Dave Blenkharn memorial run

Race Reports

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny evening for this years running of the Dave Blenkharn memorial run on Bircher Common.

The time trial route, set up in the height of lockdown as an incentive to keep competitive Croft Ambrey Runners Running, was a route that Dave had competed in and a place that many members of Croft saw Dave for the last time.

This 3.7mile run takes in some steep climbs up from the bottom of Bircher Common up to and around the Coppice twice before heading back down to the start point.

All runners were timed and were encouraged to do their own thing – either run competively and aim for a PB or make it more of a social event by chatting to fellow runners and sharing memories of Dave. To make it extra special Elaine, Davids wife had supplied us with refreshments, so Tyrells Crisps, doughnuts and biscuits were on hand while the results were worked out.

42 runners – from Croft and friends from other clubs took part. Eric was first runner home in a course record equalling time of 22.25, knocking 43s off his PB, followed by Sam Butler in second – 23.17 (PB by 5s) and third place went to Simon Norwood in 26.36. Charlotte Broadchurch debut on the course saw her set the female course record in 26.52, second lady home Kelly 30.44, third lady Laura Perratt.

Knocking time off their PB times (some very impressive chunks of time off were Thea (4.59), Suzie Quill (3.49), Bronwyn (3.14), Max George (2.06), Gary Gunner (23s),

The all time PB list can be found on the club records page. https://www.croftambreyrunningclub.co.uk/club-records/

Photos on the photo page – thanks to Steph, Kelly and Jo T

PositionRunnerTimeTime off PB
1Eric Apperley0:22:2543s
2Sam Butler0:23:175s
3Simon Norwood0:26:36
4Dave George0:26:37
5Nigel Taylor0:26:50
6Charlotte Broadhurst0:26:52
7Steve Partridge0:27:38
8Max George0:30:312.06
9Kelly Bowen0:30:44
10Laura Perratt0:31:19
11Thea Preece0:31:324.59
12Graham Clarke0:31:56
13Paul Parker0:32:09
14Roland Preece0:32:58
15Suzie Quill0:32:583.49
16Tim Jones0:34:09
17Gary Gunner0:34:1923s
18Bronwyn Preece0:34:343.14
19Howard Verron0:34:35
20Dave Millichap0:34:51
21Lee Monks0:34:52
22Max Tomlinson0:35:05
23Sam Harper0:35:52
24Jo Marriott0:35:52
25Kirsty Hatcher0:35:55
26Saul Phillips0:36:09
27Charlotte Hart0:36:58
28Gosia Bronisz-Handley0:37:20
29Sue Purvin0:37:37
30Olli Cameron-Swan0:38:31
31Flora Gunner0:38:38
32Emma Stewardson0:39:19
33Paul Baskeyville0:39:21
34Huw Williams0:39:52
35Rob Martin0:40:15
36Sue Wood0:40:28
37Nikki Ferguson0:40:29
38Hayley Millichap0:45:29
39Sybil Marsh0:45:35
40Gemma Davies0:48:02
41Mike Powell0:48:05
42Carol Powell0:48:06

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