Road Race Round Up
It’s easy to forget that a short while ago no races were possible at all so let’s remember that dark time when we cast our eyes over the plethora of opportunities we now have.
So lace up your Nike/Saucony/Asics (delete where appropriate) and try your hardest to nail that PB ( or 3 in two weeks if your Ade Mason #legend).
Obviously the Summer Six and Stratford Big 10k attracted vast amounts of you; I was gutted to miss them due to the new job but you all absolutely dominated them and that fills my heart with joy.
What a club we have!!
There are some other great reports this week from equally brilliant races. You are all so generous to share them with me and the club so thanks a million.
Happy running and I can’t wait to hear what you do this weekend. Kenilworth Half/ Great North Run anyone?????
Rather excitedly here is a cracking report from Hannah Osborne which includes her children taking part. I say excitedly as there are so many amazing road running chances for our junior members yet we don’t hear from them as much as we would like. So a huge thanks to Hannah and please juniors this section of the newsletter is for you too!!
Families on track Saturday 4th September
The Spriggs kids & Mom entered the ‘Families on Track’ event as part of the Worcester City Run at the weekend. They boldly christened their team : Eat, Sleep, Run Repeat! Which I think sums them up quite well!!
The event was initially set up by Paula Radcliffe, who is a vocal advocate for family health and fitness and her concept of “Families on Track” encompasses everything she believes in as a runner… but more importantly as a Mom! Something I can relate to as a Mom of 3 very individual, high energy children. ( That’s why I stopped at 2 Ed!!!)
As a team you must complete a 10k continuous relay by running loops of various distances (250m, 500m or 1km). Each leg is completed by an individual who then hands over to another team member, any order and keep going till you complete 10km, then all runners join for the Glory Leg and run through the finish line as a team.
With 24 hours to go before the event, a huge amount of discussion and planning was had regarding the order of runners and distances they were all to complete, triple checking it came to the required 10km.
Arriving at Worcester Racecourse the Spriggs registered, pinned their numbers, excitingly grabbed their goody bags which to the joy of Mom included a large pack of skittles each; hence very happy kids.
Pre-race nerves led to a toilet toilet trip with MJ but on return who do they spot…. the legend Steve Cram!
Hannah start talking to him and telling MJ she’s meeting a famous running legend, who then tells him “there’s no way he’s famous or a runner”, I ask him his mile PB….3:46:32, photo taken and on he goes. Wikipedia searches for MJ and she discovers he is in fact a legend, rest of the day she tries to apologise to him!
Once at their ‘Pen’ for the race, lots of music, info and usual race faff. Then they met their next legend….Paula Radcliffe!
Not only did she set up these runs but she is here, meeting people, taking photos and running in a team with her son and daughter and encouraging and running with others, just wow.
The race itself was quick, noisy, competitive and fun. The Spriggs’ racing ‘programme’ went out the window after MJ felt ill after 1.5km so we got first aid, she rested and the team had less rest and ran a bit more.
Toby sped round the 500m loops…too quick for Hannah to get her breath back in between 2 1km efforts, Caleb getting into race mode and smashing out all the distances. Hannah commented “ Running a loop with Paula beside you was very surreal but motivating”.
It was all chipped timed so you could see where teams were but this would change all the time with runners doing different distances. Then Caleb came through the last 500m and we joined as a team to run the final straight together.
An incredible win was registered in a team time of 37:56 (Paula’s team was 2nd!). The kids were presented with sports watches each and photos with the Mayor of Worcester.
A day to remember, supporting everyone from 1st finisher to last one. Being inspired by athletic legends.
Being active as a family. Laughing, making memories and running our best. The Spriggs beating the Radcliffe’s what a result!!
Wilne 10K 4th September 2021
Amongst all the other events this weekend Cadie Hibberd ran in the Wilne 10k.
Some real quality competitors took part (results below) our very own Cadie Hibberd finished as 11thwoman out of almost 300 participants. What a result after suffering with Covid very recently.
As seems to be the fashion this month she did it in a cracking new PB of 39:46 almost 20 seconds off her previous.
The race was declared to be part of the Midland County Championship, meaning Caddie gained a sliver medal out of the declared runners
Well done Caddie
In these reports we aim to shout out as many of our runners as possible , but naturally with the Summer 6 and the Stratford Big 10K this would be quite the task.
So a massive well done to each and every one of you the results are attached so I implore you to look at all the SAC runners and the various times they pushed, strove and worked for. Finish lines not finish times peeps.
Here is a report on the race on the Big 10k, expertly compiled by Christine Cooper following a request and tight deadline from the Stratford Herald
Stratford’s Big 10K has been going for 12years. It started life at the racecourse but now starts from and finishes on Stratford Recreation Ground. It is a race that is loved by many and has many returning loyal followers.
After an up and down period of time for everyone, it went ahead at 9.30 on Sunday 5th September.
The route was the same as the last few years and it shows everything that Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon has to offer, with a finish coming past the Bard’s RSC Theatre.
Previous results show that this event is ideal for gaining personal best times which is useful for both experienced runners and those new to the distance.
820 runners completed the race, 44 of who were members of Stratford upon Avon Athletics Club.
Our top finisher, Ben Kruze came 2nd in 32.37. Of the first 10 runners, 5 were from Stratford AC. 15 year old Alex Adams was the youngest, with a time of 36.05 and Phil Brennan, from Stratford AC won the ale 75 category in 51.50. Matt Burdus-Cook, in 4th place, won male 45 category in 34.23
The 1st Stratford AC female athlete home was Sophie Dobedoe, who was 6th lady finisher in a time of 46.07.
Runners were glad to be back, taking part in “a normal race again”. The sun shone and although many struggled with the heat, it was generally agreed that the sunshine added to the happy atmosphere.
Some commented it “was so good to be running in such a well organised race again.” They praised the route and “the support given all the way round”.
There was a kids race in partnership with Marathon Kids UK at 11.00am, which started at the pavilion and finished under the main finish arch.
Tempo Events and Stratford should be very proud of the event. It went off very smoothly and everyone had a very good experience.
A personal recollection of last Sunday from Chris Bloomfield
I joined SAC in 2018 soon after graduating from the C25K programme and before the Big 10k in September 2019. I just couldn’t seem to finish in under an hour, so I was very pleased on the day when I finished in a new PB at the time of about 55 minutes. I was looking forward to the 2020 event and hoping to push for a sub 50 minutes even though it had taken until March 2020 to go under 25 minutes for 5k!
Obviously that didn’t happen but thanks to the club and the virtual races I was ‘training’ harder than ever.
Will the Monthly Magic Mile competition be making a return? It definitely helped me speed up!
With the delay of the 2020 event I set my sights on a sub 45 minutes as my parkrun times have been going well.
After being at the back in my first Big 10k it felt very odd being in the front pen last weekend!
Conditions were quite tough but it was a great feeling to see the clock at the finish line showing 00:44:21 (thumbs up Ed)
Thanks to the organisers for the event, the club for the training and my wife and family for letting me nip out for a short run every now and again.
Would sub 40 minutes be a step too far for next year?
Thanks for reading and happy running, jumping and throwing!
Tim and Fin Hutchinson’s recollections on the Summer Six
It was great to be back out there in a race and even better that it was one of our own races.
We decided we would like to run the race together at a sensible pace, having both not done much running over the summer holidays.
It would also be great to do this together before Fin heads off to his 1st year at university.
The number of runners was much smaller this year however the atmosphere was brilliant. The marshals were great with words of encouragement as we passed them.
We were joined by Josh Dobedoe all the way round and thoroughly enjoyed our race. We were happy with the pace and our finishing times.
To sum it up
“I loved it, running with Fin and Josh was a great way to spend the evening!”
“ Really enjoyable race with Dad and Josh, perfect weather, great evening”
Wye Valley Race
I took part (I won’t say competed!!) in a beautiful trail race based around Chepstow and the Wye Valley last Saturday.
This was a 14 mile route in beautiful weather and a spectacular route which had some decent ups, not enough downs and lots of amazing scenery.
The final kilometre was disheartening as you came from a beautiful route through a wood to turn onto a tarmac road heading to an uphill finish, where the race photographer was waiting, camera in hand.
Following a bit of a set back earlier in the summer, resulting in a serious loss of running mojo, I was determined just to get round and enjoy the route. It was still quite gratifying though to overtake a few people!
This was the first time the race has been run, and the date for next year is 3rd September.
Stratford’s Summer Road Race Superstar
Lastly I want to focus on the amazing rich vein of form that Ade Mason has tapped into. Hopefully you will remember his 10k run from two weeks ago that resulted in a PB of 37:16
Most of us would have been chuffed with that break through but the Summer Six and the Stratford Big 10K have brought further success.
I will let Adrian speak for himself on his Summer Six race here
“To say I was elated with 2nd place is an understatement, although I was never going to catch 1st place (what a great result for David, new to the area and may he join SAC one day).
With an official time of 36mins dead, I took 38secs off my Hooky 6 time a few weeks ago (which is a similar event) and over 5mins off my previous Stratford Summer Six time from 2017!! (pre club member).
Ollie Senior also ran a great 3rd place, incorporating the race into a much longer 18mi training run that evening!
Running back home from the race with a 2nd place prize bottle of red in hand also made for an interesting run :).
A great event as always put on by the club.”
Summer Six results
What I love here and what I think sums up not only Adrian and the club is that he praises others when his own achievement was unbelievable.
What a man.
I will leave with praise for his 10k last Sunday, another PB taking 19 seconds from his Leicester time finishing in 36:57
So take a bow Adrian and thanks for embodying all that makes our club great.
Thanks for reading and thanks for all the reports.
Kenilworth half or Great North Run this weekend, drop me a note if you’re running and let me know about any other events you get to represent SAC in.