Easter weekend and Tuffs were out and about enjoying some great weather.
MAIDENHEAD 10 MILE
First run 69 years ago when the entry price was 2/6d (worth 12.5p) it was a few years before women were deemed ‘capable’ to run the 10 mile distance. This year the Good Friday race saw 900 entrants over a third of which were female. In amongst these were Trevor and Clive Harvey who have competed here several times. It was a very warm day with the temperature reaching 20 degrees. Whilst there is a loop around the business park at the start, the majority of the route is around country lanes and across fields, very scenic in the sun. A well organised race with none other than the local MP – Theresa May marshalling. As an ex-prime minister she is entitled to police protection and they were behind the hedge as she directed marshals across the field.
SATURDAY RUN CHOCOLATE CHASE
As it was Easter Saturday Catherine Western had proposed a 10k route with some Easter Treats. The enthusiastic runners did wonder how far the run would be when Catharine ran to the start complete with a bulging hydration pack – err, how far are you planning to run? The good news was her pack was stuffed with Chocolate and cards were handed out with cryptic clues as to where to run. The first checkpoint was at The Black Rabbit – hence this weeks banner shot, before climbing up to the top of Arundel Park. Arriving at each correct designated spot, the chocs were handed out and someone else received the next card to crack. A great run in lovely weather – with a very plentiful supply of chocolate; thanks to Catharine for organising
EASTER BIKE RIDES
A good number of cyclists took advantage of the warm weather and a chance to exercise before hitting the chocolate. Particularly thanks to Andy Ward and Jon Babbage who were ride leaders this weekend for a route starting from Worthing and picking others up at Littlehampton and around Bognor to complete a 40 mile route. In addition, thanks go to Claire Moyle who was ride leader for a ‘Breeze Ladies ride’ seeing a quartet of Tuffs cycle a circular route out to Pagham.
LEWES EASTER MONDAY 10K
This Easter Monday event, saw runners start on Lewes running track before heading off for a trail based 10k. The route was mainly traffic free and scenic, before heading back onto the track to reach the finish line. All very civilised with an 11am start – well done to Tim McGrath & Tony Pearce who ran under their running club banner.
PARKRUN ROUND UP
Another week at Littlehampton parkrun, but one thing hasn’t changed – a Tuff as first female home – fantastic. This week Juliette Reader set a new PB at Littlehampton by 49 seconds as she romped home in just 21:17 – congratulations. Kev Pearson was next in a very strong 21:44. Alistair Evans was next clocking up his 80th parkrun. Thanks to Nick Hartfield who was on the organising team.
Worthing parkrun saw Edward lay as first Tuff home in 22:23 and just 4 seconds behind Richard Budd crossed the line. Maisie Johnston was in fine form clocking up a new PB in 22:39 shaving 45 seconds off her Worthing pb. Les Pearce was next crossing for his 152nd parkrun in 24:02. Danny Cunnett was just behind on his 43rd PR. Clearly Sheila Bailey’s training is going well as she knocked an incredible 3 minutes 22 seconds off her Worthing PB – amazing work. Jay McCardle was in action for his 48th PR although this time was on pacing duties over this ‘short for him’ distance. Next home was Kate Evans
At Maidenhead parkrun, after his 10 miler the previous day, Trevor Harvey was in action notching up his 42nd parkrun. This was Maidenhead’s 300th parkrun, so there was cake for all!
Poole Parkrun is a major parkrun venue with this week seeing 930 runners. In amongst these was a great performance from James Mapley crossing the line in 18:43
Well done on all 14 particularly as there were three new PB’s attained.