Race Round-Up #27 – 23.06.19

It has been a busy couple of weeks with MFR taking part in a number of races, both during the week and over the weekends.

Week One

Nick Eaton kick started the first of those weeks, in Copenhagen, where he ran the Royal Run 10km. The race returned for its 2nd year, after last year’s successful event where the HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark ran the race in celebration of his 50th birthday. It was also nice to have Nick back with us in Manchester that weekend for a short visit!

On Thursday, a small contingency (Claire, Steve, Dave, Luke, Tom, Martin and I) of MFR headed over to Alex Park for the second City of Manchester 5km. A special shout out goes to Claire Naylor and Luke Ong whom both ran amazing races setting new 5km PBs of 24.33 and 21.59 respectively. Well done both, fabulous results.

Sunday saw Steve Hatton, David Darton and Colin Lea and I travel out to Marple to part-take in the Marple runners 10km trail race. The multi terrain, mainly off road, 10km started in Brabyns Park utilising some of the Marple park run course before heading out of the park (up a lovely hill) to Chadkirk. Following various trails and canals, runners eventually headed back to the finish crossing the iconic Marple Aqueduct. A challenging, hilly and very muddy race…. but thoroughly enjoyable and certainly one to consider for next year- we may even make it a championship race!

The biggest shout out of that week has to go to James Scully whom completed four different races as part of the Tour of Tameside. For those of you that do not know, the tour of Tameside is a four-day running festival which has a variety of running routes and terrains that challenges runners both physically and mentally. James kick started the challenge on Thursday with 10km X-Trail race, before taking on Fridays 6 mile fell race. Saturday soon came around and with it came the Hero’s Half Marathon, where he was joined by fellow club runners David Darton and Colin Lea. The half marathon route took runners along the Longdendale Trail, with some beautiful views of Tameside’s surrounding countryside. Sunday had participants taking part in the Dr Ron Hill Hyde 7 mile, which ended the festivities. James was not on his own on Sunday as Nico also joined in for what has been described as an incredible race to finish the final stage of the tour. Well done!

Week Two

Last week Greg Beck, Steve Hatton, Dave Chambers, Edmund Woodfield, Darren de-Vally, Nico Gibert, Alex Piekarska, James Sculley, Andrew Porter and I, headed over to Woodbank Park on Wednesday evening to take part in our Club Championship race –Offerton 5. The multi-terrain race took runners through Woodbank and Vernon Parks on trails and grass through the scenic Goyt Valley. It was an undulating off-road course – with lots of challenging climbs and descents to test your quads and core strength. Well done all – great MFR turn out, you did us proud!

Thursday could only mean one thing…City of Manchester 5km! Claire Naylor and Dave Chambers went back for their third race of the series, joined by Nick Markley, Luke Ong, James Sulley and James Moles on pacing duty! For anyone whom is looking for a fast and flat 5km off road, then this is the perfect race for you. The final race takes place this Thursday at Alex Park, and although this clashes with the first of the Sale Sizzlers, I do hope to see some of you there.

This weekend seemed to be very quiet on the racing front with many of us opting to do Park Runs across the country, MFR and Cake and Natter. That said, on Saturday Daniel Edwards took part in the Heaton Park Pizza Run (reliably described as warm, hilly and calorific at the end…yes there was pizza!) and James Scully took part in the Swansea Half Marathon.

Results can be found here:

Royal Run 10km


City of Manchester 5km


Tour of Tameside


Marple 10km Trail Race


Offerton 5


Swansea Half Marathon


Looking ahead to this week… well…there is only topic of conversation at the moment… Endure24! Good luck to all those heading over to Leeds to participate in what will be a challenging but amazing 24 hours of running, fuelled by a lot of snacks and caffeine! As always, please do keep us updated with your racing adventures!

Author: Martin Dunn

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