Standard Article 1st November 2016

 Saxons, Vikings and Normans Cakeathon, Marathon and Ultra. Martin Croucher proved that running really is fun as he did multiple laps of this 4.37 mile course, taking a three minute cake break at the end of each lap. Despite this being his third marathon in a week he won the event in 3:52. His comment, “Great to get a winners medal and there was sooooo much cake!” It appears that cake, loved as the fuel of choice by virtually all runners, is an excellent substitute for expensive sports drinks.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Trail, Portugal, 16km trail. Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore completed this fine event that they summed up as, “A cross between the Chedworth Roman Trail and the Dursley Dozen, with real altitude.” They completed  2230ft of climbs in true multi-terrain conditions including cobbled streets, grassy terrace edges, narrow paths, autumnal oak forests and bullock cart granite byways. They walked almost as much as they ran, loved the views, hated the downhill’s but it was all made doubly worthwhile by a FV60 second place for Liza and the beer at the finish costing just 70p a litre.

Results.1 Nuno Pereira (Portugal) 1.22.05, 183 Liza Darroch 2.35.03, 184 Rupert Chesmore 2.35.03. 288 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail. James Thomas had a real battle as he aimed at another  Ciren win but he was beaten by just nine seconds at Lydiard Park. Simon Cambell dipped under twenty minutes as he set a “double buggy PB” with his two youngsters aboard. James’s wife Liz ran a solid twenty-four minute race and Barbara Thomas stayed on track for her one hundred races this year.

Results. 1 Ethan Pierce (Swindon Harriers) 17.31, 2 James Thomas 17.40, 14 Simon Campbell 19.27, 108 Liz Thomas 24.01, 185 Barbara Thomas 26.34. 464 finished.  

Aztec West, Bristol 5km. These fast 5km’s have morphed into their winter format and Kate Sackett went down to do the three laps in the dark. Unable to see her watch she still achieved a PB of 21.16 and a first in her age group. The following weekend was the “Peoples run to remember” on the Workington parkrun course; Kate clocked fast 21.31.

Next week we will report on Alan Tomson and Richard Hurdle at the Beachy Head Trail Marathon.