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April 2022: Cathedral to Castle 10 Mile

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Barely seven months after the postponed 2020 race, which finally took place in September 2021, the Cathedral to Castle 10 Mile Multi Terrain Run (or ‘Cathedral to Castle’ as it is affectionately known) returned on Sunday 3rd April, an unusually cold spring day. Organised by the local Rotary Clubs, and always popular, the race is a major fundraiser for their charities. As it forms part of the Burton and District Summer League competition, there was good representation from local clubs, including our own LRC.

After local charity fundraiser, ‘Blind Dave’ Healey, started the main race at 8.30, runners completed a circuit of the football pitches, before looping round the Cathedral, exiting Lichfield and heading off towards Whittington. After an off-road section through Hopwas Woods, the final part of the race took runners through the streets of Tamworth to the finish line in the castle grounds.

Our runners pushed hard throughout, recording several PBs over the distance. In a fantastic performance, Ryan Simms came in under an hour, 4th overall, in a time of 59:45, followed by a resurgent Dave Sanders (1:06:17 – 23rd) and rising star Konrad Wainaina (1:06:33 – 26th). James Coombes (1:10:59 -52nd) completed the men’s quartet, who picked up third prize in the team competition for their efforts.

In quick succession followed: Keith Lowther (1:16:21 -109th – PB), Gareth Stubbs (1:17:28 – 121st), Ian Buckner (1:18:29 -146th), Stephen Hughes (1:18:46 (149th) and Paul Keighley (1:20:45 -185th).

Next came first club lady, Alexandria Evans (1:26:23 -283rd), Jo Turrell (1:27:10 -300th), Alan Miles (1:28:44 – 326th), Phil Gillingham (1:31:56 – 381st), Louise Gillingham (1:35:15 (451st), Marian Lowther (1:35:23 – 454th – PB) and Kieren Brown (1:51:13 – 725th).

March 2022: Stafford Half Marathon

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had travelled from far afield to take part; all were cheered on by the enthusiastic crowd, lining the route from start to finish.

19 LRC members tackled the course and several excellent PBs were recorded. First home for the club was Joe Goodwin in 39th place with a time of 1:22:47. Duncan Cooper finished 55th (1:24:16), followed by Ed Foster (69th – 1:25:07), Jimmy Pickering (83rd – 1:26:13) and Dave Sanders (84th – 1:26:14), with Jimmy acting as a pacer for Dave, and Sean Keeley (113th – 1:27:47 – PB). Tim Nicholls (267th – 1:37:00) and Ed Coppinger (268th – 1:36:58) were hard to separate, crossing the line just ahead of Phil Sutcliffe who finished in 283rd in 1:37:37, only a week after running a 50 mile ultra race. James Coombes (continuing his return from injury and looking very relaxed) finished in 308th place in1:38:33.

First LRC lady was Ute Baird (322nd – 1:39:04). John Hutchison (352nd – 1:40:02) and Keith Lowther (431st- 1:43:04 – PB) followed; then Lauren Foulds (910th – 1:55:49), Kim Leary (998th – 1:57:55 – PB), Radhika McCathie (1314th) and Hazel Moore (1315th), with an identical time of 2:07:47. Marian Lowther (1450th – 2:11:21 – PB) and Ann Schwarzenbach (1563rd – 2:15:20) completed the field.

Well done to all our runners; great performances all round!

March 2022: Cross Country Event 5

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A beautiful early spring morning greeted the runners for the final event of the XC series at Sinai Park in Burton on 13th March: although there was a bit of wind it stayed dry and pleasant in the sunshine.

This event was all about the team, as the individual places had been sorted for the season. The ladies completed a team, thanks to the late intervention of Laura Allen who ensured we had the requisite numbers. Sadly we didn’t have quite enough men to finish a team.

First home was Konrad Wainaina in a fantastic 10th, closely followed by Owen Davies in 12th. Nick Parkes (31st), Stephen Howard (40th) and David Gould (46th) completed the men’s representation. The ladies were led home by Helen King (22nd) closely followed by Anna Sanders (24th), Marian Lowther (33rd) and the aforementioned Laura completing the team in 37th.

Team manager, Chris, would like to thank all those who have taken part and the results show that consistently turning out gets rewards. It’s been a difficult season with the Covid aftermath (potentially putting a few off), bad weather, cancellations and fixture clashes throwing some doubt on events but we got there in the end!! It is a team event and it’s always good to see the Lichfield vests out there and giving their best.

Until next season, stay safe, and enjoy the sun because the mud and hills will still be there next time!

March 2022: Fradley 10k

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March 13th saw the return of a popular local event, the Fradley 10k. This flat and fast two lap race was the second event of the Grand Prix competition; 11 LRC members took part in typical March weather, eager to gain points. Ryan Simms was the first man home for the club, finishing in 32rd position, in a time of 36:13, followed by Tom Hodgson (50th – 37:55) and Rob Jones (208th – 49:12). First female was Lauren Foulds (251st – 51:14); then came Jo Turrell (283rd – 53:06), Phil Gillingham (284th – 53:13), Kim Leary (298th – 54:01 – PB), Pippa Pinches (368th – 57:56), Mandy Georgiou (408th – 59:56), Ann Schwarzenbach (425th – 1:00:48) and, returning from injury, Claire Wheat (488th – 1:06:21).

 

February 2022: Rugeley 10 Mile

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The Rugeley 10 miler, postponed in 2020 (flooding) and again in 2021 (Covid-19) made a welcome return yesterday, February 20th. Despite the long delay and challenging conditions produced by the tail-end of Storm Eunice, there was a good turnout of LRC members, all keen to put in a good performance in the first Grand Prix event of the season. For many, it marked a return to racing after the pandemic and/or injury, so there was some nervous anticipation at the start line!

The race was tightly fought, with Joe Goodwin and Hermione Green vying to be the first LRC runner home. Only a second separated them at the finish, with Hermione placing as 3rd female in 1:09:11 (34th) and Joe finishing in 1:09:12 (35th). They were closely followed in by Owen Davies (1:11:14 – 44th), Gareth Stubbs (1:14:09 – 58th), Tim Nicholls (1:16:32 -68th), Phil Sutcliffe (1:17:03 -70th/ 1st in age group), and John Hutchison (1:19:43 -91st); then came Abi Kanabar (1:34:40 – 177th), Alan Miles (1:40:01 – 193rd), Alexandria Evans (1:42:30 – 206th) and Marian Lowther (1:47:41 -218th)

Thanks should go to Rugeley Runners, for staging such a well organised event. The well-signposted route was staffed by an army of volunteers who remained cheerful despite the conditions, and the organisation of the race HQ was excellent in every way.

What a great way to restart the local racing calendar! The next GP event is the Fradley 10k, on March 13th. Let’s hope for kinder conditions for that one!

 

February 2022: Cross Country Event 4

OmlfQI-xAn-neEVLPJHJExAE8-IPlPLRvhJeKCNuilk-2048x1536Sunday 6th February saw event 4 of 6 of the Derby Runner XC league at Boothorpe. A lovely sunny (but a bit breezy) morning greeted the runners as the 13 club members anticipated what was to come. The answer came shortly after the race started and it was simple: hills and mud! All the good thing cross country is known for. The weather held out (for the most part) with a short dampening of spirits late on in the event just to finish things off.

John led the team home in a superb 7th, with good packing from Owen (21st), Gareth (24th and first xc in 10 years!) and new member Konrad (a fantastic 26th on his debut). Nick was next in in 48th, Steven (67th), Chris (75th) and Phil saw the team home in 91st.

The ladies continued with their fine form with the team led home by Sarah in 13th (despite going down the wrong finishing funnel!) Anna was next home in 43rd followed by Helen in 46th. A big welcome to Beckie (also returning to racing after a long break) in a fine 50th and the ladies were brought home by Marian in 60th.

There was of course the obligatory cake to refuel and then the obligatory rain shower as we were taking the club gazebo down!!

 

January 2022: Cross Country Event 3

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The 3rd leg of the XC series took place at Allestree Park on January 23rd. A merry bunch of 8 runners made the journey up the A38 to Derby with Lauren as supporter filling in for Chris on camera and admin duty. It was beautiful, muddy running weather and the scenery wasn’t too bad either. The biggest turn out overall at the series so far this season!

The course was 2 laps of 3 miles, making it a long one. It was very much an uphill slog for the majority, but the wonderful one mile downhill to finish each lap made it worth it! The ladies made some cracking efforts with Kate leading the team in with a top 25 finish, followed closely by Anna and then Helen. Newbie Kieren smiled the whole way round to finish her first XC race and Marian brought the team home by beating off some South Derbyshire and Smalley Ladies XC.

Sadly we did not have enough men to field a team, however the 3 we had still put on a decent showing. They were led home by Nick who made the whole thing look easier than I’m sure it was. Stephen followed close behind, consistent as ever. And then David brought them in making it 3 top 100 finishers in a tough men’s field on the day! Fruit cake, coffee and biscuits rounded off the experience, a morning well spent by all.

 

December 2021: Cross Country Event 2

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There was a feeling of Groundhog Day as another band of hardy souls attended Wild Wood Lodge, Anslow, and unlike Bill Murray on the aforementioned film, the attendees ‘only’ had to run just over 5 miles cross country and not some of the extraordinary lengths Bill Murray had to go to to leave!

The conditions this time round were drier but no less challenging, with a biting wind and heavier going underfoot. The intrepid band of 5 men and 11 ladies, including several ‘newbies’, set off with a spring in their step to tackle the same course as last time but with added sticky mud!

Leading the men home was John Doyle in 8th followed by Owen Davies (27th), James Taylor (39th), Chris Cheek (55th) and Nick Parkes seeing the men home in 58th.

Sarah Hayman blasted round to finish an amazing 5th for the ladies, followed by Ruth Kennedy-Green (18th), Kate Dell (24th), Denise Softley (31st), Anna Sanders (34th), Jo Turrell (36th), Helen King (37th), Lauren Foulds (43rd), Jane Bradbury (47th), Marian Lowther (49th) and Kim Leary (50th). Fantastic teamwork and packing!!

It was great to see some of the debutants from the last event returning and more ‘newbies’ again, with the ladies definitely showing the men how it is done! Sadly the men did not have enough to complete a team, which was disappointing to see, but kudos to those who did make the effort.

And as ever there was cake!!

October 2021: Cross Country Event 1

252031228_10215846218268079_5775218709645562730_nSunday 31st October saw the return of the cross country season after an extended break due to the pandemic.

A band of hardy souls from the club took everything the weather gods could throw at them (apart from snow and thunder, but let’s not tempt fate eh?) and took on the hilly and saturated course. As the field set off the rain abated, the clouds broke and the sun shone (as much as it can on the last day of October), proving once and for all that the sun does indeed shine on the righteous.

What followed was a 5.5 mile(ish) splash around the fields of Wild Wood Lodge. 3 men in the top 10 and 6 in the top 25 in total proved a strong start for the team: Dan Floyd (ran as a guest – 3rd), John Doyle (7th), James Pickering (8th), Dave Sanders (18th), Owen Davies (19th) and Sean Keeley 23rd). This was rounded off by James Taylor (36th), Chris Cheek (43rd) and David Gould (54th) bringing the men home. In the women’s team Ruth Kennedy-Green started things off with a great 15th place, backed with some good close packing from Radhike Mccathie (24th), Denise Softley (33rd) and Helen King (34th) with debutant Marian Lowther bringing them all home in 49th.

Fantastic running and determination in horrible conditions by everyone, with several experiencing cross country for the first time. And there was cake!!! Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

The next event is scheduled for 5th December. This was due to be held at Cliff Lakes but as this is now not available the interim plan is to hold event 2 at Anslow again, but on a slightly different course. However this could change if another venue is found before then.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for their help on the day. We do hope the torrential rain and hail didn’t put anyone off and would love to see you all again (and more members) at the next event.

October 2021: Presentation Evening

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The awards were served up by none other than our favourites, Chris Cox and Martin Shortall, who were hosts for the evening, with Lorraine Amos taking on the role of chief photographer.

Trophies were presented to those placed first, second and third in the Grand Prix (Men: Dan Floyd, James Coombes, Matt Orford; women: Hermione Green, Lorraine Amos, Tamla Short), Time Trial (Helen King, Nick Parkes, Richard Newman) and Cross Country competitions (Ruth Kennedy-Green, Joe Goodwin, Richard Newman), with the Bob Connor Trophy being awarded for the best ‘age-graded’ performance in the Grand Prix (Joe Goodwin, Clare Wheat and Dan Turner in first, second and third positions).

For the 2020 Grand Prix, much of which was held virtually, additional age category trophies were awarded, so there was a bumper crop of deserving winners! Full results can be found on the competition pages.

Last but not least, two trophies were awarded for running performance and outstanding contribution to the club, to Helen King and Dave Sanders respectively. These were nominated and voted for by club members.

A big well done to all of those who took part in the 2020 competitions, and let’s look forward to seeing more awards and new faces for 2021.