2016 Club Championship #3: Bradgate Park Run

Judging from the feedback on Facebook, the consensus seems to be that last Sunday’s race was a very very tough challenge for some of you. This was the first time that the race organisers, Racetime Events, have staged this run and therefore a new addition to the Club Championship calendar. Held in the stunning grounds of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire there were 3 race options: 5k, 10k or 15k involving 1,2 or 3 laps of a very hilly course. To count towards the Championship, club mates had to enter either the 10k or 15k.

In the 10k event we had 5 runners amongst a field of 107 running the double lap course. First to finish for the club was Kate Howes in a time of 1:08:52. Congratulations Kate. Next home were Megg Humphrey and Simon Murton who were obviously running together. It appears that Megg took a “spectacular” fall during the run resulting in a sore hip to add a very hurt right knee. Hope you recover quickly Megg and you are not in too much pain. The final results for the 10k were:

10k Results

Name Time
Megg Humphrey 1:15:36
Simon Murton 1:15:37
Jo Smith 1:18:30
Tracey Poole 1:27:16

Meanwhile we had 3 club mates running in the 15k race. Congratulations to Chris Jones finishing in a time of 1:25:45 and 13th overall. Next to finish was Helen Duncan with a time 1:32:49 of in 20th position but more notably she was 2nd lady home. Emma Potter finished a few minutes later in 1:35:44.

15k Results

Name Time
Chris Jones 1:25:45
Helen Duncan 1:32:49 [2nd lady overall]
Emma Potter 1:35:44

After the race, Helen’s reaction after receiving her 2nd place female trophy is brilliant:
“Can’t believe it. I’ve only ever won one trophy for running before in 2009 thanks to [the club] when I got most improved female. Today I got my second, yet again thanks to the club … Get In!!!”

Congratulations Helen and everyone else that took part. If anyone fancies doing it again and don’t want to wait until next year, Racetime Events are staging another XC run at Bradgate Park on the 12.June. See Club Calendar for details.

By my reckoning Helen Duncan will now be leading the Ladies Championship followed by Megg Humphrey in 2nd spot and Tracey Poole in 3rd. Meanwhile in the Men’s Championship I believe Simon Murton now leads the way having completed all 3 races so far this year.

The next Championship Race is the Belvoir Half Marathon on 10. April. Another club favourite and I can promise that it will not be so hilly. Details in the Club Calendar but I can confirm that there are only a few days left before online entries close at the end of this week. It may be possible to enter on the day if entry numbers permit and at an extra charge … so get in quick 🙂