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Weekly Round-up 15 July

Yeovilton 5K – Wednesday 12 July

Six of our runners made the short trip to take part in the Yeovil Town Road Running Club Summer Series on Wednesday night. This was the 4th race in the series of 6 which runs over the summer.

Iain Elliott was the first of our runners over the line in 17.49 which was 29th overall. Hannah Taunton who is a member of our club as well as Taunton Athletic was the first lady over the line in 18.00. Our other entrants were James Nicholas 19.04, Ben Timpson 19.46, Pat Date 22.36 and Gill Taunton who completed the race in 28.02. Well done everyone on what was a warm evening.

Weekend Wanderings 15/16 July

It was a quieter weekend for the Running Forever members this weekend as there weren’t many events on locally, but a fair few still managed to add another medal to the collection.

Trever Stow took on his first Ultra at the Race to the Stones 50K on Saturday. He did incredibly well in warm conditions finishing in 5 hours 51 minutes. Apparently, there was a lot of cake at the end which we hope he enjoyed.

Having run 30 miles last weekend, Claire Howat didn’t feel the need for a rest but took part in the Chiltern Challenge 50K race. We’ve not heard a full report but we know she survived but was a bit disappointed in the medal. Our Claire does like big and blingy!

Pauline Porter and Mary Rousseau took part in the Blackdown Beauty which is organised by Honiton Running Club. They enjoyed the 16-mile course which winds its way around several pubs and refreshment opportunities, visiting one pub (soft drink only they assure me) and a cream tea at Pear Tree Cottage. Not forgetting the BBQ at the finish. This sounds like my kind of run; apart from the running bit!

A great turnout of 36 RFRC runners at Longrun Meadow parkrun with Karen Monteiro completing her 150th parkrun. Hannah Kirkman was a parkrun tourist at Finsbury and Yvonne Loat took on the Southwick County course. Ben & Ola Timpson who are regular parkrun tourists had a trip to Moors Valley.

We love our parkruns; it’s a great way to ease yourself into running with a lot of other people in a supportive and friendly environment. Although timed there’s no pressure and people are able to complete the 5K at their own pace either running or walking or a mix of both. The focus is very much on personal achievement and they welcome runners from age 6 upwards. It’s also free and, as a canny Scot, I can really appreciate that.

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