Seven Newent Runners took part in the Forest of Dean half marathon. The event had been rescheduled due to the snow a couple of weeks ago. Nearly all of the course was off road, using much of the family cycling trail and was hilly.
Ruth Hayden Cox won the award for first local woman home, in a time of 1.41.05, she was also among the top twenty women in the event and 144th overall. This is a great reward for Ruth, who is still a relatively inexperienced athlete, but trains very hard and is always willing to learn.
Quickest of the Newent contingent was Henry Willis, who finished inside the top one hundred with a time of 1.35.30. Next home was Andrew Callard in 1.37.59. Adrian Fishpool came home with a 1.57.15.
Caz Brown was delighted to get under two hours, achieving a distance PB of 1.59.56.
Maggie Pettit and Lynn Latham were running their first half marathon. Maggie came in with a time of 2.20.01 and Lynn recorded a 2.38.
Howard Lowe took part in the Kymin Dash a challenging 7 mile race, based in Monmouth. Starting at a height of 200 feet, the race begins with a climb up to the top of The Kymin, which is 800 feet high, then there two and a half miles of undulations, before a descent back to Monmouth. Howard achieved the very credible time of one hour and six minutes.