Bramley Article April 2019
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
Bramley Article March 2019
I believe the amazing thing about running is that there is not one single achievement for everyone. It depends on what your personal goal or target is and this can range from anything that includes running your first 5k park run, completing your first half or full marathon, finishing an ultra, fell running for the first time or beating a personal best. The SRC runners’ feats during February have not disappointed. I will start with the amazing accomplishment of our very own Richard Andrews who took part and finished the ARC of Attrition Ultra Marathon. Not only does this take place during the extreme conditions in February on the Cornish coastal path, it is also a 100 mile event with over 4000 metres of ascent and has over a 50% drop out rate. Richard completed this in a staggering time of 31 hours and 47 minutes and this is with no sleep along the way. Also, in February Eddie Alder took part in, and raised over £500 for the Tomorrow project, by finishing the Montane Grizedale Trail Marathon. This a challenging course set in the Lake District and Eddie completed all of this with mild hypothermia and bad knee after falling at 25km. If this has inspired you or if you want to meet some great people and get help and support in achieving your running goals, then join us at SRC www.southwellrunningclub.org. I can certainly testify that this a great place to accomplish your personal goals.
The Obsessive Runner