For those who have the Fred Hughes or Benfleet on 21st January, why not head up to Hampstead after for a post race debrief over a curry. Please see link below if you fancy joining.
The fourth Met League fixture of the season took place last Saturday at Wormwood Scrubs. There was a great Chaser turnout with a good few people trying out cross country for the first time. There were a record number of participants overall with 268 women and 544 men competing. The course was pancake flat (imagine a lumpy pancake) with enough mud to make a few people lose their shoes. This didn't stop them continuing in the race, I suppose there's nothing like having a prison in the background of a course that will make you keep running.
The next cross country race will take place on the 10th of February at Trent Park- a good one for those of you who enjoy hills.
(Eamon and Andrew)
This was the 10th anniversary of this ultra and entries sold out some time ago with around 300 runners starting.
The 07:20 train from Marylebone was packed with runners fully kitted out ready to run.
The first half of the race is the hardest with some hills, styes to climb over, muddy fields and a little congestion as the field thinned out but some pretty stunning scenery to enjoy. The second half of the race is flat along the Grand Union canal towpath and the finish is at Little Venice, Paddington, an area that would be familiar to many of you from our long Sunday runs out West along the canal.
As usual with ultras, there was plenty of chat with fellow runners and we enjoyed the fruit cake at each of the 5 water stations. The route is not marked at all and although we were provided with a map book, if it were not for Andrew’s super GPS watch I would be still out there (somewhere). We finished in 09:54:03 having to use head torches for the last hour to avoid an early bath. We would not hesitate to recommend this race to Chasers for next year.
For anyone that has witnessed me struggle up Highgate Hill, you will know that hills are not my strong point. So I am still clueless as to how my 74 year old Grandad convinced me to enter Rough n Tumble – 10 miles through remote Wiltshire countryside with 1500m+ elevation, and possibly a foolish choice for my first ever trail race. I can only assume it was the slogan “some come for the glory, most come for the cakes” that stuck in my head, rather than the “mud, sweat and hills” plastered over my race number.
None the less, nature had been kind, and a dry start to January meant the course conditions were the best they’d been for years. The views from the course were absolutely stunning and the support was fantastic – how some of the marshals got to their positions, I do not know! I met some of the friendliest runners ever, who offered words of encouragement throughout, sounding all the better in a variety of West Country accents, helping me to cross the finish line in 2:11:31.
Even though I had to literally crawl up some of those hills, I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed myself and my Grandad is delighted that he can try and tempt me with some more off road races. 100% recommend Rough n Tumble to anyone that wants a challenge and a change of scenery!
For anyone that has not yet paid their subscriptions, can you please do this soon.
Here's whats happening over the next few weeks other than our usual Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday runs. You can find our full calendar on the website.
|Sun 21 Jan 2018||Fred Hughes 10||Road|
|Sun 21 Jan 2018||Benfleet 15||Trail|
|Sun 21 Jan 2018||Chasers Curry Night - Paradise, Hampstead||Social||Let me know if you're coming|
|Sun 4 Feb 2018||Mornington Chasers Regent’s Park 10k - Race 5||Road||Sign up to marshal (2 of 12 left)|
|Sun 4 Feb 2018||Watford Half Marathon||Road|
|Tue 6 Feb 2018||Monthly Pub Night - Tapping The Admiral||Social|
|Sat 10 Feb 2018||Start Fitness Met League - Trent Park||Cross Country|
We are also currently taking names for the following events.
|Sun 4 Mar 2018||Mornington Chasers Regent’s Park 10k - Race 6 - Club 10K championships||Road||Sign up to marshal (7 of 12 left)|
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|10K||Eamon Byrne 55:38 (55:12), 188 (24) [56.31%]|
|10K||Stephen West 1:02:20 (1:01:41), 259 (51) [45.99%] NEW PB|
|10M||Daisy Wooller 02:11:50 (02:11:31), 417 (25) [37.52%]|
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