Chilly Chappel Chase
Steve Roberts after completing the Chilly Chappel Chase
Sudbury Joggers didn’t just have members attending parkrun and Sudbury on Show on Saturday, March 2nd. Just across the county border in Essex a few members headed over to the Chappel and Wakes Colne Railway Station for the Chilly Chappel Chase 5 mile trail race.
It was named the Chilly Chappel Chase as it had been expected to be cold and given that this time last year, we had snow, can you blame the Company of Runners from thinking so. Instead we had some lovely mild weather that was great to run through some Essex countryside.
Finishing first for the club was Andy Buck in 1:03:00 and he was followed by Sue Crawte (1:07:53), Steve Roberts (1:09:51) and Sheila Buck (1:16:17).
After the race, some of the club stayed on to enjoy the Chappel Winter Beer Festival that was also being hosted at the Chappel and Wakes Colne Railway Station. Sheila Buck stated, “Can’t think what could be better – beautiful run, hot shower (plus a hairdryer!!) then into the beer festival”, “a brilliant day!”.
13 going on 30!
Claire Rooke after the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon
On Sunday, March 3rd, Sudbury Joggers had members attending three races; running the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon was Mark Johnston-Wood (1:51:33), Wayne Mumford (2:09:40), Claire Rooke, gaining a new personal best by 7 minutes in a time of 2:23:50 and Susan Moye in 2:49:34.
Jimmy Secker after the Ringland Half Marathon
Further north, just outside of Norwich, starting and finishing at The Dinosaur Park, Jimmy Secker ran the Ringland Half Marathon. Jimmy said it was a rain drenching run around the Norfolk countryside but finished in a personal record time of 1:42:17.
Not just running in the eastern counties of the UK, David Chapman ran the 30km Rhayader Round the Lakes race in heart of Wales. Based in Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales, the 30km route took runners around the beautiful Elan Valley Dams and David finished in 3:11:54.