It was another good weekend of racing for the Telford Harrier as runners set out to compete at several events around the Midlands.
Apley Estates Autumn Challenge
Set In the Private Estate Land of Apley Estate, Shifnal, the Apley Estates Autumn Challenge offers runners 5k, 10k or 21k trail races to participate in.
Harriers had a good number of runners turn out for the event and the green ands gold were involved in all the distance on the day.
Our runners came in as follows:
Marie Ruscoe - 1:01.00
Chris Doran - 46:22
Andy Pigg - 50:16 - Course PB by 3:02
Richard Palmer - 53:22
Stephen Davies - 55:21
Paul Ruscoe - 58:32
Louise Bibbings - 1:03.56
Sonia Edmonds - 1:14.09 - Course PB by 4:35
Kerry Richardson - 2:01.14
Forest of Dean 5k and Half Marathon
A small team of Harrier headed over Gloucester and into the Forest of Dean to partake in the 5k and half marasthin races.
All routes started and finished from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and wound through the heart of the New Forest National Park. The multi-terrain course offered some of the most scenic running experiences in the country, with a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course, the famous New Forest ponies.
Our runners Phil Shieber and Paul Woodcock took on the 5k challenge coming home in 26:36 and 29:12 respectively with Phil recording a 3rd in his age category.
The half marathon duties were left to Tink Brasenell and Faye Shieber who ran the course together both coming home in 3:03.
Official placing and times to be released shortly.
Tissington Trail Half Marathon
The Tissington Trail Half Marathon has established itself as a real favourite with runners,
The Trail, the site of a former railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton, runs along a 13 mile route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for a cracking half marathon and, because the route is slightly downhill all the way, you've got gravity on your side!
Hazel Clarke was the lone Harrier donning ghe green ands gold for this race. In spite of not having felt well for weeks and not having trained, Hazel managed a PB recording a time of 2:07:59 and beating her previous PB from several years ago by over 5 minutes.
Hazel said: 'I think it's very much a PB course and can't recommend it enough - the views are stunning too ! If anyone fancies running it, entries are open now for 2019 and it sells out very quickly (you can run on either Saturday or Sunday)'