Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k – 11th May ’14. By Stuart Mugridge

Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k

Crowle, Worcestershire

11th May 2014

Stuart Mugridge

Crowle10k_2014This 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:

5 Replies to “Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k – 11th May ’14. By Stuart Mugridge”

  1. Whoa, nice work on all the PBs, guys! And good report, too. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the write-up Stuart. It was lovely meeting your family and well done to your kids for completing their races too! It was a well organised, friendly event. I would recommend it for the future.

  3. Thanks for the great report, Stuart. Well done to all on such good results, and three PBs too! Great stuff.

  4. Thankyou Stuart for your informative and succinct Report on the Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k.I enjoyed reading it.Yes,it was very windy on that particular day,and the BvHers have got to be congratulated on successfully completing the 10k. in `reasonable` times( X3 PBs very good indeed,given the prevalent conditions). It was good that there were opportunities for family participation ,and that there was time `to catch up `/chat with other Harriers.

    PS.A facinating criteria for choosing race entries! All the very best for your future `row`,Row(Cumbr),Rowberrow,Rowington,Rowley Regis,Rowton(Ches),Rowton(Shrops) etc etc