Weekly Review – Week Ending 9th June

It’s been a mix of racing and other things for our runners this week.

We’ll start with the racers and first up was the third race in the AVR Steeple Ashton 5k series attended by David Mackie, Stewart Unsworth and Chris Hunt. You’ll notice that we’ve still had no ladies (and only 4 men) run this event so it’s a great one to pick up those club championship points.

Andrew Wood has been in the mountains again taking on the Scafell Skyrace. The race was only 90% as long as last year, but Andrew still managed a 3 hour improvement.

Richard Biggs travelled all the way to Gloucestershire for the Fairford 10K, and was not far off his PB time set at Semington 3 weeks before.

Caroline Cozier ran the Lacock half marathon with Rachael Dark. Rachael had tried to sign up on the day only to discover that they don’t take cards. She still ran with Caroline though which we like to see.

Mark Cortaville took an incredible 27 minutes off of his marathon PB at Yeovil. He’s down to 3:47, but most impressively, he’s adamant that he has more to get.

In non racing news our beginners have set a new record by taking on Biggsy Hill in only their fourth week.

It’s been great to see people out and about doing recces of the Cotswold Way Relay. I’ve seen people out on legs 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9. It gives them a chance to enjoy the views this time.

James Lye was part of a team of cyclists from Corsham Cycling Club who spent Sunday completing a 184 mile cycle ride from Caernarfon in the north west of mainland Wales to Chepstow in the south east. They called this event Batter the Dragon and they certainly did.

This week also saw our latest away run and it was a new one, meeting in Monkton Farleigh and taking in some of the local sights including Brown’s Folly. Due to some interesting navigation, group C ended up completing more miles than group A on a magical mystery tour, but they loved it!

And finally, June is pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and to commemorate this, Strava have added an interesting function. If you put the rainbow emoji 🌈 into your run name then it makes your run route look a little more colourful.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 2nd June

It’s been a festival of running as some of our members took the opportunity to attend RunFestRun at Bowood House.

After some trouble in the build-up, the RunFestRun weekend itself arrived and by all accounts everyone had a great time as there were running speakers, live music and celebrity spotting* in a festival atmosphere.

*Chris Evans, Vassos Alexander, Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Colin Jackson.

Marie Vinolo-Young, Lucy Bright, Lauren Edward’s and Jo Gill certainly took on the running part as they did the Sunset Shuffle 5k on the Friday night, the Half marathon and 5K races on the Saturday and rounded off the weekend with Steve Cram’s Big Bug run 5K to collect pollen on the Sunday.

Also in attendance and doing some of the runs were Dave and Sue Mackie, Natalie Inman (and children), Jill Murphy (and child), Joanne Spry, Rob Bennett, Jan Forsyth (and child), Julian Thornhill and Joanne Hussey (and child).

In other running news, Caroline Cozier ran the Hogweed Trot 10K on Monday evening in a little over 56 minutes.

And I upset Richard Biggs by informing him that he hadn’t got a Half Marathon PB at Poole on Sunday as he thought. He still had a fantastic time though of 1:46:24.

And finally, I’d like to wish myself a happy anniversary as I’ve now been doing this Weekly Review for a year.

I started it as a way to keep the website active and a small record of what people in the club were up to.

In all honesty I thought I’d have given up long before now, but it is a real labour of love each week to trawl through Facebook and Strava and see what you’ve all been up to.

A big congratulations to each and every one of you too, whether you’re smashing PBs, running further all the time or happy to run a few miles a week for fun, it’s brilliant to see you all enjoying running.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 26th May

Only a few races this week but some impressive performances from our CRC athletes.

Mark Cortaville set himself a new 10K PB again. This time at Dauntsey where he ran it in 41:07

Tuesday 21st saw the first of the hugely popular Lacock Relays. There were a number of runners there from Corsham, and Dave Mackie was in the second place team (of 39) and Max Luff was in the 3rd placed team.

Our beginners are on their second week and have been doing hills and lampposts, fantastic progression already.

Thursday saw us continuing our away run programme with a choice of routes from Bradford-on-Avon train station.

Dave Mackie has been on an adventure, spending a few days on the Isle of Jura, just off the west coast of Scotland. His adventure culminated in the Isle of Jura Fell Race. The race was around 15 miles but contains over 7,000 feet of climbing. He was treated to some spectacular views for his efforts and finished in just under 6 hours.

And Carl Zalek took on the Grand Union Canal Race, a monster 145 mile ‘run’ from Birmingham to London following the Grand Union Canal, so far less elevation than Jura. Finishing in just over 35 hours, it was a 4 hour PB on the KACR from last year and exactly 10 hours after the winner. Rumour has it, he even ran up Mount Sainsbury’s, a short hill 143 miles into the race.

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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