3 Race Reports by Dave Mackie

Cadence Events Good Friday Ten Miler – 

A new event for the calendar saw 300 plus runners canter round the lanes behind Stanley Park, Chippenham on Good Friday morning to earn their Easter Egg reward. Ten miles is a fab distance to run; long enough to offer a challenge but over relatively quickly and omitting the three miles of a half marathon that are always painful, so great to see an additional local race over this distance. Thanks Cadence Events.

Long Myndd Fell Race (FRA English Champs Round 1) – 

A brilliantly challenging race over the Long Myndd, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Whilst the Myndd hills are relatively low in altitude, the race route provided plenty of opportunity to get to grips with the hill’s steeply sided valleys. It packed in over 3000ft of ascent in its 11 miles, most of which came in the last third with the best saved until last. The final climb over the summit of Yearlet was the equivalent of three Slaughterford 9 “Stings” on top of each other; marvelous! Brilliantly sunny weather meant fantastic views from the tops too and also meant the map and compass stayed in the bag as I could simply follow in the wake of the 350 plus runners ahead of me. Participating in an event with the cream of English fell running was a hugely daunting but inspiring experience and I was absolutely chuffed to get round in one piece, beat the cut off times and enjoy some fantastic hill country along the way.

A testing 11ish mile outing with stacks of up and down, and a super competitive field to boot. At least fine weather and my position at the rear of the field meant I did not have to worry about navigation around the tough fells of Long Myndd and could just concentrate of beating cut off times.

Full report is in the latest Newsletter

Exe to Axe – 

A brute of a race with some extraordinary views’ (Runners World April 2017) sums up the 22 miles and 3000 feet of ascent from Exmouth to Seaton that form the Exe to Axe coastal run; as would hot and hilly. Jon ran a very strong race but in the warm conditions his decision not to carry water nearly cost him; Dave enjoyed a slightly more leisurely paced race. A grand outing and highly recommended.

Member’s Race Results

Good morning all. I’ve got a little behind with updating the Member’s results but I’m rectifying that now. However the only person it affects is Dave Mackie so please if you do a race then SUBMIT YOUR RACE RESULTS.

I will do an update this evening (and I’m including Semington Slog which I know a number of you did.)

You can also do a short race report there and I’ll upload it to the website as it’s handy for anyone looking for races for next year. 

Thanks, Carl 

Larmer Tree Half Marathon Report by David Mackie

Dan Harman, Dave Mackie, Alan Kember and Gavin Johnson travelled to the far south of Wiltshire to partake in White Star Running’s Larmer Tree Half. All enjoyed the splendid off road route round the rolling hills, woods and fields surrounding Larmer Tree Gardens. Going was moist to muddy but pretty good, and the weather benign but unfortunately misty so views from the top of the hills obscured. Dan and Alan, in his first off road half, started and stayed strong to finish 14 and 22 respectively in a field of 332 runners and under two hours, with Dave and Gavin slightly further back. It being White Star, their already good value race was improved by delivering a 14.3 mile “half” course. In sum, great & sporty course, super organisation and spectacular peacock based bling made it an event to enjoy and remember; put it or one of the other equally fab White Star Running events in your running “to do” list.

Lungbuster Report by Alison Graham

This was the sixth race in the 2016/17 Wiltshire off-road race league. Four club members ran: Alison Graham, Chris Hunt, Paul Scotford and Stewart Unsworth – and came over the finish line in alphabetical order! Alison and Stewart were only half recovered from torn muscle injuries, and Chris hadn’t run for ages (but had done a lot of cycling!) so it was all down to Paul who had valiantly turned up to boost CRC points in the team placements in the league. The terrain was undulating and seasonally squelchy. Not particularly daunting, with mist obscuring what would have been fine views. The only challenging section was ‘Lungbuster Hill’, comparable to the Sting (Slaughterford 9). Everyone walked up it. Jellybabies were on hand. I took this race steady, concentrated on what my injury was telling me, and with that to focus on, didn’t notice the miles fly by. I didn’t take off at a silly pace at the start, and felt fresh at the end. It felt more like a weekend steady run, with a time to match. I had to do this run to make sure I scored points in the league. There was one exciting bit at the end. I had gradually closed down on another vf50 (who usually thrashes me), and surmised – correctly – that she also was coming back from injury. We ran neck and neck for the last km. With the finish gantry in sight, I had to pick the moment to break away and sprint. I fully expected to see her flash past, but I beat her by a scary two seconds.

Well done to all CRC members. A good, well marshalled race.

South West Inter Counties XC Championship 8/1/2017

This was the senior and veteran ladies race of the south-west inter-counties championships held on Sunday 8th January at Exeter racecourse. The 5800 metre, 2-lap course was fairly flat and fast, with one long incline/lap. Although we were the last race of the day, conditions under foot weren’t that slippery so I got away without spikes. I was very proud to be representing my club and county in a team of ten. The field was strong, and we got off to a flying start. A glance at my watch showed 5.20 mins/mile. We all began to string our pretty quickly, and I concentrated on a steady pace leaving enough for a fast finish. I managed to secure a silver medal in my vf55+ age category which was pleasing. Racing at a more competitive level than I am used to and encountering some of the best runners in the region made me realise I have a lot more work to do!

Alison Graham

Rough’n’Tumble 8/1/2017

I was the lone CRC runner (I think) in this fab off road roller coaster of a race down Pewsey way. Starting in the lovely Wiltshire village of Milton Lilbourne the 500 plus entrants soon got to grips with the areas muddier and hillier terrain. The middle “big dipper” section taking in the ascents and descents of Milton Hill Clump and Giants Grave proved particularly sporty & memorable. That, along with top marshalling and great cakes, make the Rough’n’Tumble an ace & highly recommended event that is a super way to kick off the racing year; put it on your list for 2018….

Dave Mackie