Perfect day at the races with The Longhorn
Safe and sound event with a positive vibe
If Carlsberg did Covid-secure events they would be like The Longhorn (Sunday 18 April) that hit the spot for runners due to its attention to detail, beautiful course, enthusiastic marshals and distinctive medal. There was a sense of optimism along with a ‘can do’ attitude amongst everyone involved. And the sun shone as well!
This positivity could be attributed to the improving situation with Covid-19 as the number of cases falls whilst vaccinations rise. The outlook is good as we continue to move out of lockdown.
However, Covid restrictions remain in place and organisers SBR Events responded to these by implementing a series of measures that acted as a safeguard whilst enabling people to enjoy the day. These were temperature checks on entry, hand sanitisers throughout, face coverings to be worn (not whilst running!), facilities constantly cleaned and social distancing reminders. Nothing was left to chance.
Race distances were 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon and a 60K Ultra. A 50K Ultra was included for 2021. Runners, Canicross and Nordic Walkers were eager to be out on the tracks and trail that together with grassy paths and ancient woodland made a scenic and undulating route in Thoresby Park.
Veteran Redhill Road Runner Peter McNally (38:34) & Kimberley & District Strider Zoe Attenborough (46:10) clocked the quickest times in the feature 10K but, more importantly, over 1,000 enjoyed a competitive race across all distances in the Nottinghamshire countryside.
There were plenty of marshals around the course and at the water stations, encouraging participants whatever the distance and whose support has been mentioned in dispatches. They contributed to the friendly atmosphere as everyone made the most of the course, the weather and being able to take part in a live event once again.
Free race photos and a bespoke Longhorn medal for the finishers.
Results are available via runABC Midlands event listing page.
Image courtesy of Mick Hall Photos