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Ballater 10, Sunday 30th July 2017 Print

Perhaps a little far away for most, but a wonderful place to run.

Where you may ask, well a quick Google map check shows a round trip from the Fox Hollies clubhouse of 816 miles so perhaps a little far for a day trip, however if you happen to be holidaying in the Cairngorms or visiting friends at nearby Balmoral for the weekend of this race I can strongly recommend. Ballater is a very pretty village or maybe a small town situated on the river Dee, and the race mainly on quiet roads, although a couple of miles were on forest roads, weaves it way alongside a couple of rivers, through forested areas, in stunningly beautiful countryside. A couple of short off road diversions (as some roads were washed away in the floods of 2015 and are not yet repaired) added to the challenge. Quite a late start for a race (midday) but given the rural nature of this part of Aberdeenshire I guess that is to allow sufficient time for participants to arrive.

The event was organised by local club Deeside runners and was well marshalled and organised. Personally I really enjoyed this event, perhaps could have gone somewhat faster, but gawping at all the gorgeous countryside as I ran is perhaps not the best single minded focus.

 Andrew Wadsworth 

222 runners, a mixture of local clubs and a few visitors from further afield including the winner from Poland, plus non club participants, prizes for the top three in each gender and age category of beer, cheese (or both for the first).

Full results can be found here

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 .

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