This evening’s conditions were almost perfect for the Springfield Striders Friday Night 5, held in the quiet and historic village of Pleshey on the outskirts of Chelmsford. Warm, dry but with a nice cool breeze (not too strong) it was a real pleasure to see the 250 athletes warming up and preparing as I performed the final systems checks ready for Gun Time.
The Friday Night 5 is the fifth event in the Essex Athletics Road Race Championship and the top 25 finishers in each age category receive points that go towards the chance for a medal at the end of the season.
I attended the event on behalf of Race Time Result to provide the race timing services for the evening. With separate start and finish lines to keep me busy, as well as the important task of providing regular results updates to Essex for the evenings awards.
A huge well done to everybody who took part and congratulations to all those who beat their personal bests (and in one case set a new course record!).
Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to be able to attend the first Sustainable Travel Event at Northfield View in Stowmarket.
Northfield View is a relatively new housing development in Suffolk being built by Taylor Wimpey. With phase 2 now fully completed and phase 3 still in the works, one of the major features of the development is the incorporation of sustainable travel into the estate design.
I attended as part of Suffolk Roadsafe with Way To Go Suffolk and our new representative from We Are Cycling UK, promoting the availability of our FREE Family and 1-to-1 Adult Cycling Sessions and more general cycling advice to local residents.
Suffolk Police were on hand to carry out security marking on cycles while Outspoken Cycles were kept very busy performing cycle maintenance checks and making repairs to those that needed it.
Cannon Consulting Engineers had current sustainable travel routes on display, as well as the in depth plans for Phase 3 of the development which brings together all of the hard work they’ve done so far.
This was an excellent opportunity to promote all things sustainable and it was great to be part of such a positive event.
With a few hours rest under their belt during the overnight train journey between Ravenglass and Fort William, the challengers on the Railway Children 3 Peaks By Rail are now at the base of Ben Nevis, ready to take on stage 3 of the event!
I and the Race Time Result team wish everyone the very best of luck for this final stage. Dig deep!
Tap the link below to see the live map and find out how all of our fabulous walkers are getting on.
Unfortunately, due to terrible weather conditions and high winds of up to 70mph, the decision had to be taken to cut the final stage of this event short to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Despite this, I’d still like to offer massive congratulations to everyone who took part in this amazing event and their absolutely stellar achievements!
Unfortunately, due to horrendous weather conditions on the final stage with up to 70 Mile an hour winds, the Event Management Crew had little choice but to cut the final stage on Ben Nevis short for the safety of all.
Even so, the challengers raised an absolutely staggering £175,000 for the charity in this fantastic and challenging event. I and the Race Time Result team would like to offer a huge well done to everyone involved in the event. Amazing!
Results from The Railway Children 3 Peaks By Rail Challenge
On 17th July I’m going to be in the South Downs, taking part in the Hit The Downs MTB event to raise much needed funds for St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House in Sussex.
St Barnabas House provide palliative hospice care for adults and Chestnut Tree House provide care for children and their families across East and West Sussex.
I’m going to be riding 30Km across the South Downs, starting at 7am on the 17th July and I’m looking to raise £100 to support these great charities!
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Whilst I’m all to aware that things are tight for us all at the moment, if you can, please head on over to my JustGiving page and make a donation of any size to help me reach my £100 sponsorship target.
From £1 to £50, every penny counts and will be very gratefully received!
Organised by Norfolk Council in association with North Norfolk Beach Runners, The Mammoth Marathon finally got to go ahead this year after COVID-19 caused it to be postponed over the last couple of years.
I was really pleased to be able to go as part of a larger timing crew this year to be able to time the event and was delighted to see so many runners coming out for the day. Well done to everyone who took part!