So tweeted Eliud Kipchoge on Friday evening, before what proved to be a most historic run and for many of us, a very emotional Saturday morning, watching him on the streets of Vienna.
What a phenomenal performance to witness. With Malc Stapleton over in Austria cheering him on, there was at least also some tenuous CRR connection!
Not to be outdone, no sooner had Saturday’s result sunk in, than Brigid Kosgei smashed the field in Chicago and broke the female marathon world record that has stood since 2003 by a massive one minute 20 second margin, finishing in 2:14:04.
Inspiration all around (plus Nike will no doubt sell a few pairs of Vaporflys this week!)
So Saturday morning proved to be one of life’s – I remember where I was when… moments. Unfortunately for our Go Big Moor runners, the answer to that question was – stood in a muddy field contemplating the start of a fell run in excess of half marathon distance over some very sodden and hilly terrain.
It was though a great performance from the CRR squad at this, the latest race in our Grand Prix series. First home in 6th Place overall was Jordan Street in 1:37:03. Behind him in 7th came Phillip Morris in 1:37:21; closely followed by Lewis “Ali G” Banton for 9th place in 1:37:38. Malc Ward came in on 2:08:17; Hannah Sharpe 2:18:34; Andy Foster 2:18:34; Neil Yewman 2:18:40 and Paul Sadler 2:32:10.
To the Parkruns and at Rother Valley, current joint Member of the Month, Jackie Rookes scored yet another PB with her 28:12. At Clumber, Giles Searby’s 23:50 was a 1 min course PB. Further afield, in Vancouver, at the Richmond Olympic Parkrun, John Sanderson finished in first place in 17:56 and Kerry Anderson was 4th Lady with her 24:11.
Meanwhile, also enjoying a bit of mud, were our relay team in the Round Rotherham Race. They completed the 8 leg 50-mile course in a total time of 7:24:20. Well done to Chris Lane, Katy Taylor, Karen Shipman, Darren McQuaide, David Johnson, Gemma Scougal, Bridget Hemstock and Dave Hazelton who ran the legs and to the various support crews along the way!
That’s almost it this week – but hang on - which hills has Richard Hind run up and down this weekend you ask? Well, that’s our only result from Sunday and it comes from the 14.7 miles and 2,500 ft of climb of the Windgather Fell Race, which Richard completed in 2:28:07.
Last up, a result from last week due to a delay in results being published – Chris Lindley finished the Crossdale Trail 10K in 57:38.
Well done all!
A big weekend of racing coming up and here’s hoping that we can all take some inspiration from Eliud and Brigid into those races!
Good Luck all!