Weekly Review – Week Ending 11th August

It’s been another quiet week for us, with only one racer.

We did have runners at parkruns, 2 at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), 3 at Southwick, 4 at Chippenham, and 1 each at Hilly Fields (SE. London), Melksham, Penistone (S. Yorks) and Tetbury.

Laura Midwinter had a great weekend doing 3 10k runs in 3 days at the Tri Island Summer Saunter Series in Barrow, Cumbria. The summer part didn’t really happen with rain, wind and very little sun but it didn’t stop Laura having three fantastic results.

Day 1 Friday was the Dockside Drama, where Laura came 2nd overall and 1st female.

Day 2 Saturday was the Roa Island Ruckus, this time Laura was 5th overall and 2nd female.

Day 3 Sunday was the Sowerby Adventure and Laura saved the best for last, 1st lady and 1st overall.

Congratulations Laura on a great weekend of racing.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 4th August

It’s lucky we’ve got the ‘any parkrun in August’ counts for the club championship as otherwise it would be a sparse weekly review this week.

In fact the only non parkrun appears to be Mark Cortaville’s appearance at the Westonbirt House Summer 10K. He had a great performance though and picked up the prize for 3rd vet 50.

So on to the parkruns. We had 15 people at 6 different events. Chippenham saw the most with 8 people there, but it was good to see people at Kingsway (Gloucestershire), Guildford, Bath Skyline and Melksham, where Laura Midwinter was first lady.

But perhaps most impressively, Kathryn Roynon took in Vejen parkrun in Denmark on her way home from holiday. Hoping to see a fee more overseas events in the remaining 4 Saturdays.

If you did a parkrun and don’t see it listed then please let me know.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 28th July

CONGRATULATIONS to our latest batch of beginners, who completed their graduation at Chippenham parkrun on Saturday. Between them and our regular members, we had 31 of us.

Many of us were sporting bright tutus as it was the annual Lucy Jillings run for Pancreatic Cancer and lots of money was raised for charity too.

The Mackies (and Willow), used the last day of their holiday to take on the Seaview 17. A 17 mile run from Lynmouth to Minehead. A great way to spend time on holiday and most importantly, a great food table at the end. Well done to all 3 of you.

Becky Townsend, Helen and John Ashworth, made the relatively short journey to Bath for the Bath Running Festival Long Half Marathon. Clocking in at just over 16 miles and with trails, hills and heat, it could be the toughest half marathon in the country. They look happy to have finished.

Doing an actual half marathon, Chris Hutton did the Afan Forest Half Marathon, finishing 12th overall.

Thursday saw another away run, as the club decamped to Marshfield. Again, the weather was beautiful (we have been lucky this summer) and the photos were fantastic.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 21st July

This week we’ve had mountains and ultras, club championships and away runs.

Our latest batch of beginners completed their 10th and final run during the week. It’s been a great group and we look forward to seeing their progression from here.

First off though, they have their graduation run at Chippenham parkrun on Saturday 27th, which includes the pancreatic cancer tutu run. So bring your tutus and support our beginners. It is a club championship event.

While the beginners were doing there last session, most of the club were enjoying the beautiful views around the Cherhill monument and White Horse. Thanks to Stewart Unsworth for organising.

Stewart didn’t push himself too hard as he was tapering for the Grim Reaper at the weekend. This is a 100 mile race, with 10 laps of 10 miles and a very tight 25 hour time limit.

Unfortunately, Stewart realised at the end of his 5th lap after 12 hours 30, that he wasn’t going to get to the full 100 miles. However, this was no reason to stop and he completed another 3 laps for a total of 80 miles. Very impressive to keep going when the big goal has gone.

Stewart had to do at least 80 miles to top the CRC Strava leaderboard for the first time. Usually it is topped by Damian Hall and thus weekend he came 7th in the Eiger Trail 100K. A 62 mile loop around some Swiss mountains, starting and finishing in the town or Grindelwald. One for the Harry Potter fans.

Andrew Wood was also playing in the mountains at the International Snowdon Race. This one is a little shorter at just over 9 miles but it started at Llanberis and ran straight up to the summit of Mount Snowdon before turning round and retracing your footsteps back to Llanberis.

Mark Cortaville did the Frome 10K and even posted about it on Facebook so I could take the photo of his medal. Thanks Mark.

Sunday saw the Colerne Under the Posts 5 mile race in our club championship for the first time. There were 9 Corsham runners taking part with John Wilmott (who missed the team photo) leading the way. Well done to all of CORSHAM TEAM.

And finally, in a blatant abuse of power, I’d like to congratulate Oscar Zalek, for becoming only the 2nd child (and first of a CRC member), to achieve 200 miles at the One Mile Club. It’s taken 6 years and he’s only missed 4 sessions in that time. Well done son.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 14th July

HURRAH! For Corsham Running Club

It hasn’t been the busiest week for us on the racing calendar but we did put on the fantastically successful Hazelbury Hurrah!

We did however, have 10 runners at the 3rd Heddington 5K of the summer. With 6 of them getting a PB, well done to Mark Cortaville, Brian Atkins, Laura Midwinter, Lauren Edwards, Jane Clarke and Kathryn Roynon.

Gareth Evans did the Two Tunnels half marathon in Bath on Sunday, I should imagine that the part in the tunnels was a glorious respite from the sun and assisted him to go under 100 minutes.

And of course we had the second running of the Hazelbury Hurrah! With double the entrants and also the inclusion of a Fun Run (ages 4-7) and a Junior Race.

It felt a little manic at times, but it’s a testament to the fantastic volunteers from CRC that it didn’t look that way to the runners of which we had 301 across the 3 races, 3.5 times as many as last year.

11 of the Hurrah! Racers were CRC members with Lee Davis first back again. We also had a large number of children of our members or One Mile Club members in the two extra races, with some superb performances.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the event. I know our race directors David Mackie and Gill Fox (as well as the rest of the HH! committee) are extremely grateful that you gave up part of your Friday night to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Here’s to next year.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 7th July

I relay must come up with some new puns as we’ve been relaying again this week.

First off though, we had a fantastic 48 runners (and numerous PBs) at the Chippenham River Run 5k, including some of the beginners who’ve not even finished their 10 weeks yet. Obviously Richard has been working them hard.

It was also a good day for children of our members with both of Rebecca Edwards’ children and both of Shelly Genery’s children taking home trophies for winning their age categories in the 2k event. Well done to all 4 of them.

Word is getting round about the Steeple Ashton 5x5x5 race run by AVR as we had 7 members at the 4th running of the summer on Thursdsy evening, including 3 of our ladies, looking to pick up some points in the club championship.

At the Ham and Lyme 50K, Corsham topped and tailed the results. David Warren (running for us) finished equal first in 4:36:10. Dan Harman was only 20 minutes behind in 7th place.

But really getting his money’s worth was Julian Thornhill who despite twisting his ankle at 4 miles, toughed out the final 27 miles and was the final finisher (equal) in a time a little over 10 hours. A great effort from all 3 of them.

Emma Kilmurray and Kirsty Hunt took part in the Race for Life at Victoria Park, Bath on Sunday morning. Their first 5K so a PB each.

And doing 5 miles on Sunday morning were Mark Cortaville and Natalie Inman at the Compton Bassett 5 miler.

And for the second consecutive Saturday we went for a Relay run. This time it was the Avon Valley Relay. A traditional baton relay of 17 miles split into 4 legs, starting at Bradford-on-avon rugby club and following the Avon Valley, mostly along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Trowbridge rugby club.

Our 28 runners all enjoyed the event in spite of the heat and a big thanks should go to Susan Mackie for organising us. With 17 ladies and 11 gents, it was a good representation of CRC.

Results aren’t available yet, but I can confidently say that our super women’s team of Laura Midwinter, Marie Vinolo-Young, Annika Davidson and Michaela Curtis were our fastest ever ladies teams.

Weekly Review – Week Ending 30th June

What a Relay good week for CRC.

It started with the Lacock Relay on Tuesday. Dan Harman was in the 2nd placed team and Lauren Edwards was in the 5th placed team.

Thursday Evening was the latest club championship event, the Great Chalfield 10K, where 15 members ran on a hot evening. Big congratulations to both Ade Hurren and Laura Midwinter who won their age category prizes.

Also winning prizes was Damian Hall, who came first overall on his latest bimble at the Lakeland Trails 55k. I’d love to see what he could do when not bimbling.

Angie Aplin and Jo Motto travelled to Windsor on Sunday for the Beat the Boat 10K trail race. As they do their 10K race, there are spectator/pacing boats on the river also trying to get a target time.

Stewart Unsworth doesn’t like to do things the easy way. Despite having some niggly injuries recently, he assisted a road crossing at the Cotswold Way Relay (more on that later), then went to Tewkesbury parkrun nearby before heading off for his leg of the CWR. He then joined us in the evening for a couple of drinks and on Sunday morning had to travel to Woolacombe for the North Devon marathon – PHEW!

And finally, going back to relays. Saturday saw CRC at the Cotswold Way Relay for the 17th time and continuously since 2004. We’ve had 38 teams in total.

This year we were only allowed to enter 3 teams so we had 30 runners raring to go throughout Saturday. The weather forecast was looking ridiculously hot for a second consecutive year and the order of the day was just to get everyone to their finish lines safely.

We achieved this, which was great news and while our times were not as good as previous years, our placings in each of the categories were marginally better than many previous years, so it shows that the heat really was oppressive.

We didn’t have anybody who broke any of the Corsham records and Dan Harman was the only person whose time was in the top 10 for a Corsham runner on his leg (10th on leg 1).

I like to keep track of all of our records and we did have 2 records for current members. Marie Vinolo-Young on leg 5 and Lauren Edwards on leg 7.

And I can’t mention Lauren’s time without mentioning that she was given a time credit for assisting a runner who had taken a tumble. A credit to the good name of Corsham Running Club.

Our teams contained 2 runners who were born in the 1950s and if the teams had worked out differently we could have had 4 runners born in that decade. And at the other end of the scale, John Hible became our first runner born in a year beginning with 2.

Congratulations to everybody who ran, and thank you to everybody who volunteered or supported or was driver for the day or patched up our injured runners, it takes a full team for everybody to run.