View from the back

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Tue 12 Jul '11

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Fiona Glen recently got in touch with me about the MST coverage. As much as she likes the site, Fiona felt that we concentrated a lot on the front-end of the races, which is true, and that we needed a view from the back now and again…

Fiona has a point, so from now on she will provide a regular round-up of races from, lets say, the middle of the pack. What’s more Fiona will be happy to bring us stories from around the country and is encouraging you ‘midfielders’ to get in touch at the email address below…

Read on:

June views by Fiona Glen

There are a number of us hardened fell runners that never see the front of the pack during a race. Through rain, snow and sometimes sun we struggle on, the only glory coming from those dedicated marshals that clap us on and shout encouragement.

For those of you out there who share these moments, this monthly article is for you; to celebrate your achievements.

Forty years of WEETS saw a smaller than usual race, probably because of the move to a Saturday, nevertheless, the years have obviously been kind for some. Well done to Wharfedale’s John Thompson and Lynn Whittaker for knocking about 8 minutes off their 2007 times.

Paddy’s pole saw a good turn out this month. For Jan Atkins from Chorley Harriers this race was part of her quest to complete 66 races in her 67th year, she is obviously on good form winning the ladies V60 category. Good luck to her.

Moving further afield, Run Wales Open Forums is offering the chance to attend a number of events around Wales to talk about challenges when organising endurance events. See the Welsh Athletics site for more details.

As this is the first article it is a bit short. So for anyone that has some interesting “back of the pack” news please send it too:

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  1. Jason Kehoe Jul 13, 10:22 AM

    Well done Fiona on this new aspect of reporting on MST. Cant wait to hear the stories / reports from the ‘experienced’ mid pack runners.

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