The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice

Coimbra Portuga Tri

From Frances: Europeans middle distance triathlon Coimbra Portugal 4th in age group! Very happy.

Coombe Keynes 10K

From Claire:  To add to Sandra’s post! Today’s 10K race took me again to deepest darkest Dorset for the Coombe Keynes 10K, but I dragged Karyl along with me this time! Undulating (hilly!) warm (very hot! ) run through the Lulworth Estate.

5 Yeovil runners were spotted! We said ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ to Luke post team photo who we knew would be way ahead and first over the finish line for Yeovil! Closely followed by Sandra and Mel, who from the photos were clearly enjoying the beautiful scenery! I could see the glow of their Yeovil T-Shirts ahead of me but couldn’t catch them! With Karyl closely behind with her main aim of keeping her head up for a good finish photo!!

Pre run stories were those of who had had the most spectacular fall whilst out running. Not to be outdone Karyl thought she’d make her debut today and join the club! Hence the visit to the first aid tent. Not the only faller apparently!

The stunning Dorset countryside, fabulous marshals, friendly fellow runners and post run tea and cake made up for a challenging course!

A great but challenging race that I would definitely do again

Exbury Gardens 10km

From Terry:  So into the deepest reaches of the New Forest this morning for the Exbury Gardens 10km, avoiding a number of pony jams on the way. It was already hot when I arrived after navigating the queue to park, with a field in excess of 1000 expected.

A delayed start after collecting number and nice T Shirt. Whilst it was tagged, with nearly 900 runners the first 700mtrs were challenging due to a lot of runners along the narrow paths of the gardens. Once outside nice gentle down hill to Lepe Beach with amazing views before the inevitable gradual climb back, and it was hot, around 23 degrees, lovely temperature after the weather through spring. Chip time 54.02. Worth the trip if you ever fancy it. It's a stunning area.

Weekend Running

From Helen: A good club run this morning. One group turned into two, then two groups turned into three as Rob & Mandy split off and then Tim & Honey, but we all enjoyed what we did. Our usual Odcombe/Coker loop with a change at the end by doing a loop through Nineprings. Thanks and well done Helen for the bit of trail at the end.

From Mark:  Sunday Slow and Steady Run.

I made up a multi-terrain route from Goldenstones this morning. Thanks everyone for your company.

From Tim:  International Cavity Trays

The Cavity Trays run has started attracting from far overseas . Essam Adam joined us today from Dubai running with the quicker group. He was heard to say several times “how green it was”. 

We had an even split between the groups, four in each, Sharon Hardy leading the 2nd group, and did a route up to Odcombe, across to White post and back via Bunford Lane and Bluebell. Both groups achieved over 10k and most went for a breakfast at No.5 afterwards. Thanks for a nice chatty run.

Bamburgh 10k

From Malcolm: On Sunday 16th June I ran the Bamburgh 10k in 57:41 and came second out of seven in the 70+ age group. It was a lovely run on closed country roads and well organised. The first four runners came in sub 30 minutes but two of them were elite Kenyan athletes!!

Park Runs

From Lesley: Local parkrun at Frogmary Green Farm parkrun today before going off to Portishead for a family bbq. But we did find time to go to East Coker cafe for breakfast! . Thank you Natasha for keeping me going today.

From Margarita: Weekend away in London but manged to fit in a Parkrun this morning. 3 laps of the slightly undulating park.

From Steve: A bit of park run tourism for me today. Whilst visiting an old uni mate (I’m a lot greyer now!) I did the Llanachaeron park run in west Wales. A nice flat course along a gravel path following a river through woodland.


From Mark: Tonight it was warm and sunny. June led, and the group (June, Sue, Rachael, JC, and myself) wanted some off road. Leaving the pub, we ran down the lane towards Ilchester, and went right before the sharp bend in the road. Unsure where we were going, we followed paths , crossed a field, then crossed the road to Yeovilton. The next part of the run was decided by majority vote. We loosely followed the Monarch’s way going across fields towards Ashington. Some of the styles were either broken, or just difficult to cross. Some of the vegetation was overgrown. We reached the road, just west of Ashington. We returned to Limington, running along the lane, but the distance was short. To make up some more distance we continued westward along the road. Past the sharp bend, JC and myself turned left to go down a dark path with a stream running down the left side. The path came out at a group of old cottages. There was no route going left back to the pub, so we followed a road to the right, which turned and came back up to the Ilchester road. Turning right, we ran eastward back along the road to the pub.

After, there were around 10 of us eating, and it was curry night. It was a good one, with help yourself to a good choice, with some being reasonably hot. Thanks June for the adventure run, and to Phil for organising.

Released On 22nd Jun 2024

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