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July 2021: Virtual Worthington 6 Mile

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.

Results below:

Worthington 6M results virtual LRC 2021

July 2021: Fradley 10k

It is my pleasure to share with you the race report from the Fradley 10K, relating to the eight event of the 2021 Grand Prix.

Historically, our most popular supported local Grand Prix event. After a delay from the original March date and continued uncertainty about whether the race would happen, it was great to see our club runners back out in a ‘real life race’. For those who haven’t entered before, Fradley 10K is a flat and fast two lap course through Fradley village and the lovely Staffs countryside. Weather conditions permitting, it usually makes a good opportunity to try for a PB, however I think this year everyone was probably just happy to be out racing again!

Well done to all of our members who participated in the run. We had 20 club members in the Grand Prix event and this consisted of 8 male and 12 female runners. There were some excellent improvement times with 25% of runners exceeding 70% in the age rankings. A particular shout out to Jo Turrell who not only was just shy of 73% in the age grading but was also first Vet 50 female back for our club runners. Well done Jo, brilliant effort. Also, it was great to see Paul Keighley out on the course, our only male running for Vet 60 and bringing home a very respectable time of 49:27.

The race to first place is always exciting and our first three runners back were hot on the heels of one another with Dave Sanders finishing first in 38:50, Ryan Simms just over twenty seconds behind in 39:03 and then Owen Davies coming in at 40:42. Strong running by all.

Sarah Hayman ran extremely well to come home as first lady in 43:29 and then it was good to see Alexandria Evans in second and Olivia Bradley in third place, finishing in 48:52 and 50:36 respectively. Alexandria hasn’t had too much rest since participating in the London Landmarks run (and getting a very large and well deserved medal!) and Liv is getting stronger each time as she steps up running after recently coming back to the club. Well done to you all.

Overall, the race had a good spread of our club runners from all ages which is really encouraging to see everyone getting involved. Looking forward to kicking off the season next year (all things being well) with a March 2022 Fradley – which can sometimes be freezing cold! – and also hearing the shouts of our loyal club supporters who, if they are not racing, usually line the course to keep us all going! Happy times ahead.

Results for club runners are below:

Fradley 10k results 2021

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June 2021: Gate Gallop 10K

This race report covers an actual race with real people racing against each other, a rarity recently. The race is the fourth in the BDSL series and the second off-road race.

What a fantastic day at the races to be had by everyone who signed up to the Tamworth Gate Gallop. For many, it was the first time they had entered a proper race in over a year, and the race start took the full account of the precautions for Covid, by having all the runners grouped into waves of 20-30 based on their predicted finish times and starting 60 seconds apart. The weather was beautiful, if a tad windy, and the course was entertainingly rough underfoot and taxing on the old leg muscles. It was particularly strange at the finish, as two years ago when the race was last staged, the runners were cheered over the line by a raucous crowd; this time it was a very muted affair with no crowds at all. But as we finished in turn, we then all looked out for the LRC shirts and cheered them home.

There were eight representatives of the club on the day, three men and five women. Two runners recorded age gradings in the 70%+ club; Joe Goodwin with 76.32% and Dave Sanders on 70.2%. In the BDSL league, the men finished in positions 13, 22 and 49 out of 102 finishers and in the MV40 age group in positions 2, 7 and 15. The women finished in positions 11, 18, 37, 51 and 62 out of 71 finishers. They finished in positions 3, 5 and 11 for WV35 and positions 5 and 10 in WV50.

The men were all guaranteed podium positions, with there being three runners for the club. Joe Goodwin led the charge for LRC and fought off the challenge of a younger runner with the aid of a well-timed energy gel. Dave Sanders put any recent injury concerns behind him and stormed through to claim second place. Third place was grabbed by Nick Parkes who ran a strong race on an uncompromising course.

For the women, Esther Hunt overcame illness the day before to lead the women home. Second place was taken by Ruth Kennedy-Green who looked fresh as she crossed the line, ready for a second lap? In third place was Helen King, making a deserved appearance on the podium third step.

Well done to Marian Lowther and Ann Schwarzenbach who also took part, finishing first and second in the FV50 group.

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Results are below:

Gate Gallop Results

 

June 2021: Virtual 5 Mile Time Trial

This race report covers the 5-mile TT race in June which is the fourth TT race and the seventh GP race.

The second of the summer’s 5-mile time trial races, hopefully, may be the last ‘not-in-person’ TT race, as we look to reopen actual racing again.

Yet again, there were 22 members (a different mix from the last TT) registering times, with a bias towards the women this time: 10 men and 12 women, with half the women in the V40 category. There were a select four who joined the 70% + club in the age gradings. These were Joe Goodwin (who missed out on 80% + by half a percent), Dave Sanders, Jo Turrell and Keith Lowther.

This time, there were six runners who managed to beat their previous best times over 5 miles. Best improvement was by Jo Turrell who knocked close to two minutes off her time.

The men were headed by Joe Goodwin who flitted around the pancake flat roads in Centrum, Burton. Dave Sanders ran a fast portion of his Sunday long run around the flat roads of Fradley to grab second place and in third, Matt Orford ran a workout of 5 miles on grass as part of his structured training. Joe and Dave commented later on how great it was to be the fastest runners in the club that week!

Esther Hunt ran to Hopwas and back for her longer run and managed to find a 5-mile section to include for this race to finish first. In second place was Radhika McCathie who found a good flat route at Formby in Merseyside and ran 8-minute miles in her quest. Jo Turrell ran the flat roads south of Edingale to finish third overall.

Well done to all who took part.

Results are below:

June 5M TT results 2021

June 2021: Virtual Washlands Relay

The Washlands Relays is a 2-mile virtual relay race where teams of four compete in the inter-club competition. The race is the third in the BDSL series.

Another victim of Covid restrictions, the Washlands Relays became a virtual event where people pushed themselves hard over a 2-mile course of their own choosing. Dave Sanders then grouped the results into the best teams of four runners and submitted them to the BDSL. A group decided to turn the Wednesday session into a full race attempt at the distance, using the loop of roads around Darwin Park for the course. This proved to be most fruitful, with everyone feeling the benefit of actual racing to push on harder.

23 runners entered times to be considered for the team results. There was a massive number of 11 runners who recorded age gradings in the 70%+ club; Joe Goodwin, Hermione Green, Esther Hunt and Dan Floyd all managed to record over 75%. In the BDSL league for the club rankings, the men finished in positions 6, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16 to give them 2nd place overall. The women finished in positions 2, 5, 37 and 53 to give them 4th place overall. After three races, the men are currently in 3rd and the women in 4th.

For the individual results, the men were headed by Dan Floyd, who bettered his time on the Wednesday with another attempt on the Saturday. In second was Jimmy Pickering who showed that his new-found fast pace extends to the shorter distances too. Third place was won by only one second by Matt Orford over John Doyle. Matt submitted his time from some training runs in preparation for 3k track races.

Hermione Green posted the fastest 2-mile time for the women, using the Wednesday night session to complete her strong time. In second place was Esther Hunt who ran her two miles as part of a 5k race at the Midland Masters track championships where she won the Silver medal. In third place was Ruth Kennedy-Green who ran the same Darwin Park route as Hermione but in a clockwise direction.

Well done to all who took part.

Results may be found below:

2021 Washlands Relay results

May 2021: Virtual 5 mile Time Trial

This race report is for the 5-mile TT race in May, the third TT race.

The first of the summer’s 5-mile time trial races, yet again it had to be a virtual race, but that did not stop many of you donning your racing shoes again to show willing in these difficult times. And what a great turn out from the club with 22 members recording a time with an even split amongst the sexes: 11 of each. There were a mighty 8 who recorded age gradings in the 70%+ club; leading the charge was Hermione Green on 76.78% followed by Darren Leaver on 74.81% and Esther Hunt on 74.00%. Special mention to Jo Turrell who gained 70.19%.

Also, there were eight runners who managed to beat their previous best times over 5 miles. Those times of course now become your targets for next time!

Jimmy Pickering ran a strong sub-30 time around the roads of Fradley to become the first male home, closely followed (virtually) by James Coombes who showed with this run that he had been working diligently at his race fitness. Another attendee at the Fradley route was Dan Turner who ran an impressive 30:50 to finish third.

Hermione Green and Esther Hunt both ran well to make sure their names appeared in the report again. Hermione ran a superb 31:31 around Darwin Park while Esther did hers as part of a tough 10k race at Sutton Park. Cass Jackson ran a fast 5-mile route north of Whittington to secure third place.

Well done to all who took part.

Results are below:

May 5M TT results 2021

May 2021: Virtual race: Abnalls Strava Segment

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:

May Abnalls results 2021

May 2021: Uttoxeter Virtual Half Marathon

The Uttoxeter HM race this year was changed, like so many races recently, to a virtual format. Unfortunately, that meant no one got the chance to tackle the steep climb around 8 miles into the course or the 2-mile winding steady climb from Marchington village at the business end of the race. However, it did mean people were free to pick their own personal choice of route, regardless of where they were that weekend, and challenge themselves over a distance that isn’t for the faint hearted. One runner elected to record their run over 200 miles away in the north of Cumbria.

There were 21 runners who lined up at the virtual start line, consisting of 11 men and 10 women. In the age-grading stakes, 4 runners made it over the 70% mark with Esther Hunt leading the women on 76.91% and a new name for the men, Darren Leaver with 76.87%.

In first place for the men was Dave Sanders, showing a return to the kind of form he displayed last year when running the virtual London Marathon. Second place went to Jimmy Pickering who paced Dave round to his fast time, a week after blasting a 78-minute half marathon at Tatton Park. In third was Joe Goodwin who ran his race a day before the other two only to see them post a slightly faster time – races can be won on the tightest of margins!

In another switch of places for the women, Esther Hunt came first and bagged a new personal best time of 1:30:18, knocking nearly 7 minutes off her previous best. Hermione Green followed up her amazing run recently at the Leicestershire HM, with a time of 1:37:48 to finish in second. Extra kudos to Denise Softley, who broke the 2-hour barrier for the first time and came third with a time of 1:54:59.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Results may be viewed here:

Uttoxeter HM Results May 21