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Weekly Round-up 30 July

Weekend Wanderings 29/30 July

After a quieter couple of weeks, the good folks of Running Forever were back with a vengeance this weekend and travelling far and wide in search of glory, cake and tales to tell.

A quartet of hardy souls set off for the Lake District to tackle the legendary Lakeland 50 and the Lakeland 100 (yes, that’s 50 and 100 miles of self-navigated running). Well done to Andy Burgess (13.02), Matt Price (13.36) and Adrian Edwards (13.02) who tackled the ‘short’ version but a special mention to Jonathan Newby who completed the 100 miles in 38.51. Epic running!

Also in the land of the Lakes were Heather Pearce and Hannah Baker who were taking part in the Breca Buttermere event. This involves a lot of swims with the competitors running from swim to swim. I am adapting this event to consist of having a few small lakes of cider in various pubs and asking participants to run between them and *dispose* of them in the RFRC time honoured fashion.

Tanya Lewis also willingly got wet this weekend and finished 4th female in the Snowdonia Half Ironman in a time of 7.35. Didn’t look like great weather for being out on a bike so well done.

I spent a large part of Saturday standing in a farmyard dressed as a Roman. This passes for normal in Dorset which was playing host to the Dorset Invader Marathon. Normally an event blessed with sunshine, there were a few soggy Romans by the end of the running. Four of our members were ‘Rome-ing’ the countryside, Ed Bailey being first home in 4.54, Richard Saunton in 5.44 and Helen Moffatt & Lara Bolduc sticking together to finish this slightly stretched marathon in 6.38. White Star Running events are notorious for being a wee bit generous in their mileage, 28.4miles this time to earn the awesome medal. My toga is drying out nicely.

On Sunday there a small invading force headed for Minehead to tackle the Seaview 17. Excellent running and navigation from Lisa Rossiter, Kris Saint, Sarah Hayes & Emma Perkins, well done. Slightly less successful navigation from Dave Porter who decided the course wasn’t challenging enough so added a few extra miles. Sea on the left Dave!
Clocking up a parkrun 100 at Longrun Meadow was Malcolm Hutchings. A further 28 members also completed that parkrun. Tourists this week were Pat Date (Burnham), Killerton (Richard Mackrory) and Elizabeth Williams and Claire Howat who were at the Seaton parkrun.

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