THE RUNDOWN – 5TH DECEMBER: XC RACE 2, WORCESTERSHIRE RING RUN (23M) & PARKRUN
Worcestershire Ring 23 miler
As part of their Ultra training, Linda and Keith Whitehead took on the Worcestershire Ring race today. Following a clockwise loop, the route takes runners along the Droitwich Canal to join the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towards Worcester to Diglis, over Diglis Bridge, through Pitchcroft (Worcester Racecourse), along the river, then north along the Droitwich Canal back to the finish. They both finished in a very respectable time of 4 hours and 19 minutes, with Linda also being 1st V60 lady – great effort after competing in yesterday’s XC race!
Men’s XC Roundup
The men headed to windy Northampton for race 2 and despite positive Covid tests, leaks and family commitments we still managed to field two teams. The men were led home by Nick Woolley who finished in 28th overall which is excellent given the high standard. The A team scored 563 to finish in 14th out of 16 and are currently sitting 15th with 2 races to go. It was great to field a B team and thanks to everyone for running. Special mention to Gareth Wainwright who managed to finish the race and be 5th counter despite severely injuring his Achilles. Also top mention for Greg Turner who stormed into the A team to be 6th counter! Also a big shout out to Rich Dixon for volunteering to officiate again. We have 2 races to go after Christmas and it will be great to have as many runners out as possible to finish the season on a high!
Ladies XC Roundup
Windy weather and an insanely long trek from the car park to the start line (some of us carrying tents) did not stop a slightly depleted (due to work commitments, injuries, viruses and family stuff) 12 ladies from taking on a strong universities contingent at Clopton. Once the tent had been erected, course walked and the face paint applied it was a jostle to the front before the assault on the first hill. Our ladies were in fine form with Jane Evans leading the way 15th overall and 2nd “master” home. 3 minutes later she was followed by Jess Woolley in 53rd which only goes to show the strength and depth of the 1st Division. With Rosie England and Kerry Thompson next in we are confident of a lower score in this our second of four races and have some good strength down the middle section of the rankings. In such a tough division and with Division 2 somewhere else yesterday particular mention must be made to and Sam Edginton who made K&D proud by staying the distance on a windy day’s racing on a tough course.
The cake was plentiful and the support raucous with many staying right to the end to cheer everyone safely home. 10 Masters out of 12 runners shows that it is possible to run XC at any age!