Beechenhurst Night Race

Ten, devoted, muddy shoe fans from Newent Runners faced the starter at the latest Rogue Run night race, held at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean.

Newent Runners at Beechenhurst

Head torches charged and ready, pre- race preparations mainly consisted of a face painting session, led by make – up artist in-chief, Katie Cook. As has become the tradition, the majority of team tango participants were female, although the male runner population was increased from two to three this time around. It could have been four, but Chris Barber didn’t think he could make the start time, so played kettlebells instead. Come on guys, give it a go. It’s fun !

The usual “hazards” were encountered by the participants. Tree roots, slippery rocks, mud and deep puddles. This particular event had a sting in the tail christened and signposted as the mud bath. A five metre long primordial swamp of sticky gloop. A few came to grief here, including our very own Carol Loade, who lost both her footing and her shoes. She was rescued by a nearby marshal and a club mate, Emily Trenwith.

Newent Runners at Beechenhurst

Emma “springwatch” Blewitt took time out of the race to go Boar spotting, and Russ “Percy Edwards” Dyer entertained all with his convincing owl impersonations.

Newent Runners at Beechenhurst

Our star of the night was Maggie Pettit, who took home a prize for second place in her age category, in a time of 1:05:46.

First Newent Runner home, in 100th place, was Paul Dowling, who recorded a 50:43. Next in was Duncan Creswell, in a time of 58:14. Ruth Credland was the first lady in, achieving a 59:36.
The rest of the Newent contingent ran and finished in pairs and trios. Lynn Latham and Karen Apted (1:15:03) Russ Dyer and Emma Blewitt (1:26:16) and Katie Cook, Carol Loade and Emily Trenwith who finished with a time of 1:35:18.  For more photos of the night, click here.

In other news, Newent Runners took five of the top ten places in the latest round of Newent Parkrun, held on January the 13th. Take a bow; Paul Dowling, Matthew Cole, Simon Barker, John Featherstone (running with his son Elijah) and James Griffiths.