Fifteen Newent Runners made the short trip to Mallards Pike, in the Forest of Dean, for the second race in the Rogue Run series.
This was to present a very different challenge from last month’s relatively flat course across the older Severn Bridge. This version offered steep climbs, tree roots and rocks, slippery descents and a knee deep stream wade, all in the dark.
Despite the freezing temperatures and threat of snow, over two hundred and fifty runners took the start, head torches at the ready, about to embark on a challenging, but fun, five and a half mile excursion. It was certainly a sight to behold as hundreds of bobbing lights lit up the lake and surrounding woods. For more photos from the night, please click here and here
First Newent Runner home was Emma Poole, with a time of 55 minutes 54 seconds. Then came Ruth Credland, who managed to get below the hour with a time of 59.03. She was closely followed by Steve Howe, who achieved 1 hour 20 seconds.
Maggie Pettit, who was pleased to not have gone off route this year, came in with 1:05:16, ahead of the person who got lost with her in 2016, Chris Barber, who had a time of 1:09:05.
The other Newent finishers were:
Nikki Hughes (1:11:44)
Tim Ruck (1:11:44)
Lynn Latham (1:12:17)
Liza Barber (1;13:52)
Karen Apted (1:13:54)
Emily Trenwith (1:22:14)
Emma Blewitt (1:22:18)
Helen Knowles (1:22:20)
Katie Cook (1:22:23) and Carol Loade, who finished with a time of 1:40:38.
Emily Trenwith achieved a ten minute improvement on her time from last year’s event. Emma, Helen, Katie and Carol are all recent graduates of the clubs couch to 5k programme, and the follow on 5-10k improvers course. They now take part in varied events and distances from 5k to half marathon, both on and off road.
Newent Runners are an affiliated running club, who have social runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and a structured training session on Wednesday evenings. There are also two social runs on Sunday mornings. For more information please visit the clubs website or Facebook page.