Corunner Virus: the saga continues

Martin Pipet

Second week of lockdown and BRRS are still managing to train and find virtual races to run.

Phil Dawber kicked off the first live socially isolating Tuesday Training with a “Gentle” 30 minute strength and conditioning session. For anyone who couldn’t persuade the kids to turn off ‘Frozen’ or tear themselves away from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the video is saved on the group Facebook page.

Claire Barlow ran a Virtual Weymouth Half Marathon, as well as some more garden running, including a mile up and down the drive, a mile round the house and a mile round the trampoline. Seriously impressive, well done Claire

More Virtual Insanity from Helen Stephenson, Lesley Taphouse, Dee Smith, Katrina Verran, Martin Pipet and Nichola Sinclair. Great to see the club tee shirts getting an outing.

Race Report by Martin Pipet “Today was a good day. Virtual Insanity race completed.

Rocked up for race day feeling a little nervous having not raced in a while.

In my usual style I rushed off at the start a little fast and got an early lead which I luckily managed to maintain to the end to take 1st place to rapturous silent applause from the invisible crowd.

Some definite firsts for me today:
1st overall
1st male
1st in my age category
Longest distance ran this year 🙂🙂

Perfectly organised race, plenty of parking, large choice of refreshments at the 0.13 mile mark, wonderful silent encouragement from the invisible marshals and an easy to self navigate route, would highly recommend ”

An impressive set of podiums there Martin!

Ian Ringer has been running every day, and found some new footpaths for when we get back to club runs. Ian’s been missing the company and fun, we all know that feeling Ian.

The Temple Family ( Ian, Alison, Jo and Sian) did a ‘personal parkrun’ around the school field.

Zoe Buse has been enjoying the sunrise and views during her early morning runs

Jane Stephens did a “not the Marathon des Sables parkrun.” Hopefully Jane will be able to run the real deal this September

Craig Welch’s mate Adam, “who I met up with at the Grizzly just ran a marathon in the tower block he lives in! 852 flights of stairs! ” We are all looking forward to Craig emulating this in his freshly painted hallway. In the meantime, Craig ” broke the world record for most flies swallowed over a 5k distance…”

Craig after his protein packed meal

Jane and John Stedman have been getting out on the moor and sharing daily photos.

Kerrie Parker took her grizzly out for a slow 4 miler. Fantastic to see you recovered so quickly Kerrie, from what may or may not have been Corona.

Gemma Vare has been out for a few 10ks

Danial Cox has doing some sprint training.

Phil Dawber managed to complete a garden Parkrun whilst being chased by children armed with water pistols!

Vicki and Tom Sparkes did a Saturday 5k time trial, taking it in turns to be on the bike with son Barney. “The run was fine (normal Sat morning pain fest) but I’d never ridden with chubby Barney on the back so the bike back while Tom ran, was more of a challenge. Not Parkrun but similar enough to give a bit of Saturday purpose”!

John Tilley has been getting back to fitness after an injury in January, by getting on the road bike and rowing machine

Marty Barnfield has been exploring some of the country lanes around Bodmin and enjoying the good weather.

Julie Oxenham ran a half marathon -“just went out, non intentional but the weather was nice and it was peaceful, so I kept going.”

Nicky Brenton ran 11 miles – “A slow up and downer, but so lovely to be out in the beautiful sunshine”

Fran and Nic Vosper ran a laundry cottage and solar panels 7.5 mile loop. Fran composed an Ode to mark the occasion

Great effort all round. Well done BRRs

Pandemic Round Up

“Run for your mind not your body” (Jane Stephens)

Bodmin Road Runners are keeping up their fitness levels and running mojos in some inventive and crazy ways.

Ian Temple didn’t make it to the Prague half marathon, instead “made the best of things with a gorgeous half to Padstow and back.” Well done on the PB Ian.

Kerri Rowe exhausted her dogs and children with a garden Parkrun

Zoe Buse ran Bys Vyken Events’ Virtual Insanity 10K

Claire Barlow, Julie Oxenham and Katrina Verran all successfully completed a second Virtual Insanity 10k.

Damian Philp ran 8 miles in an impressive 66 minutes and is working on some new dance moves.
Nichola Sinclair is managing to combine exercising her dogs with a run

John Tilly has been doing some cross training with indoor rowing and cycling down moorland lanes.

Rachel Wilsher and her son are working on their garden handstands

Fran and Nic, and Becky and Stef are fortunate to live with their running partners. Other BRRs have spotted lycra buddies out running and shared a distant wave.

Ian Ringer has been “Running every day – away from people (if you see what I mean).”

Gail Hartill doesn’t have a modern phone to listen to music on and has been pumping out Radio 2 from her old ghetto blaster on her shoulder.

Andrew Ross “ran the jail loop last night and saw Billy running the opposite way….lovely and quiet. This weather is a bonus!”

Mike Reed has also been out ‘fat tyre’ing’. “W/B local woodlands & bridleways/single tracks 4 me though! Epic birdsong out ‘n’ about!” 

Craig Welch and his son Jack have been working out to Joe Wicks in their PJs.

Fran Vosper found his muse and composed an ode to our favourite Parkrun

The run


Chilly dry morning, long sleeves, short sleeves?
Trail or road shoes? runners all shapes and sizes
Smiley happy faces, long worried faces
Race brief, dogs barking, people chatting
Hands up, national trust.
3 2 1 go

Congested start, lots of legs, many colours
First corner running quicker, thinning out
Breathing hard, feeling good
First hill, too fast, bloody hill
Lean in to it, keep going, near the top
Morning marshal

Sweating, eyes sting, legs like lead
Down hill, very bumpy, lots of gravel
Tree roots, slippy mud, shiny stones
Woodlands, bluebells, wild daffs
primroses, giant ferns
Mary’s Crossroads

The river high, running fast, wish I was
Slowing down, being passed
Breathing hard gulping air, why do I do this?
Keep going you’re half way round
come on you can do this!
Morning Mary

Pass the cottages and up the drive
The scary dolls are back, watching, staring
Run ten walk ten run ten walk ten run
It’s steeper than last week, sharp right, muddy gate
It looks down hill but I’m sure I’m running up
Swimming pool

Now it’s a long up, many walking, puffing catching breath
Tired legs, slippy mud, no cows or sheep
Back on the hard path, still too steep to run
Massive oaks, Lanhydrock red gates
Cattle grid, smiling marshal, high fives
Thank you marshal

The final climb, knackered, god I’m hot!
Penultimate corner whoop whoop it’s down hill from now
Striding out, running fast, oops mind the cow pats!
Final corner, finish in sight, cheering, shouting, panting
PB or not to be that is the question

Thank you parkrun

Bys Vyken Events: Hopwarts Harry and Virtual Insanity

With all upcoming races cancelled, BRRS are still managing to keep fit (and their distance from everyone else)!

Julie Oxenham and Jacky Tyler were the latest to earn their Virtual Insanity Medals

Well done to Katrina Verran for successfully completing a virtual 10kand in doing so helping raise money for the Eve Appeal as well.

Dee Smith, Claire Barlow and Julie Oxenham completed Bys Vyken’s Virtual Insanity

Well done everyone and thanks to Bys Vyken events for helping to keep us motivated

Claire Barlow sets BRRs a tough challenge

“This morning I ran 57 laps of my garden. I think it would be great to see some really crazy runs in small spaces being recorded. 😁BRR keeping fit and social isolating” Claire was assisted by her son Corey as Marshall and chief lap counter. Fantastic effort Claire.

Claire inspired me to run a Parkrun in my garden.

Inaugural Rivendell Parkrun went really well; some tricky switchbacks and tight corners. Bit smelly with muck spreading going on in the field next door and running round the dustbins. Despite a late start, set a course record, was first finisher, first in my age category and managed to volunteer as tailwalker. Cafe was open afterwards but missed my usual Parkrun chums x (Dee Smith)

Stay safe everyone!

Falmouth Half Marathon

From left Heather, Kerri Rowe, Nic Vosper, Claire Barlow, Jules Atherton and Ian Ringer

Well done to all the BRRs who ran “yet another hilly one” aka The Falmouth Half Marathon on Sunday.

Race Report by Ian Ringer

Well done everyone for the Falmouth Half on Sunday.

Here are our fabulous members results:

Marty Barnfield: 1.53.06

Kerri Rowe: 1.56.02

Well done to you two to come in under the 2 hours. A great effort one that course.

Claire Barlow: 2.01.18 (agonising Claire!)

Nic Vosper: 2.12.15. Second in age group – wine aplenty.

Ian Ringer: 2.16.42 Also 2nd inn A/G: More wine!

Jules Atherton: 2.42.37. Jules only decided on the morning of the race. Turned up in her P/Js!

This is not an easy course with many hills. It poured with rain at first that morning, but then the sun came out, making for a very pleasant run.

There were 547 finishers, but 190 people failed to turn up. Even so, much dosh was made for Cornwall Hospice Care. Falmouth Road Runners did a great job.

Little did we know that that was the last race for a while, just as we are getting into the spring schedule. Ho hum.

As I type, the church bell in tolling. I think it means ‘bring out your bodies’. Also, there are large birds circling overhead. I think they are vultures.

Thanks to Fran Vosper and Dave Anderson for the photos

A busy day for the Vosper Clan. Half Marathon for Mum (Kerri Row) and Nanny (Nic Vosper) followed by Par Duathlon to watch the little people. Medals all round. Well done all.

Grizzly 2020 Hills (and Mud) Aplenty

The Grizzly Team got to put their pose to the test and ran, slipped and laughed their way to the finish line
from left Lesley Taphouse, Jules Atherton, Claire Barlow, Kerrie Parker, Dee Smith, Lisa Hawke, Julie Oxenham, Craig Welch, Katrina Verran, Fran Vosper and Dave Bidgway
Julie, Claire and Kerrie crossing the finish line
Katrina and Dave follow shortly afterward
Lisa, Fran, Leslie and Craig cross the line together

Dave and Julie Bidgway
Brought together by BRR, bonded together by the Grizzly! Lovely day at the seaside with this lot! Blood, sweat and almost some tears! 💙 ” (Craig)

Well done to Chris Madeley for completing the “insanely muddy” course in a very respectable 3:21:36

Thanks to Axe Valley Runners for organising a total mudfest. If you enjoy hills, mud, outstanding natural beauty, and a fantasticly well organised event, this is definitely one to add to the list

Photos by Julie, Katrina, Jules, Claire and Keith Hill

Race Report by Dee

Bideford Half

A torrential downpour during the first 3 miles made for a very wet race, despite the sun coming out! A great course, although not as flat as I remember with 3 good climbs on the road out before coming back on the flat Tarka Trail.

Scores on the doors/watches:
Ben 1:39:45
Emma 1:43:51

Hope everyone has had good runs this weekend, it’s been a busy one for races! 💙

Race Report by Emma Stephens