I understand the Hike is now full. Can you let me know if you have an entry and I'll try to co-ordinate some Mercia teams this year. We wouldn't want Newport thinking it's their right to hold on to the team trophy despite the green machine's fabulous effort in snatching it from us in 2011.
Cheers - Jim
On Sunday 24th June, Mercia's ladies completed their Olympic challenge to climb 20,000 feet in 12 hours. The challenge was completed as a relay by: Emily Millington, Jane Mapp, Mel Price, Ruth Stafford, Naomi Watson, Debbie Pitt, Stella Denniss, Dianne Spencer, Sharon Davies, Jane Rowlands, Polly Gibb, Christine Lloyd and Pauline Richards.
The ladies ran seven laps of a slightly shortened Callow Fell Race course and then those left at the death ran up to Pole Bank to celebrate with Champagne, strawberries and cream.
For once it wasn't raining and 30 young people together with their adults charged around the Gogbatch Gallop course with determination and enthusiasm. Rick and Jan Robson have been putting on this race for years and it was great to see so many youngsters taking it on.
Results are In! check out the results page to see the latest positions in the Summer Series, there's some new names at the top of the leader board, Dan Croft of SAC and Sam Robson lead the way, fantastic, keep it going boys,
Note the start time for this is 6.30pm not 7.30 as previously (wrongly) stated in the race information page.
Congratulation to Jim Tinnion on organising his first full race as part of the Shropshire Fell Race Series, it's always nice to welcome on new blood into the hectic world of race organisation, I'm sure Jim will put a report on the site shortly, telling us the highs and lows of his day, and how he race went for all out local starts, young and old, Results for the seniors race will are now available by clicking here, Tom Roo, will also have the results from the junior race on line on the Mercia Website in the next couple of day.
Mercia member Colin Williamson has organised an outing on Monday evening to visit one of the Bonfires to be lit in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. His Monday night "slow" running group from Shropshire Shufflers is meeting for a run at 7.00 pm in Little Stretton and after at the Ragleth Inn for beer and chips etc., and invites any Mercians who would like to join in to come for a run or do your own run and join in afterwards at the Ragleth.
One of those wonderful wet spring evening races, warm wet rain, visability could be described as poor!
Pete Vale, Mercia's club captain as laid down the gauntlet with a superb time doing the Gill Harris Round in 2:52:59, follow the line set be Andy Davies in what's now looking like a very good route indeed, Pete is the first person to break the 3 hour barriers, it's great to see a really fast time set, hopefully others will follow, and push the time even lower, but remember it's not all about speed, this is a classic challenge, for all to try.
Daniel Brazier has just informed me that, as a team Mercia finished 4th at the Three Peaks race Saturday, Andy
Davies, Will Neall, Dan Brazier, Ian Gridley. Well done guys.
The Fellsman was going on at the same time and the routes overlapped (in time) on Whernside - must have got pretty chaotic at Hill Inn!