It is a pleasure to also share with you the Abnalls race report, relating to the sixth event of the 2021 Grand Prix.
Usually a familiar Monday night favourite, 21 club members (c. 50/50 split of male and female) either virtually or in some cases ‘together but socially distanced’, lined up to participate in this Abnalls Strava segment challenge. A most scenic circular run along country lanes on the outskirts of Lichfield (starting and finishing on the Western (not Southgate) by-pass) but also unforgiving with its infamous five hills that greet us along the way!
Firstly I’ll ‘kick off’ to say that there were some outstanding age rankings, with almost 40% of members achieving over 70% based on their running performance!! A big shout out to Joe Goodwin for achieving 82% and Esther Hunt at 78%. Excellent running over a challenging course – well done to everyone who participated.
The race to the top was extremely tight with Dan Floyd pipping Matt Orford to the Abnalls post, ‘coming home’ in first place and first in the Male Senior category in an excellent time of 27:43, with Matt following just 12 seconds later. Joe Goodwin – also first Male Vet 50 – finished third in 29:12. A ‘Sterling’ performance by all.
For the ladies, again we see the first two spots taken by Hermione Green and Esther Hunt who ‘kaned’ it round the segment in 31:18 and 32:43 – all credit to their training plans and commitment as they continue to get quicker. It was also great to see Radhika McCathie take third place finishing the route in 39:54 and also achieving second place in her age category. Well done Radhika, great work! A final call out to Denise Softley too for running an impressive 41:53 to ‘bring it home’ as first Female Vet in her age ranking. Denise has been consistent in her running all throughout lockdown and is currently in training for London in October. I know the heat is making it tougher Denise but keep going – you are doing brilliantly!
Finally, it was great to see Cliff Cartwright completing the course. Cliff is easing back into running after several weeks after recovering from an injury, so it is inspiring to see him back ‘off the bench’ and participating in club events. Well done Cliff!
Results may be found below: