After a spring and summer bereft of racing opportunities due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent emphasis on placing health above recreational persuits a number of TRP athletes have dipped their toe into socially distanced racing over the past few weeks.
Last weekend saw Ollie Smart lead home team mates Ben Neale and Jordan Andrews for a 123 at the Par 3k. Ollie ran a time of 8 min 39 secs for a new PB. Ben, on his track debut also dipped under 9 minutes with Jordan just a stride or so behind. This proved a happy hunting ground for Ollie as two weeks earlier he ran 3:48 for 1500 metres in great solo run where Jordan also ran strongly to record a time of 4:04. Rounding off the weekend Hayden Bond a new recruit to the club took a solid third place at the Exmouth 10km.
The preceding weekend a number of TRP athletes made the trip to Exeter to compete. Chris Rimmer led the way with 3rd place in a strong field. He was followed by Jim Cole, Hayden Bond, Coz and Hannah Smith. While Jordan Andrews took on the 5k. Finally, Emma Baker ran the mudfest that is Race the Tide.
This weekend Corin Russell and Hannah Smith are running the virtual London Marathon along the Granite way.
As a footnote TRP welcomed Jake Smith along time their training session last Friday. Jake was in his final preparation before pacing the elite race in London and then going on to the world half marathon champs. He looked in good form as he ran a session of 2x 4 miles at 18:15 in blustery conditions.