Races are well and truly back and like the proverbial buses they are coming thick and fast. Sunday 13th June saw club members head to the White Horse, to take part in a number of races that form part of the Hardmoor Series. 4 members took part in the 10km event, with Emily Gregg finishing as the fastest female with a time of 1:06:51. Several members also completed various other distances over the weekend. Again, the club were able to boast the accolade of fastest female home, with Sam Davies completing the half marathon course in a time of 2:08:21, finishing 8th overall.
Across in Burton Leonard, 21 club members were competing in the aptly named, Burton Leonard 10km, event 4 of the club championship. New to the championship rota this year, the course offered multiple challenges, ones that quite often strike fear into seasoned runners, undulation, a multi-terrain surface and a hot summers day. Not, however, for our club members, who took on the challenge and put forward strong race times. Fastest male back for the club was Julian Ollive with a time of 40:49, followed by Simon Donoghue 41:30 and Colin Fletcher 46:36.
June 27th and we were into race 5 of the championship, the Hooded Horse 10km, held at White Horse Bank. Now, to call this event undulating would be a disservice to nature and to the club members that strapped on their trail shoes and took on the hills. Craig Gath was the fastest club male with a time of 46:55. Emily Gregg continued her impressive performances as the fastest club female with a time of 1:04:48.
Next in the club championship is our traditional George Becton 5km course on the 11th July, race 6 and a key event for all club members in the race calendar.
With another month of events gone, the club championship table starts to take shape. Richard Knott leads the men’s league with a total point score of 206, closely chased by Simon Donoghue with 198. Jane Cowley leads the female table with a total score of 192. With championship events continuing throughout the summer and to the end of the year, it’s all to play for.