A beautiful summer’s day on Sunday 22nd June with temperatures on par with Ibiza saw Cheddar Runners representing the club at two events- the Cheddar Gorge 10K trail race and the Chew Valley 10K road race.

Cath and Andrea, Cheddar 10K 2014

Cath and Andrea, Cheddar 10K 2014

The Cheddar 10K is a tough off-road challenge, taking in varied terrain and stunning views of the gorge, Black Rock and Velvet Bottom. The course incorporates what has been affectionately dubbed “hell steps”- a cheeky little flight of steps with a surprise mid-way up…another flight!

CRC’s Andrea Cox took on the challenge as her first race for CRC along with Cath Frith and 185 other runners. Andrea put in an excellent performance in scorching conditions to finish in 61:21 and 4th in her category (9th lady overall), and Cath wasn’t far behind coming home in 63:30 and 5th in her category (11th lady overall). A fantastic result in tough conditions- very well done ladies!

Over in Chew Valley, five cheddar runners along with 600 other competitors toed the start line of the Chew valley 10K. The race was started by gold medal-winning Team GB Olympian Jason Gardener, who ran in the 1K fun run with the children.

CRC at the Chew Valley 10K

CRC at the Chew Valley 10K. Back: Shane Roach. L-R: Beth Roach, Evie Roach, Jason Woodcock, Emma Zarrabi and Jill Wring.

The 10K course took in rural roads towards East Harptree and included a tough climb up the hill up to Hinton Blewitt, with runner’s efforts being awarded with wide views over the Chew Valley. The event was once again extremely well organised, with CRC’s Jo Burke doing a sterling job on the race committee. CRC coach Shane Roach led the team home in 39.49, coming 4th in his category. Next home was Emma Zarrabi (48.20; 6th in category) closely followed by her fiancé Jason Woodcock (48.23), who were racing off the effects of a scrumpy-fuelled evening with The Wurzels at Langford.  Jill Wring completed the 10K line-up in 51.05, coming 5th in her category. Shane’s daughters Evie and Beth successfully completed the 1K fun run having regularly taken part in Tuesday track sessions.

Good effort everyone!

Categories: Race Report

Jenny McNamara

Road running vegan runner bean! Chair of Cheddar Running Club.

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