After all the rain of January and February the first day of March greeted us with a very cold and frosty start followed by bright sunshine by the mid day start time of the Sole Destroyer obstacle course race (OCR).
22 Parklands Jog & Run members had made the short trip to Little Houghton to compete in either the 5k or 10k distances on offer. The team included a mother & daughter & 3 husband & wife partnerships as well as a whole bunch of good friends.
As the clock stuck 12 our four 10k runners (Steve Heighway, Lianne Norfolk, Jon Anderson & David Weighill) plus those who attend our OCR training sessions from the Achy Breaky Bears team (Mark Pittam, Dave Norman, Andy Aitchison & Calvin Keable) were off!
The first 5k, much to Mark Pittam’s horror, was mainly an obstacle free running course. It did however include some tough hills & testing terrain. This put Steve Heighway in his element & he was able to move well up through the 258 strong field to lead the team home with a great 35th place finish.
Next in was David Weighill closely followed by Jon Anderson & Lianne Norfolk who had all run the course together just as they did at our last event, Mud Sweat and Beer back in December.
Lianne was 10th female overall & along with the men’s efforts meant first place in the mixed team competition (a title we successfully defended after winning with a team of Chris Lamb, Seb Perry and Fiona Fisher at last years event).
The 5k race started 5 minutes after the 10k. It was ran on the same course but missed out the first 5k running section. We had 14 team members going in this one including OCR debuts for Stephen Croft, Marc Marshell & Vicki Baker.
Leading the way was our group leader Chris Lamb who flew off at the front of the field of 124 runners as most of the others ran together in groups.
The course involved some hay bale jumps, cargo net crawls, a couple of webs to manoeuvre through in a tight wooded area, several large wall climbs and a whole lot of water.
After just under half an hour Chris emerged from the woods & safely cleared the final wall climb to win the race, over 2 and a half minutes clear of the second placed runner. Not far behind them was Stephen Croft with a magnificent 6th place finish in his first ever OCR.
There was also a top 30 finish for Marc Marshall & the ever improving Adam Ferguson closely followed him in 31st place. Then came our first lady Donna Alibone, 23rd female overall.
Next in was another of our OCR first timers, Vicki Baker in a very creditable 91st place. Right behind Vicki were mother and daughter Amy and Becky Dixey who crossed the line hand in hand.
Then came Sharon Ives who had pulled away from husband Lee in the final stages after he had encountered a rather unfortunate & delicate injury over one of the walls but still managed to finish with his manly area just about still in tact!
Completing the team were Sarah Shaw and Yvonne Anderson working together with the pair of Gary Shaw (Sarah’s husband) & Adam Pope who were both coming back from injury so it was great to see them get round with no more problems.
Our 5k team took a very creditable 2nd place on the day but it was moments such Jon Anderson finished his 10k race then carrying on sprinting from the finish line, back to the final wall to help his wife Yvonne over as she neared the end of the 5k race that summed up what obstacle course racing and the team spirit of PJR is all about.
Well done to everyone who took part. If you would like to come along to our OCR training sessions at Abington park on weekend mornings then please get in contact with us or look out for the times/ dates and just turn up.