Chard road runners were out in larger numbers this weekend with the usual mix of road and trial running.
First out to test their metal were 4 marathon and 1 half Marathon runners who headed off to Newton Abbott for the Dartmoor Vale races, this road race is a 2 lap race with the Marathon runners taking on the half route twice.
Heading out for CRR’s in the Marathon were Bernie Genge, Paul Masters, James Musselwhite and Andrew Leeson, taking up the early pace was Bernie and Paul who kept good pace for the first 6 miles before Bernie pulled away, Andrew Leeson was running with James Musselwhite who was taking on his first ever marathon, taking a good steady pace James and Andrew over the first few miles, with the race opening up James and Andrew pushed on to the halfway point, Bernie Genge was pushing hard into the second half moving into the top 30 slots, Paul Masters was starting to fatigue in the long climb out of Newton Abbott for the second time, with the miles passing James was having to fight a sore knee but with the Support of Andrew Leeson they were able to keep going. Heading into the finish line first for CRR’s was Bernie Genge in a time of 3h 31m 52 24/114, next was Paul Masters 4h 09m 18s 60/114, with James Musselwhite completing his first Marathon in a time of 4h 29m 11s 77/114 with Andrew Leeson crossing in 4h 29m 14s 78/114.
Heading off as the sole runner for CRR’s in the Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon was Nina Wagstaff who was off fast from the start, taking in the early part of the race picking off runners as the gradient increased with the last of the main climb out the way Nina kept the pressure on and eased into the long downhill section. Entering back in towards the start and Nina had pushed onto the Top 30 and with a final push crossed the line in 1h 35m 13s 25/209
Next Race was the Herepath Half a hilly off-road trail race heading out of Thurlbear with the route taking in the Blackdown Hills, Running in CRR’s colours were Matt Saunders, Adrian Male and Claire Gibbs. With the first ½ mile being a road field and road section Matt Saunders took a charge to avoid the narrow track and picked off some good places, Adrian Male having taken a last minute entry set off at good pace to ease himself in, Claire Gibbs set deep into the pack to make her way up the long climb to Staple Hill, with the Mid section providing some good soft trail running (muddy) which provided a lot of entertainment, with the long downhill running to the finish it was Matt Saunder that led the run into the line crossing in 1h 55m 34s 30th position, Adrian Male was next in a tight run to the line in 2h 08m 58s 70th and with a sprint into the finish Claire Gibbs crossed in 3h 23m 45s 162nd
Picture Dartmoor Vale l/R Andrew Leeson, James Musselwhite, Paul Masters, Bernie Genge, Nina Wagstaff
Picture Herepath Half Adrian Male, Claire Gibbs, Matt Saunders.
Hope all is good