Our most successful run yet with 88 runners on the day, and a flurry of media attention. We didn’t expect to have TV camera crews covering out little event, but then The Narth is a great little place, whatever we’re allowed to call our run! If you haven’t seen the news coverage there are clips on both ITV news and BBC News news sites. (These links will disappear eventually.)
Everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Thanks in particular to Spirit of Monmouth and Chepstow Harriers for their support. We now look forward to next year’s run, and we have an offer from The Great North Run to do something with us for a bit of fun, and to get us a few more runners. They’re probably going to run a competition on their Facebook page with two entries to our race as prizes (and a holiday in the Wye valley although obviously that’s a secondary attraction).
This Year’s Winners
Lois Wright was the fastest female runner in the fun run, with Henry Evans the fastest male.
In the 5K local runner Mary Pardington was, again, the fastest female, with Peter Hutton the fastest male.
Emily Pardington was the fastest female (and fastest female villager) in the 10K for the third year running. Huw Evans, who won the 10K in the first year, returned to again win by some margin. The fastest male villager in the 10K was Shane Godfrey.
The male team race was won by “Team Generations”, with “Eat, Sleep, Run … Repeat” the winning female team.
Full Results (pdf files)
Race Organiser Steve Coppell worked tirelessly to make this event work, helped as always by a host of volunteers. Sue Flower and the WI team provided the refreshments, Graham Agg successfully kept the marshals in order, and helped us to another injury free event. Marilyn and Jon Dunkelman, assisted this year by Rob Bowen, and Jon’s brother Steve got in the results. We had immaculate car parking (fields courtesy of Roddy Boycott and Alan at The Lea) by Hywel Rees and David Walters, with help from Steve Dunkelman and Rob Bowen. The rest of the Village Hall committee did their bit (Pete on registrations, Tony doling out water for the runners, others helping with refreshments and marshalling), and the Coppell family turned up en masse to help with registration and on the finishing line. We’re also grateful to SARA for covering first aid duties (thankfully not needed) and everyone in the village and nearby who turned out to support the team on the day.
Well done everyone!