Dursley Running Club round-up

Athletics

Athletics

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DURSLEY Running Club member Kate Browning followed up her Bath trail marathon by finishing as first lady in the first Railway Ultra.

The race, approximately 28 miles, took runners along the banks of the River Severn between Ironbridge and Bridgnorth along the disused railway line.

Three Dursley running club triathletes took to the Castle Combe race track on Wednesday, August 6.

This was Mel Williams’ first ever duathlon, so she enjoyed the experience and left the boys to fight it out.

Jerry Fowler was off first in run one but Ray Williams pulled him back in.

Fowler pushed again to beat Williams in to T1 by a tenth of a second.

Mel Williams had a good steady run and was ready to face the five fast laps of the bike course.

Fowler yet again had a very fast T1 and was out on the bike first, but by half way round the first lap, Ray Williams passed him and stayed in front.

Results: Ray Williams 13:58.9 (2 mile run), 1:04 (T1), 25:48 (10 mile bike), 0:59 (T2), 14:15 (2 mile run), 56:07 (total); Jerry 13:58.8, 0:51, 27:17,1:03, 16:17, 59:28; Mel 16:32,1:35, 31:52, 1:25, 17:29, 1:08:56.

Kate Browning represented Dursley at this year’s Cranham 5, organised by Gloucester Athletic Club as part of the Cranham Feast.

The five-mile multi terrain event is a challenging run with a near vertical ascent to the finish line.

With a time of 42:29:5, Browning was sixth lady.

Stroud AC’s popular Standish Woodland Chase saw three Dursley runners on the start line: Kevin Jackson, Alice Lewis and the omnipresent Kate Browning.

The approximately 10-mile race starts with a brutal climb, levels off for two laps of woodland trails, and finishes downhill.

Jackson was first in for Dursley, coming 17th overall.

Lewis had a phenomenal race, placing sixth lady and finishing four clear minutes ahead of Browning, who was perhaps beginning to wane a little after a few weeks of tough racing.

Results: Kevin Jackson 1:10:46 (17th); Alice Lewis 1:21:37 (32nd); Kate Browning 1:25:56 (40th).

Richard Hensman took on the tough Hardmoors 26.2 Saltburn Trail Marathon.

The race, which started and finished at Saltburn Leisure Centre, took in some fantastic scenery – coastal paths, fields, woods and moors – and was only slightly spoilt by lots and lots of rain. Hensham’s unofficial time was 5:04:05, which placed him 17th in a field of 75.

Andrew Truswell ran the 30-mile Peak Skyrace, in the white peak area of the Peak District.

Result: Andrew Truswell, 5:51:11, 26th overall of 76 finishers Having recovered from his Skyrace at the start of August, Truswell was back on a start line for the inov-8 Roseland August Trail race on Saturday.

The event, organised by MudCrew and in its first year, saw runners tackling various lengths of the stunning stretch of Cornish Coastal Path from St Anthony Head to Porthpean just outside St Austell.

Participants could choose from a number of distances, named with the convenient race acronym: White RAT (11 miles), Red RAT (22 miles), Black RAT (32 miles), and Plague RAT (64 miles). Naturally, Truswell ran the Plague.

Truswell and the rest of the Plague runners started at 12.05am on Saturday morning from the race village. He arrived at the HQ finish before 3pm, a fantastic achievement.

Result: Truswell 14:37:08, finishing in 11th place of 62 finishers (16 DNF).

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