South Downs Way 100
The SDW100 is a 100 mile race taking in the entire South Downs Way National Trail, boasting stunning rolling hills, ancient forts, picturesque villages and expansive views across Southern England. The course travels along the chalk ridgeway, starting just outside of Winchester and heading east until the trail ends in Eastbourne. Beginning at 6am on Saturday, the course has a 30 hour cut off. Henry Church finished this incredible challenge in 21hours 36minutes, 47th out of over 350 starters. Inspirational, Henry!
Lacock Road Race
Featuring a 1k family fun run, 5k, 10k and half marathon this is a fully closed road event taking in the tranquil and picturesque lanes of the Wiltshire Countryside and through the historic streets of Lacock itself. The race starts on the village green opposite the Abbey, heading out of town and over some lovely stone bridges over the river Avon. It’s a 1 lap course for the 5km, 2 laps for the 10km and 3 laps for the Half Marathon.
Congratulations to Andy Masser and Amanda Haines who took part in the 10k finishing in 46:18 and 1:05:00. respectively. This was only Amanda’s second 10k and achieved a new PB! Also Libby Saunders, who raced for the first time, completed the 5k and did so in very respectable 31:50. What a great achievement, Libby. Fantastic work all of you!
The Cotswold 113 is a middle distance triathlon set in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. The Swim is a one lap 1.9km in lake 32 based in the centre of the Ashton Keynes water park. The bike section leaves the water park and heads out for a flat and fast 56 miles, followed by the 13.1 mile run that takes in lake side paths as well as local village routes before finishing back close to the lakeside transition in the finishers area. RSEs very own Andy Sampson completed the event in 5:34:48 (Swim 41:19, Bike 2:47:46, Run 2:01:13) – a truly fantastic effort Andy, well done!
Endure24 mixes serious ultra-running with a 24 hour team relay race; the five mile woodland and trail routes are incredibly scenic and end with a loop around the event race village. Well done to Linda Edwards who took part in this ’24 hour running party in the woods’ with Bourton Roadrunners, recording 20miles herself and helping them achieve 151miles as a team!
Bekley: Steve Sandercock 26:04.
Cirencester: Sarah Page 29:01 (PB); Helen Berry 29:26 (1st timer); Jon Collins 29:51; Suzanne Steel 30:29 and Kay Thompson 41:05.
Fantastic work everyone this weekend, whether you’ve ran, raced or volunteered. And if, by chance, your run didn’t go the way it was meant to remember ‘a minor setback paves the way for a major comeback’. 😉