Weston Prom Series – Race Six
Perfect conditions greeted CRC runners on the evening of Thursday 18th February for the sixth race in the 2015/16 Weston AC Prom Series. Unfortunately the results are a bit skewy and have not yet been resolved but placings are below and there were at least two PB’s 🙂 First back was Greg Pennington with a PB of 32:40 (57th) followed by Andy Rich (32:40, 58th), Rachel Flinders (35:18, 113th, a shiny new PB!), Jenny McNamara (114th), Jason Woodcock (160th), Jill Wring (168th), Emma Woodcock (197th), Joanna Rich (198th), Debra Baldwin (205th) & Gill Constable (258th).
Some great team performances, especially as some were doing them at marathon-pace in advance of the Wokingham Half and Tough Ten. Emma & Joanna are on the comeback trail after injury and Rachel secured her fourth Prom PB in a row after some super training for the Bath Half over the last three months 🙂
Wokingham Half Marathon
An intrepid five Cheddar runners took on the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 21st February. The mostly flat, 13.1 mile course – which starts and finishes at Cantley Park taking in a loop from the B3018 to Broadcommon Lane – is described as a ‘lollipop’ due to its appearance in aerial view, though that was the sweetest part of the race! It is a very well attended race with some very fast runners and a few famous names. Race organisation was very slick, and runners were not only encouraged by marshals, but also by beeps from traffic passing under the motorway bridges that featured in the course. Weather conditions were challenging, however, with the 20+MPH headwind in the last three miles proving the undoing of many runners. The final turn back to the finish line was particularly brutal, with the wind bringing some to what felt like a standstill rather than a sprint finish.
Andy Rich was first home for Cheddar (1.24.46), followed by Shane Roach (1.29.17) and Jenny McNamara, who finished in the top 6% of female runners despite not breaking the 90-minute barrier AGAIN! (1.30.55, 15th in cat). All agreed it was a tough day at the office, but Suzanne Davis and Phil Johnson were the stars of the show with huge personal best times despite the wind. Davis, currently training hard for the Brighton Marathon, put in an amazing performance to knock an incredible five minutes off her previous best time and finish in the top 8% of female runners (133.17, 17th in cat). Johnson has also been training hard for the Manchester Marathon, and knocked nearly three minutes off his previous best time with an excellent wind-defying run (1.35.53).