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Curry Club runners before the half marathon

Curry Club runners before the half marathon

Four plucky curry club runners took part in this year’s New Forest Half Marathon.  Despite the unseasonally warm weather, good times were recorded by all, although no official timings have been released yet.  Nigel led the pack home in 1 hour 51 minutes, followed by Jerry, Richard and Russ all under two hours.  No injuries to report.
The course changes were well received with fewer miles on busy roads.  The course was as hilly as ever, as witnessed by the course profile shown below.
Half Marathon profile

Half Marathon profile

Thanks are due to Lewis for a welcome rocket fuel stop half way round.  Lucozade Sport – the drink of choice of the Curry Club Runners (unless you’re Richard of course, whose favourite running tipple is Powerade).

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The Balmer Lawn Bunch

It cannot go un-recorded that some of the Curry Club Runners, namely Richard N and Nigel, were in fact moonlighting for the Balmer Lawn Health Club team. This was a competition between three hotels in Brockenhurst trying to out perform each other on the Lymington 10K fun run.

The Balmer Lawn Health club team

Many thanks to Chris and Alison for the excellent refreshments at the end of the run.

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The Curry Club Runner – once again, better than the average runner. Conclusive proof that members of the Curry Club Runners consistently out perform the average Lymington 10K runner.

Average time for all runners was 56 minutes 40 seconds.

Average time for the Curry Club Runners 52 minutes, 58 seconds.

On a desperately hot day Rich, Dave, Richard, Nigel, Jerry, Simon, Russ, Steve and Bob all competed for glory. On what was a very pleasant run all CC runners put in a great personal performance. Great runs by Rich, Dave, Richard and Simon. Full results can be found by clicking the Lymington 10K results link.

The actual CC runners times were

Richard Dunne 46.17
David Townsley 46.35
Richard Newsom 49.16
Nigel Payne 51.41
Jeremy Marden 53.37
Simon Williams 55.14
Russ Lomax 56.59
Steve Coe 58.00
Sunflower Bob 59.02

Here’s what the runners looked like before and after the run –

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Germany calling

Some bloke called Rob thinks that it would be a good idea to run the Berlin marathon on September 28th.  It’s flat, it’s fast and it’s in the Fatherland.  Click on the Berlin Marathon link for more details.

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Snow joke

The run from Steve’s house on April 6th brought a unique set of weather conditions for the Curry Club Runners – snow.  “Stato” Williams reminded the group that we had once run in snowy conditions some four years ago but that was in clear conditions rather than the blizzard that had descended over Brockenhurst.Curry Club runners before the run

For once no one quibbled at the suggestion of Royden Woods as a destination.  The plan was to stay out of the snow as much as possible and to give our new runner Martin a spicy taste of the Curry Club way of running.  Once we arrived at Royden Woods, as the blizzard worsened so the behaviour of some runners returned to the school playground.  Snow could be rolled into small balls and thrown.  it was.Bob, Nigel and Russ in Royden Woods

As the runners carried on deeper into the woods the conditions actually improved to the extent that it was becoming enjoyable.

Russ, Bob, Nigel and Steve

On the return leg, the conditions deteriorated considerably, as this photo of Russ of the Antartic, famous polar explorer, shows.

Russ of the Antartic

Well, we all arrived home safe and sound, including Martin who claimed to have enjoyed his first curry club run.  These conditions are unlikely to be repeated – not often does the Sunday morning run coincide with the heaviest snow for years.  The irony was that by 2:00 p.m. there was almost no evidence that it had ever snowed, such was the speed of the thaw.

Curry Club runners back at Steve;s

It should be noted that the Curry Club spies noticed some runners had bunked off to go sledging with their kids.  Their actions have been noted !

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