A couple of races did still go ahead!

As expected, the end of last week saw the cancellation/postponement of a large number of upcoming events, notably the majority of the Spring Marathons.

A big disappointment to those who have been training so hard, but entirely understandable in current circumstances. Martin Yelling captured the mood perfectly when he tweeted on Friday night:

“We are priveliged to call ourselves runners. We are a community of humans who respect and value each other. We are responsible for each other. Races will be there again. Right now we pull together. This is the right thing”.

Some racing this weekend was also caught up in the cancellations, including the Ashby 20 mile race, but a couple of races did still go ahead and there was also a “last chance saloon” feel to Saturday’s Parkruns.

As Mike Brown notes, the loss of his mara gave him the chance to go “eye-balls out” at Clumber Parkrun, and so he did and logged an impressive 20:39 finish.

Your correspondent took a similar view at Poolsbrook, but just after half-way went from “eye-balls out” to “wheels falling off” as a calf decided to tie up as no one had told it about the sudden switch to shorter faster running.

Fairing much better was Adrian Kirkham who secured a Club Silver Standard with his 21:44 finish. Swapping skiing for Parkrun, Neil Inns slalomed through the field for a 23:18; Andrea Walker scored a 24:05; Gillian Carter achieved a Club Silver Standard with her 25:20 and Angela Kirkham ran a best of 2020 time with her 30:33.

At Graves, Nick Roberts was 4th home in 19:17 as was Sam Bellamy at Sheffield Castle with a 21:02.

At Sherwood Pines, Louise Lowe ran a 26:51 but was pipped to the post by Ben Lowe, on his first CRR Juniors outing, with a 26:50.

Rother Valley were hosting their pacing event and first home for the Club was John Sanderson in our 3rd 4th place finish of the day in 17:48. Kerry Anderson ran a 23:55 and Martin McShane 24:02.

Andy Portwood ran his 300th Parkrun as the 25 minute pacer and pushed on 4 runners to dip under to PBs whilst finishing on 25:02 himself.

Farther afield down in Oz at Coomera Parkrun Craig Brooks ran a 25:44 and Dawn Brooks a 26:23 🇦🇺.

Saturday also saw the Grindleford Gallop, which as the location suggests, takes place over a challenging 21-mile course encompassing 3000ft of elevation gain. First man home for CRR, in 3rd place overall, was Darren King with his 2:35:32. He was followed by Philip Morris for 11th in 2:49:35 and Jordan Street for 13th in 2:49:46. First CRR Lady home was Michelle Needham in 3:40:05. Tracey Jones came in on 4:17:12; Helen Worsfold 4:31:50 and Julie King 4:31:51.

Sunday’s surviving race was the popular Dronfield 10K. First home for the Club was Andrew Little in 44:03. Paul Taylor scored a course PB with his 46:42. Neil Yewman came in on 47:41 and Matt Taylor 49:15. Paul Morton finished in 50:37 and Craig Lockett’s 51:54 was a course PB.

Chris Lindley scored a Club Bronze Standard with his 51:58 and Martin McShane’s 52:05 was a massive 20-minute course PB.

Ian Rookes finished on 55:23; Steve Carter 56:00; Jackie Rookes 57:32 and Sarah Street-Rose 57:44.

Well done all

That might be it for the racing for a while. In the meantime, keep on keeping on, stay fit and keep a look out for those that need our support.