Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Race for the Hats

Great South Run

Today saw the world's greatest 10 mile run "The Great South Run" and the Club had four runners with Jo first over the line and Trevor the first Club male to finish.

Joanna Henley 1732 Yeovil Town Road Running Club 2867 01:21:33
Trevor Stow         4299 Yeovil Town Road Running Club 3539 01:23:52
Trevor Strelley         4027 Yeovil Town Road Running Club 3839 01:24:55
Elizabeth Diamond 12016 Yeovil Town Road Running Club 14214 02:04:24

Deborah Keeble 18482 Yeovil Town Road Running Club 14740 02:10:33

Well done to all.

Jo posted:

I love this run, unofficial time of 1:21:37. Over 10 mins off two years ago.

Debbie posted:

Well off we went to Portsmouth for the great south run it was very sunny not like Weymouth! Joanna Henley sprinted home in 1.21 she was happy cause she passed both Trevors (Trevor strelley and Trevor Stow) enroute, Debbie Keeble tried to keep up with Elizabeth Diamond but had to walk through the dockyard to admire the ships Liz finished in 2.04 followed by Debbie who was just glad to finish! No one injured or strapped up here. Now off for a curry well earned.

There was also a 5k on the Saturday that Liz completed in.


Weymouth 10

Egdon Heath hosted the Weymouth 10 and with those aiming for their Hats it is one of the last 10 milers of our year. we had a fair few Green and Whites there with Matt Driver first over the line and Kate Ronaldson our first lady. The full results can be seen here.

Matt's Story:

Dark but a quiet morning, so off we trot to Weymouth for their annual 10 mile race along the sea-front. Its not as flat as it sounds with a two lap loop round Bowleaze with the hill twice!
Who was there? Matt with thigh and calf injuries, Kat Hurford with a dodgy...well she was injured too, Stephen Warren with a massively strapped knee, all running for a damn hat! Lyndsay Wasiewicz was also there and two old geezers Malcolm Maxted and Brian Mountjoy-Row.
Target times were swapped and the race began with a stiff breeze in the face for two miles, and up the hill for the first time. A little respite round the caravan park with excellent marshalls all the way. Lap two came and went as people warmed up in the Autumn sun, and then a blast back along the prom!.
Matt just ducked 80 mins so he was happy, Malcolm beat Brian so Malcolm was happy, Brian won the 70+ age group so was also happy, Steve beat the 1:30 he was trying for by five minutes - happy again, Kat beat two hours by nearly twenty minutes so she was happy, and Lyndsay was happy just to finish - which she did in style and was happy.
Also running was Taryn Monks and Kate Ronaldson who were down as YTRRC runners, so I hope they were happy too!!!

Exmoor Stagger and Stumble 

With the last few points up for grabs before the Championship races finish we had a few Green and Whites at these races. Nothing to report as no one has sent me anything but the results we at some stage be found here.

Bilbao Night Marathon

From Catherine:

Luke and I completed the Bilbao night marathon Saturday night. Luke did it in around 4:30-something and I came in about 5:11. As there were no taxis we walked/hobbled the 5k uphill journey back to our apartment. The Results can be seen here.

Awards Night

I plan to be at the Club Run on Tuesday evening again so please can you bring your money along ... I hope to get the numbers/menu choice to the Haselbury Mill before I go on holiday at the end of October.
Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night 
Friday 25th November 2016
Venue: Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett
3 course Christmas meal with disco after the awards ceremony
Tickets £25 for a club member and £30 for guest
Payment in cash/cheque (YTRRC) to me (Anita) ASAP.

The menu can be seen here.


It's that time of the year again to let me know if you have earned a slam hat this year. I just need the name, date and completed times of the relevant races. Either via email ( or FB. Ideally, within the next week or so. I know some of you are doing Wimborne 10, in which case let me know the other races now and Wimborne when you've completed it.”



Phil sent me this dit for the trip, you can see it here.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:15pm 25th Oct

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 30th 10 ml The Stickler 10.30 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from Dinington Docks Dinington

4.  Track session on Friday 

5. The Sunday Long Run will be at Goldenstones  

Monday, 17 October 2016

Palma, Amsterdam, Burton Bradstock

Palma Full and Half
For the third year running we went to Palma for their running festival, this year had Paul Allen, Pete Jakeman, Fez Parker and I doing the Marathon and  Louise and Oily the Half.

Sunday was the hottest day for this run in years and although the Half and Full that do the same first loop was Ok to the turnaround point the heat was turned up on the way back and the second lap. Oily managed a PB in the half and had a great run, Louise was our first Lady and both enjoyed the free sunrtan. 

Pete moved at the last minute 

Jane Allen , Rob & Daphne Barfoot were our support team and did a great job. Paul Allen managed a 3:08 in that heat so great running. After the Race we hit the Marina Bar and still a bit if heat stroke two beers each kept turning up.

The evening meal was a Hindu restaurant but Jane was not to happy with the bread so threw it at me with the waiter looking a bit shocked as he was just trying to fill my Red up.

All in all a great weekend and with a 10k as well there is something for all and great weather as well. Give it a go next year. The full results can be seen here.

Amsterdam Marathon

Sunday saw the Amsterdam Marathon with three runners form the Club, Paul Card was first in with Lauren taking first lady. SOme great PB's as well and great times:

564 Paul Card 4389 3:00:41
942 Simon Rayner 1565 3:12:20

467 Lauren Price 4263 3:18:32

Sadly Helen was injured and did not run but supported. The Full Results can be seen here.

Burton Bradstock Festival 

A few of us went to Burton Bradstock for the 5k, 10K, half and full marathons. Despite pouring with rain before leaving the sun shone! The half and full route had some great views and pretty villages to run through. Not sure I'd call it 'flattish'. Well done all. — with Chris WoodmanLuke HicksMike KendrickLynne ThumpstonKay Wilson White,Lesley Nesbitt and Catherine Thompson Hansford. The full results can be seen here.

Cary Canter 10k

Sunday saw the Cary Canter 10k and a few Green and Whites were there. First over the line for the Club was Lewis Bacon and our first Lady was Mel Denham. A great turn out by the Club as it was a Championship Race. The full results can be seen here.

Exeter Half

From Kat:

Exeter Half Marathon this morning (Sunday 16th) with Claire Hatherell and friend Chris Noake. Claire did a respectful 2hrs 2min'

Marks Pub Run

This time we went Stockditch road and southay to East Lambrook. Then straight along the road to New Cross and West Lambrook. On the left were tall poplar trees, probably planted to block the wind. There were a lot of large tractors out tonight, some not hanging around. We took West lane to Burrow and onto Stembridge. We then cut across to go back the way we came in. One of the road direction signs was wearing a batman hat, must be the time of year. The run tonight was led by Phil.
Sometimes running in the cold and dark makes me feel like this:


Good evening all. This year for Remembrance day, 13th November i have organised a wreath to lay on behalf of YTRRC. As part of this i am looking for some volunteers from the Club to take part in the poppy appeal collection, properly in a supermarket/shop entrance on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th November. Also the club runs on remembrance morning are planning to finish at the borough in time for the parade. If you can help with the collection in any way even just for a few hours, children welcome, please let me know. Thank you. Katie.

I plan to be at the Club Run on Tuesday evening so please can you bring your money along ... I hope to get the numbers/menu choice to the Haselbury Mill before I go on holiday at the end of October.
Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night 
Friday 25th November 2016
Venue: Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett
3 course Christmas meal with disco after the awards ceremony
Tickets £25 for a club member and £30 for guest
Payment in cash/cheque (YTRRC) to me (Anita) ASAP.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:15pm 18th Oct

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 23th 6 ml Exmoor Stumble and Stagger (SS) 11.0 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from Royal Oak Stowford

4.  Track session on Friday 

5.The Sunday Long Run will be at Goldenstones  

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Parrett Relay and a few Halfs

Amesbury Amble

Today was the Amesbury Amble organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association with a range of distances and 6 of us completed the Marathon. A great run with some great views and well run event with plenty of aid stations. Although expensive you can just turn up on the day and pay the £2.50 (Cash Only) and after it is £1.50 for a cup of Tea and a Bacon Sandwich.    

The goodie bag was great as well

Gold Hill

Judith Wilson, Richard Dodge and Luke. I was marshalling. very hilly but a lovely day. Uploaded the pics from Luke's phone as mine is an old one with a broken camera. The full results can be seen here.

Glastonbury Festival 10k Race

From Adam:

Glastonbury Festival 10k Race today - six YTRRC runners I believe - Louise and Fez, Rob and Ali, Corinne and myself.

Lovely run, hilly, various terrains, good medal, interesting to see the site at a different time of year and of course Michael Eavis was at the finish.

Primary Schools Cross Country Race 2 - Aldon Hill, this Wednesday 12th 
Any help anytime between 2.00 and 5.00pm gratefully received - course, marshals etc, Thanks

Oxford Half 

Frances Swatridge completed the Oxford Half today and managed a PB so well done, Frances posted:
Really happy with Oxford half race today. Took 8 minutes off last year! Brilliant conditions today. Great course, marshals and support.

Salisbury Half

Jo Henley was in Salisbury today for the Half Marathon and also had a great run Jo posted:
Salisbury Half Marathon done in a respectable time of 1:52:04 - still tired from Argentan!! Great 2 lap course with good support. 

Parrett Relay 

Saturday saw the annual Parrett Relay and we had four teams in it.

Leg 4 Team

Leg 5

From Pete:

The club members for this leg, Lynne Thumpston, Pete Darton, Allen McPherson and myself met up at the Bridgewater ASDA.  We parked with one car space between us and ambled over to the bus station cafe for a well earned pre race tea/coffee.
On our return some muppet had parked his works van in the space between our cars, the said muppet surprisingly was still sat in the van.
The ASDA Carpark isn't anywhere near full at 0840 on a Saturday morning!!!!!!
We then convoyed up to the finish opposite Dumball Wharf where we left one car and possibly some bits from the underneath as the final half mile was deeply rutted.
Then it was off to the start, just time for a quick warm up, a note of the rules? And we were off.
The first five miles to Combwich  has been re-vamped with new paths and lots of hides - a twitchers paradise.  Once through the village it was a five mile slog of gates and challenging underfoot conditions (tufted grass).  We did encounter a herd of cows at around 7 miles.  I was an avid fan of Rawhide in my younger days so that situation was soon dealt with.
So, onto the finish, pleased with my pacing as managed to overtake four people after the first mile.  Then it was a matter of dropping Allen off back in Yeovil before dashing back to Cheddington to watch Steph finish.

From Rob:

Well done to my team (Peter DartonGary Stickley, Barry Harriss, John CurtisTim Howes, and John-Paul Humphreys) in yesterday's River Parrett trail relay race!
As far as I to the could tell we all ran very well, fully enjoyed it and we all appeared to finish in the first half of our fellow runners on our respective leg; Gary came third in his leg.
At the end of the day all of us from the club did very well, we did what came naturally as we (cough, I guess I can include myself here) put in the training, however, my biggest thanks goes to Matthew Driver for organising the entire club. 
Cheers guys, I look forward to running with you soon.

Cross Country League 

See the link below for news on the Cross Country races coming up. For more details click here or see Tim Hawkins. 

Awards Night

Yeovil Town RRC Annual Awards Night
Friday 25th November 2016
The Tithe Barn, Haselbury Mill, Haslebury Plucknett, TA18 7NY
7pm - 1am

YTRRC members £25 Guests £30.

Please get your money in asap and also let Anita know what you would like to eat from the Menu that can be seen here

Run Like a Kenyan

From Adrain:

Looking for an edge to your running this autumn? Come to the 'Run like a Kenyan' Masterclass on Sunday 16th Oct.

Marks Pub Run


Tonights pub run from the Phelips arms was cool and clear (not too dark). We went down Wash lane (where in olden days they went to scrub up). We then took the main road to the far end of East Stoke and went down Mulberry lane and Mash Lane. At the far end was Tintinhull. We stopped at the old blacksmiths, went past an ex-pub, and stopped at a standing stone where corporal punishment used to be dished out. The return trip involved going past the Icicle Barn, and back along Wash lane. 6 miles led by Phil. Good one again.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at YTFC 6:15pm 11th Oct

2.  The next Championship Race is Sun 16th 10k Cary Canter 10.00 am

3. The Pub run on Thursday is from Wyndham Arms Kingsbury

4.  Track session on Friday 

5.The Sunday Long Run will be at Goldenstones