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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

April 2021: Virtual 5k Parkrun race

18 club members took to their own ‘park run routes’ for our second 5K virtual challenge of the season, a 40/60% split of male and female runners respectively. In this task we asked runners to race a local park run route of their choice to add a bit of variety into the running programme. Yet again, there were some great running personal achievements. Four of our runners proudly beat their target time – a particular call out to Hazel Moore and Lisa Parry-Wolfe for showing strong improvement in their running performance. There was also some excellent running with regards to age ranking too, with over a third of our members ranking 70% or above. Well done to all of our runners and so encouraging to see some new names out running again.

Dan Turner took the first place home this time, completing his 5K course in just 18:45, and a tight battle for second and third place between our Male Captain and Vice Captain with Joe Goodwin just pipping Dave Sanders to the post in times 19:23 and 19:35 respectively. Dave – you need to get him next time!! All three runners qualified with an age grading of over 72%.

For the ladies, again the first two spots were taken by Hermione Green, completing the course in 20:31 and Esther Hunt in 22:25. Both ladies continue to fly in their running, showing consistently strong performances so all credit to their training and commitment. Also great to see Ruth Kennedy-Green take third place in 25:18.

Overall there were some excellent performances with the top positions in each category. So inspiring to see that we have 4 ladies and 1 man competing in the Vet50 category and that Claire Wheat, as a Vet70, completed the run in 30:45. Brilliant efforts Team LRC.

Apr Parkrun 5k TT results

April 2021: Virtual Conkers 5 Mile race

Results of the recent virtual race, a 5 mile trail/off road/cross country run (completed between 16th and 19th April) may be viewed below. This was held in place of the Conkers 5 mile race,  part of the Burton and District Summer League, in which LRC are competing. 16 club members took part, completing the event over a variety of different trail routes.

Conkers 5M results April 21

April 2021: Cannock Chase Blue Route Off-road (Virtual) Race

In perfect timing for the relaxation of the lockdown rules, this race challenged runners to tackle the same demanding route on Cannock Chase, involving winding trails, a river crossing, never-ending climbs, and a certain degree of self-navigation. Fortunately, the Blue Route is well marked with blue waypoints and arrows along its length, very handy to follow if you manage to start in the right direction.

Nineteen runners made the short trip to the Chase over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, comprising 8 men and 11 women. Due to the non-standard distance, there is no proper age-grading for this race, but we have used a relative method which gave Joseph Goodwin and Esther Hunt as the top two placings in that category.

Coming first for the men was Joseph Goodwin, showing an unnerving liking for hilly challenges and gaining an unusual time of 1 hour 1 minute 1 second. In second place was Jimmy Pickering who raced round it against Dave Sanders who finished third. They both found it somewhat windy in places and tough on the hill which seemed to go on forever…

Hermione Green is proving to be a rising star for the women. After a failed attempt the day before, she took to the course with strong determination alongside Joe Goodwin who failed to shake her off until the hills in the last third of the route. She would have won the crown for the Strava segment but for a mishap on navigation in the last half mile, but she still posted the second fastest time of all entrants. In second place was Esther Hunt who, not being shy of a challenge, took two bites at the cherry ultimately posting a cracking time, knocking half a minute off her first attempt. In third place making a first appearance on the podium on her first entry in this year’s race series was Tamla Short.

Extra big kudos to Owen Davies, who completed the run after a long false start, meaning he was not quite fresh when he came to record his effort. Also, there was a close-run thing between Radhika McCathie, Ruth Kennedy-Green and Hazel Moore, who all finished on the same minute, spaced by 14 seconds!

Well done to everyone who took part.

Full results here:

Cannock Chase Blue Route results FINAL

 

 

March 2021: Virtual 10K Time Trial

March 2021: Virtual 10K Time Trial ( Fradley equivalent)

26 runners took part in the first 10K virtual challenge of the season, each completing their own 10K course in fabulous personal times.

Incredibly, 60% of our runners managed to beat their target time – even more challenging when running alone!  There continues to be a good spread of performance based on age grade too – with some great personal achievements across each age group.

Coming home first overall for the club was Dan Floyd with a cracking time of 34:54. Close on Dan’s heels was Matt Orford at 35:32. Both Dan and Matt qualified for an age grading of over 75% which is fantastic running. James Pickering took third place in 36:47 beating his own target time by 3%.

First place for the women was taken by Hermione Green who flew through her 10K course in 40:23, closely followed by Esther Hunt who finished in 40:35. Incredible times with both ladies significantly improving from their target times! Sarah Hayman took third place with a commendable 47:42, brilliant running from Sarah who continues to get faster as she settles back into running again.

Overall there were some excellent performances by all – a special call out for Chris Cox, the only Male Vet 70 to compete and completing the course in 51:30.

Full results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Mar 10k GP results 2021

March 2021: One hour Virtual Grand Prix race

This was an unusual race for the GP series but very similar to the 20:21 race we did in January, the goal being to record the furthest distance you could cover in an hour of running. It was a great leveller in that you knew everyone would be putting the effort in over that hour regardless of speed and ability, which helped to keep motivation going during the race.

There were 33 of us who rose to this challenge and a wide spread of distances was recorded. This race distance also gives everyone their average speed in mph! Yet again there were good results in the age gradings with nine runners managing to get over 70%.

In first place for the men was Matt Orford, effortlessly running over ten and a half miles in the given time. Determined not to let Matt have an easy ride was Dan Floyd who came quite close to him in second place with a distance of 10.34 miles. Third place on the podium was filled by Joe Goodwin who could see the 10 mile mark in the distance but ran out of time, settling for 9.77 miles.

The women’s race saw a switch in positions from the last race with Hermione Green coming out on top with a distance of 8.77 miles. Esther Hunt gave a battling run to finish within touching distance in second place with 8.63 miles. Third place went to Radhika McCathie who found the pacing quite tricky but enjoyed the challenge, posting 7.53 miles.

In the middle of the race field there were some very tight results, with four women who finished in positions 6 to 9 separated by only 0.07 miles!

Fun fact: Did you know the world record for the One Hour Run is held by Britain’s own Mo Farah, who ran 13.25 miles on 4th September 2020. The women’s record is 11.76 miles set by Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan on the same day.

Well done to everyone who took part; the next race is the virtual 10k on the 17th to 21st March.

Full results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Mar 1hr Challenge results 2021

March 2021: Virtual 5K Time Trial

A great turnout of 42 runners took part in the opening 5k TT this season and posted some amazing times to boot. In fact, 10 runners managed to beat their target time which is fantastic considering that the season has just started! Also, 9 runners managed an age grading of over 70%, showing great strength across the ages.

Flying along and finishing first for the men was Matt Orford, posting a healthy 17:08. Tom Hodgson was one of the 10 that beat their previous best and ran a super-fast 17:55 to come second – amazing to do outside of proper race conditions. Third place was claimed by Joe Goodwin who is perturbed by his inclusion in the VM50 group (too soon!) – his time was 18:30.

First for the women was Esther Hunt in a personal best time of 19:45. This fast lady took nearly a minute and a half off her previous best TT time – it’s very hard to shave off of chunks of time like that so big kudos to her! With a time of 21:50 was Hermione Green, who ‘felt completely yak from start to finish’ but still did enough to claim second spot. In third place was Sarah Hayman who is returning to form with a time of 22:33 – watch out everyone!

Full results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Final Feb 5k TT results 2021

February 2021: Club Trophies

Following the AGM in November 2020. LRC members were all given the opportunity to vote for two club trophies, and we are delighted to announce the results.
The President’s Trophy for an outstanding contribution to the club during 2020 was awarded to Dave Sanders for his work on the results for the 2020 club competition.
The Mike Green Trophy for outstanding running achievement was awarded to Helen King for her consistent training throughout the year, leading to great improvements in her PBs across a range of distances.
Well done both! Unfortunately we won’t be able to hold the usual club presentation evening to present the trophies, but arrangements will be made to deliver them as soon as we are able.
LRC trophies

February 2021: Virtual 10 mile race

Sadly, the Rugeley 10 Mile race which would have been our first Grand Prix race, was cancelled (again) due to the ongoing epidemic but we didn’t let that inconvenient circumstance stop us from racing in a socially distant way.

31 of us took to the streets and country roads around Lichfield (and Burton), dodging wintry weather spells.

The weather was expected to turn sour on Saturday/Sunday but held off long enough to give decent running conditions for those who chose to race at the weekend. And those conditions proved to be fruitful as several runners managed to make new Personal Best times.

Dan Floyd came first for the men and was the only person to post a time under the hour mark, getting there with several minutes to spare. Tom Hodgson came second with a new PB, showing fine form in lockdown. In third place was Jimmy Pickering, who suffered a stitch but still ran strongly to reach the podium.

Hermione Green powered round to be the fastest woman and got a new PB for her efforts. Not far behind was Esther Hunt with a superb effort showing she has form over longer distances. In third place was Radhika McCathie who ran a second a mile faster than 4th place.

Extra mention to Keith Lowther who also ran a 10-mile PB – well done!

Full results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Rugeley 10M Results 2021