Heartbeat Hobble

A lovely 11km race starting from Goathland this morning. Acorns were represented by myself and Dave – who finished some way ahead of me!

Beautiful weather to start with soon gave way to sideways freezing rain! I don’t think I was hobbling – more sinking into mud – but it was great fun nonetheless! I really love the FRA approach, especially the option of entering on the day. A friendly bunch – some super-fast runners as well as many sliding around at the back with me!

I’m definitely planning to enter more of these races – a fab morning out.

Snake Lane 🐍

This morning, bright and early (thanks to the new start time), several Acorns headed over to Pocklington for the Snake Lane 10 mile race. The weather was kind to those of us running: chilly but for the most part dry.

A total of 1132 runners wound their way along the twisty, scenic route today with the winner, Lewis Gamble-Thompson of New Marske Harriers completing the race in a time of 52 minutes and 4 seconds.

Not far behind, in a time of 56 minutes 58 seconds was first Acorn home Chris Poulton who finished 9th overall and second in his age category.

The next Acorn runner over the line was David Muckersie in 01:08:07 which placed him 4th in his age category. Liz Gilley was the first Acorn lady finisher according to the Sports Entry Solution results filter with a finish time of 01:15:46. Emma Moore though also ran for Acorn today in a time of 01:10:45 but does not show when you filter the results for Acorn runners due to a mix up with the race number.

Chris Price finished the race in 01:16:56 and I (Amy Bailiss) crossed the mat with 01:27:01 on the clock. Drew Green, running with Claire Green, finished in 01:40:51.

Upon completion, runners were generously rewarded with a T-shirt, medal, buff and shopping bag along with the usual bottle of water and cereal bar based snack.

Back at the Rugby club bacon sandwiches, teas, coffees and cakes were all on sale which left Chris, Liz and I regretting the fact that we’d not thought to carry cash on us! But, hey ho, we’ll know for next time.

Yet again, Pocklington Runners put on a great event. It is easy to see why this race sells out fast every year!

All the ‘goodies’.

Race News: Acorns good at finding lampposts quickly!

Several Acorns have been trying out the sport of orienteering with our friends at Eborienteers for their Winter Lamp-O series. This involves running around (slightly manically in my case) looking for specific lampposts on a map, and noting down their number, basically a simplified score orienteering event – the winner visiting the most (correct) lampposts in 45 minutes. It’s great fun and great sprint training!

Richard Gover took the overall series lead, and Laura Bennett & Sam Dredge took the fastest pairs prize. Pretty good trophies too!

There is a summer Lamp-O series planned, and several “standard” local orienteering events coming up in the Spring – more info here

New Top Test

This morning, I road-tested the new Acorn T-shirt. I wore it for a 4 mile run and here is my verdict:

The fit
The T-shirt sample that the club was given was a ladies medium (size 12) so a little ‘roomy’ on me as you can see from the picture. I would opt for a couple of sizes smaller if I were purchasing one for myself which means I would be opting for my usual size. Therefore, I think the sizing is accurate according to typical UK ladies clothes sizes which is a good start! Also, the T-shirt is shaped to be a little more flattering on a female runner which gives it a clear advantage over my current unisex Acorn vest that just hangs straight down from the armpits and creates a ‘box’ effect. (As you may be able to tell I have a complicated relationship with my current club vest!)

The material
The material seems to do a good job of ‘wicking’ away sweat. There was a small sliver of sun when I set out earlier but it is February so it could be argued that a more comprehensive test in summer conditions would provide more reliable proof in this department. On the inside, the material has a silky and smooth feel to it which is comfortable next to your skin. I also think that this stops the garment from riding up or bunching as you run which is a problem I have had with other running tops but did not experience with this one. I know some people looking at this sample were concerned that the seems inside are raised and may chafe: there was no discomfort to me from any of the seems that made contact with my skin during this run. Whether or not this could be an issue over a longer distance is unclear but there was no indication that this would happen.

The look
The colour is the typical strong Acorn red that we are all used to finished with black trims to neck, arms and side panels. I like the club name front and back as it will prevent us from being mistook for Selby Striders from a distance in a race. In addition, I think I would choose the option of personalising it by adding my name to the back too as it gets you supported a bit more by spectators during races!

The shirt looks good. It is a more flattering fit than a lot of the current Acorn vests we wear and it felt comfortable to run in. With the announcement from Graham at the AGM last night that the club will subsidise each new top by £4 for those entered in the Summer league this year too, it shouldn’t break the bank to get one!