For many SRC runners it is the mid-season break between the cross country and summer league road season, but there are still lots of club members who are training and racing hard. It amazes me how much training goes into getting ready for a marathon and also the races that people take part in as part of this process. Michael Mather is training really hard for his first marathon attempt in his home town of Manchester and he has been really well supported by Steven Rice. Both Michael and Steven ran the Coventry half marathon, clocking impressive times of 1 hour and 34 minutes. They also took part in a new event, the Nottingham 20, which Kate Baker also ran in as well as taking part in the Ashby 20. A popular event for preparing for a Spring marathon is the Ashby 20 and this saw eight SRC members run this 20 mile road race. Bruce Danby and Penny Durance were both second in their category and Katy Simpson posted an excellent time of 2 hours and 28 minutes. A special mention goes to Sam Ward who has been picked to represent Nottinghamshire in the Intercounties Fell Race. Sam was picked after an excellent performance in the Wolf’s Pit Fell Race, which several other members took part in. I wish all SRC members and anyone else taking part in a marathon the best of luck. I am sure all the hard work will pay off!
The Obsessive Runner