Geoff Hill made the journey to south Wales last weekend to run the Great Welsh Marathon. Since running his first marathon last September in Loch Ness, Geoff has been plagued by injuries and only got back to training 8 weeks ago, so he was a bit short of miles under his belt and went into this marathon just glad to have made it there. Starting and finishing in Llanelli Festival Fields, the fast and flat route along the Millennium Coast Path is a scenic double out and back looking out to the Gower Peninsula. Despite his lack of preparation he ran a brilliant race to finish in 3.23.43 to come 19th overall and set a new PB by over 20 minutes.
On Saturday evening Katie Littlejohns took part in the Ivybrige 10k. This scenic race is over a fast course with just one steep hill, but the last 6k is all downhill making for a very quick second half. Katie ran well to finish in 43.18.
Christine Fritsch set herself another huge challenge on Sunday, becoming the second member in the club to run the Dartmoor 600’s. This is not a race, but a run between the five Dartmoor hills over 600 metres. The five summits are Yes Tor, High Wilhays, Cut Hill, Hangingstone Hill and Whitehorse Hill. It is unmarked and unmarshalled and those who run it choose their own route and must be competent to navigate over open moorland. Okehampton’s Fell running specialist Rob Hicks completed this challenge a few weeks ago and on Sunday Christine’s route took her 4.45.16 to complete nearly nineteen miles of rough terrain with 2,900ft of elevation.
Many thanks to Jane for the run report