It’s great to be back racing

Races feel a bit like buses this month … after nothing much for nearly a year, in just a few short weeks May has so far seen a bumper crop of results for local runners.

A very happy Jason taking 1st place

This week, it was CVFR’s ‘away’ contingent who led the charge, with Leicester-based Jason Williams flying the red & white-striped flag for the club at Windmill Hill fell race on Sunday 16th May. One of only two fell races in the not-so-hilly Leicestershire, despite its location, this course really packs a punch. Thanks to repeated lung-busting & leg-testing ascents of Windmill Hill over its five-mile route, the race counts as a category B fell race (at least 70% off-road & a minimum of 25m of climb for every 1km in distance).

This was Williams’ first race in a couple of years, but it didn’t show. With COVID safety measures in force, runners set off in waves of 25 based on predicted speed, which made it hard to gauge exactly how your performance squared up to other racers, but Williams know he had run well. He led the pack right from the initial multiple ascents & kept that lead over the fields & into the second lap of the course.

Williams was delighted to claim his first racing victory of 2021, although this ‘great little race’ had proven ‘a lot harder’ than he remembered. He was also quick to give credit to organisers – West End runners – for making the event possible in the current climate. Williams now can’t wait to get back to regular fell racing with his CVFR ‘family’. 

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