With the Autumnal Equinox falling today, it will soon be time to “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” (one for the poetry and/or Welsh fans! ).
There were though still some last glimpses of Summer to be had this weekend – well on Saturday at least - and talking of it being all downhill from here, there is also a hint of a birthday special feel to this week’s report of a busy weekend’s racing.
A glorious morning at Poolsbrook Parkrun on Saturday saw a fantastic brace of 1st in Age Category performances for team CRR.
Chris Lindley scored his with a 23:25 PB and Bridget Hemstock celebrated her first post big birthday race, claiming hers with a massive 51 second PB of 25:35.
Farther afield, Ange and Ade Kirkham completed the 2nd Gamstrail mountain half (22km) on Saturday in the fabulous Austrian Tirol. The race was run over a variety of terrains which included 1540 meters of climbing. They survived an attack from a swarm of hornets (just 2 stings for Ange), deep mud and managed to eat cake on route! They report a fab day out in the mountains and a cheeseboard for a trophy!
Stepping up the distance further, at the Dig Deep 30 Mile Race, Philip Morris ran into a fantastic 6th place finish with his time of 5:02:27.
It was wetter than an otter’s pocket for the start of the Global Energy 10K at Rother Valley on Sunday morning. Despite that, Gareth Lowe stormed to a 2nd place finish in 33:15 and Giles Searby just missed a distance PB with his 45th place 49:08 finish (did we mention the annoying zig-zaggy grass bit?).
Fortunately, there was a break in the weather for the 5K and 3K races that followed and with our Junior Section soon to start, a big well done to the Junior Lowes and Leusbys, for some great running (and out sprinting of their Mums). So kudos to Freya (5th Female finisher in the 5K) and in the 3K to Tayla and Josh; and Ben and Amelie - who both scored PBs aswell!
A similarly damp start didn’t affect the performances at the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K. Ellis Hewitt took family honours with his 52:38; Ian Rookes scored a distance PB with his 57:48; Kim Abbott finished in 57:53; Jackie Rookes’ 1:00:28 was a distance PB and Marie Hewitt also ran a distance PB with her 1:07:06.
Meanwhile, at the Penistone Hill Race over a challenging 6.7 mile course with 1000 feet of ascent, Richard Hind finished in 57:50.
Further south, Nick Roberts ran the Tilgate 5 mile trail race in 36:47.
Lynn Hazelton and Sarah Street Rose ran Denby Dash 10k, a charity event/fell race with 100's of stiles to contend with too. Unusually for CRR there was also a bit of getting lost and running further involved .
Finally, Sunday also saw the latest race in our Club Grand Prix, the Chelmorton Chase over a 5 mile road/fell course with 500 feet of climb, but a nice downhill finish.
First home for the Club in 2nd place was Lewis Banton in 30:58. He was closely followed in 4th by Matthew Martin 31:26.
Chris Lane was 20th in 39:06. Matt Taylor celebrated his birthday by finishing one place over his new age with his 41:10 for 29th place. Paul Taylor was 31st in 41:19; Malcolm Ward 33rd in 41:42; Hannah Sharpe 37th in 42:19 and Andy Foster 38th in 42:23.
Well done all!