Members get their Parkrun fix

Not much racing to be had this week, so there were plenty of members out on Saturday to get their Parkrun fix instead.

There was a particularly strong CRR attendance at a blustery Poolsbrook for what was their 200th Event. This also co-incided with Gillian Carter’s 50th Parkrun and Suzanne Leusby’s 100th.

It’s fair to say that as a Club we owe a debt of gratitude to Andy Morris, Chris Pattison and the rest of the team at Poolsbrook parkrun for all that they do. It’s also an event that has obviously proved to be a significant feeder of new members into the Club. Thank you from us all!

Paul Sinton-Hewitt said – “Parkrun is a force for good that unites us. And it reminds us that, given the chance, people want to help each other, and themselves to be better”.

Words spoken about Parkrun, but on the evidence of our Club Presentation night on Saturday, they are equally applicable to CRR.

A fantastic evening had a surprise start – up on stage with his signature quiff and extravagant stage outfit, Steve Hattersley was pushed aside, to make way for Andy Foster in his Elvis costume.

An unprecedented number of Club Awards were handed out over the course of the evening and it was great to see so many different members up on stage to celebrate some amazing achievements during the past year. Special mention goes to our three new Life Members - Lewis Banton, Gareth Lowe and Darren King and to the two Most Improved/Members of the Year – Andrea Walker and Steve Tebb.

All in all, a very inspiring evening where the Club came together to celebrate both personal successes and our team successes - with thanks for the latter to our marvellous Club Captains - Darren King and Karen Shipman.

We are all now, no doubt, suitably stoked up for the running year ahead – not least the next round of the Inter-Club XC Series this Sunday at Killamarsh!

By the way, for those who couldn’t make it along on Saturday, John Proffitt is bringing his Securicor Van to the track on Thursday, so please come along and collect your bling then if you are able.

There was some racing to report on Sunday. At the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in Leeds, Gareth Lowe stormed home in 1:10:45 and Louise Lowe scored a 1:36:16 finish.

Well done all!