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.
It should have been a club championship weekend with the Lungbuster on Sunday but unfortunately it was cancelled so we just got to play in the snow for fun.
And many of our members completed RED January, running (or being active) every day.
After a quiet start to the year, 2019 really kicked off this weekend as we had our regular start to the Club Championship calendar at the ever popular Slaughterford 9.
30 runners braved the cold, mud, river crossing and hills with PBs for Becky Townsend, Tom Frost, Alison Graham, Susan Mackie (by 12 minutes), Jane Tunnicliffe, Nick Maryon, Adam Turner, Chris Hunt (by nearly 5 minutes), Richard Biggs, Ade Hurren (his 10th Slaughterford 9), Neil Andrassy and Adrian Finch.
It was also Stephen Hible’s 15th appearance at Slaughterford, can anyone claim any higher than that?
On the Saturday, Stewart Unsworth took on the Wychavon Way Ultra. A 37.5 mile run through Worcestershire, and luckily for him, it involved a horrendous storm. He scraped into the top half of the field with an 8:03:35
There was only one runner this weekend which was Susan Mackie at the Doynton Hard Half Marathon where she improved her time from last year by over 26 minutes.
While there was only one racer we still had a busy week.
First up we had the return of Bryan Clinton to give us a tough coaching session on Tuesday. Lots of hard work but lots of smiling faces at the end.
And then on Friday evening we had our AGM. Over 50 members attended for our annual reports (Chairman, Treasurer, Membership, Captain’s) and far more importantly our AWARDS. Well done to all of our winners.
We had a visit from Corsham swimmer Stephanie Millward who thanked us for our donation from the Corsham 10K to help her spend more time training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Stephanie also brought her Rio 2016 gold medal.
And after some food we had a talk and a Q&A from Damian Hall.
Tonight (18th Jan) saw us have our AGM. We did some serious business had some reports and then gave out the awards followed by a talk and Q&A from Damian Hall.
Our awards went to:-
Ladies Race Club Championship
3rd – Claire Hunt
2nd – Alison Graham
1st – Marie Vinolo-Young
Mens Race Club Championship
3rd – Stewart Unsworth
2nd – David Mackie
1st – Jamie McBrien
Ladies Age-Graded Club Championship
3rd – Claire Hunt
2nd – Marie Vinolo-Young
1st – Alison Graham
Mens Age-Graded Club Championship
3rd – Peter Allen
2nd – Alan Rex Kember
1st – Jamie McBrien
Ladies Captain’s Award – Katherine Burrett
Honorable mentions to Marie Vinolo-Young, Kathryn Roynon, Lauren Edwards
Mens Captain’s Award – Chris Hunt
Honorable mentions to James Lye, Julian Thornhill and Mark Cortaville
Chairman’s/President’s Shield – David Bethune
Individual Recognition Award- James Shaw
Griff Award (as voted by our members) – Natalie Inman
Unsung Hero – Jane Tunnicliffe
Bottle of Prosecco – Gill Fox
Congratulations to all of our winners and well done to all of our members for a fantastic year
It was a Bath Skyline double this weekend as we had two runners each at the night race and the day race.
First up on the Saturday night were Marie Vinolo-Young; running with her friends from JMS run crew; and Rachael Dark. They did the 10K course around the southern Bath woods at nighttime.
And of course, that would have made the route much more fun/treacherous for Angie and Dave Aplin who did the Sunday morning version.
Darren Thorley ran a bit further afield taking on the Stubbington 10K, near Portsmouth, and completing in just under 50 minutes.
And finally Dave Mackie joined his brother in the Pennines for the Marsden to Edale Trigger Race described as ‘Entrants will navigate their way from Marsden over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder to Edale visiting three trigs points on route. The linear route is measured at 20 miles with 4500 feet climb.‘
New year, New Challenges.
2018 finished with Laura Di Pisa running the Rome 10K, an excellent way to spend New Years Eve.
Steve Hible and his son John also went abroad on New Years Eve, travelling to Wales for the Wye Wander, where John won his age category and Steve made good use of his new CRC jacket.
And now it’s 2019 and it’s a time for taking on a new challenges. Andrew Wood also travelled to Wales to do the Blade Runner Ultra. A 50k taking in some of the biggest mountain peaks in southern Wales such as Pen Y Fan and Fan Y Big.
Dave Townsend’s new challenge was to do his first race in his CRC vest, the Kelston 10K, which was in England.
It will be exciting to see what new challenges our members take on this year, whether it’s a longer distance, faster times, tougher courses or just running consistently.