Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th April

Well what a week it’s been. I’ll save the big one for the end but there has been loads going on.

Some people like to spend the Easter Monday bank holiday sat in the pub, seeing how much chocolate can be consumed or doing something else relaxing. We instead had 5 people heading to Wales for the Gilwern Grunt.

Some people got lost, some didn’t, everyone got back safely and had a great race.

Saturday saw the Bath Beat, a walking event which allows runners and has distances of 12, 17.5 and 27 miles roughly. While there are no official placings, Richard Biggs was first back at 12 miles, Becky Townsend, Helen and John Ashworth were first back at 17.5 miles and Chris was very quick over the 27 mile distance.

No medals at the Bath Beat, but a certificate instead.

Andrew Wood gained redemption for a DNF at the Yorkshire 3 peaks last year completing it this time in just under 5 hours with a huge amount of elevation. He forgot to take any photos though.

Also taking on lots of elevation, as well as jetlag and heat, Damian Hall came 11th in his latest adventure. The Canyons 100K in California.

Normally on a big city half marathon, it can be difficult to find an Evans in the results, but luckily Gareth Evans did the Madrid Half Marathon in a little over 2 hours. Not many Evans’ in Spain.

The Bath Beat wasn’t the only walking event attracting our runners this weekend as Annika Davidson made the short journey to the Pewsey Downaround. An LDWA event, so I can only assume cake was in plentiful supply.

Jo Gill completed her 3rd marathon in April, this time at the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her time of 3:57:02 also means all 3 have been within 8 minutes and all under 4 hours.

There was another marathon this weekend with CRC runners. We had 4 runners at the London Marathon. Leading the way was Dan Harman who just missed out on sub 3 hours by 53 seconds. Craig Gingell did the other way around and managed to finish in 3:59:46. Paula Clarke was next in a PB time of 4:30:57. And Jo Motto may not have set a PB with her time of 5:12:26 but she did get a record number of high fives and shout outs. Well done to all of our representatives.

And finally, let’s have a fanfare for the big one:

What a day for Corsham Running Club. Months of planning by the 10K committee, weeks of planning by the army of volunteers and marshalls, a cleaning crew the day before the race, and it all added up to a fantastic day for 1,212 runners and innumerable spectators.

As the day did, we’ll start with the 2K. 190 children towed the start line and by my calculations, 64 of them were either children of our members or members of One Mile Club, a third of the runners.

The 2K was led home by Finley Charlton of One Mile Club in a time of 6:54. That is a 5:45 mile pace. It was a close battle as he just held off Amelia Cox from Crawley runners to win by just 3/10 of a second in a sprint finish.

Amelia Harvey and Bobby Hodge who are both members of One Mile Club and children of our members won the under 9 age category for boys and girls.

All of the runners were finished in under 17 minutes.

At 10:30, the MOD Corsham field gun crew and Matt Garvey of Bath Rugby set off the 1,020 10K runners. It will come as no surprise that the race was won by Simon Nott of CRC (That’s Calne Running Club) in a time of 31:56. And as this race doubled as the Wiltshire Athletics 10K championship race, he had to award himself a medal too.

In total we had 49 runners in the 10K (so 113 including the 2K), including our 7 pacers, who all came in just under their target times (6 within 10 seconds).

Craig Rumble was the first Corsham finisher in a time of 37:39 for 13th place. There were definitely PBs for Christopher Sapiano (who beat his Dad), James Shaw and Renata McGrath but I’m sure there must have been more.

We had some excellent performances and both our mens team and our ladies team were 3rd place in the teams results. Our 4 men were all under 40 minutes and the 4 ladies were all done in a little over 50 minutes.

The 2K race had 111 girls and 79 boys and the 10K race had 466 ladies and 556 men. In total this gave us 47.6% female racers. I see this as a testament to our inclusive nature and everyone being as important as each other.

Finally, I can’t leave this without thanking the 10K committee, the volunteers from CRC and the rest of Corsham and Neston and anywhere else for giving up their Sunday morning and of course the runners. It isn’t easy to put on the biggest 10K in Wiltshire but it looks effortless on the day.

So thank you to the team and congratulations to the runners, see you all again next April.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st April

It’s the calm before the storm.

We had 15 runners at the Good Friday 10 miler in Chippenham on a glorious day for running. Some smashing results led home by Tom Frost in 1:04:24. There were PBs for Lois Norcott (1:33:59), Katharine Burrett (1:35:44) and Lauren Edwards (1:18:16).

But most importantly, there were Easter Eggs for all.

Annika Davidson completed the Helmsley 10K in 50:47, another one of those races with a mug in the goody bag.

Of course, next Sunday sees the Corsham 10K and 2K fun run. Good luck to all of those running it. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the runners and an army of volunteers. It’s never too late to volunteer.

And details have been released of our new beginners running course, we’ve had many successful courses over the last couple of years and many of those members are still with us and still improving.

It’s a fun friendly course to take you from couch to 5K in a group environment and with much encouragement along the way. If you’re interested or know someone who may be then get in contact. Details on the poster.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 14th April

We’ve not done as much racing this week but still lots of other things going on.

On Saturday, 5 of our members went to Wales for the Longtown Llanthony Loop Fell Race. 8ish miles and 2,500 feet of climbing and descending.

It’s definitely marathon season as we had 4 at Brighton marathon. A fantastic PB for Chris Hunt of 3:35:22. Lucy Bright also got a PB with her first marathon in a time of 4:50:50 and I think the same is true for Ed Harper with his 3:53:31. Jo Gill was doing her second marathon in 2 weekends, only 7 minutes slower than last week and still under 4 hours. Well done to all.

We also had our first summer away run of the year with our traditional visit to Biddestone for a range of 3-7 mile runs and a visit to the pub on completion.

Congratulations to the 10K and 2K organising committee who have been recognised by Corsham Town Council for the positive contribution to the community.

Obviously these events rely heavily on volunteers from CRC (and many other Corsham institutions) so it’s a recognition for all of us.

And of course, if you’re not already signed up to help this year then we will always accept more volunteers. Even if you’re running it, there’s lots to do before you start.

We opened entries to the Hazelbury Hurrah! taking place on the evening of Friday 12th July. We’ve added a fun run and a junior race so Dave Mackie and the HH! committee are looking for volunteers. So please help out and make our events the best that we can offer.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 7th April

There are 2 easy to read signs that summer running has returned.

1. Big city marathons

2. Weekday races

And we’ve had both this week.

Tom Frost was our sole representative at the first of the AVR 5k series in Steeple Ashton, finishing in an excellent 4th place.

Matt Wills was extolling the benefits of our hill sessions at training as he did the West Buckland School, Exmoor Run, 10 miles and much quicker than he’s ever done it previously. The real twist is that you have to walk 7 miles just to get to the start line.

And as the picture shows, it was a very damp and cold race.

The rescheduled Lungbuster took place and we had 5 runners there, with all of them getting a PB. Well done to Chris Hunt, Nick Maryon, Annika Davidson, Becky Townsend and Christine Bott.

We also had 4 runners at the Devizes half marathon. Where there were PBs for Stewart Unsworth and David Aplin, Stewart taking 2.5 minutes off and finishing under 100 minutes for the first time.

And now for the big city marathons. We had 4 members at Manchester while the Mackies went to Rotterdam. Fantastic performances all around with 5 PBs and a time close to her PB for Jo Gill.

Craig Rumble led the way with a 2:52:20, Jon Morell just behind at 2:53:34. Mark Cain got a 3:42:46, 24 minutes faster than his time from London last year with Jo doing 3:49:58.

Across the water in the Netherlands, Dave Mackie finished Rotterdam in 3:32:11 for a 40 minute PB and Sue Mackie had a 30 minute PB going round in 5:04:29. They even got Sue’s brother Keith to wear a Corsham vest as he did when he joined us at Endure 24 last year.

Of course as it’s now summer, this week sees the first of our very popular away run schedule on Thursday 11th with the traditional opener from the White Horse in Biddestone starting at the slighter earlier time of 6:45. Do join us for a run and maybe a beer afterwards.

For those of you wondering how all of those excellent marathon times are achieved, thinking it must be the hours of training (of which there were many), time and miles on feet (of which there were many). Doing tempos and hills all by themselves (of which there were many). Well please see the evidence from the night before of the real secret to speedy marathons.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 31st March

This weekend saw the culmination of the specific training programme aimed at getting our members to complete a 10K in 45 or 50 minutes. We had 26 runners at the Spring Clock Change Challenge in Calne, where at least 13 of them secured a PB. Mark Cortaville, John Hible, Simon Marsh, Chris Hunt, Christopher Sapiano, Lauren Edwards, Nick Maryon, Oscar Stringer, Jane Clarke, Kathryn Roynon, Katharine Burrett, Lois Norcott, Helen Wilkinson.

Special mention should go to David Mackie pacing 45 minutes and Stewart Unsworth pacing 50. And of course, extra special mention to Mr. Awesome David Bethune as well as the equally awesome Jane Clarke and Andrew Wood for leading the 45/50 minute target sessions.

And remember, If you didn’t get the time you were hoping for, there are always more races, this is part of your journey, not your final destination.

Andrew Wood made us all jealous again as he took on the Ras Yr Aran Fell Race in Wales and enjoyed spectacular views like in the photo below.

Of course, now the clocks have gone forward and British Summer Time is here, our attention turns to the fields and hills and we can all enjoy the spectacular running in the countryside. Keep an eye out for our popular away runs, many of which start and finish at a pub.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 24th March

A slightly quieter week than the excitement of last week, but you’ll never stop CRC from running.

Dave Mackie and Annika Davidson travelled to Wales for the Pen Cerrig Calch Fell Race. A traditional straight up and down fell event. Starting at around 250 metres, you climb Pen Cerrig at 701 metres and then turn round and straight back down. It’s only around 3.3 miles but it’s a leg burner the whole way and it looks like they enjoyed it.

Jane Clarke, Carol Johnson and Jan Forsyth travelled to the Dorset coast for the Lulworth Cove half marathon, an extremely lumpy half marathon so definitely not a PB course but still enjoyable.

Not content with racing on the Saturday, Annika did a double weekend with the Bowood 10K. She had hoped to break 50 minutes and narrowly missed out by 21 seconds. Fully understandable after the fell race the day before. Looking forward to seeing her smash 50 in the next 10K.

Dave Aplin moved from half marathon supporter last weekend to half marathon runner this weekend at the Forest of Dean Spring Trail and Julian Thornhill joined him for back to back half marathon weekends. Apparently, it wasn’t a flat course.

It’s a busy time of year for half marathons as warm ups for the London marathon and rounding off our half marathon runners for this weekend is Jim Pearson who ran in London at the London Landmarks Half Marathon. He came 666th in his age category, a devilishly good run.

I’ve saved the Eastleigh 10k for last as I had to prepare my PB klaxon! Well done to Stewart Unsworth who knocked 94 seconds from his time and if my maths is correct, went sub-45 for the first time with a chip time of 43:33. His recent speed work training is evidentally paying off. Well done Stewart, although next time put a photo on Facebook I can steal.

Of course, running isn’t always about racing and we’ve had two more events this week to remind us to just enjoy our running. We had the full moon run starting from the Northey Arms in Box and then returned to the Northey Arms for our breakfast run, 5 or 6 miles followed by a cooked breakfast, a great finish to any run.

Thank you to Ciaran for organising.

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Weekly Review – Week Ending 17th March


What a fantastic weekend for our members. PBs falling everywhere, support and teamwork on display and a huge testament to your commitment to training.

I’ll start with the slightly smaller attended races.

First up was the Fission 20/20. A choice between either a 20km or 20 mile event and we had one at each. Jo Motto did the 20km version and made some new friends on the way round, which is always good to see. Chris Hunt did the 20 mile version.

Richard Biggs ran the Weymouth half marathon in about 1:50, not bad for an old geezer even if he does say so himself.

We had 3 of our members at the Reading half marathon, Dan Harman, Mark Cortaville and David Townsend. It was an especially impressive performance from Mark, he ran it as his second race 3 years ago and this weekend he was 42 minutes faster than he had been in 2016.

We also had 2 other runners who ran 20 miles this weekend. Tom Frost and Stewart Unsworth both did the Gloucester 20. One in 7 minute miles and one at 8 minute miles. An exceptional performance from both.

And the last race I’m going to mention is the Bath Half Marathon. With 35 members taking part (a sixth of our membership) it was our biggest race of the year so far and our best attended half marathon EVER!

We had 3 runners who completed it in under 1:20 and all finished in the top 140. We also had a large number of people who were doing their first half marathon and equally putting in a huge effort.

And of course we had Matt Wills who ran the whole way in his Minion costume and still managed to keep under 10 minute mile pace.

I’ll put some more photos I stole from Facebook at the bottom.

I have counted 26 Personal Bests from our runners over the weekend. Some as it was their first time at a distance and some just chopping away at their time.

Tom Frost and Stewart Unsworth at 20 miles

David Townsend and Mark Cortaville (5 minutes) at Reading Half

I don’t normally mention Parkrun but Sue Mackie got a 5k PB.

And we had 21 at Bath Half.

Lois Norcott (23 minutes!)

Natalie Inman (14 minutes)

Katharine Burrett (12 minutes)

Craig Rumble (4 minutes and breaking 1:20)

Adrian Finch (also set a 10K PB during the half)

Caroline Cozier (22 seconds, it all counts)

And Laura Di Pisa, Kathryn Roynon, Jo Hussey, Rachel Lightfoot, Rachael Dark, Alison King, Lynda Brown, Jane Hanson, Sally Ball, Paula Clarke, Katie Rawlings, Heather Farragher, Michaela Curtis, Mark Forsyth, John Hillman.

Now that the half marathon has passed, some of you will be wondering what’s next as that was a culmination. Some of you will be looking at other half marathons (after saying never again yesterday afternoon) as you’d like to see how fast you can go, some might be thinking about going further or sticking to shorter stuff. Some may find their mojo will wane over the coming weeks and months. Just remember that you’ll always be welcome at CRC whatever you decide to do.

Addendum: We received an email at the club which should be included.

“Just wanted to pass a message on to the lovely ladies from your running club that I met at the start of the Bath half this weekend! I lost them when the race began but I hope they all did amazing, and just wanted to thank them so much for letting me stay with them at the start. I was running on my own and a bit nervous! There was a couple of ladies called Jo, and a Racheal? But I can’t remember any of the others…it was a long day! I’d be so grateful if you could pass the message on… and tell them I did it in 2:18:03!!!
Thank you 🙂


It was Jo Hussey, Rachel Lightfoot, Alison King and Kathryn Roynon. We’re all proud of you ladies.