Weekly Review – Week Ending 14th July

HURRAH! For Corsham Running Club

It hasn’t been the busiest week for us on the racing calendar but we did put on the fantastically successful Hazelbury Hurrah!

We did however, have 10 runners at the 3rd Heddington 5K of the summer. With 6 of them getting a PB, well done to Mark Cortaville, Brian Atkins, Laura Midwinter, Lauren Edwards, Jane Clarke and Kathryn Roynon.

Gareth Evans did the Two Tunnels half marathon in Bath on Sunday, I should imagine that the part in the tunnels was a glorious respite from the sun and assisted him to go under 100 minutes.

And of course we had the second running of the Hazelbury Hurrah! With double the entrants and also the inclusion of a Fun Run (ages 4-7) and a Junior Race.

It felt a little manic at times, but it’s a testament to the fantastic volunteers from CRC that it didn’t look that way to the runners of which we had 301 across the 3 races, 3.5 times as many as last year.

11 of the Hurrah! Racers were CRC members with Lee Davis first back again. We also had a large number of children of our members or One Mile Club members in the two extra races, with some superb performances.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the event. I know our race directors David Mackie and Gill Fox (as well as the rest of the HH! committee) are extremely grateful that you gave up part of your Friday night to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Here’s to next year.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 7th July

I relay must come up with some new puns as we’ve been relaying again this week.

First off though, we had a fantastic 48 runners (and numerous PBs) at the Chippenham River Run 5k, including some of the beginners who’ve not even finished their 10 weeks yet. Obviously Richard has been working them hard.

It was also a good day for children of our members with both of Rebecca Edwards’ children and both of Shelly Genery’s children taking home trophies for winning their age categories in the 2k event. Well done to all 4 of them.

Word is getting round about the Steeple Ashton 5x5x5 race run by AVR as we had 7 members at the 4th running of the summer on Thursdsy evening, including 3 of our ladies, looking to pick up some points in the club championship.

At the Ham and Lyme 50K, Corsham topped and tailed the results. David Warren (running for us) finished equal first in 4:36:10. Dan Harman was only 20 minutes behind in 7th place.

But really getting his money’s worth was Julian Thornhill who despite twisting his ankle at 4 miles, toughed out the final 27 miles and was the final finisher (equal) in a time a little over 10 hours. A great effort from all 3 of them.

Emma Kilmurray and Kirsty Hunt took part in the Race for Life at Victoria Park, Bath on Sunday morning. Their first 5K so a PB each.

And doing 5 miles on Sunday morning were Mark Cortaville and Natalie Inman at the Compton Bassett 5 miler.

And for the second consecutive Saturday we went for a Relay run. This time it was the Avon Valley Relay. A traditional baton relay of 17 miles split into 4 legs, starting at Bradford-on-avon rugby club and following the Avon Valley, mostly along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Trowbridge rugby club.

Our 28 runners all enjoyed the event in spite of the heat and a big thanks should go to Susan Mackie for organising us. With 17 ladies and 11 gents, it was a good representation of CRC.

Results aren’t available yet, but I can confidently say that our super women’s team of Laura Midwinter, Marie Vinolo-Young, Annika Davidson and Michaela Curtis were our fastest ever ladies teams.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 30th June

What a Relay good week for CRC.

It started with the Lacock Relay on Tuesday. Dan Harman was in the 2nd placed team and Lauren Edwards was in the 5th placed team.

Thursday Evening was the latest club championship event, the Great Chalfield 10K, where 15 members ran on a hot evening. Big congratulations to both Ade Hurren and Laura Midwinter who won their age category prizes.

Also winning prizes was Damian Hall, who came first overall on his latest bimble at the Lakeland Trails 55k. I’d love to see what he could do when not bimbling.

Angie Aplin and Jo Motto travelled to Windsor on Sunday for the Beat the Boat 10K trail race. As they do their 10K race, there are spectator/pacing boats on the river also trying to get a target time.

Stewart Unsworth doesn’t like to do things the easy way. Despite having some niggly injuries recently, he assisted a road crossing at the Cotswold Way Relay (more on that later), then went to Tewkesbury parkrun nearby before heading off for his leg of the CWR. He then joined us in the evening for a couple of drinks and on Sunday morning had to travel to Woolacombe for the North Devon marathon – PHEW!

And finally, going back to relays. Saturday saw CRC at the Cotswold Way Relay for the 17th time and continuously since 2004. We’ve had 38 teams in total.

This year we were only allowed to enter 3 teams so we had 30 runners raring to go throughout Saturday. The weather forecast was looking ridiculously hot for a second consecutive year and the order of the day was just to get everyone to their finish lines safely.

We achieved this, which was great news and while our times were not as good as previous years, our placings in each of the categories were marginally better than many previous years, so it shows that the heat really was oppressive.

We didn’t have anybody who broke any of the Corsham records and Dan Harman was the only person whose time was in the top 10 for a Corsham runner on his leg (10th on leg 1).

I like to keep track of all of our records and we did have 2 records for current members. Marie Vinolo-Young on leg 5 and Lauren Edwards on leg 7.

And I can’t mention Lauren’s time without mentioning that she was given a time credit for assisting a runner who had taken a tumble. A credit to the good name of Corsham Running Club.

Our teams contained 2 runners who were born in the 1950s and if the teams had worked out differently we could have had 4 runners born in that decade. And at the other end of the scale, John Hible became our first runner born in a year beginning with 2.

Congratulations to everybody who ran, and thank you to everybody who volunteered or supported or was driver for the day or patched up our injured runners, it takes a full team for everybody to run.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 23rd June

It’s a great time of year to get out and enjoy the countryside and our members have certainly been doing that as we didn’t have many racers but lots of other things going on.

We did have 6 members in Chippenham for the Longest Day 10K. A Wednesday evening race using the increased daylight hours around this time of year. Shelley Genery was the first runner back in just under 50 minutes with all 6 back in under an hour.

On Saturday, Dan Harman had a great performance at the Giant’s Head Marathon finishing 6th in 3:53 and only 2 minutes from an age-grade victory. Anyone that knows White Star Running, knows that this will be a hilly race and will not be accurately measured but you’ll definitely do 26.2 miles. I recommend trying to find a picture of the medal when you can too.

On Sunday Mark Cortaville completed his second half marathon of the year, this time in Swansea, only 2 minutes slower than his PB in a time of 1:35.

That was it for racers this week, but there were members out over the weekend, doing recces on the Cotswold Way ready for the relay next weekend and some doing recces of leg 4 of the Avon Valley Relay for the weekend afterwards. Good luck to our 30 runners on the Cotswold Way this Saturday, have great fun and do Corsham proud.

Thursday evening saw the annual For Fox Sake run in memory of Tom Fox, a member of Corsham Running Club who sadly passed away during a race. Tom was a keen runner and absolutely loved the social aspect and running with other runners. So every year, we are joined by some of our friends from Chippenham Harriers and Avon Valley Runners for a social 4-6 mile run, which is also attended by Tom’s wife Gill who is a very active member of club without ever lacing up her running trainers.

We used to start and finish at the Fox pub (so the name worked twice) and have a drink afterwards, but when it closed down we thought that the Corsham tradition of Prosecco and cake would be good so we return to the village hall, eat lots of cake, drink some prosecco and mix with old friends and new. It is a fitting tribute to Tom.

And on Friday it was the summer solstice, so for the second year, David Mackie organised two runs. One to watch the sunrise from Little Solsbury Hill, near Bath and the other to watch the sunset from Oliver’s Castle on the roundway between Devizes and Calne.

At 4:30am, 26 runners and 4 dogs set off from Batheaston for a 500 foot climb to be on the top of the hill for sunrise at 4:53. That is not a miscount, there really were that many of us willing to get up early. After the sunrise we dropped back into the valley where some headed straight back for a 3.5 mile run and some continued for a bit further for a 5.5 mile run. On returning to the car park, David had set up some bacon sandwiches for us all.

And in the evening 12 runners and 1 dog met in Heddington at the Ivy pub for 20:45, and again it was a long run up a big hill to start before running around the top ready for sunset at 21:30. And then back down to the pub for rehydration.

As with last year, David’s organisational skills extended to the weather as after an awfully wet week, we were treated to near perfect conditions and a fantastic sunrise and sunset.

I counted 6 runners and 1 dog that did the double, definitely the longest day for all of us. David Mackie, Susan Mackie (and Willow), Carl Zalek, Lee Davis, Danny Parker, Richard Biggs.

Your club needs you – Hazelbury Hurrah!

Hazelbury Hurrah! really needs your help on Friday 12th July.

Without volunteers the event, which is raising funds for the Club, Cotswold Volunteer Wardens and SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity), is a non-starter and we still have roles to fill. So if you are free some or all of the time between 5pm and 9pm please and think you can help, please, please drop a line to

We are running the fun run from 6pm, the Junior race from 6:30 and the main event from 7:15.

You don’t have to help with all 3, if you’re racing the main event then please help with the first 2, if you’re watching your children in either of the first 2, then please help with the main race.

And don’t forget to ask. friends/family/neighbours or anyone else who you think may be able to help.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 16th June


It has been the start of a few weeks of Corsham team events.

But first off, we had the 2nd in the series of the Heddington 5k event and after the disappointment of finishing in exactly 20 minutes at the first in the series last month, Dave Mackie managed to get his time to start with a 1, clocking a 19:45 PB.

We had 7 runners in total and everyone was finished within 22:06. Super speedy running from them all.

Our first team event of the summer was the Avon Valley Runners mob match. Run on the Over the Hills course (but backwards), this year was almost as muddy as the actual race usually is in November. There is a calculation involving your fastest runners placings and then taking off the total number of other runners.

With 31 runners from CRC we took home the trophy we’ve held almost exclusively since 2013 (it used to be separate male/female and Chippenham men won in 2015). Congratulations to everyone who ran as it is a real team effort. And special congratulations to Chris Hutton and Laura Midwinter who were first man and first lady.

Brian Atkins ran the Cheddar Gorge 10K with 2 friends, a good chance to get some serious climbing in.

Annika Davidson was also playing in hills, taking on the 16.5 miles of the Bristol Epic 3 peaks and finishing in a very good time just over 3 hours.

Saturday afternoon saw our latest club championship event, the Broad Town 5. Being over towards Swindon, it’s a good chance to pick up club championship points as only a small number of runners attend, and we had 5 there, led home by Mark Cortaville.

18 CRC members, a few friends and some supporters went on a camping and running trip at Endure 24.

On the Friday evening there is the childrens mini mile which the 3 children completed, Oscar Zalek in about 7:30, while Bonnie Zalek and Amber Fisher ran it together in around 9:30.

Endure 24 is a 24 hour continuous running race on a 5 mile loop, which can be done as anything from a solo runner (with a special t-shirt for those achieving 20 laps/100 miles) up to teams of 8. CRC had 3 mixed teams of 6 runners.

Susan Mackie teamed up with 3 friends to be in a team of 4 ladies, with an inflatable Jesus (who had some adventures) and they wore wimples and called themselves Sisters of Sin; which coincidentally can be sung to the tune of a popular Dire Straits song.

And as well as that we had Dan Inman running as a solo, his plan was to run at least 4 laps. He ended up doing 18 laps in just over 24 hours (as you get up to 25 hours as long as you start your last lap before 24 hours) for a total of 90 miles.

As we had 3 teams of 6, Carl Zalek tried to match the teams up to have a little bit of inter club competition. In the end, they were all pretty evenly matched so it was decided that in true CRC spirit, they’d run the last lap (lap 32) together and the other 15 (and 3 children) would join them for the last 100 metres and finish as a big group.

Officially each team did 32 laps in 24:34:57 to finish 39th – 41st of 247 large mixed teams.

Unofficially, and doing some manual adjustments based on what their actual times would have been, the competition was won by Cors’am Loving Heartbreak Hill (Paul Scotford, Kevin Sandall (Calne SmaRTT), Michael Fisher, Max Luff, Keith Burlison (Sue Mackie’s brother), Chris Hunt) in a time of 24:13; which would have been good enough for 34th.

2nd was Cors’am Going to Drink All the Tea (Jane Tunnicliffe, Michael Luff, Richard Biggs, Nick Maryon, Debra Kearsey, David Mackie) in a time of 24:35

And in bronze medal position just two minutes behind were Cors’am Going to Beat Last Year (Marie Vinolo-Young, Laura Midwinter, Stewart Unsworth, Wendy Scotford, Carl Zalek, Danny Parker)