This is the week that was... The Leighton 10!
Tuesday was PACE NIGHT and everyone was catered for by our brilliant run leaders, and it’s fair to say we had a great turnout again. On hump day Captain Emily led a super six group at Astral park for Meet and Retreat. This is a slightly different version of an interval set that pairs runners to run in opposite directions of a track, meet then retreat. By all accounts it was a great session that pushed most out of their comfort zones and left everyone a little out of breath! On Thursday we had the two very popular groups out; Tori led the socials while VC Andy led the step-up group. Finally Friday rocked up and it was time for the social trails, this week with Peter Jones whom treated the team the infamous “Jelly Legs Hill”!
Saturday came and 54 LFR's rocked up at various venues across the country, even I managed to find my barcode and get a cheeky parkrun in around the lovely Fairlands Park in Stevenage getting an unexpected parkrun PB! Lucky Linford Wood had a great crowd of LFR's, 9 I believe. Is that a new favourite ladies? We also had runners at Thomas Mills, Great Denham, Dunstable Downs (where Sally Dickinson came home as first lady), Rushmere, Bicester, Croxteth, Cassiobury Park, Druridge Bay, Tonbridge and Aylesbury. Some great tourism going on!
While I am on parkrun, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE support our DUNSTABLE DOWNS takeover NEXT SATURDAY. We have all the volunteers that we need to support the event, now we need as many of you as possible to take part, have a load of fun, bag some PB’s and of course stay on for some post-event cake.
Matthew Ma was at one of his amazing events... He completed the Equinox 24 Hour race at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. Matthew completed a quite staggering 73.78 miles or if you prefer 118.7 kilometers. Making the distance even more staggering Matthew said he called it a day after 13 hours, but he did enjoy the weekends camping. Again, a quite magnificent achievement Matthew!
On Sunday we had the long awaited Leighton Tough 10. 31 LFR's signed up and raced at this local event supporting our friends at LBAC. Tom Ellerton led the team home in 10th place. It was great to see that Martin Crane made it across the counties to have a race in his LFR colours, with Zoe as top supporter with puppy Nora! Martin came in 13th! I’m going to spare you the bloodied T-shirt pic of yet another bleeding nipple "injury", this time it was Will Langdon! Ouch...
VC Andy used the event to “Double Up” in his preparation for the Beachy Head marathon in a few week’s time. Andy ran the 10 miles in the morning then went out for a second run of 10 miles in the afternoon pretty much matching both runs pace for pace. A lesson to us all in preparing for a long distance race. Taking advantage of Andy’s pacing was SAM HEADY who not only got herself a 10 mile PB. She also came 2nd in her age group. Well done Sam. Be sure to show off your medal when you get it! Later the same day there was post race curry meet up at the Methi Indian restaurant in town. Thank you to those of you who came along, I hear a great night was had by all had the carbs were certainly replaced! The committee hopes to organise a similar post race night after the “Dirt Half” in November. Watch this space!
Finally, away from running I am delighted to report that Tracy Cardno and Michelle Evans-Riches finally completed their postponed “Swim Serpentine” 2 mile swim in Hyde Park. They had an amazing day weather wise and their post swim smiles indicated they had a great day. Well done ladies, I'm sure you're both itching to complete the London Classics now by completing the Ride London 100 mile cycle when it returns.