Sunday 28th January
On Saturday, we saw a sea of orange and black descended on Boston Park as over 40 members showed up in support of James Willis’ attempt at the age category record which of course he achieved with a superb, 23.17. Incredible especially taking into account he saw in turning 75 with a 50km training run on Monday, a true inspiration. Saturday morning was described as a fantastic time and that’s even before the breakfast. James as humble as ever was quick to highlight the depth and talent in the club with 9 runners in the top 20 and 7 in the top 10 age graded with several achieving course bests.
This weekend saw 8 of our runners travel to Skidby, East Yorkshire for the Ferriby 10 Mile Road Race. A very popular local run dating back to 1954 which once saw Brendan Foster enter and win.
Our runners were of the consensus that it was a tough but very enjoyable event, many saying they would enter again. With the first 5 miles being mainly incline followed by a second half descent and a sting in the tail to finish it is testing but can be quick as our club showed.
First back for the club was Steven Dowse (58.08) followed by Phillip Weaver (01.05.33) & Simon Wise (01.06.06) all finishing in the top 100 out of 852 and getting PBs. Chris Hurst (01:16:30) also was as strong as ever getting his 2nd quickest time over the distance.
For the ladies Leanne Rickett (01:22:57) was first home followed by Rebecca Louise Atkinson (01.33.41) & Jane Martin (01:33:43) who tackled the hills and finished together with Jane also PBing. Sarah Smith unfortunately could not attempt the full distance however still ran part of the course and was there to cheer in our members. All getting blue jumpers for their efforts.
After a tough week for the club, this weekend showed how much this club is a family, and how we are there to support, in good times and in sad times. We are a running family.