Tom and Naomi have sent greetings and good wishes from New Zealand for the New Year to all Mercia runners and friends, they invite all to check out the blog - naomitomnewzealand.blogspot.com for some fellrunning photo's N Z style.
The 2010 racing year kicked off with the annual Trig Points Race, due to bad weather the course had to be shortened slightly, but the weather did not put off the runners with 144 on the start line, Peter Vale and Steve Cale went head to head for the first half of the race, as they headed back Pete pulled away leaving Steve struggling to breath in the cold air, a later nav error by Steve gave Pete an easy win by nine yes 9 minutes, Matthew Clewes who is definately having a purple patch finishing a strong second and Steve came into third place
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I'm sure many of you have been wondering what as happened to this years' FRA handbook with all the fixtures in it, well according to the FRA Forum it has been delayed due to problems compiling a new database , Margarete Chippendale, the editor for the handbook, put the following comment on The FRA website:
Despite the freezing conditions 300 runners and walkers turned up for the annual New Years Day Charity Event, raising over £1000 for local charity's. Richard Roberts from Eryri won in 30.38, with first lady being Alison Lavender from Oswestry in 37.17
Most of the walkers looked well wrapped up bar one, who did it in a pair of Speedo's, not sure how he got through 'Kit Check' but he was doing it for Help The Hero's, so maybe a blind eye was turned
Definately not a fell race, and definatley not as slippy slidy as yesterdays Dawdle or Dash, but still a great thing to do on a Xmas Sunday, a somewhat depleted Mercia Race Registration/Results/Start/Finish Team turned up in The Quarry to help out Shrewsbury AC with their new Christmas run, we thought we'd pinch a bit of Mercia Web space to display the results. As ever Pauline, Dave, Charlie and Jill ran a super slick operation to get the results out to the waiting crowd of road runners.
Shropshires finest fell runners came out to burn some of their Christmas Pudding off at this years Devil's Chair Dash from the Stiperstones Inn. Tim Davies the winner in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and more had taken a couple of years off from the annual Boxing Day race, but came back to regain the trophy , Richard Roberts of Eryri tried hard in the icy conditions, but said 'Tim just seems to have that little extra, no matter how fit you get, he always seems to find a little extra to stay in front'.
Steven Cale continued to perform well over the weekend, winning at Mortimer Forest, against a strong field, having come third in the County Cross Country Championships the day before, Matt Clewes, Mercia's new old boy, proved that turning 50 is no excuse for slowing down, with a fine performance, finishing in the top ten, and of course winning his age category to boot.