Mark Perry Memorial Race 2016
Cobra Running and Triathlon Club presents, In memory of Mark Perry, the Mark Perry Memorial Run 5km (ish)
Race Report (pdf format)
The 6th Mark Perry memorial race took place on the 25th September 2016.
I was woken at 03.00 to torrential rain and gale force winds and I remember thinking perfect running conditions
Dan Perry, Andrew Attwood my granddaughter Amy (who found out there are two 05.00 in 24 hours) and I, met up at the lay by where I’d met so many friends for a Thursday night run over the years.
Trudging up the hill towards the Y tree laden with stores, the four of us set out to mark out the course.
Placing out pickets and loads of red and white tape we start to cover the race route, reminiscing with Dan on the times Mark and I had run these hills training for marathons and bigger runs.
Mark and I both joined the COBRA club around the same time and we were soon in awe of the stories of people who had ran marathons, and when we decided to run long distances, the Clent hills we found were perfect training grounds.
By 09.00 we head back to the pub to setup the start. Mark’s family, friend’s, club members, and others all come together to help us put on this event.
This year’s event is again raising money for Sunfield Children’s Home and Georgina is on hand smiling and greeting all who turn up.
The sun had come out as promised and dried up all the course (well most of it)
The race entries come in and by 11.00 we are ready for the off as the race gets underway.
With nearly 70 runners and walkers and a few dogs the group follows the gentle meandering paths of the Clent hills, I’m back marker this year so a 2nd gentle stroll around for me again.
Passing the marshals cheering us on and encouraging all to keep going, we cover the course with smiles on our faces.
Back at the finish we’re thrilled to find out that for the first time ever the race was won by 2 COBRA runners. First male was Alex Stephenson and first female was Suzanne Bartram (nobody has ever retained the trophies) well done both see you next year.
The trophies are awarded photos taken and everyone agrees that it has been another great day.
Now it’s time to walk the course again to take down all the markers etc, and pick up any litter (13.1 mile I’ve covered but I hardly mention it
Sitting outside the pub with a well earned pint we decide that next years’ race will be even bigger and better; we decide this every year mind
We would like to thank all who have helped us over the years and look forward to staging the race again next year.
With over £300 raised on the day and a further £300 donation from Cobra means that a donation of over £600 can be made to Sunfield.
I’m sure the COBRA club will again turn out in force to remember a great bloke and raise more funds for a great cause.
Thank you all for your continued support.