- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 3
- Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 3
- Round Sheffield Run
- Cannock Chase Trig Points
- Bedworth Park 5k
- Draycote Water 10k
- Winter Enigma 2
- Winter Enigma 1
- Seven Sins and Immortal
Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Div 3 Race 3 at Droitwich – 15 January OTH
Men’s ‘A’ Team 8th – 396 points, Overall 8th – 1091 points
Men’s ‘B’ Team 7th – 843 points, Overall 5th – 2516 points
Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 3 at Abington Park, Droitwich – 15 January OTH
Round Sheffield Run – 10 JanuaryOTH
A run in pairs with my friend Justine who now lives in Sheffield.
The run is 11 stages around Sheffield taking in all of its parks and woodland areas. You had to dib in and out at each section. Justine had not run since lockdown so she was somewhat worried. She did really well though and we completed the 15 miles together in 3h:20.
Note that the finish time is actually for the 12 miles which were running.
Cannock Chase Trig Points – 9 JanuaryOTH
I was pleased to discover that the Fell Runners Club stage an annual Fell Race that wasn’t 100’s of miles away. I love Cannock Chase, there can’t be many places as close that have that sort of scenery and at £14 with refreshments and map included, I thought looked like a bargain.
The organiser Bob provided me with some pre-race advice on navigation and the whole event had that “friendly club race” atmosphere. Delays on the M6 meant I had just enough time to mark my route out and get to the start for the briefing. I had one friendly greeting from a former Northbrooker, Kev and we were off.
My concerns about getting lost meant I went out quite hard to stay within the pack but this soon spread out as people headed off on their pre-determined routes so I was forced to run hard to keep people in view. After 3 miles I was able to catch up with a runner called Melissa (who turned out to be the over 60 female winner) and she kindly shared a few directions which got me to the final outward checkpoint at 8 miles.
Feeling a little more confident that I could find my way back alone I decided to push on and pick a few runners off but by 10 miles my harder than planned start meant that getting to the finish became my only ambition. I got in just over 2hrs 40mins (which was a lot quicker than I felt I’d run) and after cheering a few runners in I hobbled my way to the registration center and was treated to a choice of cakes and a hot drink.
A tough course with a lot of hills and uneven terrain, but a super atmosphere and very rewarding.
Bedworth Park 5k – 9 January5K
Draycote Water 10k – 9 January10K
Winter Enigma 2, Milton Keynes – 9 JanuaryOTH
Hip still aching from yesterday so had an easy one, thanks to Charlie for keeping me company and getting me round.
Winter Enigma 1, Milton Keynes – 8 JanuaryOTH
Not the best weather for a jaunt around TBL, but felt good for the first half. Had an ache so slowed up ready for tomorrow. Great to see so many runners out.
Seven Sins and Immortal, Forest of Dean – 1/2 January
Seven Sins 1 JanuaryOTH
|Claudie Combelas||1:40:02||2nd FV60-69|
Seven Sins 2 JanuaryOTH
Immortal 2 JanuaryOTH
|Claudie Combelas||3:06:01||1st FV60-69|
COVID put paid to two thirds of the planned Northbrook presence at this three-day event in the Forest of Dean. Claudie, Matthew and I were the last Northbrookers standing and went down there on Saturday.
Claudie and Matt took on the 7 Sins on Saturday: seven trail hills in 7.3 miles with lots of mud underfoot. Matt was 4th Male and Claudie 14th Female and 2nd Female 60-69, having added an extra mile due to a sign going missing. So far so good.
Off to the pub in Chepstow, Wales for our overnight stay to return on Sunday. Claudie and Matt set off on the Immortal: the 7 Sins route run both ways. As they both reached the turnaround, I set off on my 7 Sins race. Matt completed in 2:14:01 to gain 3rd Male (tee-shirt!); Claudie came as 2nd Female and earning 1st Female 60-69 in her third race in three days (Peterborough 10km on 31st December).
Smiles and congratulations all round, we headed back with a well-earned brunch en route. An excellent race in a beautiful forest. Despite problems with YPB race organisation before, this one went very smoothly and is recommended – Chris