Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k
11th May 2014
This year I’m trying to enter as many races as possible with ‘row’ in the middle of the place name! At Easter I ran in the Trowse 10k in Norwich recording a PB of 41:26 (and 43rd place) in chilly conditions. I had a good chat with an old friend of the Harriers, Cat Ricketts, who came in just behind me (41:38 and 46th).
This weekend we had a family outing to Crowle for their Gunpowder Plot 10k. I’d looked at results for the race and not noticed any BVHers taking part in recent years so I was pleasantly surprised to see a modest-sized puddle of teal on the day.
My children had a go at the short fun run (400m) and got medals and goody bags for their efforts. There is also a 1600m option for under-16s. This is definitely a well-organised event that caters to families with other children’s activities and a BBQ.
The course is a lollipop sort of shape through pleasant undulating countryside on closed roads and is potentially quickish but this year the gusting westerly wind put paid to many ambitions I think. The sun did glimmer through a little though. With a 500m out and back stretch at midway point I was able to appreciate the style and grace of Dean Parker running strongly way up the field in second place and then Stuart Pearson and Matt Slater a little closer to me as they returned along the out and back. I didn’t manage to spot Laura Leslie though – I think I was seeing stars at this point… I battled round in 41:09 (and 52nd place) for another PB (I’m still not troubling that magic 40 minutes though!).
I don’t get to many club events/evenings so it was nice to have a chat with the other Harriers at the finish. We were also a little surprised (given the wind) to discover that three of us (I think) had recorded PBs! The winner, Yousef Al-Lathaa, from the Birchfield stable came in at 33:33. Selected results:
2nd Dean Parker 33:58
25th Stuart Pearson 38:55
38th Matt Slater 40:07 – PB!
52nd Stuart Mugridge 41:09 – PB!
82nd Laura Leslie 42:47 – PB!
Full results here: http://www.crowle-online.co.uk/roadrace/2014Results.pdf