Weekly Review – Week Ending 2nd August

Week 4 of Return to Running has passed so we’ll be starting to have training sessions included, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a regular run too.

This week we managed 1,667 miles. I did my notice that some people are managing a huge number of runs each week. Vicky and Stuart Henderson each averaged at least 2 runs a day. Laura Midwinter and Chris Hunt were into double figures.

Due to the Garmin outage our miles I published last Monday were not reflective of what we did and I’d been hoping we’d do over 2,000 miles for only the second time. Well Garmin is fixed (and Damian postdd his run) so I looked at the numbers from last week and pleased to report that we managed 2,079 miles, a record for CRC.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 26th July

I was hoping that we might get over 2,000 miles in club this week but unfortunately we fell short by quite a way. Obviously it’s because Garmin has been down for a number of days and someone who went for a long run (on Suunto) hasn’t uploaded it to Strava yet.

We’re about to start our 4th week of led runs and hopefully most people are managing to get out whether with us or on their own. If you have any feedback on the booking system or anything else about the led runs then please let your run leader or a committee member know.

Sue and Dave Mackie have been taking part in the Sagarmatha Challenge with Crooked Tracks while on holiday in Cornwall – The aim being to reach the height of Everest (also known as Sagarmatha) between them – 8,848m. Scores on the doors… Sue Mackie Total 4,502m over 96.32KM, Dave Mackie Total 4,734m over 105.27KM. Combined Total 9,236m over 201.59KM.

This week, we’ve had 2 people attempting really long runs.

First up was Stewart Unsworth who was aiming to do 14 laps around Cherhill totalling 100 miles completely solo. His legs gave up on him unfortunately, but not before he had achieved an excellent 50 miles in just over 13 hours.

Our second long run (not yet on Strava) was Damian Hall attempting to break the FKT (Fastest Known Time) record for the Pennine Way National Trail.

Mike Hartley set a record in July 1989 of 65:20 running south. This stood for 31 years until last week when John Kelly went north in 64:46. Damian was running south with a schedule to run in 64:04 so very little leeway.

He was crewed by Nicki Lygo, who’d also crewed John Kelly (and provided the header photo) and he was supported by 11 teams of pacers and they picked up litter along the way as Damian’s attempt was to be carbon neutral. He also had a go faster mohican!

He started off at 6am on Wednesday and was soon chopping into his schedule and at one point was around 4 hours up. Day 2 was interspersed with a few nap breaks and by the time he’d been running for 48 hours, his margin was down to around 2 hours.

However, his schedule was reasonably generous for the 3rd day and it become apparent by lunchtime that as long as he kept moving forward and didn’t do anything silly he would break the record. He also had Nicky Spinks pacing to ensure he wasn’t slacking.

Luckily he didn’t do anything silly and he arrived in Edale in 61:34 taking over 3 hours off of John Kelly’s time. Such is the support in the ultra community that both John and Mike Hartley were at the finish to congratulate Damian on his achievement.

Damian has literally written a book on the Pennine Way, he’s run the Spine Race twice and is still heavily involved with the race each year, often as their social media guru so he is well versed on the Pennine Way.

So where next for Damian? I think he has 3 options

  • He also holds the FKT for the South West Coast Path so he has 13 National Trails left to get!
  • John Kelly is a Barkley marathon* finisher so Damian could attempt to replicate that.
  • Or he could try and come to a running club session at CRC!

*If you don’t know of the Barkley marathon, I’d seriously suggest googling it. It is probably the world’s toughest race.

Thank you to John Bamber for permission to use one of his photos of Damian during his record attempt.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 12th July

There is only one place to start this week – WE’RE BACK! It is groups of 6 (including the leader), it is slightly different to what we’re used to and it’s probably a while still before we’re back to normal but we have started to meet again.

We are running a booking system and we are hoping to display and open sessions on a rolling programme to give people more time to plan and book sessions. Please bear with us whilst we engage your leaders and embed it into the booking system.

We also had the results of the Virtual Avon Valley Relay and Holly who organised it is looking at doing a winter version so please let her know if you would like to do it again.

Lockdown Lords came 5th overall, 4th male team and only 10 seconds off of a podium spot.

Ladies of Lockdown came 15th overall and came 2nd female team, just 24 seconds behind the winners.

Our other 6 teams were 29th, 33rd, 35th, 41st, 44th and 60th out of 71. A bid congratulations to everyone that took part.

In individual placings John Wilmott came 2nd AND 3rd in the 2.5K as he did it twice, once for us and once with some friends. His time for us was 10 seconds slower than his friend’s team. And don’t forget that 10 seconds was the time that Lockdown Lords missed out on a podium spot by. Oh dear John!

In the 5K we had 3rd place male and 3rd place female with Craig Rumble and Marie Vinolo-Young. Laura Midwinter was 2nd female in the 7.5K leg.

We didn’t have any placings in the 10K. Our best placings were an 8th place in both male and female for Stuart Henderson and Vicky Henderson.

As well as the running there was also a photo competition and a names competition. We didn’t win either but there were some great photos in which we had 5 entries. And while they didn’t win, Holly picked 3 of our names for an honourable mention – Lockdown Lords, Pandemic Peacock Pals, Virtual Relayality.

Thank you to Susan Mackie for organising our teams and getting us all involved.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 5th July

So this week the total miles are 1,819 with 330 activities. As usual, we’ve had Jane’s exercise class, notparkruns, Scoop Inn quiz hosted by Alex Fogwill and lots of people going out to do their own things.This week was the second week of the Avon Valley Relay and many of our members have been out and about doing their legs. Some people have been smashing PBs during their legs including Craig Rumble going 17:46 for his 5K and Richard Moore with 22:24. The teams have also been getting creative to do their socially distanced photo. Looking forward to seeing the results when they’re released. With races being called off all over, Carl Zalek took it as an opportunity to do a dream run and ran 102 miles solo on the Cotswold Way from Bath to Chipping Campden taking just over 31 hours. The things he’ll do for something to put in the weekly review.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th June

It’s relay true, our members have been out and about this week.

We’ve done 1,864 miles and 342 activities this week. Great efforts everybody.

The virtual Hilly Helmet in aid of Brain Tumour Support was run by 4 of our members this week as Richard Biggs, Lois Norcott, Jane Tunnicliffe and Charlie Berry travelled to the actual course with their helmets on Saturday morning. Richard says ‘Managed to stay pretty much dry despite my reservations on Jane T timing of the run.’

If you’d like to join them on the Entry List, run 4 miles jn a helmet and support the work of Brain Tumour Support then entries are still available HERE

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed the pun in the opening line, this is because last week and this week sees the virtual Avon Valley Relay. Corsham have a record 8 teams of 4 people, running a leg each of 2.5K, 5K, 7.5K or 10K.

Some of our runners have completed their leg in week 1, perhaps most impressively of all has been the 5K runner in the CRC Virtual Relayality team. Annika Davidson had to go out at 4:15am, wearing gloves and a mask in 35 degrees as she is deployed in the middle east currently.

CRC Virtual Relayality also created a baton handover video over zoom while wearing military (or military style) uniform to celebrate Armed Forces Day and enter the Best socially distanced team photo or the Best picture running in fancy dress category!

The Avon Valley Relay is free to enter this year but the organiser, Holly Newman is encouraging people to donate to Shelter. Charities are being especially hard hit by Covid-19 so if you’ve been lucky to be unaffected financially then any donation would be appreciated and the link can be found HERE

It’s fair to say that Annika really appreciated being able to be part of a team for the relay and having a video chat with her team. And while we are edging closer to running together again, it’s important to remember to reach out to friends if you’re struggling no matter how near or far they are.

Throughout June, Mavis Rose from our 3 mile group has been running and walking 100K for Rosie’s rainbow virtual challenge, raising money for Springboard. If you’d like to make a donation then please see HERE

Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st June

It’s 1,713 miles and 295 runs this week. We had our regular Thursday evening session and a pub quiz hosted by Jane Tunnicliffe.

At the British Masters Virtual 5K, the Corsham 45-54 Ladies Team of Laura, Vicky and Susan put in a fantastic time of 1:07:36. Well done all.

And Laura and Vicky also managed to do another 3 virtual races in 1 run. The ISORUNCLUB 10miler, the Stampede Sports 20KM and the Midsummer Virtual Half Marathon.

Rebecca Edwards was also virtually racing, at the Longest Day Virtual 10K in 53:16.

She said – Ran through a bizarre mixture of weather: started out under dark clouds and a shower of rain with a stiff breeze then battled with heat and humidity towards the end. Not a bad run but it doesn’t feel like a race on your own and I missed the company of all the other runners. ☹️

While we can’t all be together we did have a socially distant Summer Solstice Sunrise run and Zoom call. David Mackie suggested going to a local hill for sunrise (4:52) and 8 people chose the regular hill at Little Solsbury Hill on the outskirts of Bath. They were treated to a lovely sunrise for a 3rd consecutive year.

Dave Mackie turned his sunrise run into a Dan Booth Round. A run taking in the 9 trig pillars surrounding Bath and involving going up and down lots of hills. Good effort Dave.

One person (your author) decided to mix it up and get properly socially distant for the Sunrise, heading to Cherhill and was treated to some spectacular views, shown below!

Weekly Review – Week Ending 14th June

It’s week 12 of lockdown and the club shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve managed 1,890 miles and 349 runs so around our usual numbers.

I didn’t find any virtual runs this week, but it looks like a couple of people continued their notparkrun streak. We also had our regularly scheduled class with Jane Clarke and the latest Scoop Inn quiz was hosted by Charlie Berry where he imparted his knowledge of chickens to the participants. Next week Jane Tunnicliffe is hosting the quiz, any guesses what her specialist subject will be?

This weekend would have been Endure 24 and in the next couple of weeks we’d have been due The Mob Match, Avon Valley Relay* and Cotswold Way Relay, all of which we’re missing. We’re also missing away runs and just training in the countryside on regular club nights.

While most of us are getting out on our own or in small sensible groups, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the day when we can reconvene fully and meet everyone again. Rest assured that the committee are keeping in contact with England Athletics and as soon as it’s safe to do so, we’ll be back together.

*You should have received an email on Sunday night about the virtual AVR.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 7th June

After achieving 2,000 miles last week on Strava we were unlikely to manage it this week as Chris Hunt and John Wilmott both let us down only doing 70 miles between them instead of 207. We still managed to do 1,932 as a club which means that throughout this whole lockdown so far we’ve kept our averages up. Well done everyone, although there’s nothing wrong with taking some time off.

Humphry has confirmed the final total achieved by the One Mile Club. The 46 children ran 1,069.59 miles over the 40 days.

Some races have switched to a virtual version and this week Gary Young did the Poole Festival of Running Virtual 10K in 50:49. He’s still searching for that elusive sub-50 but it isn’t too far away now surely and it bodes well that he is so close when on his own.

Marie Vinolo-Young became our first member (as far as I’m aware) to complete the Virtual Hilly Helmet. 4 miles wearing a helmet to support the Brain Tumour Support Charity. Entries are still Open

And if you’d like to do a virtual event yourself as part of a Corsham Running Club team then keep an eye out for an email shortly from Susan Mackie with details of the Virtual Avon Valley Relay and looking for entrants.

This week Jane Clarke didn’t just do our strength and conditioning session on Thursday night as she also hosted the Scoop Inn Pub Quiz with her family. Round 1 was a True or False (set by William), round 2 was a picture round (set by Matt) and round 3 was Pot Luck (set by Jane).

The final question saw things get interesting as Jane asked for ‘Your best exercise for strengthening glutes’. There were no wrong answers but there were 5 bonus points for demonstrating your chosen move.

After all the displays, scores were totted up and for the third time, it was a couple who won, with the Mackies getting an impressive 28 out of a possible 30.

The quiz this week is being set by Charlie Berry and he has warned there may be a round on chickens so start swotting and join us at 8:05 on Zoom. Don’t forget to bring your partner if you want to win!

Weekly Review – Week Ending 31st May

There have been some phenomenal achievements this week.

First up, it’s a new record Strava mileage for the club as we got to 2,004 miles. Special thanks to Becky Townsend as when I first wrote this, we were at 1,997.

A large portion of the distance was due to Chris Hunt and John Wilmott. They were both taking part in the Centurion Running One Community virtual event.

Centurion Running asked people to sign up to run a certain distance across the week in one run or as many as you liked, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50K, 50M or 100 Miles. John and Chris were both signed up for the 100 Miles. Both achieved it on the Saturday and still went out for a short run on the Sunday with Chris doing 104.2 miles (including 56 treadmill) and John 103.9.

Chris also got his daughter Sophia involved doing the 10K, which she did non-stop in 56:38, 9 minutes off her previous time and it was also a great help for the One Mile Club 1,000 mile target.

And of course, that’s the other great achievement this week. We’re still waiting on the final total but on Monday the One Mile Club achieved their 1,000 mile target running from John O’Groats to Land’s End and raising £1,680 for NHS Charities Together. It isn’t too late to SPONSOR THEM.

While the initial plan was for 50 children to run 20 miles each, we had 46 children, many of whom ran much further than that.

Laura Midwinter has been racing in Barrow again (virtually), doing the Tidal Triple Series 2020 Half Marathon in 1:46. A very warm morning for it.

Our regular Thursday evening activities continue without fail. Jane Clarke led us in our regular stretches and then at the second Scoop Inn Pub Quiz, her and husband Matt took top spot with 18 points. It was good that one couple was in sync as someone else forget that their partner was the answer to one of the questions.

Andrew Wood hosted the quiz and very kindly posted a LINK to the questions. I understand that the top score is now 22, although that only counts for pride as you can’t replicate the pressure of a live quiz.

And finally, you may have noticed that Chris Hunt was wearing one of our new Corsham tops that Vicky Henderson has been delivering this week. Reviews are in and people seem to be impressed. There are some spares so please speak to Vicky on kit@corshamrunningclub.co.uk if you’d like to see if we have any available.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 24th May

As we reach 2 months of lockdown and closer to our rejoining together, our runners continue to keep running solo or in socially distant pairings. We’re up to 1,884 miles this week, 356 runs and 8 runners going out at least once a day on average, and Chris Hunt managed 22 runs!Dave Townsend is the king of virtual racing and this weekend did the 10 mile twister. In his words – Another event similar to the 10K I ran earlier this month – every 25m height gained take 1 min off the finishing time. This proved beneficial as 389m of climbing translates as 15 min off which gave me a lightning fast adjusted time of 66 1/2 mins! Unlikely to be repeated in the ‘real ‘ world but this is a virtual race after all. And a great morale booster for these uncertain times. After Jane Clarke’s weekly session, the Scoop Inn hosted its first quiz night as Jake Gregory led us in a Family Fortunes quiz with 15 questions 5 answers each.Jake was assisted by Ben Gregory using a frankly terrifying Countdown Clock as we rushed to write 5 answers in the 30 seconds.Scoring was two points for getting the top answer and one point for any other so 6 points available on each question.
It was a great quiz enjoyed by all (especially Jane Clarke who was happy not to be bottom) with some good laughter flying around at questions such as ‘Name something you can get dirty?’ and ‘Name something you can spread?’. And we’re all left wondering what Richard Biggs would like to keep in his bathroom.
There was a tie at the top between Jan & Mark Forsyth and Wendy & Graham Byrne. A final question set by Charlie Berry (as the lowest scorer) was how many chickens were in his back garden. The Forsyths guessed 42 and the Byrnes went for 16 and with the actual answer being 48, the Forsyths were the champions.


The One Mile Club have reached Plymouth on their 1,000 mile trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End. That’s 884 miles, so only need to do 116 miles in the final week. They’ve also raised £1,530. Eleven children have done 30 miles or more and Sophia Hunt has done 45 miles. Another 14 have done 20 miles or more.