Week #42 17th-23rd Oct
This year’s Midlands cross country relay championships took place on Saturday at Aldersley stadium, Wolverhampton with the club fielding a very strong Men’s team to take on some of the counties finest clubs. With fierce competition, the men’s ‘A’ Team of Matt Driver, Andy Meads, Gareth Wood & captain Sean Fenwick produced a stunning display to finish 10th overall but more notably 1st Leicestershire club. Together in an accumulative time of 1:31:39, the 4 legs of 6Km were split by just a handful of seconds showing the club to have one of the quickest & most balanced sides on the day.
For the ‘B’ team Adam Brooks started proceedings & used it well to set the fastest time. His run was suitably backed up with strong performances by club chairman Will Clapp, Jamie Thompson & Gary Wallis bringing the guys home for 50th position on the day. Unfortunately for the Ladies Lianne Brooks was a lone ranger but produced an impressive effort to complete her leg in 29th place.
A day later showed the differing preferences of our club members, with some opting for firmer footing whilst others took the opportunity to enjoy the off-road season further as Stoney Wood, Derbyshire played host to the aptly titled Undulator Fell Race. The duo of Adam Brooks & Dean Rushby took on the classic 8.4-mile category B fell race, boasting 1260ft of ascent with a mixture of off-road, trail and lanes. Adam again showed his competitive spirit over the off-road discipline coming home in 10th with a time of 01:05:12, followed by Dean in 01:35:20 for 112th position.
Also on Sunday, club members took to the streets of Leicester city centre to compete in the half & full marathon distances. Over the shorter route Matt Driver clocked an excellent 01:16:25 which earnt him 8th place from the 1,129 competitors and saw him knock 1min45 off his time from a year prior. The club was also well represented over the full 26.2-mile event with top runs by both Christine Voekerling & Steve Foxon, who was taking part in his 3rd consecutive Leicester Marathon. First home was Christine who showed the form that had earnt her multiple PB’s in the build up to this event, finishing in a time of 03:45:33 for 208th overall but impressively 3rd in her age category. Closely following behind was Steve who completed the course in a time of 03:56:23 which saw him taking an incredible 30mins 1sec off the time he set 12 months ago.
Combining the mud & road elements, we were once again well represented across numerous parkruns with a quartet of runners looking to broaden their horizons & take on new courses. At the Bushy parkrun in Peterborough Michael & Beverley Brown were enjoying their parkrun tourism whilst Natalie Ives was debuting at Rutland water. A little further afield/other side of the world in warmer climates, Marise Taylor took to the Claisebrook Cove event in Perth, Australia for the first time in what was her 80th parkrun. Closer to home, 20 members took on the Harborough parkrun with standout runs on the day from; Jane Ginns, Elaine Hickman & Chris Burleigh who all chalked up new personal best, while Carrie Holt and Tom Kershaw marginally missed out, each by less than 2 seconds.
- Adam Eales