THE international arm of Dursley Running Club battled against the heat to complete the Lanzarotte Music Marathon.
Mel Williams, Andy Kilby and Ray Williams were Dursley’s competitors in what is actually a half marathon consisting of four loops of just over 5k, over which the runners are serenaded by a host of bands.
Being the ultimate competitors, the trio were willing to suffer temperatures of over 80F.
Ray Williams started well, managing to keep an even pace of 25 minutes per loop for the first two loops but then his pace dropped the pace by 1.5 minutes per lap for the rest of the race, suggesting perhaps he had started a little too well.
Mel Williams tucked in behind Andy Kilby for the first lap to get out of a very strong head wind; she moved out of Kilby’s protection at around the 10k mark and never looked back.
Kilby continued to grit it out, having only arrived in the heat four days earlier and also competing a 100-mile training ride over the Ironman course the day after arriving.
As ever Dursley did well in the age category placings, with Kilby third in his and the Williams' both second in theirs.
Results: Ray Williams 01.43.04; Mel Williams 01.55.54 : Andy 1.58:00
On the same day but in slightly lower temperatures, Dursley's Alice Lewis ran the St Davids Day 10k.
Lewis continues to amaze with her ability to deliver personal best runs.
On a flat course suited for such achievement, Lewis did not disappoint, completing the race in 45:58 and placing 137 out of 1,424 runners.
The club runs from Dursley Rugby Club on Tuesday nights. Meet at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.