Sunday October 24th
Dorney Lake Half Half Marathon
|Aukje Raats||1.35.41||1st LV45|
Sunday October 17th
Oxford Half Marathon
I wanted to thank anyone who was spectating and cheering me on, I had loads of people really encouraging me shouting out “come on Witney” along the route. Whether they were just polite and great spectators or fellow WRRs, not sure, but it certainly helped.
What a day, what a race, what a great club and amazing to see and run with so many Witney Roadrunners.
Great South Run
Rotary Blenheim 10K
Cambridge Half Marathon
Saturday October 16th
Chiltern XC – Shottover
A handful of us dipped our toes into the cross country waters by gate crashing the Chiltern League fixture in Oxford on Saturday afternoon.
It was my first Chiltern League fixture and was amazed to see so many unusual vests – with most of the clubs from outside Oxfordshire.
After the misty morning, the sun was shining meaning it was certainly the warmest XC race I’ve taken part in and the ground was good to firm, with barely a spatter of mud. Traffic meant I missed Sally starting and if it weren’t for Steve I’d have missed her finishing! Sally provided us with her course feedback including a reminder that the hill is longer than you think – and we had to tackle it twice! With Sally and chief XC cheerleader Tamsyn wishing us luck, 5 Witney vests got lost in the sea of colourful vests and were soon underway.
The hill was indeed long. As was the downhill – that was hugely more fun, as I caught and passed people who’d dropped me on the way up….only for them to catch me on the way up the second time. I dug in and caught some of them on the second lap and reeled in at least another 2 more in a sprint finish. It was great to be back in a Witney vest and racing cross country, even if was unseasonably warm and dry! And it wouldn’t be cross country without cake – Tamsyn had baked some brownies for us to devour afterwards. Bring on the Oxfordshire League next month!
This week Witney Roadrunners were represented at Oxford, Killerton, Bryn Bach, Aberystwyth, Longrun Meadow, Harcourt Hill, Witney & Chipping Norton School.
Notable Results –
|Frankie Tyrell||1st Female @ Witney|
|Margaret Mason||2nd Female @ Chipping Norton|
Sunday October 10th
|Hannah Yates||4.08.51||1st marathon|
October 1st – 8th
Ultra X Jordan
The course takes the 104 participants across vast desert landscapes, through rocky canyon valleys, and over sections of soft sand dunes, covering a total distance of 250km (155 miles) over 5 days.
|Rachel Stanley-Evans||32.32.00||2nd Female
|Flora Hurrell||34.55.00||4th Female
Wow what a week. Appearing on the leaderboard everyday was more than we had ever imagined we could achieve. An honour to compete with such accomplished runners and I’m utterly thrilled to report we were 2nd and 4th placed ladies and 18th and 23rd overall. And my goodness did Wadi Rum test us, but its other-worldly beauty and the excellent care from the medics and osteos from the UltraX team helped inspire, pop, patch and motivate. Thank you to Flora who is, without a doubt, the best running buddy you could wish for, all the crew in Jordan, and particular thanks to the huge support we’ve had from the Witney Road Runners at home. Looking forward to seeing you all for a catch up run soon xx
Sunday October 10th
Sunday October 3rd
Virtual London Marathon
|Matthew Lock||27.48||3rd SM|
|Luke Edwards||29.26||3rd JM|
|Frankie Tyrrell||30.50||2nd FS|
|Chris Colbeck||31.54||3rd MV50|
|Graham Le Good||36.15|
|Sally Howard||37.22||3rd FV45|
|Jessica Wright||40.02||3rd FV35|
|Judith Le Good||44.35|
Very well done to Frankie, Sally and Lucy who won 1st Ladies Team prize
Hanney Five – Chris Colbeck
What a contrast, from not seeing another Witney vest at Chedworth to a veritable bedazzlement of them at Hanney. Everyone was there and despite last year’s deluge, the weather was bright and breezy for the return of this ever popular Grand Prix event post Covid. Half the club had gone to London very early this morning, apparently there was a low key event going on in the centre that required marshals for a handful of runners. It was important then for the remaining contingent to fly the Witney colours in style at home and that we did. After some pre race chit chat, no sooner had we assembled at the start than the gun went off. It left a few scratched heads but better get on with it because half the field had fled down the road.
A fast flat course, there was wind evident but not in such ferocity that it hampered progress excessively; around four on the Beaufort scale. The conditions probably only cost us three or four minutes compared with a calm day. A fast start caused some to flag a bit at the halfway point and there was a final sting in the tail with a lap of the field at the end. A cruel trick from Oxford City but that’s what they’re like; they organized it so I guess they can play dirty if they want to.
After the race it transpired we had done rather well, the ladies team especially with Frankie, Sally and Lucy winning the team prize. Jess had an excellent run too and was third in her category earning a prize even though she didn’t know it.
Meanwhile the Male team was in good form, predictably Mattie shot off at the start and wasn’t to be seen again until the finish line in fourth place but third in his category. Regrettably there was only a bottle of wine for a prize and that won’t help Matthew as he doesn’t drink. Luke had a solid run finishing sixteenth overall and second Witney protagonist. Injuries are prevalent amongst usually speedy teamsters at the moment. Fraser, Nick and Chris M more used to being further up the field had to settle for times belying their actual potential no thanks to tendons, hips and excess porridge. A collection of unattractive bedfellows at the best of times; roll on Eynsham!