Weekly Roundup – 24th September

We start this week’s run report off with a superb success story! This weekend (21/22 September), Emily Race won the English Schools Senior Girls Heptathlon title, down in Exeter. Poor weather conditions were not conducive to high scores with strong headwinds and rain on day two. However, Emily overcame both the competition and conditions to put in a winning performance, scoring 4910 points over the two days to win by 121 points. Emily showed real determination and an ability to cope with the pressure of competition, heading in to day two with just a 15 point lead, after what is typical her strongest day. However, Emily started day two showing she would not be relenting the lead without a fight with her three best long jumps of the season (with a best of 5.66m). A solid Javelin followed (32.55m in heavy rain) and a well-executed tactical 800m (2:31), too beat her two nearest competitors, which meant she captured a very well deserved title, and an excellent finish to a challenging season. Emily is pictured with Coach Peter Fendley (left) and 1968 Mexico Olympics 400 m hurdles Gold Medalist, David Hemery (right). We wish Emily all the best in her next challenge as she heads off to the University of Sheffield to study Chemistry.

Also this weekend we had several athletes taking part in the Equinox 24 in Leicestershire. The Equinox is a 24 hour event that allows people to run as individuals, doubles or relay teams with a competition for each category for those that complete the most distance in 24 hours. Tracey West and Natalie Cunningham both completed three laps as part of a relay team for 30 km each (including a double lap of 20 km!) whilst Delia Higgins was the Harrier with the biggest contribution, completing a fantastic five laps for 50 km!

Back in South Yorkshire, Bryan Cherry ran a superb SB at the Sheffield 10k. The Sheffield 10k is a popular city run with nearly 4000 runners and Bryan finished 84th overall with an excellent time of 39:45 on a hilly course in torrential rain.

Donna Farmer also took part in the Global Energy Race at Rother Valley Country Park. The global energy Race is an annual event of 3k, 5k and 10k that seeks to be the largest simultaneously event in the world, taking place 38 cities in 21 countries. Donna ran with her daughter to complete the 5 k race.

Finally, Sally and Jim Staveley appear to have captured the best views of the week as they completed the LDWA Challenge Event: ‘One Foot in the Gargrave’. A spectacular 22.5 mile self-navigation route with over 2000 ft of elevation gain around Malhamdale. Four well stocked checkpoint, spectacular wear and a meal, mug and finish certificate made for a fantastic day out.