DURSLEY RC members Mouse Clutterbuck and Kate Browning travelled to Sussex in search of mud and hills recently.
Running The Terminator, an 11-mile multi-terrain race renowned, as the name implies, for being brutal with the final climb being that of the Pewsy White Horse before the runners descend and get to wash their shoes in the River Avon before finishing.
Clutterbuck was first home in 106th place in a time of 1.53.48 with Browning 115th in 1.55.10, and as is generally the case when she runs, Browning made it into the top three of her age category.
Browning also nipped down to Bristol to complete the Pomphrey 5k event.
Finishing in 21:44, 55th overall and first V35, the time was some way off her personal best (PB), but this was to be expected given the amount of mileage she has been doing.
The first weekend in March saw Dursley’s runners taking on significant challenges, and for Neil Parry it was a familiar but nevertheless key one.
Parry returned to the Reading Half Marathon as part of his London Marathon preparation and he finished in a time of 01:26:13.
At the same time, Kate Browning and Rebecca Topham were embarking on a totally new challenge, the Green Man Ultra.
This event consists of a 46-mile course following the Community Forest Path around the city of Bristol, with check point cut-off times set to ensure completion of the race within a 13 hour period.
However, Browning and Topham did not need to worry about the cut off, Topham completing the course in 10 hours and 19 minutes; having run with Topham for the preceding 10 hours Browning could not resist leaving her to race for the line at the end to finish first Dursley runner.
Just east of Browning and Topham’s challenge Sunday also saw the running of the Bath Half Marathon.
Dave Saunders and Jonathon Tudor ran for Dursley, whilst one of the club's latest recruits, Becky Millar, ran for her current club Mornington Chasers.
Tudor knocked three and half minutes of his PB from the Cheltenham Half in 2013.
Saunders was fifth MV65 with the first two runners in the category finishing in sub 90 minutes.
Millar, raising money for Wiltshire-based farm project Jamies Farm, ran in a cow print cat suit.
She ran a steady eight minute mile pace to finish in just over an hour and 46 minutes.
Results: David Saunders 1407th 01:39:33 (chip);Jonathon Tudor 1485th 01:40:31(chip); Becky Millar 3552nd 01:46:24 (chip).