Report by Bronwen
Sunday the 28th of November saw the return of the Nash and Boraston 10k Dash. The 6.2 mile road race, which takes place in and around the villages of Nash and Boraston just outside of Tenbury Wells, takes the runner through numerous miles of rolling countryside. With a number of up and down hills, this tough route enables each runner to challenge themselves as well as enjoy the stunning views of the Nash and Boraston countryside before heading to the finish for yummy cakes and soup. And, despite the freezing cold and icy weather, the sun shone and there was an excellent turn out from CARC with 26 members of all abilities taking part on the day.
Everyone set off on their 10k “dashes” at 11am, starting on a down hill slope just down the lane from Nash Church. From there it was very up and down with many obstacles to dodge along the way such as a fast running ford (luckily we got to use the bridge), numerous cars (roads were left open) and a tractor carrying what could have easily been the world’s largest Christmas tree. Personally, I found the final hill the toughest. This also happened to be the hill that the race was started on, plus a bit extra. Although, I think it’s fair to say the “Cake This Way” message written on to the ground really helped.
The results took a little bit longer than expected to be released and although not a PB route, there was a strong 1-2 finish for Croft with Matthew Yapp and Eric Apperley crossing the line first with times of 35.48 and 39.26 respectively. The ladies also put in a brilliant performance with Hannah Fletcher (43.38), Anna Yapp (48.43) and Jo Tilby (49.19) making it a top 3 in the female category.
Simon Norwood and Jo Marriot took home prizes for winning their age categories. Claire Preece managed to injure herself at around 5k but powered on through to the finish!
I don’t know if I speak for everyone here but I really enjoyed this race and although I could have pushed a little bit more, I am pretty content with my time. Compared to other 10k road races I have participated in, this one was tough and challenging but that was all apart of the fun! I definitely would like to take part again next year and highly recommend it to those who have never ran it.