David Blenkharn Memorial Bircher Common Time Trial (June 8 – 21)

Race Reports

It was with shock and great sadness that the club learnt of the death of one of our beloved members Dave Blenkharn. He died out running on Sunday 7th June during his leg of the Builth and district virtual handicap event. He had been a member for a couple of years and always a keen runner he was known to some for much longer. He was a much loved member of the club, always friendly and happy to chat, encouraging other runners and always the gentleman. The Croft Facebook page was filled with comments on how much Dave would be missed and how much he meant to all of us and also by members of other local running clubs. All of our thoughts are with Elaine and their children Chris and Susie at this difficult time.

The Club set up the Bircher Common time trial route a month ago as a way of having a little bit of virtual competitiveness and in the two weeks prior to his death, Dave had run the route three times, so it was only fitting that the next round of the trial over the next two weeks were held in his memory. We also opened up the challenge to non-members of the club to run the route and enter in memory of Dave.

Fifty people took part in the virtual challenge in memory of Dave, including his nephew Angus. Angus is a runner too and was keen to pay tribute to Dave, but as he lives in Glasgow – Bircher was a little far to come. So he ran around a route in Glasgow which included a few hills, and was a little further at 6km and I am honoured to include his results in Dave’s run. Some members of Presteinge Pacers also took part. This was a fitting tribute to how much Dave will be missed.

A few PBs for some of the runners, but a tough route. Well done to everyone who took part. Pictures of some of those taking part below the results, together with a summary of just a few of the comments about Dave off the facebook page (click to enlarge).

Click on arrow at top of column to sort into fastest runner or best PB – Well done to Gemma on a huge 3.19m improvement – virtual choccy bar for you and one for Toby for an amazing time of 22.25.

RunnerFirst Attempt TimeP.B (minutes)
Ruth Taylor43.21
Roxy Woodfield29.44
Sam Juson29.00
Bryan Markham48.00
Toby Austin22.25
Neil Taylor33.1432.081.06
Bronwyn Preece40.28
Suzy Siddall47.12
Roland Preece33.4134.01
Lucy Wilding31.45
Naomi Perkins31.3030.420.48
Guy Whitmarsh35.3834.291.09
Thea Preece36.5438.05
Nigel Mason26..5525.541.01
Laura Taylor37.0837.28
Mikey Powell30.04
Steph King35.4633.372.09
Tory Dickinson39.3939.200.19
Sam Harper34.2733.330.54
Carol Powell39.2136.372.44
Hannah Fletcher28.56
Jo Tilby32.50
Tim Jones32.22
Lorraine Guest35.14
Nigel Taylor25.4825.270.21
Simon Norwood26.20
Bryan Lloyd (guest)34.14
Eric Apperley26.3726.050.32
Liza Austin33.5633.040.52
Kelly Bowen30.3129.470.44
Robyn Gore28.49
Alice Godding27.25
Theresa Jones41.15
Scott Jones (slightly different route! 6.16km)27.02
Claire Preece41.4642.53
Dave Geoge29.4026.243.16
Tom Davies42.5648.04
Louise Reeves42.1639.562.20
Gemma Davies43.0739.483.19
Jo Marriot31.4231.070.35
Matt Moffatt27.40
Sam Juson27.0
Bryan Markham49.0049.00
Emma Jones - ( extra loop inside the coppice! 7.4KM)42.59
Sue Powell32.5532.250.30
Angus Gray (Guest)
Virtual route 5.9km
Steve Mesham (guest)27.11
Sam Butler (guest)23.23
Kevin Duggan (guest)35.05
Bryan Lloyd (guest)34.14
Carrol Stoker (guest) 7km71
Mike Blenkinsop.
5.18 mile walk


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