Seven members of team tango took on this years event. Nine miles of mud and hills.
The start saw sunshine tempered by a high wind hill factor, and most of the 250+ entrants were keen to get going. It wasn’t long before the path headed upwards, and over half of the field were reduced to walking.
Before the top of the hill was reached there was a fair bit of trudging through ankle deep mud,and audible curses from those who wished they had pulled their laces a little tighter. Once the trees at the top were reached it was a fast, and, in places, tricky, descent down towards Newent. There then followed a stumble through what can only be described as a primordial swamp, before a bridleway was reached.
Another bit of mud plugging ensued, before the runners emerged onto the road near the Glasshouse pub. Then it was back onto muddy footpaths upwards again. The route then passed May Hill village hall, before more woodland trails brought the runners back to the finish at Huntley, where a protein shake and can of isotonic lager ( not as bad as it sounds) was waiting.
John Featherstone was the first Newent Runner home, just missing out on a top twenty place, with a time of 1:18:44. Next in was Adrian Fishpool, representing his first claim club, Gloucester AC, who finished in 1:39:19. Followed by Duncan Cresswell, who recorded a 1:44:00.
Howard Lowe was next home, with a 1:50:30, followed by the only NR female entrant Yvonne Featherstone, who put in a highly creditable performance to come in with a 1:53:29. Steve Howe was the sixth Newent Runner over the line, achieving a time of 1:55:17.
Dragging up at the rear was Chris Barber, struggling with stomach cramps, which necessitated some alfresco bathroom gymnastics, determined to finish he came home in 2 hours exactly.
Everyone enjoyed the event, and will probably be back for more of the same come February 2019.
Outside of the mucky adventures described above, Clive Jones led a Sunday Social road run. As is usually the case, it was well supported. Distances varied according to what people were preparing for, or the time they had available, but a fair few got into double figures. A special mention to James Griffiths who invited everyone into his home for a mid run coffee break, and to his wife for coping with the friendly invasion.