Enjoy the idea of trail running with a rewarding pint or two at the end?
Great! Because Kat is proposing a run in The New Forest as an excuse for a social drink at 5:30pm Friday 28th September. Come meet in the car park at The New Forest Fullers’ pub in Ashurst, next to the Ashurst train station. We’ll set off on a relaxed off-road route around Deerleap Inclosure, over the railway bridge from the car park. The exact distance can be anything between 5 – 10K decided on the night and we’d stick to a group pace. See the Strava route map for the full choice of paths.
Afterwards celebrate Friday with a few drinks back at the pub! Just watch out to arrive at the right pub… Ashurst has two pubs with a similar name, just to prove our navigational skills as OSRs. The New Forest is the Fullers’ pub by the train station. Here’s the website: https://www.newforestashurst.co.uk/
Hope to run and raise a glass with you there! Even if you wisely time it to just arrive for the drinks. 😉
If you want to attend, meet us there, or reply to the FB post so we know roughly how many to expect.
Today’s handicap was a double/triple challenge. With temperatures peaking at a toasty 31’, 25 runners were faced with the first challenge of the scorching heat and little respite from the breeze. Runners were also challenged to navigating the brand new shiny handicap route. And some runners were additionally challenged as this handicap fell in the aftermath of the 24 hour endurance race, ThunderRun, and the DOMS, blisters and missing toenails that came with that.
To help with navigation, helpfully, Shaun had been out this morning to mark some chalk arrows guiding us around the correct route and not the numerous wrong routes that some of us had attempted earlier.
In preparation for the new route, Jon Sharkey had “jogged” the route both clockwise and anti-clockwise in order to establish those all important course Strava segments.
As this was the first run of this new 5km route, course records were established on this run. The times to beat now are:
- Men’s: 17:00 set by Shaun Brown
- Women’s: 23:34 set by Karen Connell
As this is a new course everyone’s result from today becomes their course PB so hearty congratulations to everyone! Thank you to Jena Leach, Martha James and Jon Sharkey for volunteering as timers today.
Here are the full results:
Just the ThunderRunners, feeling fresh from the weekend
28 June 2018 – Runners of the June Handicap accidentally colour coding in blue?
The June handicap took place on the second hottest day of 2018 so far…Temperatures soared to a high of 27°C, and I personally managed to get a sunburn in the 45 minutes I spent outside timing all the brave runners, oops.
A total of 13 runners took place, which I think we can all agree had entirely to do with the heat and not a falling popularity in the event :P. It was Michael Dun’s first ever handicap. Way to go! And although there were no overall PB’s, Paul Ashley, James Norris and Tim Manners managed a PB for 2018! A commendable effort in this heat!
Karen, Kat, and Keith also get a special mention for continuing their attendance streak, and not missing a single handicap in 2018. Halfway there, keep it up!
Finally, a special thanks to Peat Allan and James Blythe who helped me time, and Diane Lillie who took all the lovely pictures.
Now for the results…
and the pictures…