Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Yeovil Half 2017

The Yeovil Half Marathon 2017

First of all a great turn out by the Club both from those running and the support around the course. It was a great day for running but cold for the supporters early on. 

Well done to James Flynn who was first Clum member over the line with Darrell Sheen 2 seconds behind bet that was a good race down the Quedam. Our first lady was Nikki Guiver with Anna Lloyd very close behind. The club results can be seen here. We had 83 runners who were registered as Yeovil Town RRC, so if your name is missing you need to update your Full on Sport profile.  

The full results can be seen here.

A massive well done to all the Club runners who managed PB's and also those running their first Half. A big thanks to Steve and Linda for the photographs especially the new Club Group phot. Sorry is you were not in it as it was taken slightly early as the organisers wanted us at the start. 

Just some of the photographs that were taken today. 

From Emma Machen:

Massive thanks to those of you that were out there cheering today and an even bigger thank you to Adam for keeping me going for most of the race, I'd never have got under 2:30 without you! This time last year me and Daz Swithenbank were sat on the sofa complaining about the roads being closed and this year we were running in it ๐Ÿ˜‚ our first half marathon! Couldn't have done it without loads of you lovely people at the club, keeping us going in the early days when a 5k was a struggle let alone a half! So many of you have given us advice, support and praise since we joined last August. So thank you! For making us feel welcome and for making us 2 very happy people this morning when we crossed that finish line! 

And finally, as they missed the Group photograph.
Magdalena Kuล›mierczyk and Yunmi Jang

Kids Cross Country 

From Adam:

The final Primary Schools Cross Country of the season
This Wednesday 29th March
Yeovil/Mudford Rec.
Any help much appreciated, anytime between 2.00 and 5.00pm
400+ children expected!!

Yeovil Dark Knights

A trip in the Dark (although it was light driving there)
Saturday 25th saw the presentation evening for the Wild Night Run Series of which a small posse of YTRRC runners have been attending under the pseudonym “The Dark Knights”. The venue was a small pub on Dartmoor so a quick tour of the surrounding area including turning up at the wrong village was inevitable.

Unfortunately, only Anita Rufus and Matt Driver made the journey with others saving themselves for the exertions of Sunday morning to come…but we made our presence felt!
Overall Series Short Course stars included Steph Brearey – 1st senior female overall, backed up by Liz Diamond in 3rd. Anita scored 2nd vet 40 too!

With the Male Overall Series Short Course, we had Nathan Gardiner – 2nd male overall also backed up by Richard Dodge as 2nd Vet 50!

In the Long Series events, we’re talking 1/2m, 10 miles, 10K, there was a series-long battle for points culminating in a win needed at the last event. Matt achieved this, thereby drawing equal first for Male Vet 50 with a chap called Nick White – they then battled for the title of “cheesiest smile”, but Matt doesn’t like cheese so he lost that.

Marks Runs

We split into 3 groups tonight for the pub run at West Chinnock. Simon's run took us westwards to Bow Gate and onto the A356. A left turn at Hut Gate got us heading towards Merriott. We turned right and ran past a pub and the church. At the end, we turned left and ran down to the shop. This shop supplied me with a pork pie on a long Sunday training run a year or more ago. A left turn completed the loop of the village and we ran back the way we came in. No real darkness tonight and no stars to gaze at. The international space station, previously reported, was more likely to have been Venus. We went up Snails Hill and ran through Middle Chinnock. We continued past Poop Hill Bridge. I can't remember any smell though. The final leg of this 6.4 mile run was past the olden petrol pumps back to the pub.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at  YTFC 6:15 pm 28th March.

2. Thursday Pub run is at Waynes Bar Nr RNAS Yeovilton / A303 at 6:30 pm 30th March. 

3.  Track night on Friday at 6:15 pm  

4.  The Sunday Run will be at Montacute at 9:00 am 2nd April 

5. The next Championship race is Sun 2nd 10k Penselwood 11.00 am

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Just a few Races

Butleigh 10k MT

Today saw the Butleigh 10k, a Club Championship Race. 

From Kevin:

Today was the Butleigh Multi Terrain Race near Street, Race no 5 in the Somerset series and also a club Championship event which was well represented by Yeovil Town.
This event has been running for over 30 years and originally approx a 7 mile event some course changes put it closer to 6.5 miles today.
Changing rooms/showers and a great selection of cakes awaited the finishers.
a 5 minute walk to the start from the Playing fields ( in the interest od safety ). Starters orders we were off running 3 sides of a field and then diagonally across the field,
Ahead was to follow some challenging terrain, Darrell Sheen was first Yeovil runner up near the Front ( Don’t count Tim Hawkins in Wells vest ), Everyone by this time is settling into their pace Matt Driver realises 1st mile a bit quick and eased off  ( before stopping to be sick and let me catch up ), mixed terrain included bogey water logged fields, tracks and trails through undulating woods steep ascents and descents, periodically broken up with
ventures back on to tarmac, soon back into narrow path jumping Badger holes and avoiding branches above.
Tim Hawkins was first ( again ). Darrell Sheen was first Yeovil runner home, Matt Driver and sick bag .. second YTRRC and Kevin Doherty Third YTRRC.
Kirsty Norman was first YTRRC Lady home followed by Jo Henley as second YTRRC Lady ....  Sorry not sure who was Third and results not in yet.
This was actually a really enjoyable event .....  never like the 1 lap around the sports field at the end.

Well done to all Yeovil Town runners 

Sunday Club Runs

From Anita:

Sunday morning club run, wish I'd turned my strava on properly. At least I have my Garmin to record the 20.4 miles slightly undulating route. Thanks to Emily, Louise, Frances, Kimberly, Georgina, JC and Martin for the company :-)

Wessex Ridgeway

Dear Yeovil Town Road Running Club
As your club has previously entered The Wessex Ridgeway 100km Relay I thought I should pop you an email to let you know that after 13 years of organising the event Chris Cussens has handed over the reins to The Dorset Doddlers. We are very excited to be given the opportunity to organise it as we have always loved competing in this epic race.
So without further ado I accordingly invite your club to muster a team or two and join us on 21st May for an epic day out. Not much has changed, we’ve returned to the tradition of the race and have a lovely mug as a memento of the day, food at the pub is included in the entry fee, and we’ve secured a full case of 8 bottles of Badger Beer for each member to the winning open and ladies teams.

The race is Self-navigate, Self-drive, Self-support with plenty of fun and banter along the way. If you are interested then please have a look at the race website for details

Or visit the race page on FaceBook where we’ll be sharing lots of route photos as we get nearer to race day.
If you are intending to enter a team or two, I would recommend doing so shortly as we have now got 19 teams signed up out of a possible maximum of just 25 teams. For your convenience I have attached an entry form together with a flier to distribute amongst your club members.
We are looking forward to a fantastic day with many of the usual teams entering.
All the best

Cerne Giant Challenge 

The Cerne Giant Challenge is run by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) and is a 20 or 30-mile walk/run. I say 30 but it was 31 but what's in a mile (another bloody hill). It starts in Cerne and takes you up all the hills in Dorset (Giants Head route with more thrown in), the aid stations are well stocked with sandwiches, cake, tea, coffee, crisps and rice pudding.  I thought it would be rude not to taste it all. At the end, back at the Village Hall, you sit down and some lovely ladies bring you Tea, Soup and bread.

Both Paul Allen and I ran round together and although there is no medal at the end, you do get a Certificate. All this for about £13.

Weymouth Bay 10k

Layton Green got a top 3 finish today at the Weymouth Bay 10k, well done.

Best ever finish today at the very windy Weymouth Bay 10k. Been 4th 3 times but finally got in the top 3.

3rd place baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for the support as always Stacey Black x

Marks Runs


I trained for the Yeovil Half this morning running the old route in the opposite direction (ACW). Very pleased with sub 2 hours. I decided to miss the 20 miler as I was breaking in a brand new pair of running shoes and didn't want to get too far away from the car just in case of blisters. The shoes are good, however.

We were 3 groups tonight. 5 of us running with J.C. As we left the pub It was still light, and the sky was cloudy. I don't remember seeing stars or the moon all night. The run was a fast anti-clockwise loop. We headed south-east to Barton St David. I think left, right, and left got us onto Honey Mead Lane. We were running towards Baltonsborough. We took a left down a cul-de-sac to see the church, but It was too dark by then. The next left turn took us to Moorhouse. Lights to the right may have been Glastonbury 3 or 4 miles away across Kennard Moor. We went right then left along Cedar Walk. This turned into an incline and we came out on the Butleigh road. Less than a mile got us back to the pub. The total run distance was 7 miles. We passed the other 2 groups running in the opposite direction. Thanks again J.C. Phil and all.


Well done to Jo (50) and Simon (100) on their birthdays, no I mean their Parkrun numbers this week at Montacute.

Bristol Half

I am happy to arrange this as a club trip again. It's a good course for a pb and with approx 10,000 runners, there are lots of supporters around the course to cheer you on.
We need 20+ club members to get the discounted places at £31.20p. I will collect the payments and manage the booking.
You do need to be a paid-up YTRRC club member to qualify for the place.
In recent years the club have provided a coach for the journey so it makes for a great day out :)
Please let me know if you are interested asap.

So far I have 8 interested.



Just to say thanks for the Card for my birthday and also the Red Wine along with all the messages on Facebook.

The Yeovil Half next Sunday so let's try and get a Club photograph like we do most years in Club Hoodies or Club Tops. Do we have someone not running that can take it with a Camera or Phone? If so post on the group facebook page and we can sort out a time. 

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at  YTFC 6:15 pm 21th March.

2. Thursday Pub run is at The Muddled Man West Chinnock at 6:30 pm23th March. 

3.  Track night on Friday at 6:15 pm  

4.  The Sunday Run will be at Goldenstones at 9:00 am 

5. The next Championship race is Sun 2nd 10k Penselwood 11.00 am

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What a Load of Races

Larmer Full and 20 Miler

Today was the Marathon and 20 miler at Larmer Tree and a few daft runners from the club managed with the Mud and Hills that WSR gave us. 

The 20 miler was a duel between three runners but Georgina took first Club place, so well done. The full results for the 20 can be seen here.

The Full had four Club runners with me taking first spot for YTRRC but Jon Crane was not far behind on a tough muddy hilly course.  The full results can be seen here.

As aways the WSR time did a great job with the planning and aid stations around the course and with free food at the end with a nice bit of bling it was a great weekend for all distances.

Larmer 10 Miler

Saturday saw the Larmer 10m park of the Imperial Series. We had a few YTRRC runners there. The full results can be found here. Due tothe Hong Kong medal collectors there was a delay with some medals but on the good news Anita posted "I have collected the Larmer 10 mile medals for Richard DodgeNathan Gardiner, Leyton Green, Sharon Masters and Helen Nesbitt. I will bring them to Tuesday night club run for you."

The Weymouth Half

Just a couple of Club runners at the Weymouth Half. Sadly both were beaten by Elvis with some Blue Suede running shoes and a dodgy haircut. 

Silverstone Half Marathon

Well done to Emily Wharton om today's Half Marathon at Silverstone.

From Emily:

Chris and I (sort of) represented the green and whites at the Silverstone Half Marathon this afternoon. An amazing race that we'd 100% recommend. A great course, amazingly well organised, loads of support, super marshals and FAB goodie bag. We weren't as speedy as Lewis H but there's always next year :) More photos to follow when we're finally home! 

The Bath Half

Finally got to run the BATHALF. The weather was very kind and there was loads of support and a number of bands around the route which made for a great atmosphere. 4 YTRRC runners completed it. Fez 1.30.07, Ollie Robotham 2.00.03, Jessica Melhuish 1.58.33 and Me 2.02.57.

The Grizzly

Well done to the two YTRRC runners at today's Grizzly:

From Darren: 

Grizzly race done in 3.49 very lucky with the weather not so lucky with all the hills and mud! Bumped into Richard Dodge on the start line but not sure what time he did.

From James New:

The Grizzly done, highly recommend about 3:33. Disappointed after 10 weeks of training but learned a lot. Now to train ๐Ÿš‚ smart !

Great Western

Today saw the Clubs Great Western 10k. The first male club runner was Stuart Cobb with Catherine Hayden our first lady. The full results can be seen here and the Fun Run here. Both are now on the website.

Pete sent this report:

Everything started Saturday morning when a number of club members arrived at Leweston School in preparation for laying the multi-terrain course.
We split into two teams, the first team headed off and took the back track to Whitfield Field and laid the course up to the second farm.
I and my group started from the second farm all the way up to the finish.
Nick Whigham (Rotary Club) took care of the 2km Fun Run and staking out the finishing area.

Sunday started off with a fine drizzly rain but thankfully cleared in time for the race.  Plymouth Storm arrived with over thirty runners which certainly helped the numbers for this year.

For the 2km Fun Run, the adults looked more tired than the kids at the finish.  Thanks to Adam for taking charge and then running in the 10km.

There was a photographer at the race so I'm sure Lesley will provide his details so you can see if you are featured, albeit somewhat muddy.

We had three sweepers this year which helped with ensuring the course was cleared in a timely manner, thank you to Lynne, Kate and JC.

It should be noted that JC escorted Phil around the course early in the morning ensuring all of our signage was still in place.

The 10km went well with the winner recording a time of 38 minutes.

It was good to see so many smiling if through gritted teeth runners as they crossed the line.  All the comments regarding organisation, marshalling and the course layout were very positive.

So again thank you to all who contributed to making the race a success.

Last but not least a thank you to our sponsors Dorset Lettings with one of their members also taking part in the 10km.

From Kate Hatden:

20th overall and 3rd lady in the great western 10k this morning. Leon was 2nd overall in the fun run and Evie ran it . Really hard hilly cross country trail course. Huge thanks to Lesley Nesbit and Yeovil town running club and all the volunteers. — withJohn Hayden.

From Adam:

Many thanks to Lesley, Phil, Pete, and all YTRRC members who were involved with the organisation of today's Great Western 10km.
Lots of lovely mud, puddles, hills etc. and I was nearly 10 minutes quicker than last year [did someone shorten the course??]

This in from Lesley:
I ditto everything Pete has said and would like to add my thanks to everyone who turned up to help lay the course on Saturday and to help, run and clear up afterwards on Sunday. A particular thanks to Pete who, as always, took control of the risk assessment and generally making sure everything was in order, including race briefing, race licence, insurance etc etc.

I have had an email with very positive feedback:

"Our group just wanted to pass on a massive thank you to all who organised today. Such a beautiful place to run and every marshall was simply wonderful. We will definitely be back again next year.
Thank you!!!  
Pam, Kerrie and Miranda"

Photographs are already up on:

I have attached the results for the blog and website. Well done to Stuart Cobb, our first male finisher and Kate Hayden, our first lady finisher - brilliant times.

Well done and thank you everyone

Club Social Rep

From Anita:

Following tonight's YTRRC committee meeting, it would appear that I have indeed been suggested and voted in as the club social secretary. I have accepted this but am aware that I have a hard act to follow (Katie) just hoping I am up to it. 

So, after some thought I have a few suggestions for some club social events, in no particular order:

1) Evening out in Yeovil at the 'Cow & Apple' bar - burgers and cider. probably a Friday night, central Yeovil and so those who wish to continue on for the night can do so. 

2) Summer family BBQ/scavenger hunt/orienteering course on at Ham Hill Country Park. Saturday lunchtime, bring your own burgers etc.

3) Skittles night, a local pub 

4) Field Archery taster session (2 hours/max 20 people/£15-£20pp) on a Saturday morning. ?bacon butties afterwards

5) Club awards night - Friday 24/11/17 Haselbury Mill (already booked)
Please indicate your interest :)

Marathon Mike

Long-Play Trail Races (a tough run and lonely times)

This race is held annually in Withlacoochee Park, about an hour drive north of Tampa. It’s a hilly area of about 250 square miles by the Withlacoochee River, a recreational area for hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding and canoeing.  Three race distances were available, a half- marathon, a marathon, and 331/3  mile ultra- marathon. Having passed out in another part of this park during a 50k about 18 months ago with heat stroke and dehydration, which resulted in an afternoon on a drip in a local hospital, a few demons needed putting to bed, so I entered the grown-up’s race. The trail was described as “technical” (translation=hilly, twisty, uneven and see how many times you can avoid tripping over the tree roots and half-buried rocks).

            We started at 6:30 a.m., the first mile on an old railway line, now an asphalt surfaced bike path, which enabled the runners to spread out and get heart rates up a bit.

Next came a turn onto 2 miles of slightly undulating double track lane used by the forestry vehicles to get to the woods. This was 2 to 3 inches deep in fine sugar-sand and there was no way to avoid running on (in) it.

These two sections would be run again in the opposite direction on the return from the woods to the finish, i.e. from mile 30 to 33! Once among the trees there followed 20-odd miles of single track on a big loop, built up from 3 of the major hiking trails and marked with occasional pieces of orange ribbon tied to the bushes and small orange flags stuck in the ground. (Went wrong once and added about half a mile). Several longish sections were without orange markers, we were just following the coloured paint blobs on trees which depicted the general hiking trails and it was most comforting when at last an orange ribbon came into view, it would have been so easy to get lost for a long time. The meander through the pine forest included some beautiful stretches early on, twisting and turning on soft pine needles. Later parts were on gnarly, rutted track with exposed tree roots waiting to catch hold of a tired limb, really hard to see among the needles and leaves. Fell just the once resulting in a few grazes, was delighted since I usually go down more often, the record standing at 4 times. Fallen trees were encountered here and there and there were some very steep and narrow descents and ascents through deeply forested ravines which were difficult and slow to navigate.

The field had really thinned out by mid-distance and on one section I ran for more than 2 hours without seeing another competitor or hiker. One time, having drifted into a bit of a dream, I was suddenly startled when a nearby rifle shot rang out and a group of hillbilly hunters with gun dogs emerged from the undergrowth. A bit disconcerting, shades of the movie “Deliverance”, but they turned out to be quite friendly.

Aid stations were set up every 3 or 4 miles with water, pop and electrolytes; a few also had peanut butter sandwiches, snacks and gels, I had my own jam sandwiches in a drop bag at 16 miles! The volunteers at the stations were the only crowd support except for a few shouts of encouragement from weekenders when we passed through the campgrounds.

Share the trail!

Was thinking around mile 18 that 6h 15m was on, but by mile 27/28 the freshness had worn off and the revised target became to break 7 hours. However, the legs refused to run the sugar-sand between miles 30 and 32, so it was not to be.
            Overall it was a well organised and mostly enjoyable adventure with 60 finishers, one of the toughest I’ve done. The demons were put to bed, and that’s the 2 big ones in the bag for this year’s super-slam hat. 

Easter Bunny

It will soon be Easter and Bunny time, we will need loads of Marshalls so if you can help then please let Peter or I know. 

Marks Runs

Between two and three orders of magnitude smaller than Southampton, we ran from Galhampton tonight. Four of us ran with J.C. at a quick pace. The lanes were well lit by the moon. There were strong reports that the moon had a ring around it tonight, but I failed to notice it. Does anyone know what such a ring is called? I could mention the 7th planet at this point, but that would be wrong. We started with a loop round the village, crossed over the A359, and ran out to a railway bridge. We turned right and ran to a second railway bridge. A small loop took us past a third railway bridge, and back to the second one. We then went up a steep hill at Coopers Ash lane. We crossed over the B3152 and A359 and went off down narrow dark muddy lanes. This took us back to the village and pub at 7.3 miles. Great fast run. Thanks J.C. and all. We got quite close to Castle Cary at one point as well.

Club Events

1. Tuesday Club Night is at  YTFC 6:15 pm 14th March.

2. Thursday Pub run is at Rose and Portcullis  Butleigh at 6:30 pm16th March. 

3.  Track night on Friday at 6:15 pm  

4.  The Sunday Run will be at Goldenstones at 9:00 am 

5. The next Championship race is Sun 19th 7 ml Butleigh (SS) 11.00 am