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Weekly Round up 15th July2018

Once again it was a busy weekend for the honed athletes of Running Forever with runners heading for Wales and London as well as enjoying local medal opportunities.

Five hardy souls headed for Snowdonia on Sunday, one making his marathon debut on what must be one of the most challenging courses in the country and four to take on the 37.5 mile ultra. Ben Timpson collected his marathon gong in 5.46 having scaled the peaks of Snowdonia on the way; you must be part mountain goat!

The Ultra covers the same course but throws in a couple of extra mountains on the way home just for fun so well done Andy Burgess, Matt Blee (both 9.05 hours) and Andy Higham (9.25) for some great running and climbing. Sadly, Damon Butler didn’t make it to the end, the heat and the hills beating him after 21 miles.

Also on the Ultra trail were Georgina Brice and Trevor Stow who both took on the 100K Race to the Stones. Both found the Stones in Avebury , Trevor taking 17.20 hours and Georgina in 17.52, hope there were some druids waiting up to present you with your medals.

Helen Moffatt travelled to the sunny Dorset coast for a very hot but very scenic Lulworth Cove Half, completing in just on 3 hours.

It’s been a busy week for Sally Tuer who was our only runner in the 4th Yeovilton 5K event on Wednesday night with a 25.20 finish. She then earned a 1st in her category finish with her 58.34 run at the Otter Trail 10K on Saturday, where a bottle of Otter Ale was lurking in the goody bag.

Off to the Big Smoke for Phil Parsons who pounded the mean streets of the capital for a 63 minute finish in the London 10K.

After a lot of training, trying out all sorts of scones and ales in an attempt to achieve just the right balance, Cream Tea Boy in Chief Peter Hall led a contingent round the Blackdown Beauty on Saturday. This scenic self-navigated run organised by Honiton RC takes in 4 pubs and one cream tea stop on its 17 mile meander. Pleased to report that Peter Hall, John Hunt,Matt Price and Jonathan Newby made it round in about 5 hours thanks to several pints of Otter shandy. Due to the weather, the scone count was far short of their best but there were records broken for speedy scone consumption and number of cups of tea! Proof if ever it were needed that training does pay off!

On such a warm weekend it wasn’t surprising that a couple of members thought a swim and a bit of a cycle run might add to the enjoyment of their run. Heather Pearce travelled to Bolton for her Iron Man challenge, on a slightly shortened bike course as the moorland fires forced last minute changes. Cracking 11.02 finish from our athlete. Well done!

Paul Cooper took his IM distance challenge to Tenby in Wales where he completed their long course weekend event in 16.38. Another great result in very challenging conditions.

This weekend’s parkrun tourists went to Minehead and Yeovil. Thirty one took part in the local Longrun Meadow event.

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