December (and a bit of January) at CRC

Amidst all the festive fun there will be plenty of running opportunities with CRC and elsewhere over the Christmas and New Year period:

– Sunday 9th December – Avon, Somerset & Wiltshire Cross Country Championships. University of Bath. Part of Wilts Off-Road Race League.

– Saturday 15th December – CRC Club Championship Chippenham Park Run

– Sunday 16th December – Social Run and Breakfast Run @ The Quarrymans

– Wednesday 19th December – Chippenham Dark Run. Chippenham Dark Run

– Thursday 20th December – Jane C’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza and last Club night of 2018

– Friday 21st December – Full Moon Run at Monkton Farleigh

– Christmas Eve – 0845 for 0900 start. Castle Coombe Social Run with Chippenham Harriers. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine on completion.

– Christmas Day – 0900 Chippenham Park Run

– Boxing Day – Social Slaughterford 9 from A4 lay-by. 0850 for 0900 start.

– Sunday 30th December – 1100 Plain Crazy. Warminster. 12.5 miles. Wilts Off-Road Race League but largely on good quality track or road.

1030 Hackpen Hill Trail. Can you catch the Gingerbread man?

– New Years Eve.

1100 Wye Valley Wander. Chepstow. 5.1 miles off road. Throughly enjoyed by the club members that did it last year.

– New Years Day. Parkrun double header opportunity:
0900 – Melksham, Southwick Park or Chipping Sodbury.
1030 – Chippenham.

– Thursday 3rd January – Club sessions recommence at Springfield.

Yours in running,

Dave Mackie

Weekly Review – Week Ending 25th November

This week we’ve been out night and day, fast and slow, trails and roads, but always having fun.

13 of our runners went to Avebury for the Avebury 8/9 club championship event.

Everyone gets a mug in the goody bag and Stephen Hible has built up quite a collection.

There were some great performances all around including another podium for Marie Vinolo-Young finishing 3rd female.

Chris Hunt finished first CRC runner (and last) at the Wickstead Wander 10K

We had 6 members taking part in the AVR half marathon where Jamie McBrien was fourth overall in a high quality field.

And on Friday night there was a full moon meaning that on Thursday we met at the Quarryman’s for a 6 mile trail run with torches and maybe gate crashing the pub quiz on our return to the pub.

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Weekly Review – Week Ending 18th November

It was a PB-tastic weekend for our members with some smashing times at the Castle Combe Chilly 10K but more on that later.

The weekend started with the Roundway Revenge at Devizes, up a big hill with fantastic views and back down again. Dave Mackie and Andrew Wood were representing Corsham and Andrew is in danger of getting a reputation at this race, see if you can spot his extra kit in the photo.

Not content with a hilly race on Saturday, Dave travelled to the Keynsham Dandy with Richard Biggs on Sunday morning for another 12 miles of hills and this time took on wading through rivers too. I hope they’ve both managed to warm up now.

Jon Morrell travelled to the 2012 Olympic Rowing lake at Eton Dorney for the Windsor and Eton Autumn Classic 10K. He ran most of the race with another competitor but employed a perfectly timed Mo Farah kick to the line to win overall.

And finally, that Castle Combe Chilly 10K

Fantastic performances all round but the PBs came tumbling down,

James Lye knocked off 4 minutes

Natalie Inman – over 3 minutes

Katharine Burrett – 2 minutes and broke the hour.

Kathryn Roynon – 2 minutes, making 12 minutes since the Corsham 10K.

Mark Cortaville – 2 minutes

Marie Vinolo-Young – 28 seconds.

And Luke Davies matched his PB running with Mark.

Well done to everyone.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 4th November

Only a few races this week and only 1 picture.

We had the second of our 3 parkrun club championship events at Southwick at the weekend. Jon Morrell leading the Corsham contingent.

It’s not in the club championship this year but the Over the Hills in Bradford-on-Avon is always popular with our members. We had 8 runners in total and Damian Hall held off 2 other runners in a tight finish to win outright.

Max Luff cycled from Brighton to London, from what I can tell it was an event and she just did it for fun. Excellent cross training.

And finally I’d like to pass on the thanks of everyone at Neston School to those that assisted with the fireworks display. We have been running a reciprocal arrangement for a few years as we marshall the fireworks and they help Marshall some of the 10k around Neston.

*Fireworks picture not from Neston. Does anyone know where it is?

Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th October

Its been a quiet week here at Corsham Running Club but we had a few racers.

Richard Biggs and Annika Davidson ran the Dorset 3 Peaks Stickler. It looked a cold one.

Congratulations to Chris Hutton who ran 18 miles at the 15 mile Exmoor Trail Fell race and still came second as the while field got lost. Andrew Wood also ran it and managed 16.5 miles, a proper value for money event

Kathryn Roynon braved the cold and rain and snow and sleet (IN OCTOBER!) at Durham parkrun but managed a PB.

And our latest Full Moon run was well attended at Bradford-on-Avon including by the full moon. We ran the 7 mile over the hills route and retired to the 3 horseshoes for a drink afterwards and to get warm.

All this talk of cold, wet weather seems like the perfect time to remind everyone to keep an eye out as we will hopefully have CRC branded hoodies (£21) and softshell jackets (£32) soon, perfect for those winter days.

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Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st October

From Club Championship to World Championship our runners have been keeping busy this weekend.

In the Club Championship, we had 7 runners at the White Horse Gallop, although I’ve only seen pictures of them walking up the really steep hill.

Well done to Pete Allen who took home the Male Vet 60 prize.

Alison Graham and Sally Ball were at Stroud Half Marathon where Alison claimed a new PB of 1:39:24.

Darren Thorley and Mark Cortaville did the Great South Run, it’s like the Great North Run but it’s in the south, is 10 miles rather than 13 and has far fewer people running it.

Richard Biggs travelled to deepest Dorset for a lumpy run along the south coast from Charmouth to Dorchester at the inaugural LDWA Doddle West, roughly a marathon in distance.

And finally, Andrew Wood was at the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in London. He’s not quite the 3k world champion but he had a great time even if it’s not quite as nice as his last two world championship trips to Canada.

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