A summer of virtual running draws to a close, but it has been as hot today as back in May, with some fairly non-descript weather in-between.
Dedicated road-runners have been competing in the Hereford Couriers Virtual 5km series, with some excellent results: Sue P won her age category overall, as did Bryan, and our ladies team of Hannah, Kelly, Jo, Sue and Alice took second place overall. Well done too to Eric and Scott for fine individual placings.
On the fells, Tim and Jo have been active. Not only ‘training runs’ over the Black Mountains and the Long Mynd but completing the last of the virtual fell races, a mere 12 miles and 2400ft of ascent. Tim’s time was 2.31.44, with Jo a minute and a half behind, but she’s adapting fast to running on fells.
The demanding annual Callow Race ( 5 miles, 760m of ascent), from Little Stretton, became this year a Maprun event, completed by a mere 23 runners. Tim was happy with his PB (1.28), putting him in a very respectable 5th place, and at the second attempt (couldn’t get the phone to register the start the first time!) I recorded 1.32.10, in 9th place.
What with Mark’s uphill challenge the week before, with nearly 30 runners, the club is managing to maintain a degree of activity, and competivity. What will the autumn bring? Probably no cross country races, but maybe alternatives will spring up.