The Woodbridge Flyer August ’20

Woodbridge Shufflers Do The 10K – Virtually

Round The Town 10k Race may have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak – but that didn’t stop over 40 club members taking on the distance!

Usually, the event takes place over a few hours – with this year’s race originally planned for noon on Sunday 17th May. This year, the event was extended over the entire weekend, giving club members the freedom to run the 10K distance in their own time.

The first entrant, Ed Abbott, set off around 09:00 on Saturday morning, with his comrades adding times up to the deadline of 20:00 Sunday night.

As in recent years, the weekend was warm and sunny making the notorious double Drybridge Hill as testing as ever!

While many club members did stick to the tried and tested route, others got creative with their ideas, running both town and trail to log the distance.

The event was a great success, with 43 members taking part across all age categories. Club Secretary Mark Allen is to be thanked for a very professional event, which saw members running in club colours complete with running numbers.

To get on the leader board, club members had to log their efforts on Strava or their running watch. Despite the lack of cheering crowds, there were some very impressive times reported.

Particular kudos to Fastest Man, Tom Wake, with a time of 37:47, fastest female Rosie O’Neill, Simon Sinclair who logged a sub 40 minute personal best, and Ruth Acworth, going sub 50 and winning her age group despite a recent hip operation. Mum to be Sarah Smith and new mum Sarah JC Lewis also logged impressive times.

Mark Allen, Club Secretary, said: “Well done to everyone who took part – it was uplifting and inspirational to see everyone out. Some amazing achievements in the heat and without the crowd and support. Massively well done to all of you. Next year, many of us will be back to race duties as we

prepare to put on the 40th anniversary of our iconic race – and we can’t wait!”

The full results are available on