Also for OAC, Joe Webster finished fifth (20.25).
Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here.
We may not have beaten the GNR on entrants or media coverage but we beat it hands down on price, atmosphere and most of all baked goods!
The threat of being blown away by gale force winds brought out our largest field for several weeks with 31 intrepid runners and Penny completing the Run Sunday route and we saw a new women’s course record set as a result of an epic battle between Emma Stoney and Tilly Melechi. More of that in a moment.
Firstly, I must make special mention of the marshals today, who rallied round at the eleventh hour to make sure we put the run on. They were Alice and Bekki Wheatley, David and Maya Gatehouse, Jane Ellis, Melvyn Burton and Suzanne Wallwork. Our tail runner was Stewart Pope. I say special mention as Jane had a streaming head cold and Suzanne is heavily pregnant with her baby due in the next ten days! It just shows the calibre of people who turn out and it makes me feel very honoured that they’d give their time to volunteer and make this little Sunday run on the Chevin possible. Thank you all.
The weather this morning, as John Ellis mentioned to me, is a taster of the colder weather to come but it didn’t stop six category records being broken, one of those being the women’s course record. It was obvious as Tilly Melechi lead Emma Stoney at the start of the second lap that this was going to be a close finish. In the end, despite Tilly breaking her own category and course record, it was Emma who finished first setting the new women’s time to beat at 21:34 with Tilly nine seconds behind (and finishing sixth and seventh overall). It was a privilege to watch; well done, both of you. Third for the women was Carol Gatehouse who in 22:57 finished eleventh overall and broke her own category record by some margin. Great running!
It may have been the promise of Jane Ellis’s really tasty gingerbread men; it may have been the tail wind on the finishing stretch but today we had a fast field and that was reflected in Zack Whitehead crossing the line at 18:24 according to the photo stopwatch a good 51 seconds ahead of James Tarran who at 19:15 broke his own category record too. Third and fourth, both finishing in 19:21, were newcomer Simon Edgar (who signed up at 8:30 this morning) and regular podium finisher, Tom Gatehouse. Good running guys!
Our other records went to Nathan Forey who finished in 25:16 and seems to be breaking his category record every week at the moment and stalwart runner Malcolm Coles came to reclaim his M70 record in a time of 24:03.
I’ve attached the blurry finishing photos as a pdf for you to have a look at. They’ll be on the facebook page as well.
In the canine corner first was last week’s dog marshal Penny with Tracy Cratchley.
All in all, despite having to shelter in the trees to avoid the wind while waiting for the start it was an absolutely cracking morning with a mix of regular and new faces and the now famous Run Sunday friendly atmosphere provided by you the runners so thank you to everyone who made our event a part of your morning earlier on.
I’d also like to thank everyone for their good wishes for Michelle’s speedy recovery (she’s quite ill at the moment) and I’m sure she’ll be there next week.
In the mean time I hope you all have a fabulous injury free week and you are all ready to take on next weekend’s Run Sunday!
Big thank you to Richard Schmidt for the lift home.
All the best and good running.
PS One of the runner’s today bemoaned the fact that there really weren’t enough hills on our course.