Over the weekend of the 27/28th July, Vici Richardson took part in the Adidas Thunder Run at Catton Park,Derbyshire.
The event is staged over 24hrs and involves running as many laps of the 10k trail course as possible.
Vici took part with a friend as a team of two and together they endured the blazing heat in the afternoon followed by relentless torrential rain throughout the night,
which made running in the dark all the more challenging.
By the end of the race at midday on Sunday they’d managed a staggering 9 laps each totalling 180k (111.8 miles!).
If you want to take part next year (but you have been warned), the website can be found here.
If you can help at Wyndley on Sunday it would be very much appreciated.
The event starts at 11.15 am, so we are setting up at 9.00 am. We need to get hurdles out, set up long jump/triple jump boards, get the pole vault and high jump out, check the bar height of these, find all the relay change over flags and batons, find the scales to weigh throwers’ implements, put up the club tent, set up the sound system….Clearly there is a lot to do, so the more help, the better.
At 5.00pm we’ll need to put everything away, so any help at 5.00pm would also be greatly appreciated.
And if you can stay to help in between we’ll be able to use you: in the coffee bar, raking pits/collecting shot putts, putting out hurdles, taking refreshments to officials, running results from timekeepers to the announcer, pinning results up. If you can stay, we’ll happily find you a job.
A number of athletes were in action this week at various open meetings.
Nick Pryce’s rich vein of form continued, winning the 200m Open at Loughborough in a time of 21’50, beating in the process two runners who achieved low 21′ races this season. Well done Nick.
At Cheltenham Open, Charmaine Riley finished 2nd in a closely contended 200m in a time of 27’7, with Joella Spencer finishing 3rd in 28’5.
The final race of the day saw three clubs runners contest a 17-strong 800m field, with Stuart McCaw, Paul Davey and Fred Tremblay all taking part.
It was great news for Stuart McCaw, who at only 20 years of age, ran for the first time under 2 minutes, finishing 4th in a time of 1’59.2. Well done Stuart.
Fred Tremblay improved on his season’s best, finishing 3rd in 1’58.7.
Paul Davey finished in a sub 2’10 time in a race that was part of a heavy-load weekly training regime.
Full results are available here.
RSCAC was on the athletics map again this week-end with great performances all-round.
Katie Ingle competed in her first ever European competition over the week-end making it to the final of the U23 European Championships 3000m steeple in Rieti, Italy.
Results of the final can be found here.
Nick Price dominated an international class 200m field at the Birmingham Games on saturday (Alexander Stadium),
winning in a new PB of 21.38, smashing his own Senior Mens club record of 21.81.
In the process he also beat Joshua Ross (Australia’s No 1), and Richard Strachan who regularly features on the british 4x400m relay teams at international level.
Results of the 200m races are here.
In London, 7 club athletes had the chance to compete against Paula Radcliffe at the Olympic Park run.
They had to enter a ballot to take part in the five-mile (8,047m), 12,500 runners strong, National Lottery Anniversary Run around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton was also taking part while fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was the official starter of the race.
There were about 30,000 spectators.
Vikram Balachandar was first home is a fast time of 29:15 followed by Colin McAuley in 30:57. Mark Rickards came home in a fantastic PB time of 31:21. All three beat world champion marathoner Paula Radcliffe to the line – not something you get to do every weekend! Vici Richardson, Lucy Jennings, Emma Neachell and Katie Jennings also competed in the event.
Full results are:
Vikram Balachandar 29:15 (68th)
Colin McAuley 30:57 (148th)
Mark Rickards 31:21 (183th)
Vici Richardson 38:57 (1961th)
Lucy Jennings 47:10 (5591th)
Emma Neachell 50:33 (7281th)
Katie Jennings 51:24 (7668th)
Finally, Simon Ralph showed he is on his way to returning to top form with a sub 40min 10k result in a relay leg of the City of Birmingham 2013 Triatlon, Sunday at Sutton Park.
Well done Simon.
The U13s and U15s travelled to Banbury for a YDL fixture on Saturday. There were wins for Ben Horton, Georgia Platt, Maisie Cain, Jasmin Skipp and Jessica Tarr and great performances by everyone else. The results are available here.
Our distance runners were out in force at the Worcester Pitchcroft 10k. In scorching hot conditions Ollie Harradence had a great run to finish 2nd. We had another 6 runners in the top 20 – Dave Long (6th), Paul Terleski (9th), Paul Davey (11th), Russell Simpson (12th), Colin McAuley (14th) and Mark Rickards (17th and a PB). Vici Richardson finished 79th.
The best athletes in the country will be heading to Birmingham this weekend for the British Championships and Nicholas Pryce and Laura Whittle will be amongst them. Nicholas will be competing in the 100m on Friday evening. Laura, who is 3rd in the Power of Ten rankings, will be running in the 5000m on Sunday. We wish them all the best!
The provisional results are now available for the third Midland Athletics League fixture (click here) and they show that Royal Sutton recorded a win in an incredibly close match.
Everyone competed superbly in blistering hot temperatures. Highlights included Lorna Foster setting a new W50 club record in the shot putt of 8.63m (4kg shot), and Rob Andrew (on his first run for the club) getting into the top 3 in the British rankings with his time of 4.20.9 in the 1500m. Nicholas Pryce was just one tenth of a second off his club records in the 100m and 200m, which shows he is in great form ahead of the UK Trials this weekend. Also, the women’s 4x100m team of Joella, Charmaine, Fiona and Kanisha came close to the club record which was set over 30 years ago.
Special thanks as always to all our match officials – We really appreciate your time and support!
The result moves us up to third place in the league with the final match to come at home on 10 August. Let’s have a great turnout – absolutely no excuses!
Katie Ingle had another great run today to win the 1500m steeplechase at the English Schools Championships. Her winning time was 4.52.79, which is a PB and new club record. The winning margin was over 10 seconds.
Elmena Saunders was also in action – she ran well to qualify for the 800m final in the inter girls competition in a PB of 2.15.17.