On Sunday Bridgnorth came out in force to cheer on the 165 runners taking part in the very first Bridgnorth Severn 10km race. The hilly tour of the town challenged entrants from all over the country, and the honours eventually went to William Sheridan (pictured above), in a winning time of 37:08.
Thanks to everyone that made the race possible and we hope everyone enjoyed the day!
Today I'm pleased to say that the Bridgnorth Severn 10km is FULL! We have reached our limit of 200 runners for our first race, so thank you to everyone that has entered and we will see you on the day!
The weekend of 27 – 28 September 2014 was another eventful one for Bridgnorth Running Club. On the Saturday morning the club produced an excellent turnout for the 5k Telford Park Run with nine members taking part. William Laye wore the orange 20 minute vest to lead round those aiming for that time, William completing on his 52nd Park Run in 19.59 minutes. Five of the members achieved PB’s for the course. Andrew Davies 20.19, Matt Kirkby 20.32, Nichola Rushin 25.36, Jean James 25.55 and Lucy Watkins in 31.13. Two members were trying the Park for the first time Sam Parton in 27.32 and Simon Mapp 29.02 while Sam Trevor ran her fifth Park Run in 30.49.
In the afternoon several members ran a multi terrain event organised by Black Country Triathletes held on the Apley Park Estate which consisted of three individual races, a 5k, 10k,and a half marathon 21k (photo above). In the 5k Amanda Prescott came 29th out of 47 runners with a chip time of 36.15. The 10k in which eleven members entered and actually turned out to be 11k (8.60 miles), William Laye achieved 2nd place out of 102 runners and in only just behind the sprinting winner in a time of 44.58 minutes, Andrew Davies at 13th in 53.09, Nickie Smith 30th 59.36 , Sarah Grainger 42nd 64.39, Dave Prescott 45th 65.09,Jenny Norton 52nd 67.53, Jean James 61st 69.17, Rachael Holland 78th in 74.40, Sam Parton 81st 67.22, Lucy Watkins 84th 67.50 and Deborah Leith in 100th place with a time of 85.55.
The 21k, half marathon, had four members running over a very tough course with the distance turning out to be in excess of fourteen miles! Out of a total field of 57 competitors Ed Beards came in 21st with a time of 1 hour 59 minutes 28 seconds followed by Scott Mathers in 30th place in 2.10.04. Colin Noble achieved a result in 43rd position of 2.21.36 and finally Jason Matthews in 3.02.15.
Many of the members came away happy with a trophy for winning age category positions and a good afternoon was had by all despite the races being of a higher standard than expected before the start.
The next day, Sunday 28 September, saw four members who could not get enough the previous day take on the 10k multi terrain Brown Clee Burn from Stoke St. Milborough Village Hall. William Laye in 48 minutes was 4th while Scott Mathers easily beat Andrew Davies who came in a few seconds over the hour and Dave Prescott not far behind. At the time of writing the full results have still to be published. The field was approximately 50 runners. This event was held in glorious sunshine, going out along the lane before turning off up The Shropshire Way to the top of Clee Burf and down the track to Nordy Bank with far reaching stunning views over the county towards Long Mynd before back along another lane through Stoke Gorse and back to the village hall where a bacon and egg bap awaited all finishers together with cups of tea. A very well organised race with plenty of marshals and water enroute. For the efforts all finishers also received a Brown Clee Burn certificate!
BRC runners were out in force and gave it some force too as everyone skipped home with something to celebrate!! With representation in the half marathon and 10K races, BRC came home with 3 PBs, 3 course bests and two best in categories.
In the half marathon, Andrew Davies came in with a best of category time of 1:35:22(!!), part time runner and semi professional footballer Mr Ed Beards a scintillating PB of 1:40:06 (6 seconds to go!!), Mrs Sophie 'Marathon' Beards a course best of 1:58:50 and the wonderful Jean James a BOOOOSHING PB of 2:06:30 (the 2 is getting ever closer!!). Fantastic all round!!
Having looked at the half marathon and deciding that 10K would be plenty for a sunny Sunday morning, Karen Gibbons and William Laye headed off on the 6.25 miles in Wolverhampton. Karen not only beat her previous course best but went onto win her category for the second successive year in 47:58 (going for the triple crown next year?), William Laye also came away relatively pleased with a zippy sub 40 min time of 39:35 = PB (watch out Mo-here comes the Willbot).
Get the champers out!!
We're only about 6 weeks away from the inaugural Bridgnorth Severn 10km race and places are filling fast.
The race starts at 11am on Sunday 26th October and covers a challenging 10km route through the town before finishing in the High Street. There's plenty to do on the day too, with a street market in the High Street to keep all of the family entertained before, during and after the race.
There's a limit of 200 entries, so if you're going to enter make sure you do it soon. You can download an entry form here: ENTRY FORM, or enter on the Runners World website.
We look forward to seeing you all on the day!
One evening back in October 2013, not too long after completing my first marathon at Chester, I was casually surfing the internet looking for my next challenge when I came across ‘The Wall’ – a 69 mile run along Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle. I had heard of this event before and to this day I still don't know what made me do it – boredom, lunacy, just been paid syndrome – who knows, but I found myself entering my card details and 5 minutes later i had entered my first Ultra!! I then spent the whole night at work wondering what the hell I had let myself in for – I had not even been running 12 months and the furthest I had run was 26 miles and that was only a week or so before!!
To cut a long story short I started my training in earnest in the Christmas holidays averaging 100 miles or so a month. These miles generally consisted of long slow runs mixed in with a lot of hill work and back to back runs, with a few faster 10K runs thrown in the mix. After speaking to many other Waller’s on Facebook I realised that my mileage seemed wholly inadequate – most were doing in excess of 200 miles a month!! At times I certainly had my doubts whether I’d be able to do this but onwards and upwards.
Before I knew it WALL WEEKEND was upon me and I was up in Carlisle registering and collecting my number and chip on the Friday evening. It was going to be an early start Saturday so off to Nando’s for a last minute feast and then back to hotel for some much needed sleep – NOT!! Slept for all of 5 minutes, absolutely buzzing and full of adrenaline – get me to that start line.
Go to the start at Carlisle Castle in plenty of time and just soaked upthe atmosphere. There were in excess of 400 runners in the Expert 1 day category and you could slice tension/nervous energy with a butter knife.
Before long they called us in to the starting pen and there I was right at the front – I was going to lead this race if only for a few seconds. At 7 on the dot we were off, through the arch way – out in frontand straight over on to my backside – bloody cobbled speedbumps! Picked myself up and off in to the park. It was already sunny and warm so plenty of fluid intake from the start. I made the most of the early conditions and soon came to the 1st pitstop circa 8 miles. A quick drink and off again towards the 1st main checkpoint at Lanercost, where there would be food and energy drinks. I was sticking to my own nutrition plan well – an energy bar every hour and then fruit/cake at the checkpoints. Time seemed to fly by – through Lanercost in just over 2 hours, I was flying. I was beginning to think where are these so called hills – I soon found out to my cost. The 17 mile section from Lanercost to Vindolanda was HORRENDOUSLY hilly, but every cloud has a silver lining and all that. The views at the top of the hills were utterly spectacular.
I slowed a fair bit on this section what with the hills and the extreme heat – by mile 27 I had gone through in excess of 4 litres and had to run the last 5 miles into Vindolanda with no water. But I still arived at Vindolanda with a huge smile on my face in a time of 5 ½ hours – so well happy. Took my time here (45 mins) to refuel and get my injuries from the fall sorted. Also ensured I was carrying an extra couple of bottles of water – just in case. Fed and watered off I went again and straight onto what I can only describe as that B#####D hill!! Vertical climbing, on my hands and toes pulling myself up bit by bit.
Eventually got to the top and took in the views, then off again across undulating countryside. Time again just seemed to fly by and before I knew it I was arriving at the 45 mile checkpoint by the river at Hexham – bang on target at 9 hours. My right knee was playing up a bit though at this point, but after refilling my bottles and a bite to eat I was off again knowing I had less than a marathon left to go. Crossed the river and onto a busy stretch of road I tried to run as much as I could but my knee was now hurting quite bad. Eventually decided on a strategy of walking 400mtrs and running 600. I was struggling to take any proper food in now so turned to my gels which seemed to give me a boost and I reached the last main checkpoint at Ovingham still moving pretty well. Had a cuppa and a banana and strtetched my legs before I was off on the last 7 miles into Newcastle. As soon as I set off I knew it was going to be a struggle, I’d stayed too long at Ovingham and my knee had decided enough was enough. The last 7 miles were a bit of a death march, no running just walking – although still at a fair pace as it turned out. Eventually came down along the river Tyne just as the light was starting to fade, my spirits rose and I stumbled into a bit of a jog. I was passed by a few runners along here but always had a smile and a well done for them – which was always reciprocated. The bridges came into view and a chill came over me. Had it not been for all the cheers from people in the bars and walkers along the way I would surely have stopped and shed a tear or two, the enormity of what I was about to achieve finally hitting home. I could now hear the PA at the finish and as I reached the Millennium Bridge I upped my pace and sprinted – it felt like a sprint to me – over the bridge and down across the finish line. 15:17:32 and 159th place – not quite the sub 14 hours I was hoping for but given the fall at the start and the conditions on the day I was extremely happy.
Looking back and reflecting I still find it hard to believe I actually managed to complete 69 miles in one go. I couldn’t run to the shop just 18 months before! Would I recommend it – hell yes I would. A truly amazing event that takes you places you never thought you had in you.
A big thank you to all the BRC members who kept me going with their messages of support on the day. They truly were invaluable.
The results are in for the Wenlock Olympian 7 Mile Road Race! BRC Members did themselves proud with the following results!
Pos 20 - Ben Greenhalgh 50:08
Pos 25 - Colin Noble 52:30
Pos 30 - Scott Mathers 53:47
Pos 33 - Robert Carr 54:11
Pos 34 - Melanie Newbrook 54:12
Pos 36 - Stuart Carr 54:57
Pos 64 - Nickie Smith 59:58
Pos 74 - Dave Prescott 1:03:32
Pos 80 - Jean James 1:05:02
Pos 90 - Jason Matthews 1:08:07
Pos 100 - Lucy Davies 1:10:47
Pos 105 - Catriona Richards 1:14:20
Pos 114 - Sam Trevor 1:17:28
Pos 115 - Karen Cashmore 1:17:28
Well done everyone. A brilliant turn out by the club and some great results for people!!!
Finally, we're incredibly pleased to announce the first race organised by Bridgnorth Running Club, the Bridgnorth Severn 10.
Being held on Sunday 26th October 2014 at 11am, the run will be a single 10km lap around Bridgnorth, starting and finishing at the iconic Town Hall. You'll take in the sights of High Town and Low Town, the River Severn and you'll be treated to some of Bridgnorth's unforgiving hills. For now though, the exact route will remain as a surprise.
So, get your entries in early and make sure you are part of the first Bridgnorth Severn 10!
Further details can be found on the Bridgnorth 10km page.
On Sunday 4th May BRC Members, Will Laye and Natalie Carr, took part in a unique race, with runners across the globe. Here's how Will found it. And yes, in the picture above (click the photo to enlarge), that is Will in the blue vest leading the race from the start!!!!
"The Wings For Life World Run was the most unique event I've ever run and probably the best too. It's differs from most other races in that there is no set distance to complete; you get a 30 minute head start on a 'catcher car' that gets incrementally faster over time. When the car catches up to you, your race is over!
Having no set distance to run to introduced so many new challenges, things like how to pace, what goals to aim for but most of all it encouraged you to push yourself to your limits. I managed 19.5 miles in 2:31:01 before the car caught me, which was good enough for 43rd position. I recommend this race to every runner out there, it's suitable for 5Kers to ultramarathoners, how far you go is up to you. PLUS - there was a free bar afterward!!"
Another big difference with this run was that there were runs synchronised all round the world, with one overall World winner. Wills effort of 19.5 miles was fantastic, but the winner, running in Austria, managed a whopping 48 miles in just over 5 hours before the car finally caught him!!!!!
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