After a bit of a break, we’re back with a review of the last few weeks of running. It certainly won’t be an exhaustive round up, but I’ve certainly found some highlights to share.
With so many cancellations and very tricky conditions we still had plenty of notable performances at parkrun this weekend.
At Burnage it was great to see Alice Bernstein hit the comeback trail with a bang after a long and frustrating injury layoff.
Alice was first female finisher with a time of 21:47 and she was joined by Neil McRobert, Vanessa Lobb (and children!) and Nigel Hartley on the snowy paths.
Paul Marshall ran and incredible 19:01 to be first home on the icy paths and trails of Towneley Park, Burnley while Chris Paxton was also impressive at Skipton running 20:44.
Tourism-wise; Amy Ardill and James Thomas crossed the line together in Leeds at Potter Newton and Sacha Fox smiled her way around snowy Cheadle Hulme.
Bury 10k / Porsche 10 mile
Since the last roundup we had a huge participation at the Bury 10k. An unfortunate clash after the Bury 10k / 10mile postponement meant that only 6 of us were able to take on the pan flat Porsche 10-mile road race.
Bury 10k produced several PB times and given the long climb out of town there will be plenty of further improvements to be made on flatter courses in the months to come.
Conwy Half Marathon
On the same day Sarah Owen and Justin Bones ran a tough Conwy half marathon around Llandudno. Sarah’s PB time on an undulating course also points to the likelihood of even quicker times to come.
There was more club championship action in Blackburn where Sarah Sutcliffe had a hard-earned age grade win and Diane Ford achieved a 10k PB. First male home for RRC was Gary Young in 38:56.
Our cross-country participants have been busy too with races at Sefton Park, Liverpool and through the sticky mud at Marl Pits.
The Sefton event was a national qualifier for the European championships that took place this weekend and was an opportunity to compete in an elite field of runners.
Marl Pits was the final race in the Red Rose series which saw Paula Pilling confirmed in second spot for her age grade.
A huge well done to junior member Ivy Pilkington who took on the challenging Marl Pits cross country course on a freezing cold day.
Sacha Fox, Nidya Arunkumar and Cecilia Woods ran the Wilmslow 10k where Sam and Ellis Booth crossed the line with identical times and Dan Stacey sneaked in under 45 minutes.
Richard Jones, Kieran Myles and Peter Taylor covered the same distance at club favourite Wesham.
Elsewhere over the last few weeks we have had some noteworthy feats of endurance.
Montane Cheviot Goat
Yet again Dean Corrie was testing himself against terrain, distance and the weather covering 60 miles and 13,000ft of elevation in the Montane Cheviot Goat. This week’s frozen conditions might have helped underfoot but at the time the relentless mud made for a proper test of body and mind.
Tristan Kent left his now native Hong Kong to smash the Singapore Marathon.
Lanzarote Marathon and Santa Dash
There was more marathon action on Lanzarote for Richard Hanson while Emma Bates took on a sunny Santa Dash.
Cayman Islands Marathon
Cayman Islands resident Andy Morrison finished in an impressive seventh place in the island's annual marathon.
Tour of Pendle fell race
Richard Thatcher and Sam Booth took on, and conquered the tough AL level Tour of Pendle fell race.
Great running again everyone and please do share your own or your friend's exploits under the Facebook post.