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Weekly Round-up 1 April

Some of our members put the long in long weekend to good use this weekend with some epic achievements in ultramarathons.

Peter Hall, Martin Webb and Adrian Edwards took part in the Devon Coast to Coast Event which is 117 miles of self-navigated running, from Wembury to Lynmouth, and over some of the most challenging terrain in the South West. Peter and Martin completed 108 miles in 40 hours before the organisers opted to stop the race due to atrocious weather conditions on Exmoor. Adrian completed 85 miles before a knee injury cut short (if you can call 85 miles short) his race. Epic running guys, we’re in awe of anyone who even thinks of running this sort of event. You’re officially our Superman Trio.

Ed Bailey also took the long option this weekend when he took part in the Liverpool to Manchester 50 mile ultra. He finished in the top 100 to earn a gold medal for his 10.23 effort.

Seasoned marathoner Claire Allison was running for chocolate in the Dinton Easter Challenge marathon which not only rewarded her with a medal but also with a huge array of chocolate to fill her goody bag. That’s marathon 19 as well as several crème eggs, a galaxy and several other chocolate bars in the bag.

Ray Tutton and Lucy Spring made a good start to the weekend by finishing Good Friday 10 miler in Chippenham in times of 1.11 and 1.35 respectively.

A holiday in the Isle of Man provided Ben and Ola Timpson with race opportunities. Ben completed the Peel Hill Race which apparently more than lived up to its name, whilst Ola took part in the 10K with a finishing time of 1.01 in her first race in a couple of years.

A good contingent of members hopped over to Yeovilton for the Yeovil RRC Easter Bunny 10K. I still have nightmares about this event from a couple of years ago when some of the puddles needed their own lifeguard. Apparently this year they were even worse! First runner home was Dave Bullock, fresh from his Welsh altitude training camp, in 48.55. Pat Date (50.16), Carl Moppett (53.03), Goff Welchman (54.09), Sally Tuer (54.15) and Ed Loat (57.15) weren’t far behind. Peter Stretton and Gill Taunton finished together in 1.03 with Eliza Brodie squelching through in 1.07. There were a trio of 1.09 finishers, Alison Wasey, Duncan Gordon and Cathie Welchman with Kirsti Nelson following in their wake in 1.10.

First lady bouncing over the line was Hannah Taunton (in her TAC guise) in 37.20. Great running everyone!

This weekend’s parkrun tourists made their way to, Shepton, Nobles, Hastings, Burnham, Exmouth and Exeter Riverside. Sarah Capstick completed her 200th parkrun at Horsham and Louise Mills took parkrun tourism up a notch by taking part in the Taupo run in New Zealand. Hope she remembered her barcode after that trip. Eleven members took the local option at Longrun Meadow.


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