Ten TAAC members completed Hameldown Hammer on a bright sunny 0.5 degree morning starting and finishing at Widecombe in the Moor. This challenging trail race had a 13.1 mile Half Marathon or Seven Mile distance to choose from both designed to be a serious test of endurance. The Hameldown Moor has a total ascent of over 600m. With the route 98% trail over a series grassy, rocky, sometimes muddy tracks and through forestry glades. The Hammer routes were both very hilly both starting with a 2.5 mile climb to the top of the first Tor, which rises high and steep affording spectacular views of the Moor and Tor’s, some of the best trail running Dartmoor has to offer. All of the athletes enjoyed their experience commenting “A bitter wind on the ridge way, frozen ground underfoot but nice and warm in the valleys with streams to run through!”
Full results were Half Marathon 35 David Gow-Smith (1:54:52) 37 Steve Weeks (1.57.01) 88 Mark Bruce (2.11.14) 157 Cassandra Harrison (2.23.25) 216 Brian Lewis (2.40.03) 227 Mark Luscombe (2.44.21). Hameldown 7 Miler: 21 Julia Gow-Smith (1:13:54) 63 Ray Brown (1.28.44) 81 Tessa Hearfield (1.32.52) 118 Gemma Radcliffe (1.53.35)
Brighton Half Marathon.
Brian Hall competed in the Grand Brighton Half Marathon which is a fast mainly sea front route starting on Madeira Drive then passing both piers Eight thousand runners took part in bright sunshine but freezing temperatures. First runner home was 31-year-old Olympic marathon runner Paul Pollock in an official time of 1:06:57. A chilly east wind made the home stretch tougher than usual, putting a record time out of reach. Brian Hall’s finishing time was (1:59:10) celebrating with a visit up the i360 the world’s tallest moving observation tower.
Oxford parkrun (320 runners): 7th and (1st Lady) Lady Charlie ARNELL (17:57)
Exeter Riverside parkrun (255 runners): 2 Peter MONAGHAN (17:26)
Torbay Velopark parkrun (172 runners): 1 Jon PARKINSON (18:29), 8 Shaun MCKERNAN (21:02), 16 Paul TOUT (22:07), 17 Ian HAYWARD (22:12), 22 Stephen WILBRAHAM (22:32), 29 (2nd Lady) Deborah DRAKE (22:45), 31 Brian LEWIS (23:03), 41 Sara Jane CROZIER (24:29), 60 Anita LEY (26:19), 108 Jo COISH (29:52)
Exmouth parkrun (340 runners): 276 William VALENTINE (35:03)
Parke parkrun (93 runners): 31 Stephen LOFTHOUSE (27:47), 39 Robert WELLS (30:03), 46 Michele SANDHU (31:16)
Evesham parkrun (129 runners): 27 Fay CAMERON (24:01)