It was another very busy weekend of running for team IRC with a good mix of 5k's, 10k's, fell races, 1/2 marathons, ultra marathons and even a 100 mile team relay race in the Cotswolds!
Paul Whittleton, Corrina Loosemore, Emma Bennett, Sue Bates & Natalie Braisby all ran at Long Eaton Parkrun on Saturday. Well done to Corrina for coming 1st in category, and to Sue & Paul both 3rd in category!
Chris O'Donnel headed out for another fell race, he ran in the Cressbrook Crawl which is essentially a 6.5 mile loop of the Wye Valley...sounds tough to me!
Speaking of tough...Saturday was also the day for the Dukeries ultra marathons where we had 8 runners taking part in both the 30 & 40 mile races. The routes took our runners through some fantastic countryside with scenery from places such as Sherwood Pines, Clumber Park, Cresswell Crags and various quaint little villages.
Well done to Andrew Bird, Nicole Atkinson, Gabrielle Halverson, Caz Roach, Daniel Follon, Richard Hobson & Ian Cooper all running a mammoth 40 miles and to Laura Morle running an equally impressive 30 miles! Amazing efforts everyone!
On Sunday we had Carrie Chan, Ryan Blake & Sam Ruth representing us at the RSPCA Carsington 7, (a 7 mile lap of the Carsington Reservoir) while Simon Kirk ran in the Nottingham 10k setting a new PB by 22 seconds, well done Simon!
Also on Sunday, Chris O'Donnell fresh from his fell race on Saturday was back in running action in the Lea Bunny 10K race while Neil Cort ran in the Chester Half Marathon and managed to knock 32 seconds off his PB, well done Neil!
Last but not least, we had a team of 10 runners & a support crew taking part in the Hilly 100 relay race in the Cotswolds. Well done to Paul Robinson, Steve Chamberlain, Simon Davis, Colin Ward, Andrew Gotheridge, Matt Gotheridge, Joshua Hazeldine, Simon Ward, Kevin Johnson and John Queenan each taking their turn running a 10 mile leg full of some of the toughest hills the Cotswold countryside has to offer! A fantastic team effort resulting in an average leg time of 01:11:58 and a total time of 11:59:36 for the 100 miles...Awesom running everyone!
And huge thanks to the support crew Richard Iliffe & David Feely who each covered a huge distance ferrying people around to and from the transition points and giving support and encouragement on the course!