Things are starting to pick up a little, more and more races are filling the calendar.
Stewart Unsworth did the Terminator in Pewsey, 12 miles of hills and wind and mud. He may also have fallen in a bog at some point.
There were half marathons for the Mackies at Wokingham and the Hendersons at Carsington Water where Vicky got first in her category. It was also a great result for David Mackie coming in with a fastest time in 24 years and getting very close to going sub-90.
And in other good results, John Wilmott was only 12 seconds from winning the Back to Black 5K Night Race in Bristol as he came 3rd overall.
As the Wiltshire 10 was postponed 2 weeks ago due to Storm Ciara, many people have done a virtual Wiltshire 10 in order to claim their medal. Caroline Cozier organised one for CRC and was joined by Jane Tunnicliffe, Katie Rawlings and Gary Young. Well done to all.
After Storm Ciara last week it appeared that people were just a bit bored of storms as Dennis arrived and we all just carried on training in the wind and rain.
There were a couple of races this weekend, starting with David Mackie and Andrew Wood at the Vale of Ewyas Fell Race, 24 miles of mud and hills in southern Wales, thankfully on the Saturday before the weather got too bad, although it looks like Andrew may have just finished in time to retrieve his car.
And on Sunday we had 2 of our members at the Chilly 10K at Castle Combe. Christopher Siggery set a PB of just under 42 minutes, will be great to see what he can do in favourable conditions and Alison Graham had her first race for a long time but she hasn’t lost her abilities as she was first in her category.
And finally, we also had our latest full moon run as 22 people met in Yatton Keynell for a 5 or 6 mile run around the lanes and fields towards Castle Combe and back again. Unfortunately, David Mackie managed to pick a day without the full moon!
Picture is from my Monday morning run when the full moon did make an appearance.
Storm Ciara put paid to (at least) 3 races this weekend, the Wiltshire 10, the SMaRRT Smasher (club championship) and Pipley Mud Bath, so I thought I’d have nothing to write about this week.
Luckily those who were entered for the Pipley Mud Bath were able to swap it for the Dark Horse 10K or 5K, which was on the Saturday night before the storm hit, although it has been described as a bit windy. I’m not sure whether they were all swaps but Wendy and Paul Scotford joined Becky Townsend and Helen and John Ashworth there.
The Ashworths both managed a trail 10K PB and it was in the dark too. The event ended with a Hog Roast, beer and a fire pit so it was worth swapping.
It was definitely a good swap for Wendy as she came first in her age category at the 5K version of the Dark Horse.
It’s still possible to claim your Wiltshire 10 medal by doing a 10 mile run before the end of March, keep your eye out for group runs in the next couple of weeks to achieve this.
One of our members was sent to prison this week as Vicky Henderson ran at one of the ever growing number of prison parkruns. A great initiative.
Andrew Wood finally got his hands on his Men’s Captain Award from the AGM but more importantly, he also got his hands on a lucrative modelling contract.
Remember if you have done a run at some point and would like to write some words about it, or you have anything else running related, then send it to me along with some pictures and I’ll post it in the news section of the website as a blog like this.
It was a reasonably quiet week as we had 6 people at the Longleat 10K, where Alison King set a PB with her first 10K.
At the Lung Buster, Stewart Unsworth led the way for Corsham and Ade Hurren did the same at the Bowerhill Bomber, mainly because they were the only ones at each of them.
We also sold out the 200 places at the Corsham 2K in just over an hour. Make sure you volunteer to help out at the 2K and 10K as we’ll need as many of you as possible.
This weekend saw the first club championship event of 2020 and as always we started with Slaughterford 9. For a race that is usually wet and muddy, those that ran claimed it was the worst one ever.
We still managed to have 29 people there, with Craig Rumble being the first Corshan runner back in a little over an hour, 9th place and a prize for 3rd vet 40.
Laura Midwinter and Claire Hunt were 2nd vet 40 and 3rd vet 60.And it’s not all about those leading the way, we should also praise Natalie Inman and Laura Di Pisa, doing the event for the first time and finishing just under 2 hours.
We had 4 people at the Stonehenge Stomp, which Chris Hunt described as 30 official strenuous kms, and to go without saying, a few bonus Ks to make it 20 miles. Great social run, and highly recommended especially at the bargain price of £5.
Photo of Stonehenge may not be from today. And of course, this week we had our AGM. Business was done, reports were made, Awards were handed out (WINNERS HERE), food and drink were consumed and we had an excellent running themed quiz hosted by Sara and Steve which included a practical element. A fantastic evening.
It’s a relatively slow start to the year so far for races, although it seems a good number of our runners have taken the opportunity to recce the Slaughterford 9 course.
Jo Motto ran the Tadworth Ten. A 10 mile, fairly hilly event starting at Epsom Downs racecourse. It was Jo’s second time at this event and she was 7 minutes quicker this year.
The only other racer was Dave Townsend who took part in the Kelston 10K, although he says that it is closer to 11K and as a trail race with 800 foot of ascent, it’s definitely not a PB course, but Dave did manage a course PB.
New Year’s Day saw many of our members gathering at the Smallgrain Picnic Area near Cherhill for a 10km or 3km route to blow away the cobwebs and start the year off properly. Thanks to Andrew Wood and Jane Clarke for organising.
New Year’s Day is also a day when traditionally, many runners do a double parkrun. Local parkruns will stagger their start times to enable this and we had at least 8 of our members taking the opportunity. Special mention should go to Vicky Henderson who was first lady in both of hers (not that parkrun is a race) and also to Ed Harper and Max Luff, both of whom had their second parkrun as their 100th overall.
It’s that tricky time around Christmas when we all feel guilty that we should run more but then we often just think we’d rather dip into the chocolates instead so it’s great to see a few people did some racing this week.
We had 4 members in Warminster doing the 12.5 mile Plain Crazy event. A decent amount of climbing meant it was an ideal race for David Mackie, his 50th of the year! A champion innings.
We also had 4 members chasing the Gingerbread Man at Uffcott near Swindon. This race is definitely something a little different. Everyone is chasing a costumed gingerbread man and if you run, run as fast as you can, then actually you can catch him. You have about 5 miles to chase him down and 3 of our runners did manage it. And for your efforts you get an edible medal.
We had 3 people running at the Wye Valley Wander where John Hible took home the junior* prize of beer! Well done to John and also to his dad Steve and Caroline Cozier.
*juniors go up to 20 at Wye Wander, it’s not just the Welsh doing things differently.
The Luffs still like to run for Corsham even though they’ve moved to Gloucestershire where they did the Gloucester 10 and they also found Jo Motto doing the same race.
Christmas is also a time to be social and as such we have our 2 annual joint runs with our friends from Chippenham Harriers. We had the Castle Combe run on Christmas Eve, with multiple groups, distances and speeds there is something for everyone and there were huge numbers enjoying the countryside together and then returning to the car park for mulled wine and cakes.
Boxing Day was a much quieter affair at the Slaughterford 9 route, with the hardcore runners only.
And then there is Christmas day itself, where parkrun has become a tradition for many people. The Hendersons were first to do a Christmas Day parkrun as they’re on honeymoon in New Zealand so got a head start.
Chippenham parkrun had a new record as nearly 500 people took part. CRC had a number of members there running AND volunteering. Lots of people like to dress up in Santa hats or similar and some go just a little further than that.