Muddy good running on the menu at the Riverbank Rollick race

Enjoying a frolic at the Rollick

Victory for Kevin Bale; Annabel Granger retained her 2020 title.

The year started on a roll for the organisers of the Riverbank Rollick as nearly 300 runners mucked in (literally) at Sunday’s (16 January) Riverbank Rollick. There was mud, water, costumes and...Mr Blobby!

There was sunshine and smiles at this friendly race, one of four from Thornbury Running Club that delivered 9.6 miles of trails, bridle paths, fields, woodland and the Riverbank on a sunny morning in Gloucestershire. Everyone looked forward to fresh air, exercise and a splash through the stream courtesy of this picturesque route with the bonus of seeing Mr Blobby on their travels. They weren’t disappointed as the larger than life pink and yellow spotted character cheered them on.

Whilst the marshals are known for their lavish fancy dress, a group from the Milton Larder Running Club were equally distinctive with their food themed outfits. They lined up alongside others, many of whom were from local clubs waiting to start at 10.30am. 

Off they went on an undulating route, ploughing through muddy sections, encouraged every step of the way before a final run downhill into the river then a burst up the bank and across the finish line.  

Kevin Bale of Weston AC was the winner in 1:05:41. Sean Leadbetter finished second in 1:07:09 and Simon Waters of Dursley Running Club third in 1:07:27. 

2020 women’s winner Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC successfully defended her title, finishing in 1:09:28 and almost three minutes faster (1:12:20 in the 2020 race). Sandra Chipper of Lliswerry Runners was second in 1:10:44 with Caroline McAleese of Bristol & West AC taking third in 1:12:10. 

The full set of Chiptiming results can be found via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

Made a Mark was the nominated local charity for this year’s race and £120 was raised via donations on the day. Part of the race fees also went to the charity.  

Image courtesy of David Elliott.

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