The Big Half, London
Welsh XC Championship
Rogue Run Night Race, Gwent League XC & Dursley Dozen
GLCL XC Usk
Sorbrook 10k, Buff Winter Trail Wales & Lliswerry 8
Sorbrook 10k – 21st Jan
Ten Spirit of Monmouth runners braved the rain to take part in the Sorbrook 10k orgainised by Griffithstown Harriers. The Sorbrook 10k Challenge is a great way to test your winter fitness on the gruelling Sorbrook hills. The Spirits took part in the winter race under grey miserable skies but was enjoyed thoroughly by all. Rob Nicholls was the first Spirit home with a time of 40:14 and finished 2nd overall. The first lady home for the Spirit of Monmouth was Leanne Meek with a time of 49:19 and finished 3rd overall female. Matt Unsworth 44:14 finished 1st inhis age category and Lucy MacDonald 51:34 finished 1st in her category, other runners from the Spirits included, Mark Dunn 47:36, Brian Evans 51:05, Jeremy Creasey (course PB) 51:18, Emily Harrison 52:06, Sophie Williams 55:58 and Rod Wyatt 62:05.
Buff Winter Trail Wales – 20th Jan
Braving the cold weather Spirit of Monmouth runner Emma King headed north to run in the 3rd annual Buff Winter Trail Wales which took place in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. The course took in the Trail Marathon half marathon route across the same stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest park – but in winter conditions, of course the competitors could be looking at snow, frost, crystal clear blue skies or rain and mud, in what is the beauty of the Winter Trail Wales. Emma was the 23rd lady home, finished 14th in her category and completed the trails half marathon route in 02:09 which was a massive 13 minutes quicker than when she last competed in this race.
GLCL XC round 3, Penallt
Spirit of Monmouth Running club hosted the third Cross Country fixture of five in the Gwent Leisure Centre League which is made up of ten running clubs from across Wales and held at Humble by Nature in Penallt.
The event attracted 259 runners with 21 members of Spirit taking part, first home for the club was new signing Rich Foster who placed an impressive 4th out of 145 men and First Lady home for the club was Alex Wilson who was 8th out of 114 ladies keeping up her strong performance this season. The men’s team finished 8th with Julian Howe, Mark Dunn, Jeremy Masters, Robert Nelson and Martin Blakeborough making up the first team back then the ladies were 5th with Laura Grey, Leanne Meek and Lucy McDonald in the ladies first team home. John Jenkins kept up his consistent performance topping his age category in the over 70 male for the third race running and also a debut performance for new club member Keith Buchanan who embraced cross country running for the first time. Spirit of Monmouth would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Humble by Nature for allowing them to hold the event at the farm for a second year with many compliments from the runners on the course and to all their members that gave up their Sunday morning marshal in the cold to keep the runners safe.