We must of course start this week’s report by commenting on the historic event that has occurred this week.
That’s right, today is 02 02 2020 - the first palindromic date for 909 years. All runners love a palindromic number!
Back to 01 02 and at Poolsbrook Parkrun another bit of history was made. Tayla Leusby’s 32:30 run was the first official Parkrun result to record a runner with Clowne Road Runners Juniors’ affiliation. Hopefully the first of many we’ll see over the coming weeks and months!
Steve Carter’s 26:29 finish at the same event was a PB by almost a minute, aided and abetted by a vertically oscillating Neil Yewman.
At January’s No Walk In The Park, Andy Ward came in second place with a 16:13 and Kerry Anderson finished in 24:51.
First place at Rother Valley Parkrun was a mere warm-up for Philip Morris, who came in 7th place on Sunday at the challenging 14.5 miles of the Mickleton Straddle fell race, which he completed in 1:54:46. Richard Hind finished the same race in 2:41:20.
The third stage of the Inter-Club Cross Country saw our Men’s and Ladies’ team having fun in the mud at Handsworth, where an extra little stream crossing followed by a muddy bank scramble only added to the fun.
For now, just to mention first time point scores for the Ladies team from Jackie Rookes and for the men’s team from Chris Lilleyman, Andy Little and Giles Searby.
Finally, this week also saw the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, a US basketball player who like few sportspeople in the world, transcended his sport. Despite his huge success, he always knew the importance of the team and how everyone contributes in different ways to the success of a team, so we’ll end this week with a quote from Kobe which fits CRR’s ethos very well:
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on the bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot”.
Well done all!