Weekly Roundup, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Team Smitchard

Hello striders,

The racing week kicked off with Michael Higgins who was the first Strider home when he completed the “Run In The Dark – Manchester 5k” on Wednesday evening.  A run around Salford Quays, which he finished in 27:40. Well done Michael! 

Jack Lee ran in the Kendal Mountain Festival 10k placing 34th on the day. Lone strider with another strong run

Saturday saw striders running well at the South Shields, Sherman Cup HL X/C fixture. Thank you mud people and co for flying the flag. We look forward to seeing lots of the purple posse racing round Thornley (very local, new course) this weekend. Please see Mudman’s email / Facebook post for more details.

Another big race this weekend was the strider favourite Brampton to Carlisle. 10 miles of ‘beautiful road’ fast, net down hill and packed full of excited PB hunters. Some great write ups are already online. Stand out performance coming from super speedster Stephen Jackson, leading the way home. Graeme Walton proved what a gent he is by helping Tamsin ‘pocket rocket’ Imber smash the 70 min mark and Jean Bradley bagged herself another age related podium place – this time securing a prize as well (rightly so!) Well done everyone who put themselves through the mental & physical battle of 10 miles and came out the other side with a time to be proud of.  Some great pacing demonstrated, loads of PBS, plenty of team work & healthy competition. Strong team performances from the men and women saw us placing well and proving the purple army mean business. 

Wooler hosted the trail outlaws latest event which saw striders tackle the half and full marathon under extreme winter weather conditions to say the least, making the whole experience an even bigger challenge. Read Aaron’s race report for a personal insight to the race, he finished 32nd which is fabulous, well done to all who took part, top prize goes to Kathleen Bellamy who bagged herself a marriage proposal as part of the wooler trail weekend. Congrats to you both!

Run options this Wednesday are:- 

  • 8 min mile group Geoff Davis
  • 9 min mile group Michael Ross
  • 10 min mile group Jon Ayres, possibly Tesco trot route
  • 12 min mile group run with Tim Matthews
  • Intervals on A167 totalling 6-7 miles for 9-10 min mile group with Fiona Kinghorn Jones
  • Hill reps on Baths Bridge hill for all abilities with Anna Seeley
  • 5K with Elaine Jennings suitable for all 
  • Brisk walk for 1 hour with Sue Jennings
  • Track with Allan Seheult, see email / post for details

Thanks to all run leaders – Please remember to shine bright at night! Be seen be safe!!

That’s all for now folks!
Catherine and Gareth
Team Smitchard
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