On Wednesday night six members took part in the Rugby 6, round three of this year’s east midlands grand prix series. The challenging route packs in two challenging climbs before a final fast flat mile to the finish. Dean Rushby continued his good run and was the first club member home in 0:47:12 (217th) with Gary Wallis 0:47:24 (221st), Ian Southwell 0:49:04 (246th), Tracy Southwell 0:49:16 (247th), Andy Shrive 0:53:19 (291st) and Leanne Shrive 0:57:01 (322nd).
The following week was a case of ups and downs with Jill Postlethwaite & Andrew Holt both taking part in formidable mountain races.
Deep in the wonderful swiss Alps, Jill Postlethwaite finished an impressive 3rd place in her V50 category at the Bluemlisalp Lauf 10-mile mountain race. Set within the immediate vicinity of a UNESCO World Heritage natural area, the Blüemlisalplauf race takes place over 35% paved road and 65% nature trails, none of which slowed Jill down as she completed the event in a time of 1:36.00 for 39th overall.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Andrew Holt was in action at the Welsh 1000m peaks race. Starting next to the sea on the foreshore of Conwy bay the route takes in the five highest mountain peaks in Wales finishing on Snowdon. The event is self-navigational, and the course unmarked, leaving the runners to tackle bogs, streams, clamber over slippery rocks and brutal climbs through the cloud line. Despite missing checkpoint one by approximately 20 meters forcing a 15 to 20 mins backtrack, Andy finished in 6hrs 07mins for new personal best time.
Photo credit: Jill Postlethwaite