and left into Corsham Road – which is usually where I’m able to pick up the pace. By this time, Stuart is but a dot in the distance and Laura has certainly put a good space in between us. But I keep chasing; I know this route, I know I can pick up speed. I’m coming to the sharp corner and just beyond is the tree signaling the second mile; the watch beeps and it’s showing 6.37 – again. Still not shabby, by this time although I’m usually a good few seconds faster by now, it’s still a fast second mile, so no need to panic.

And so, just to hold on now. I approach the left turn, which I need to pick up the pace a little, because there is a railway bridge that needs to be navigated with as little decrease in pace as possible, but at least the other side is downhill, so that will help me gather speed again. And this bit of road does wind, so it’s a case of keep looking forward and focusing on Laura. I know once I get to the end of this lane, it’s about a quarter of a mile to the finish. My legs are burning, I’m beginning to get that sick feeling in my stomach, but I haven’t got time to undo all my good work. I turn left now, onto the last leg – and always the hardest. The main aim now is to keep the legs turning and get that white signpost to keep getting closer. My watch beeps for the third mile but I really don’t have time to check, I need to finish now (it was 6.32). Breathing is hard, Stuart is cheering me on, and Laura has finished. A last bit of a sprint (6.34 pace) and I’m done!

I stop the watch, 3.11 so a bit over but better that because Strava sometimes has a nasty habit of changing it down. The time was a season’s best of 20:32. Thrilled was not the word, beaming would more accurately describe me. It was tough, there’s no doubt about it; I was still breathing hard and could not speak but walked slowly towards Laura who was also still catching her breath. 20.14 for her and again, she was thrilled. A personal best of all time. And racing with Laura and I hadn’t done Stuart any harm either – with a fantastically executed 18.38.

It’s fair to say there were three exhausted but high on adrenaline Corsham Running Club runners jogging back to Lacock last Tuesday. (Sorry, we don’t have a photo of Stuart, he had to rush straight back to his work).

Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st June

It’s 1,713 miles and 295 runs this week. We had our regular Thursday evening session and a pub quiz hosted by Jane Tunnicliffe.

At the British Masters Virtual 5K, the Corsham 45-54 Ladies Team of Laura, Vicky and Susan put in a fantastic time of 1:07:36. Well done all.

And Laura and Vicky also managed to do another 3 virtual races in 1 run. The ISORUNCLUB 10miler, the Stampede Sports 20KM and the Midsummer Virtual Half Marathon.

Rebecca Edwards was also virtually racing, at the Longest Day Virtual 10K in 53:16.

She said – Ran through a bizarre mixture of weather: started out under dark clouds and a shower of rain with a stiff breeze then battled with heat and humidity towards the end. Not a bad run but it doesn’t feel like a race on your own and I missed the company of all the other runners. ☹️

While we can’t all be together we did have a socially distant Summer Solstice Sunrise run and Zoom call. David Mackie suggested going to a local hill for sunrise (4:52) and 8 people chose the regular hill at Little Solsbury Hill on the outskirts of Bath. They were treated to a lovely sunrise for a 3rd consecutive year.

Dave Mackie turned his sunrise run into a Dan Booth Round. A run taking in the 9 trig pillars surrounding Bath and involving going up and down lots of hills. Good effort Dave.

One person (your author) decided to mix it up and get properly socially distant for the Sunrise, heading to Cherhill and was treated to some spectacular views, shown below!