This week we have the news that many of us have been awaiting, the return to the track. Obviously very stringent protocols will be in place and full details of these are listed below.
Louise Stewart and Tara Lambert competed in the virtual Ashby 20 and Louise has written a report and finally we have an update on Josh and Ben Harrisons virtual Lands End to John O’Groats journey, as they reach the half way stage, which I reckon is somewhere close to Keswick. Well done boys.
A library photo of Tara and Louise.
This year’s Ashby 20 mile road race was yet another victim of lockdown regulations but, as with so many other events, it was held instead as a virtual race.
Tempted as always by yet another sweatshirt, I decided to enter, plus it would fit in nicely with my training plan for Race to the Stones.
The Ashby 20 is usually held as a road race, however it made more sense for me to do this on trail.
So at 0900 on the spring equinox, Tara Lambert and I set off along the Heart of England trail.
Much of this was familiar territory, running from Henley, heading up the Stratford Canal past my old house in Lapworth and then entering uncharted territory over towards Fen End.
The going was fair to middling, let down by the usual Saturday morning mud fest and the particular delights on freshly ploughed fields and a distinct paucity of signage.
As it was a race I couldn’t pause my watch whilst we were checking the directions, but as I was treating it as a training run time on feet was more important.
So 5 hours later, with apologies to the good folk of Henley High Street, I dragged myself back to the car park where Tara was waiting to record the finish line photo. I’d like to thank Tara for dragging me along and buying the chips afterwards!
This week Josh and Ben Harrison will hit the halfway point of their Lands End to John O’Groats challenge in aid of the MS society.
They started their challenge on January 1st with the target to run and cycle the distance of 874 miles between them by the summer.
With 418 miles covered so far and the half way point nearing at the end of this week, Josh and Ben would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone that has supported them. Wiith your help they have raised over £1,200 so far and are now looking forward to the next 437 miles.
More details can be found on their just giving page below. Thank you.
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