THE VIEW FROM THE BACK
It could have been the largest gathering of people in Castlemorton Common since the infamous rave of May ‘92.
Two Wye Valley (me and Bill), two Couriers and almost 40 Pershore Plum Plodders were among the 278 runners who toed the start line of the annual Malvern Joggers 10km race in Welland on Wednesday evening June 13th.
I started near the back, to give former Wye Valley Jon Barnes a head start. After half a mile we were off the common and heading across a wheat field towards Little Malvern Priory, a stunning sight in the early evening sunlight. Soon we were back on boggy ground on the hills above the common, before a half-way cup of water and a jelly baby or two. Past Gullet quarry, where signs warned us there is danger of death in its dark seductive water.
In the last two miles I found myself surrounded by Pershore purple vests ….. Felt like I was in a Cadburys advert. Thanks to their company, I found an extra gear, and almost sprinted across the line, for a free banana.
It’s a long walk back to the carpark. By the time I got there, Bill Griffiths had had his free curry and was on his way home.
So, a great race. Well organised and marshalled, beautiful course with great views, some goodies at the finish, plus the free vegetable curry in a chapatti wrap. Chip timing, although the chip was more like an electronic tag. Shame the race clashed with the summer off-road race in High Vinnals.
1st : Neil Laurenson (Black Pear Joggers) in a new course record of 36:23
2nd: Jon Barnes (Cheltenham) 37:40
3rd: Chris Grubb (unattached) 38:20
1st: Shona Crombie-Hicks (Tewksbury) 42:24
2nd: Karen Lewing (unattached) 45:31
3rd: Sally Dring (Black Pear Joggers) 45:59
Bill Griffiths: 207th in 63:26
Peter Smith: 240th in 69:35
Report courtesy of Peter Smith