IWCA AC Victory at Rugged Radnage, 18th November 2012
November 19, 2012
Though the sun shone brightly on this year’s Rugged Radnage 10k, the previous weeks of rainfall ensured that the cross country sections of the race were an absolute mud bath. This tough event through the Chiltern hills and woodlands, organised by villagers in support of the local primary school, is getting bigger each year – and deservedly so given the excellent level of organisation and friendly atmosphere.
This year’s 3rd annual event saw 307 runners take part - about 50 more than last year – many of whom were top notch cross country runners attracted by the growing reputation of the challenging event. Also on hand were 100 stewards from the local community making sure things went smoothly and that nobody got stuck in the mud or lost in the woods.
The conditions underfoot did impact on race times somewhat, meaning that last year’s record finish time went unchallenged and our own runners added at least a minute to their previous year’s times, but that said, the wonderful weather on the day and the great atmosphere more than took the edge off the ankle-deep sludge that was a feature of much of the course and our team all did themselves and the club proud.
The first IWCA AC runner to cross the finish line, Stuart Craft, came in 49th place at 48:52 mins followed by Andrew Craft at 52:48, Shawn Merry at 53:40, Peter Wright who was running on a hamstring injury picked up in midweek training at 59:01, David Craft at 59:42 and Graca Craft who was labouring under a heavy cold at 01:04:14.
Andrew won the under 18’s prize, with Shawn coming in second place, while the IWCA Athletics Club proved, in true collectivist style, that our team is greater than the sum total of its parts by winning the First Place Affiliated Team prize, making the morning a successful as well as a highly enjoyable one (if punishing in places) for the boys and girls from Blackbird Leys.