Well, magnificent to be back running, semi-competitively, in a novel format. Self-timed, and start when you’re ready, 86 runners set off between 10am and 2pm, in socially distanced format. It was a sunny, quite warm day but was Eastnor named for its east-nor-east wind? Fortunately after the first half mile we were largely protected from the wind by the trees.
There was a good sky blue turnout (Manchester City beating Spurs at Wembley, and Chelsea Ladies also winning added to the light blue success on the day, with Croft ‘bringing home’ both the ladies and the men’s team prizes. Jasper (49.04) excelled, winning the race by a clear margin, and seemingly improving with every race. Sam J also ran well, finishing 7th (54.53), with Mikey Powell (58.08) and Ashley (59.29) – also 1st MV70 – completing the winning men’s team. Flora was first Croft lady (in 65.02, and only just behind the first in her age group), leading the ladies’ team home to victory. Sam and Thea formed the rest of the team.
I think we all appreciated the chance to run a race again, after such a long time, even if for most of us it was a case of running round entirely alone. At least we had a chance to pick our route where there were potholes, ruts and puddles (how had the water managed to avoid evaporation since it last rained?).