Meet the new editor

IT will be business as usual next month for the Roadrunners newsletter following the appointment of a new editor.

Club stalwart Peter Reilly is taking over from Chris Cutting, who has quit after a brilliant four-year stint in the hot seat.

Peter said: “They are big shoes to fill but I am happy to give it a whirl. I am a firm believer in ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, so no huge changes should be anticipated.

“Having said that I do not have the design skills or the software to emulate Chris, so there will be changes to format if nothing else.

“I am keen to complement rather than compete with the club website so I do not plan to repeat everything that has been on the website in the newsletter. There is room for both mediums to co-exist quite happily.

“One change you will see is that I am keen to email the newsletter to all members in addition to making it available on the website and in hard copy for those who don’t have computers.

“The reports from the chairman and team captains are vital to pass on information. However, I hope to be able to draw stories and articles from the membership that are both relevant and interesting.

“I’ve got plenty of ideas of my own but I would be really interested in hearing from the membership what they want to read about.”

The new boss threw in a couple of topics to get the ball rolling. “How about ‘I have  a knee/calf/hamstring injury, what can I do to repair/recover?’ or ‘I run like an overloaded wheelbarrow but I want to run like Fergal, what do I need to do?’

“Hopefully suitably qualified club mates or even outsiders can answer these types of questions.

“In the absence of contributions from the membership there may well be thoughts from me… now there’s an incentive to get writing.”

Scotsman Peter has been with the club for six years after meeting many of our members through his involvement with the core volunteer team at Reading parkrun.

He has also been responsible for the start-finish area at the Bramley 10/20 event and will be in charge again in a couple of weeks.

A brilliant photographer at our events, Peter has recently produced a big improvement with his racing form, coinciding with his favourite running genre, cross-country.

His predecessor, Chris, leaves at the end of a year in which he delivered a monumental body of work as production editor of our multi-award-winning book “30 Years Of Reading Roadrunners” as well as continuing to edit the newsletter single-handed.

 

Apsey wins Tadley

ROADRUNNER Mark Apsey stormed to victory in the Thames Valley Cross Country League fixture at Tadley… but he was not the real hero of the hour.

That honour fell to his 11-month-old daughter Tilly, who for once allowed him a full night’s sleep before the race.

“That meant I was able to go into it feeling fresh,” said Mark, “as well as quietly confident after a fourth-place finish in our home fixture.

“So, following a trademark David McCoy fast start, I took the lead after about 500m and managed to hold on to it for the rest of the race.

“For the first lap I knew there was a group just behind me but each time they came up to my shoulder I was able to hold them off. On lap two the group had dropped back but I still felt strong and did all I could to take it out for the win.”

Along with the failure of home club Tadley to field any runners to contest their own event, the atrocious weather and conditions were the big talking-point of the day for runners, team officials and spectators.

But Apsey said: “The course was great. Perfect cross country… mud, water, ducks and leaps. The mud was different from our home fixture. This was slippery mud and although I felt my feet sliding around, my spikes just about kept me vertical the whole way round.

“It was nice to take the win. I’ve had a few in the green vest over the years but this was definitely up there with the best.”

Our winner got great support from McCoy, who finished 11th, one place in front of another Irishman, the vastly-improved Fergal Donnelly, with Andrew Smith, Andy Blenkinsopp and Ian Giggs also scoring to bring us home in third place.

Gemma Buley was again first finisher for our ladies in 17th, well backed up by Alix Eyles, Sarah Alsford and captain Sam Whalley, giving us fifth place and helping the club to fourth overall on the day.

The Thames Valley League roadshow now moves on to the Bracknell club’s home fixture at Lightwater, where there will be all to play for against Windle Valley, Datchet and Sandhurst in the battle for end-of-season podium honours.

The good news is that Mark Apsey will definitely be on the start line for us in that one to close out his cross-country season.

For the rest of the year he has one big goal, and a sub-35mins 10k looks well within his capabilities on last summer’s form.

The only event firmly fixed on his calendar is the Mayfair Tower Race in May, a charity run aimed mainly at the hospitality industry. The 5k round Hyde Park sounds OK, but good luck with the climb of 28 floors to the finish at the top of the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane!

Results link: http://www.tvxc.org.uk/results/detail?race_id=77