Report by Sam Harper
An unexpected hot and sunny morning for the first of this years Club Handicap series – Running Monks debut race, the Bishops Castle 10k.
It was a very well organised event – we were able to collect race numbers with no fuss, no queue for the loo and after a brief race 88 runners including 26 Croft started the race – an uphill track leading to fields.
Most of race was accross fields and there were friendly marshalls at each point where a possibly wrong turn may have taken place to ensure everyone stayed on route. Mainly gentle slopes up and down on grass and the recent dry weather kept it nice under foot. There was a particularly churned up part through horses paddocks and a dried out track which had to be taken steadily to avoid a turned ankle – but as far as I know there were no injuries and apart from a few styles, a good trial race pace was able to be held.
There were a couple of steep slopes – with a very happy Eric marshalling at the top of the steepest to take a few photos of us at our most struggling point – the top 5 or so runners were able to run up them but I think the rest of us pushed our way up at a more sedate pace.
The route finished downhill on the same track as the start to finish to a friendly cheer from a small crowd – finishing medals and a bottle of beer for everyone!
I am not sure what the running ethos for Running Monk is, but I am guessing at running for all rather than focusing on the fastest finishers as there were no prizes and age group results not shared. Bit of a shame for the club really as Jasper was third home and Kelly first lady. My reading of the results was also that we would also have got male and female teams with Kelly 1, Emma 4 and Jo M 5 and Jasper 3, Sam J 4 and Stuart 8.
Full results on the results page of the website – as it is part of the Club Championship – and below the photos – more photos on the facebook page.
Well done all.
Next Club Championship race – Mick Ligema cup on Tuesday 26 April 7pm Start.