Roche Abbey Autumn Trail (Sunday 27 September) is a jewel in the It’s Grim Up North Running (IGUN) crown with its choice of distances, mixture of terrain and stunning countryside. This was still the case at this Covid-secure event where runners tackled hills and nettles as they completed multiple laps in and around the ruins of the 12th century Roche Abbey.
A Grade II listed building, Roche Abbey is described as a: “Fabulous hidden gem often overlooked as a place to visit in South Yorkshire”. It received a stream of visitors on Sunday as over 130 runners passed under the Gothic arches before continuing on their way in their chosen distance whilst practicing social distancing. Big up to Phillip for the reminder and links.
Well done to Phillip and Karol who raced the 10k event, with Phillip managing a 7th place finish with a 54:09 followed by Karol in 1:18:36.
The annual running of this race was able to go ahead with some modifications to the start area, (well done to Keighley and Craven AC for managing to get the go-ahead) with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(???) entrants had plenty to aim for.
The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few.
With checkpoints throughout the route and with full kit required to be carried runners need to be ready for anything thing.
Starting and finishing at Fitz Park, in Keswick, the 5K Derwentwater Sport Trail, 10K Derwentwater Trail Run, 15K Derwentwater Trail Race and 15K Derwentwater Trail Challenge are circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Derwentwater, the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to trail running, but expect a bit of everything! The course has no stiles, so there is nothing but the hills and the infamous Bottomless Bogs of the Glenderaterra Valley to break up your rhythm.
A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish.
The Whettlocks travelled up to Keswick for the weekend with Phillip taking on the 15k and Karol the 5k.
Phillip romped home in 103rd place with a cracking time of 1:34:11, with Karol finishing in 39:11 (1st FV60).
I thought it best to crack on and let you know how the championship finally finished back in March. We started out with 13 races but, obviously due to Covid19, this was cut short to 11 with your best 5 races to count. Thank you to all who helped with this year’s championship: I couldn’t have done it without you.
In total we had 39 men and 17 women take part in at least 1 race, which is a drop of about 20 runners from the first season; hopefully you will all be wanting to get back out racing and be in with a chance of some superb prizes when this year’s competition gets underway in October (hopefully).
In the battle for the women’s title Joanna Lockwood once again finished in 1st place and therefore defended her crown from the previous year. 2nd, 3rd and 4th was a tight contest between Lynne Robinson, Vicky Trudgill and Michelle Greenwood battling it out for glory rights.
Trophies will be presented to the winners as well as a bottle of the finest bubbly for 2nd and 3rd places.
In the Men’s battle we had a reverse of last year’s top 3, with Paul Greenwood, finding some fast form to overcome the old timers of Simon Brady and Andy Dovernor, to finish top of the pile in a very close competition thus snatching the trophy away from Simon.
1st Paul 383.82 pts 2nd Andy 383.11 pts 3rd Simon 382.43 pts 4th Steve Brook 345.45
If anybody is wondering I came 5th.
Well done to you all! There was some fantastic running from everybody. Let’s keep up the motivation and prepare for when the racing can begin again.
In Horton’s 2nd week of virtual 5k’s, it was left to Queensbury to take the podium with a 1, 2, 3 finish, well done to all who took part with 5 Queensbury runners in the top 12. If you fancy a mention run a 5k anytime on a Saturday and post your strava/other platform time on their fb in their post and they’ll do the rest, happy running.
This fast course starts from the iconic Chester Racecourse and heads north-west out of the City along wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into race pace, then passing close to the picturesque village of Mollington, before returning to the heart of Chester City centre passing the historic Victorian town hall and Medieval Cathedral, before finishing on Eastgate Street with a spectacular backdrop of the Eastgate Clock.
Well done to Jonathon Mason who ran a quick 42.21 following his PB at Trafford the week before.