Bob Marley could have been reflecting the differing views of runners to the weather when he said - “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet”.
It was hard to avoid either the rain itself or the flooding in its wake this week, although a select few did manage to by way of a “warm weather training” trip to Benidorm.
Track training was the first casualty of the weather on Thursday, as Spinkhill began to resemble Lindisfarne at high tide. Extreme steps were subsequently needed to relieve the village – or to re-open the Angel at least – and those resulted in Rother Valley flooding too which put paid to Saturday’s Parkrun there.
The weekend itself was fortunately drier, albeit a bit damp underfoot. The bridge at Poolsbrook was flood-free and allowed Matt Martin to complete a 2nd place Parkrun finish in 17:35. Tom Topham came in behind him in 3rd place, in his first race in the red and white, in 18:51.
On Sunday, they both ran again at the Heaton Park 10k, with John earning himself a Club Silver Standard with his 38:58 finish and Kerry a Club Bronze Standard with her 50:55.
Sunday also saw the final chance to earn some valuable Club Grand Prix points, at the 11.5km - Leg It Round Lathkill Fell Race.
In testing conditions, first to splashdown for the Club, in 7th Place, was Philip Morris in 50:15 . Lewis Banton followed him in on 52:19. Richard Hind finished in 1:01:20; Michelle Needham 1:02:54; Hannah Sharpe 1:07:30 and Malc Ward 1:07:52. Paul Sadler came in on 1:15:40; Helen Worsfold and Bridget Hemstock both finished on 1:18:40. Ellis Hewitt’s first achievement was to make the start-line following his 21st Birthday celebrations the night before (which also caused some collateral damage to a few other CRR performances!). He finished in 1:18:42; followed by Julie King in 1:18:49 and Suzanne Leusby 1:18:50
Well done all!