A word from Andy on Brooksie’s Bash 2016

2016 Results are available here

…but first…

Firstly, a MASSIVE thank you from me to all the Striders that helped out in various capacities: marshalling, time keeping, commentating, manning water stations, checking the course, sweeping, etc. etc. etc. etc. Not just today either, as a number of people have helped a lot in the run up to the event too. Everyone did a fantastic job which resulted in lots of positive feedback from the runners. Ordinarily I wouldn’t want to single anyone out but for this event I feel I have to, and that person is Chris Hopkinson.

Although the race bears my name, that’s really only for historic reasons because I first organised the club run around the area back in 2004. As I’ve spent a few years swanning off to various parts with work since then, Chris has actually organised the club event more times than I have. And as far as today’s first ‘open’ race is concerned, it was very much a joint enterprise between Chris and I. Over the last 6 months he’s put in a vast amount of work helping to help plan and deliver the race and, quite simply, without his time, effort and meticulous attention to detail, it just wouldn’t have been possible. So, CHEERS CHRIS!

Secondly, I’m sure those that were there will agree that today was yet another example of what make Shelton Striders THE BEST running club around. With so many people helping out and creating such a positive vibe around the course, so many taking part and so many people sticking around to cheer Sally over the line, I’m sure those from other clubs were looking on in envy. It certainly makes me very proud to wear a Striders shirt.

Thirdly, if anybody that helped out did not get a race bag and goodies, I have one for you. Just let me know and I’ll bring it down the club, Darley Park or make some other arrangement to get it to you.

Fourthly, Stephen Lee has posted some superb photographs that he took around the route today for you to enjoy. These are at the link below:
Photos from the finish line photographer and various others will be posted over the next day or two.

Fifthly, we gave Becky Emerton special permission to miss today’s race because she’d taken on the challenge of running the 100km long Race to the Stones this weekend. And from what I’ve seen and heard, she nailed it! Congratulations Becky.

Lastly, I hope the very first person to enter the official Brooksie’s Bash, Deano, has recovered and is enjoying his birthday beers this evening.