Herefordshire Cross Country League

Last Sunday was the 3rd Herefordshire Cross Country League race, a race on a new course in Rotherwas nr Hereford bathed in Winter sunshine as the frosty early-morning chills gave way to a glorious sunny morning in the run-up to the race. The course started next to the historic shell store which opened a hundred years ago,we ran down the track and then turned right and followed the river Wye then it followed the copse and fence which surround the munitions site. It was as flat as Holland, the altitude varying by only 2m over the whole lap. Mud was not a problem, but frozen ruts were hard on ankles & knees. 106 males & 62 females completed the course.
The observant runner would have noticed ruined buildings in the woods & in the middle of the field and may have even noticed that the internal walls of these long buildings were fairly close together & of considerable thickness. These buildings were munitions factories used in the First & Second World Wars and are now listed by English Heritage. The workers, mainly young women, each had their own small room in which to pack TNT into the shell cases. The thick walls were blast proof, so if an unfortunate worker was blown up, the other workers were not killed. There is also a larger building set back from the course. This was the munitions store & when it was erected in the early 1900’s, it had the largest single-span roof in all of Europe.There were also railway sidings with brass rails to avoid sparks, which were taken up after the Second World War. The MJ’s ladies put in outstanding performances with two ladies in the top 10 Megz Judge came in 5th in 46mins Natalie Bennett came 7th in 47:47 Sarah Clarke finished in 57:46 and debutant Emma Scott in 59:46 For the Men Nic Dauncey was 1st MJ back in 46 mins followed by Mark Cooling 49:40 Paul Newman 49:44 Mike Bolton 51:22 Roger Sherriff 52:21 and Steve Roode 53 minutes
Next up Sunday 8th. January 2017 Monkhall Farm (Wye Valley Runners)
contact Paul to join in the fun !

Lynda Broadway Mike Anstey and Sarah Lane were doing a charity virtual run, running for St Richards Hospice they comleted the 10k in 1:24

.The recent Cardington Cracker fell race has been popular for many years, but seems to have been more popular than ever this year and had a healthy representation from Malvern Joggers taking part. Runners turned up to test themselves over the tough nine mile course with its 2600 feet of climbing.
From the start in Cardington, the route took the runners out across Hoar Edge before taking them up the first major climb up the side of the Lawley. Dropping down the ridge to Comely Farm they pressed on to another leg sapping climb up Caer Caradoc. With the biggest climbs out of the way the runners descended to cross the stream and head up the smaller Gaerstones Hill and Willstone Hill and then a longish, slightly downhill run in across fields and stiles to the finish back at Cardington. 9 miles with 2600 ft ascent.It was a stunning day with amazing views in bright sunshine but some trecherous icy stretches.Jon Newey was 1st MJ home in 13th 1:26 Steve Beldon 93rd in 1:41 with Ian Dyson 1:56 and Trevor Matty 2:00

City of Portsmouth AC have been promoting a 5 mile mile road race since 1946 and this year will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a commemorative medal to all finishers.  Over the years, the course has changed several times and currently enjoys a single lap comprising of Stamshaw Promenade and Lakeside North Harbour with the race limit of 800 having been reached in advance of the event.  The route was fast and flat on a bright sunny day with the first man from Enfield and Harringay AC finishing in 23:41.  The race was chip timed and started and finished on the athletic track at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.

Julie Caseley finished in a personal best time for 5 miles of 39:08 and was 3rd FV55.