Not good conditions over this weekend for racing but we had 5 out there flying the Penguin Flag.
The following reports will be forwarded to the local press and appear on the club’s FB page. Many thanks to Steve Babb and Steve Dale for producing the reports below, very much appreciated.
BURNHAM ON SEA ½ MARATHON by Steve Babb
There were 183 finishers in the flat, but rather exposed, Burnham ½ marathon. The winner was Tiverton’s Kevin Squibb in 1 hour 19 minutes 29 seconds and the first lady home was unattached runner Lucy Paull in a respectable time of 1.32.08.
Two of Newquay Road Runners finest performed well despite a headwind from mile 9 to mile 12 and the near 100% humidity. Steve Babb finished in 1.27.03 which placed him 15th and first male over 50. Jim Murray, who completed his 169th marathon last week, decided on a bit of a sprint for a change finishing in 1.33.53 placing him 29th overall.
HOPE ULTRA by Steve Dale
The Hope 12 is a 12-hour race set around the grounds of the Flete estate in south Devon. It is a 3.6 mile tough and challenging loop which starts with a gentle downhill, across a field then onto the first climb which increases in elevation by 220ft through a wooded area before dropping back down through the woods, across the field again to start the second bigger grassy climb of 250ft which continues up through another small wooded area and finally levels out before the descent down to the finish.
The weather 24 hours before had been very inclement this resulted in the whole course being extremely muddy and slippery. The race start was at 9.00 a.m. in the rain which eased off after about 2 hours but then the heavens opened again at 4.30 p.m. and continued for the remainder of the event. Competitors were made up 200 running solo and 30 teams. The winner was Dan Murdoch who completed an unbelievable 20 laps which equates to 72 miles, the next closest solo runner completed 16 laps (57.6 miles)
Newquay Road Runners had 3 representing the club, Kay Middleditch who unfortunately had to pull out after 2 laps due to injury, Michelle Sarah Kittney Baker who completed 5 laps (18 miles) and Steve Dale who managed 9 laps (32.4 miles). At least they all managed to survive and tell the tale.