An unusual series of races put on by Mudcrew was held this weekend, known as Roseland August Trail or The RAT. They are a challenging series of runs along the stunning South Cornwall coastal path. It incorporates four different routes, the Black route 32 miles, the Red route 20 miles, the White route 11 and the Plague (green) 64 miles.
Two ORC members took on their particular personal challenges, Ali Holliday in the Black Rat and Jo-Anne turner in the Plague. Sadly Jo-Anne had to pull out due to an injury, no longer able to do battle with the routes steep elevations and descents. Ali finished the Black in a time of 9:06:42, an incredible effort.
In addition to the four races above Mudcrew also present The BOYD, Bring Out Your Dead which takes place on a 5 mile lap of the RAT route. This is an extreme event with 350 metres of elevation and 350+ steps. The aim is to see how many laps you can cover in 24 hours. Our amazing trail running enthusiast and ultra runner Rob Hicks was the only member brave enough to take on this challenge. Runners had to be self supported and could spend 10 minutes each lap ‘in sanctuary’ at the event centre in Porthpean to refill bottles, eat and change kit before getting back on the course. Rob said he felt good the whole run, coped with the 350 steps each way and kept a fairly even pace. He managed 18 laps (139 Kms or 86 Miles ) with 7000 Metres of accent to bring him home in 1st place. The second place runner ran 17 laps and the third ran 16.