It is my pleasure to share with you the race report from virtual Worthington 6 Mile, relating to the ninth event of the 2021 Grand Prix.
The Worthington run is part of the Burton and District Summer League and is organised by Ivanhoe Running Club, who also participate in the race. This year the race was managed virtually with everyone organising their own course, however in ‘normal times’ it would be a mid-week midsummer race held over a one lap rural five mile trail route. Proceeds from race entries are donated to a local charity.
We had 14 members sign up to participate – a 50/50 split of male and female runners.
Our first place runner in this event was Joe Goodwin, who ran an excellent time of 38:20. Dan Floyd, who was lead for Senior Men, followed closely behind in 39:04 with Morgan Bradley in 3rd place, just breaking 40 minutes. Joe carried out his virtual race in Carlisle and was delighted to come first – particularly as he thought he would be pipped at the post by other club members when the results came out. It is very difficult to gauge this when everyone is running virtually! Joe did comment, “The win was even more pleasing given it was on tired legs after Fradley.” (This race was in the week after the Fradley 10K event). Well done to all members who participated in both events. Strong running!
Esther was close on the heels of Morgan, finishing in first place for the ladies team in just 41 minutes. Radhika and Ruth, who are also running extremely well in the virtual events, as demonstrated in their improvement ratings, came in second and third place in 49:09 and 49:24 respectively. Recognition also to Denise Softley who continues to show significant improvement in each race.
Finally, I wanted to acknowledge the ladies in the Vet 40 category – some great running and good to see so many of you entering these events. It shows what a sterling job everyone has done at managing to keep up running together through lockdown and now being able to enjoy participating in the virtual and soon to be ‘real’ races. Well done.