A weekend for CRR ended with trophies being held aloft

A roller-coaster of a weekend for CRR began with storm-induced disappointment but ended with trophies being held aloft.

We’d hoped last week that we’d avoid an F-storm coming our way but instead we got Spanish storm Jorge. It should probably have been called Juan instead – as in, Juan is it going to get windy?

Locally, the only real impact was to query whether to run in a buff or a base-layer, but further West, the preceding rain on Friday and predicted strong winds for Saturday led to the late postponement of the St David’s Day Half Marathon and 10K races, in which a charabanc full of our members were due to participate on Saturday.

Disappointment and relief seemed to be in equal measure, but thanks must go to Hannah for all her hard work on the trip and for nimbly shifting arrangements to the new date for race. The re-arranged race will now be just after St George’s Day, although it is unlikely the race name will be adjusted to reflect that!

A couple of result to report from Parkrun, John Sanderson scored a 19:29 at Hallam and Andy Portwood a 22:57 at Poolsbrook.

To Junior Parkrun, where one of our CRR Juniors was blazing a trail on her second outing at Graves. Leah Morris is only 8 years old and is already following in her Dad’s footsteps. Well done Leah, keep it up!
We’ve got your number ready for our Cross-country squad in 2028!

The main action of the weekend was the last race of this year’s Inter-Club Cross-Country Series at Worksop. The course was a wet and muddy one – or for anyone who’d run Dukeries/National XC’s the previous weekend – slightly moist.

A strong turnout from the Club saw the Club secure wins for both the Men and Ladies in the race, which in turn gave us victory in the Series for the Men, for the Ladies and Overall.

It’s a fantastic result and our second clean sweep on the bounce. Thanks go in particular to our Team Captains Darren and Karen, to Steve for his leadership and number crunching, to Nicky for (mostly) catching our good sides (further evidence below) and to everyone who has run or supported the Club throughout the Series.

The individual results from Sunday will again be posted separately.

The Series win has been a true team performance in every sense. It has also seen a number of members in their first outings for the Club or certainly their first Cross-country races. As a Club we are in a great place and well set for the rest of running year – bring it on!

Well done all!