Andrew Pozzi got his year off to a flying start with victory in Luxembourg. Josh and Ben Harrison continue their efforts to run/cycle 874 miles, the equivalent of driving from Lands End to John o’Groats.
There is a report on the latest virtual Shakespeare race, with many members running in sub zero temperatures and we have the current state of play in the National Round of the England Athletics virtual 5 mile relay. Currently Ben Kruze is in 17th place overall, Georgie Campbell leads in her age category with Alex Adams 2nd in his age category.
Ben and Josh Harrison
Josh and Ben’s Progress.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about 11 year old Josh and 9 year old Ben Harrison’s attempt to run/cycle 874 miles, the equivalent of driving from Lands End to John o’Groats, with the aim of both keeping fit and raising money for Multiple Sclerosis.
I can now report that they are almost a quarter of the way there, having completed 210 miles and so far they have raised the superb sum of £710.
Well done boys. You are an example to us all. Keep it up.
Braving the sub zero temperatures. Top: Cara Reynolds and Emma Parkin. Bottom: Philipa Sian and James Cusack
February Virtual Shakespeare Race
90 members competed in this month’s 5k virtual Shakespeare race, many running in sub zero temperatures. That is some 50% more than used to compete back in the days when we used to run together, as a group. That’s for those of you with long memories.
60 of the 90 also competed in the equivalent 5k race back in August 2020. Of these, exactly 50% improved on their times including all 7 of the juniors who competed in both races. These juniors improved their times by an average of 78 seconds. Pretty impressive.
I came across some interesting facts on some of the hugely impressive times by looking at the Power of 10 rankings for last year’s 5k road races.
The following members would have achieved high UK rankings in their respective age groups last year. Alex Adams (16.08 ) would have been 6th, Georgie Campbell (17.33) 4th, Kate Wright (19.32) 5th and John Peacock (20.57) 13th.
The overall winner was Ben Kruze with a time of 15.59, that’s an average of 5.08 per mile in old money. Ben was just 9 seconds ahead of Alex Adams. Alex was 104 seconds quicker than in August. Matt Burdus-Cook finished in 3rd place with a time of 17.06, just 10 seconds ahead of Taylor Stubbins in 4th place with a time of 17.16, 83 seconds quicker than he was in August.
First female finisher was Georgie Campbell in 16.33, a 30 second improvement on August. Next placed female finisher was Kate Wright in 24th place (19.32), followed by Maisie-Joy Spriggs in 28th place with a time of 20.12, just shy of a 2 minute improvement from August. Hugely impressive.
The biggest improvements were by Dave Battersby, who’s time of 19.21 was 4.17 quicker than August and Lara Bakewell who was 3.06 quicker, recording a time of 24.01.
For the full results please click on the link below.
Just to embarrass Georgie and Alex I thought I would include this photo from 14th February 2016. This may well have been the last junior XC race we competed in. It certainly seems like it anyway. They were winning trophies back then. Goodness only knows what their trophy cabinets are like now.
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