CRR’s Own event the Chard Flyer 10k road race was a great start to 2018, Heading out for a gentle jog to the start on New Year’s Day from the Cricket Club down to Stringfellow Park where 180 runners prepared for the 11 O’clock start.
With the weather breaking to give a fairly dry run times for the front runners were going to be fast, with just 35 minute elapsed the first runners were heading into the finish at the Cricket Club having negotiated the Cycle-path to Knowle Lane, up the long hill to Cricket Lane before running down to Chaffcombe lane and into Chard Reservoir (Nature Reserve) and out along Touches Lane, Furnham Road and a final push up through Glynswood footpath and across to Zembard Lane and in to the finish.
The Winners were as follows
1st Male – Philip Bridge – Wells City Harriers – 35m 04s
2nd Male – Max Hazel – Bradford On Avon – 35m 24s
3rd Male – Wayne Loveridge – Chard Road Runners – 36m 31s
1st Female – Betty Bohane – Truro Running Club – 42m 58s
2nd Female – Eleanor Wood – Axe Valley Runners – 45m 27s
3rd Female – Lisa Mather – Chard – 47m 55s
Full Results are on the Chard Road Runners Web Page http://www.chardrunningclub.btck.co.uk/
Next on the CRR’s radar were 2 events over this weekend, the Stoke Stampede, Stoke St Gregory Taunton and the England Athletics Southwest Cross Country Championships at Aldon Hill, Yeovil
First off the line was the Stoke Stampede, this 10k road race heads out of the village of Stoke St Gregory into the quiet country lanes with just a few undulations to test the runners, representing CRR’s were Adrian Male and Stevie Potter, with the sub-zero temperatures it was all about a late dash to the start line and off to the sound of the starters air-horn, with a fairly flat start Stevie and Adrian were swapping places amongst the 360+ runners, with the field stretching out Stevie started to pull ahead, Adrian was now pushing hard and into the top third of the field as he rounded the halfway point. With the wind now taking a bit of a rest coming into the finish Stevie had 2 targets insight 1 the lady ahead and the 2nd the Finish line, with an almighty push both goals were achieved with Stevie virtually stumbling over the line in a time of 44m 58s 56/363, Adrian was not far behind and having his own battle to the line pipping his adversary by 2 seconds and finishing in a time of 46m 12s 70/363
Photo L/R Stevie Potter, Adrian Male
Second Racing of the day was the England Athletics Cross Country Championships where some of the very fastest Southwest Runners competed, representing CRR’s were Wayne Loveridge, Mike Egan and Rachel Collins, this event held in Yeovil attracted a big field, with the Senior Men’s race taking to this undulating 8.5k course across the fields first, Wayne and Mike were off to a good start on the slightly frozen surface, and heading down into the valley then in the climb out Wayne started to make ground on a few of the early front runners, Mike Egan kept Wayne in sight as they rounded the hill to have a bit of open ground to get into a more regular stride, with the race coming to its conclusion Wayne had a great sprint finish to cross the line in 35m 09s 59/134, Mike rounded of the race in a great battle to the line in a time of 42m 17s 121/134
The next race over the a 5.280k cross country course saw Rachel Collins carrying the CRR’s banner, with the ground now softer following earlier races Rachel dug in hard from the off, with some close running in the early crowd of runners Rachel’s determination shone through and by the first of the hilly sections had made great progress through the field, this was always going to be a harsh contest and coming to the line Rachel was heads-up and throwing everything into the ;last few meters crossing the line in 23m 47s 23/68