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Weekly Review – Week Ending 15th September.

Elton John once sang that Saturday Night’s alright for Fighting, but if you ask our runners then Saturday afternoon is a great time for a 10K race. We had 14 members taking part in the Westonbirt Arboretum 100th anniversary run. Leading the way was Dave Townsend who got a PB with a first ever time under 45 minutes. Also gaining a PB was Danny Parker, who’s not too far from the 45 minute barrier himself. Kathryn Roynon’s children took part in the fun run, with one winning his age category and the other being 2nd.

Mark Cortaville was at the Bristol Half Marathon this weekend and while it gets derided as a dull route (out and back along the Portway), it’s definitely a flat course as Mark got a PB. And unlike Mark’s normal races, I’ve got a photo to attach here as one of his friends took a photo of him.

We had 6 runners doing varying distances at the Purbeck Running Festival in Swanage. We had 1 person doing the 10K, 2 people doing the marathon and 3 people doing the 16 miles. The 16 miles was one of those charming ones where the prescribed distance did not quite match the actual distance, being much closer to 17 miles. Looking at the times, it doesn’t appear to be a PB course at any distance but the weather was fantastic for a run around the seaside and the mayor was an ex-resident of Corsham so some great photo opportunities.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 8th Septmber

It ain’t HALF been a big week.

We had 18 runners at our latest club championship event, the Chippenham Half Marathon and to date I’m aware of 8 of you attaining a PB. Chris Hunt, John Wilmott, Luke Davies, John Hible (under 90 minutes), Laura Midwinter, Katharine Burrett, Kathryn Roynon, Rachael Dark and Lois Norcott (under 2 hours). Well done everybody.

It was also a half marathon PB for Dave Aplin at the New Forest half, finishing under 1:40 for the first time.

It’s worth remembering that sometimes the best race you can have is not to race at all. So with that in mind, congratulations to Julian Thornhill for stopping when he felt trouble in his knee during the New Forest Half Marathon. We all wish you a speedy recovery

Jo Gill took the marathon option at New Forest finishing in 3:54. Jo loves a marathon and often seems to finish between 3:50 and 4:00. That’s some excellent consistency.

The shortest race of the week award goes to Dave Mackie with a quite frankly lazy 10.5 mile Grisedale Horseshoe Fell Race. Up and down Helvellyn in the Peak District. It also looks awful.

And in the longest race of the week, Damian Hall was at the 170 mile Ultra Tour Monta Rosa starting in the Swiss Alps. He only managed to do half of the race, but that was because it had to be called off for safety reasons. 2 foot of snow fell in a few hours.

However, in a bittersweet twist he was leading the race by around 24 minutes at the checkpoint so he took home the win. Well done Damian, they all count!

And finally, it was the last of our summer away runs this week. We concluded exactly as we have done for the last couple of years with a choice of 4.5 – 6 miles from the Quarryman’s Arms. And as usual, the sun was shining and a great time was had by all culminating in a stop at the pub at the end.

Our thanks to Dave Mackie, Natalie Inman, Stewart Unsworth and Chris Hutton for organising the away runs and to innumerable group leaders who’ve been willing to take a merry band of runners and take responsibility if they got lost.

While there are no more summer away runs left it does mean that our Full moon runs start again this month so grab your headtorch and join us for more adventures.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 1st September

Another busy week and yet more of our runners are pushing themselves to greater heights.

Sadly, the summer evenings are drawing in which means that it was the last Lacock Relay of the year and that means it was the handicap. If you’ve posted a time in the 3 previous events during the summer then you can do the handicap, starting off in reverse order with the idea that almost everyone will finish very close to each other (there were only 5 minutes between first and last) and the winner will be the person who has improved the most over the summer. David Mackie posted a quicker time than Jon Morrell on the night but Jon finished 4th and Dave finished 44th as Jon started earlier and Dave couldn’t catch him. They both finished higher than their starting position.

This weekend saw the final chance for people to either post a parkrun time or improve their parkrun time and 12 people took the chance to do so. We had 2 at Kingsway (Gloucestershire) including Michael Luff doing his 100th parkrun, 3 at Southwick, 4 at Chippenham, 1 at Delamere (Cheshire), 1 at Pomphrey Hill (Bristol) and Brain Atkins went all out to try and set a good time by picking the best parkrun he could find locally at Severn Bridge. It starts in Wales and goes across the bridge, crossing the border into England before turning round and heading back to Wales. I assume it is flat, it is wide for overtaking and it is concrete so easier for speed. It worked as he did set his fastest time.

Craig Rumble came 2nd in the Conquest of Avalon, just 2 minutes behind the winner. A 30 mile route from Ham Hill Country Park near Yeovil following the Leland Trail and the Land’s End Trail to Glastonbury and as an added bonus with 2 miles to go, the race does take in the climb to Glastonbury Tor and back down again. I’m sure it was worth the climb and battling the tourists for the views from the top.

We had 4 runners at the Flying Monk Malmesbury 10K. Some excellent performances and none more so than Charlie Berry. Who smashed his previous PB of 1:03 by finishing in just under 55 minutes.

One of the runners at Malmesbury, Jo Motto, wasn’t finished for the weekend and along with Gill Parham-Mott and Edd Stone did the Beat the Bore race on Sunday morning. This is a pretty unique event as it is a race against nature. The Bore is a natural phenomenon of a tidal surge along the river severn, although unlike the tide, it has an element of unpredictability as to exactly when it will arrive. Apparently, the noise of the approaching bore is quite an event itself. The race is roughly 8 miles and if you finish before the bore arrives, your medal has a green ribbon and if the bore beats you it is a white ribbon.

Andrew Wood spent another weekend playing on some mountains as he did the Peak District 33. His aim was to finish in under 8 hours and despite running closer to 36 miles (he claims it was the course and not his navigation) he finished in 7:52. He’s getting quite good at this mountain stuff.

Annika Davidson and Lucy Bright had quite an adventure doing the Cotswold Trail Half Marathon. Annika found her legs from last weeks ultra when she came across the big blinking (That’s what I’m assuming b***ard means) hills at miles 7 and 11. Along with some waiting at stiles and losing a shoe in a bog, it definitely isn’t a PB course but a beautiful outing and a great run from both of our Corsham ladies.

And away from races we had our penultimate away run of the summer and it was a new one (I think) at Bremhill, near Calne. Thanks to Stewart Unsworth for organising the route, keeping us on top of the hill so we could enjoy the views without being too out of breath. The route also took in a handy place to grab a group photo. Our final away run of the summer is this Thursday (5th September) from the Quarryman’s Arms at the slightly earlier time of 18:45 so please join us there and for a drink afterwards, there’s a reason most of our away runs finish at a pub you know.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 25th August

It was a tough weekend with temperatures reaching 30 but we had a good number of runners battling on.

First up, we have to start with Danny Parker and Annika Davidson at the Green Man Ultra, a 45 mile self navigated loop of Bristol. Two excellent performances with both completing their longest ever runs. Annika had only run 18 previously.

Dave Mackie did the Brecon Beacons Fell Race, around 4,500 feet of climbing in almost 20 miles. I’m sure the heat made it easier.

The Hibles ran the Severn Bridge Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Definitely no shade on the bridge. John finished before dad Stephen.

Lucy Bright did the Avebury Trust 10K and Michael Freegard ran 5K at the Fowey Fun Run.

And of course, we had our collected efforts at parkrun this weekend. A record (possibly) 8 events had 18 runners. 1 at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), 2 at Forest of Dean, 1 at Bath Skyline, 1 at Southwick, 6 at Chippenham, 1 at Brockenhurst (New Forest), 1 at Colby (in the deep depths of South Wales) and 5 in Melksham.

You have one final Saturday this month to improve or post a parkrun time. Doesn’t matter where, just do one.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 18th August

After a couple of fallow weeks we’ve been back racing again this week.

The big event of course was the 3rd Hilly Helmet Challenge (and congratulations to Jane Tunnicliffe and Dave Mackie on their hat-trick badge). There were 20 representatives from Corsham in attendance in a variety of helmets. John Wilmott led the way in 30:01 (close but not quite).

It was a great night for Brain Tumour Support as there was an estimated £4,000 raised.

The evening before Dave Mackie had been our sole representative at the final Heddington 5k of the summer and unlike John at the Hilly Helmet, Dave managed to get 1 second the right side as he finished in 19:59.

Dave did the Coppett Hill fell race on Saturday where he was joined by Susan, Annika Davidson and Susan’s brother Keith.

And on Sunday Dave did a 4th race of the week* at the black Mountains Fell Race, this time with Debra Kearsey (the metronome runner) and Andrew Wood.

Correction: This was merely a recce, the actual race is 21st September. Entries are still open if anyone wants to join them.

*No wonder he didn’t join the 32 mile Cotswold Way run overnight on Friday.

Jo Gill was spotted doing the two tunnels marathon in Bath by Alison Graham, Stewart Unsworth, Becky Townsend, Helen Ashworth and John Ashworth who were all marshalling.

And of course, we’ve still got the parkrun championship races, this week with 4 at Chippenham, 1 at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), 2 at Southwick Country Park, 4 at Melksham, 1 at Cirencester, 1 at Bath Skyline and the chief (Biggsy) wins the exotic parkrun this week with an attendance at Haverfordwest in Wales.

Remember there are 2 more Saturdays in August to do a parkrun (or improve your time) to count for the club championship. Please remember to check the Member Results to ensure I’ve got your parkrun result.

And finally, Dave Mackie’s undoubted ability to predict the weather was in evidence again as between the torrential rain of Wednesday and the even worse conditions on Friday, we had our Bowood away run in glorious sunshine on the Thursday.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 11th August

It’s been another quiet week for us, with only one racer.

We did have runners at parkruns, 2 at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), 3 at Southwick, 4 at Chippenham, and 1 each at Hilly Fields (SE. London), Melksham, Penistone (S. Yorks) and Tetbury.

Laura Midwinter had a great weekend doing 3 10k runs in 3 days at the Tri Island Summer Saunter Series in Barrow, Cumbria. The summer part didn’t really happen with rain, wind and very little sun but it didn’t stop Laura having three fantastic results.

Day 1 Friday was the Dockside Drama, where Laura came 2nd overall and 1st female.

Day 2 Saturday was the Roa Island Ruckus, this time Laura was 5th overall and 2nd female.

Day 3 Sunday was the Sowerby Adventure and Laura saved the best for last, 1st lady and 1st overall.

Congratulations Laura on a great weekend of racing.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 4th August

It’s lucky we’ve got the ‘any parkrun in August’ counts for the club championship as otherwise it would be a sparse weekly review this week.

In fact the only non parkrun appears to be Mark Cortaville’s appearance at the Westonbirt House Summer 10K. He had a great performance though and picked up the prize for 3rd vet 50.

So on to the parkruns. We had 15 people at 6 different events. Chippenham saw the most with 8 people there, but it was good to see people at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), Guildford, Bath Skyline and Melksham, where Laura Midwinter was first lady.

But perhaps most impressively, Kathryn Roynon took in Vejen parkrun in Denmark on her way home from holiday. Hoping to see a fee more overseas events in the remaining 4 Saturdays.

If you did a parkrun and don’t see it listed then please let me know.