ALCESTER RFC once again organised the Alcester Fun Run, which this year preceded the Hollywood-themed street market in Alcester High Street on Sunday.
Around 100 entrants ran, jogged or walked either the 3.5-mile route or the longer Olympic route, which was approximately five miles.
The run was once again superbly supported by Alcester Academy as over half of the runners were pupils or staff from the school, which featured strongly in the honours at the end of the race.
The boys’ fun run was won by Oscar Barbour in a superb time of 17mins, 45secs, which was significantly ahead of any other competitor, whilst the first girl home was Seren Mahon and both ran for Alcester Academy, with Oscar regaining the School Shield.
The first senior male home was Paul Hyde, headmaster of Alcester Academy, whilst the first senior female home in the fun run was Kate Tunstall.
Arron Bjorn Cook was the first person home from the Olympic route, with Lucy Tugwell the first female.
ALCESTER RFC held their AGM on June 18 and most officers were re-elected for another term. The main changes were the confirmation of Andy Miller as president, taking over from Courtney Wells, whilst chairman Pete Goddard stood down to concentrate on his lead coach role with next season’s Colts side.
Several new committee members were appointed as Alcester prepare for an important season ahead.
THE ANNUAL Rugby Force weekend has just taken place when significant improvements were made to the club by members young and old to complement some other refurbishment work that has taken place at the club in the closed season.
A new boiler and heating system has been installed to improve the shower facilities for players and the heating of the building in the winter, whilst the bar and foyer areas have been completely redecorated and refurbished.
Most other areas of the club and grounds have been cleaned, cleared and tidied to improve the facilities both for playing and other members, as well as general hire of the facilities.
Members and friends of the club, new and old, are encouraged to come and see the product of a weekend’s hard work.
ALCESTER’S senior squad began their preparations for life back in Midlands Four West (South) when they returned for pre-season training yesterday (Thursday) at the club, followed by every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter.
Keith Beech will once again lead the coaching team, who are hoping to cement Alcester’s status at this level following last season’s promotion and, whilst many of last season’s squad are expected to return including skipper Jack Green who has been appointed as club captain for a second campaign, Alcester are still extremely keen to attract new players of all ages and abilities to the club.
Anyone interested can simply turn up at the club on training evenings at 7pm.
THE MIXED touch rugby sessions which have run each Thursday throughout the summer will continue at 7pm each week. Players of all ages from 14 upwards are welcome to come in and join the fun, which has been extremely well supported so far.