Broadway, Track meet, Gloucester Canal.
The first full week of June proved to be a very busy week of competing for Tewkesbury Running Club as the summer diary of racing starts to get into full swing.The main focus of the week was the Broadway Tower Charity Race as it features in the TRC Off Road series - “The Lord / Lady of the Land”
Stroud Beer Race
Kicking the week off on the Monday was James Head in the Stroud Beer Race, a 7.2 mile road race starting from Minchinhampton common. Expecting an undulating course, James was not quite prepared for the 3 laps of hills that awaited, however he was satisfied with a solid 4th place in a time of 44.56 minutes. Also claiming a bottle of wine for 1st V40 runner!
The following day, an excellent evening track meeting was put on by Gloucester AC and 2 TRC members dipped their toe into track races. Having spent many weeks training on the track this spring, Chris Duckworth took this experience into the frightening world of 800m racing. Racing in Heat 5, Chris closely followed the pace maker to go through the 1st lap in 77 seconds. Chris then work hard on the gruelling second and last lap, chasing the leader down the home straight to post a time of 2min 33secs - a great time for Chris’ 1st track race and a marker set for his next track race. James Head followed with a step out in Heat 3 of 1500m races. Feeling the effects of the previous night’s race, he was happy with a time of 5min 08secs.
Broadway Tower Charity Race
Wednesday brought the evening race of the Broadway Tower Charity Race, a 5 mile race tackling the climb up to and down from the famous Broadway Tower, the 2nd highest point of the Cotswolds at over 1000 ft high. This popular race attracts runners from counties wide for an excellent cause.
No fewer than 7 TRC members lined up for the sharp climbs and flowing descents of the race. 1st to emerge from the hill to the finish line was a return to form Shona Crombie-Hicks. Following the leaders well up to the Tower, Shona easily powered back down to take the winning Female trophy for the second year in a row in a time of 35min 59secs, putting nearly 2 minutes on the 2nd female. What was very pleasing for Shona was her time was almost a minute and a half quicker than last year!