Weekly CARC Update: 11/12/23 – 17/12/23


Welcome to your weekly CARC update, detailing what our club members have been up to this week.

As usual, we have our Tuesday and Thursday training sessions to kick us off for the week. On Tuesday, our runners were putting their hill training to the test with a hill interval session at Croft Castle. Both uphill and downhill intervals were on the agenda, with a rest in between. Thank you to Sam for taking this session. Thursday and it was back to High Vinnalls with Tim for a long interval session. Using the easy access loop of Mortimer Forest, our runners ran around at different efforts, with a recovery in between. Thanks, Tim.

Finally, dry weather graced our runners for their Saturday morning outings to Parkrun.

At Ludlow it was another first place for Eric, taking the win by over 2 minutes. Simon and Toby – who also achieved a new PB, joined Eric in the top ten. Lucy took the win for the females. Over in Wales, Sam J was running (and winning, by a staggering 4 mins) Hafan Pwllheli Parkrun. A good weekend to be a Croft member at Parkrun.

A slight change to running, Emily and Alison took part in the long distance walking challenge; Santa’s Stiperstones Stomp on Saturday. Dressed in their festive attire, the duo, alongside other running friends, spent the day climbing 16 miles worth of the Shropshire Hills, in which they completed in 4 and a half hours. Well done all.

Also out on the trails today were Tim, Flora, Gary and Guy at the Skirrid Fell Race. At 3.6 miles, this race starts off in surrounding fields before a, what’s described as painfully runnable, climb up to the Skirrid summit before heading back to the start/finish. Click here to read a full race report written by Guy.

Also this weekend, some Croft runners have been out and about taking part in the Choc-O Challenge that has been put together by our own Ali Benwell and Michelle Parker. But, what is the Choc-O Challenge? Using coordinates and tags on the course, the runners have to find their way to the chocolate prize. Whilst ours may be a members only challenge, it has been heavily influenced by the famous Long Mynd Choc-O Challenge. Well done to Tim J, Steph K, Kelly, Sam H, Tori and Theresa who have all completed the challenge thus far. Crofties, don’t miss your chance to take part!

So, with that we welcome in another week – CHRISTMAS! With numerous festive social runs and events going on in the next couple of weeks there will be plenty for me to write about. However, you will have to wait until the New Year. Sorry!

Don’t forget, we’re always on the look out for your race reports for the website, so get posting them on Facebook or send them to either Sam H, Huw or myself (Bronwyn).

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