Athletics: Dursley trio take on Stones Ultra Marathon in aid of Cammpaign4Rob

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First published in Gloucestershire Sport

THREE intrepid Dursley Running Club members joined another three runners from B&W Equine Vets in the 2014 Race to the Stones Ultra Marathon.

Jerry, Fowler, Rachel Carter and Zoe Fowler from Dursley Running Club ran 100km over two days, tracing a route along one of the oldest footpaths in England, passing iron age forts, burial chambers and crossing the Thames before traversing Salisbury Plain to finish at Avebury Stone Circle.

The three ran to raise money for the Cammpaign4rob, which supports Rob Camm, who was left paralysed after a tragic accident last year.

Their target was £4,000 and at the time of writing they have raised over £6,000.

Each year half the profit from the Dursley Running Club’s Berkeley 10k is donated to charity and this year the club is supporting Cammpaign4rob.

Results: Jerry Fowler 07:36:57 (day one), 07:33:55 (day two), 15:10:52 (overall); Zoe Fowler, 07:46:47, 10:09:28, 17:56:15; Rachel Carter, 07:46:48, 10:09:27, 17:56:15.

At other end of the distance spectrum Dave Saunders and Alice Lewis took part in the Bourton Road Runners One Mile Challenge.

Saunders had never run a one-mile race before but still came in third MV65.

Lewis had a particularly good run and knocked a few seconds off her 2013 time, finishing first LV55.

Both picked up valuable points and with four races left to go in the Glos AAA series Saunders is currently first MV65 and Lewis is lying in second place in her category.

The event also incorporated the Gloucestershire County Championship mile race and both received first place medals for their respective categories.

Results: Dave Saunders 61st 06:23 (3rd MV65); Alice Lewis 74th 06:36(1st LV55).

Halfway between the ultra-runners and the milers another four Dursley Running Club athletes competed in the DBMax Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon. The event saw Richard Pitts, who has recently qualified to represent GB at the world triathlon championships, up against Lanzarotte Ironman Ray Williams. Pitts would have given Williams a run for his money but his bike ride went awry with a puncture.

Joe Browning did extremely well in his first attempt at the distance.

The event again saw Dursley performing well with Woodward third in the Super Vet 60Category and Williams 49th overall and seventh in the Super Vet category. Both Williams and Pitts finishing with impressive 10k times.

Results: Ray Williams 24:10 (1500m swim), 01:05:08 (40k cycle), 49:48 (10k run), 02:25:31 (total), 49th; Joe Browning, 29:25, 01:12:52, 46:19, 02:32:49, 81st; Rob Woodward 27:22, 01:09:59, 57:07, 02:37:50, 101st; Richard Pitts 25:28, 01:27:05 , 45:46, 02:40:28, 114th; Andy Kilby, 32:30, 01:15:20, 59:32, 02:51:06, 139th.

The Wednesday before had seen Pitts, Williams, Woodward and Kilby competing in the fourth Cotswold Aquathon.

Pitts came out the victor in a time of 32:49, with Williams and Woodward achieving seasons bests.

Mel Williams also competed, smashing her swim time by 01:11 to record a personal best.

In the second of the Dursley Running Clubs summer handicap series, Paul Dunn and Jonathon Fahy took advantage of sympathetic handicaps to come in first and second.

Darren Richards produced a fine effort to place third and Becky Court was first woman home.

Club stawarts Dave Wood and Kevin Jackson both improved on their previous outing.

After two races the series is led by Sue Davies on nine points, with Nicola Evered second on 12.

Darren Richards is third on 16 with Gillian Durden lying in wait on 20 points and Sarah Barker on 23.

Mark Brazier was fastest on the night in a time of 22:31 with Hayden Smith and Joe Browning just 28 seconds behind.

At the Great Manchester Swim, Kevin Proctor did not finish the event.

Mark Brasier, who could not swim a length of front crawl six months ago, completed the mile in 45:26.

Results (handicap Order/true time): Paul Dunn 37:30; Jonathon Fahy 24:03; Darren Richards 28:23; John Delafield 26:59; Chris Young 28:22; Becky Court 34:14; Dave Wood 24:09; Sue Davies 37:14; Louise Biddell 34:37; Kevin Jackson 23:55; Nicola Evered 37:39; Mark Western 33:04; Chris Asworth 26:46; Richard Smith 25:07; Rachael Johnson 27:56; Steve Peers 29:18; Gillian Durden 35:54; Sarah Barker 36:00; Mark Waller 23:25; Jerry Fowler; 25:58; Ian Davies 29:27; Pete Brown 30:03; Dave Saunders 25:11; Lyndsey Healey 26:12; Haydn Smith 22:59; Joe Browning 22:59; Margaret Johnson 28:00; Mark Brazier 22:31; Mike Hanman 31:48; Kevin Proctor 32:17; Tony Wooldridge 24:05; Debbie Jones 35:41; Rob Woodward 29:10; Neil Malpass 29:44; Graham Tudor 31:32; Mel Williams 29:05; Fran Amigoni 28:54; Tony Freer 26:57; Andy Kilby 38:13.

The club runs from Dursley Rugby Club on Tuesday nights. Meet at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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