There were lots of races going on this weekend as we see more of a return to organised events as lockdown eases. Hurrah! Dave Bell was competing in the City of Spires this weekend at the Oxford town and gown 10k. A twisty turny route and having only just returned from a calf injury didn't make for a race PB but Dave put in an excellent effort to come in 9th in just 33:48. He reported that the scenery and great organisation made for an enjoyable race with 2000 runners through all the waves in total. Well done Dave, he reports he thinks there's more to come during the Autumn season so watch this space.
Meanwhile, Kate Sackett was competing in the Cotswold Womens only sprint triathlon finishing in an impressive time of 1hr16mins 48 seconds in total. Kate came 40th overall out of 118 competitors and third in her 60-65 age category. She felt she started off with a strong swim performance, had a solid, if breezy leg on the bike and backed this up by coming first in her age category on the run. The rain holding off and a fun atmosphere made for an enjoyable experience.
We had a group of members venturing to Lacock abbey to complete the 10k and half marathon there too. Lee Lawrence putting in a strong performance to come 21st out of 190 competitors in the half marathon.
Meanwhile, his wife Nina, accompanied by the indomitable Barrows and Stuart Fitzgerald ran the 10k, Rachel managing to secure an impressive new PB of 52:39, she says...It was pretty chilly and there was lots of hanging around what with the small group starts and lots of admin with each little group. Paul was really happy to be back at a race day after such a long break. His hard work on his training plan paid off and he ran a very steady consistent race. No walk breaks! I was in the very last group to set off so pretty cold and beginning to get hungry by the time I eventually started. It was a 2 lap course, mostly on road but with a short trail section that was very narrow so a bit of congestion there. I may have gone off slightly too quickly as the second lap felt a bit scrappy. But I hung on and upped the effort in the last mile to come in at 52:39, just inside my previous race day best of 52:57 (eight years ago!) A lovely morning. Well organised in the present circumstances.
Well done to all!