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Sphinx Summer 5, Memorial Park, Coventry, Wednesday 14th June 2017 Print

Another in a packed calender of WRRL events in June. The warmth on the night won't have been to manys liking but the event is always friendly and well organised. Even in the heat, Andrew Wadsworth was only a second or so off a PB whilst Emma and Barry showed improvements since the Ryton Pools 5 miler a couple of weeks ago. And did I mention there was free cake at the end ?

 Andrew Wadsworth 
 Barry O'Neill
 212 Emma Donnely
 294 Mick Edwards

411 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Worcester Pitchcroft 10K, Sunday 11th June 2017 Print

Andrew Wadsworth writes >>

This is one event I have had in mind to do for a couple of years, usually it seems to clash with other races, this year being no exception with the Two Castles and the Aldridge 10K on the same day!. I'd done a Worcester AC organised event about a month ago, so was confident it would be very well organised occasion.

The race is named after the park in which Worcester racecourse is based, and for 80% of the time follows a well paved path around the racetrack and alongside the river. The course can only be described as pancake flat, oval shaped, apart from couple of 90 degree turns, and about 3200m per lap, so just over three laps. Perhaps not the most technically challenging 10k race ever but certainly a quick one.

Loads of marshalled parking and facilities provided within the centre of the racecourse, plus a terraced stand for spectators to watch the action which meant great support each time the grandstand was passed, Probably one of the most attractive medals I have received provided at the end, showing Worcester cathedral in great detail.

162 runners on the day, in slightly windy conditions the Sparkhill runners finished as below

 Frank Inman  
 Andrew Wadsworth 

Full results can be found  here  

Would recommend this race especially if you want to test how fast you can complete a 10k, I managed a PB so no complaints here!

Two Castles Run, Sunday 11th June 2017 Print

Good turnout from Sparkhill Harriers on what is not a PB course by anyone's standards. An early 9.00am start at Warwick castle seemed to be followed by hill after hill . Even with the early start it was still pushing the mercury all the way to Kenilworth castle. In truth, this is a very popular run with a fair number of club runners and very good organisation including secure baggage drop off and coaches back to the start.

 Andy Manning 
 503 Barry O'Neill
 566 Patrick Purcell 47.44
 609 Emma Donnelly
 709 Kevin Morris
 801 Megan Harris
 840 Simon Shepherd 
 Mick Edwards
 1178 Andy Hussey

All times are chip times but position is from gun.

Full results can be found here .

Ryton Pools 5, Ryton Pools Country Park, Coventry, Thursday 25th May 2017. Print

Maybe the hottest day of the year so far was not ideal for this 5 mile, 3 lap, journey around Ryton Pools Country Park. However, the scenery was splendid, the course mostly flat and the marshals plentiful and encouraging. Being a WRRL event nearly everyone there was in a club vest with masses of Leamington, Kenilworth, Spa Striders, Sphinx, K&D and Massey Fergusson etc. More moderate numbers represented Sparkhill with Andy Manning, Emma Donnelly and Barry O'Neill making the trip. The general feeling was that it was well worth it and we would recommend this for next year. Many thanks to Spa Striders hosting an excellent event.

 134 Andrew Manning 
 Emma Donnelly
 173 Barry O'Neill

316 runners completed the race.

Full results are currently available here .

Dudley Kingswinford 10K, Wednesday 3rd May 2017 Print

Andrew Wadsworth writes >

This was one midlands race I had never done yet had heard great things about, the course description says it is ‘a Gold standard race and was started in 1986. The race has grown in popularity over the years and with a capacity of 1100 runners is now one of the biggest midweek 10K Road race in the Midlands. Enjoy a great race in picturesque country lanes, well marshalled and a great friendly atmosphere.’

I did wonder whether that was just positive marketing, still only one way to find out was to enter and try it!

The event is based at Dudley Kingswinford rugby club right at the edge of the built up area of the West Midlands, it’s a large facility with plenty of parking, which was well stewarded. The rugby club also provided lots of changing rooms, as well as a bar and food afterwards. Chip timing packs were sent out well in advance of the race, and the runners were escorted out to a closed road for the start. The quality of runners is clear from the results, first home being Martin Williams of Tipton who ran in the 2010 Commonwealth games for Scotland. Lots of club vests, the Black Country and Shropshire clubs well represented, although I also spotted a few BRAT and Bournville vests.

The course itself having left behind the rugby club crosses the river Stour adjacent to a lovely country pub, where the locals were outside in force supporting the runners, and into some beautiful narrow country lanes in the low spring sunshine. Picturesque was very accurate, super colours, with open fields, woodlands and a river. The course is undulating however not severely and at all junctions plenty of encouraging marshalls.

I felt reasonably pleased with my result, which thanks to the technology I was able to see on a screen within minutes of finishing.

 Andrew Wadsworth 

748 runners this year certainly makes it the largest midweek evening race I have taken part in, so I have to conclude a very accurate description by the DK club and one to highly recommend to all for your racing diaries next year.

Full results can be found here

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