193 intrepid runners took part in the 2nd staging of Cheddar Running Club’s challenging 15 mile trail race, “The Big Cheese” on Sunday 8th March. Running conditions were perfect- cool with a slight drizzle that, thankfully for the marshals, didn’t amount to anything heavier.

The well-marked course starts as it means to go on- at the bottom of a steep hill-and takes in
over 2000 feet of climbing over the Mendip hills. Enthusiastic marshals cheered on weary
runners all the way to an impressively-stocked cake table at race HQ.
Off road-Hilly-Merciless-CAKE!

Off road-Hilly-Merciless-CAKE! Image courtesy of Celia Boothman

First home was Matthew Battensby from Bristol and West athletics club in 1:40:04, followed by
Mark Threlfall (1:44:16) then Robert Stewart, also of Bristol and West (1:46:01).
1st male matthew battensby

1st male: Matthew Battensby

1st Female Angela Jones







                                                                                                          1st Female Angela Jones 


The clear winner of the ladies’ race was Angela Jones of Fairwater Runners Cwmbran  (2:01:17), followed by Jo Taphouse of Minehead running Club (2:05:28) and Celia Boothman (2:07:31- you can read a fantastic write-up of Celia’s Big Cheese Experience here).

The top runners were rewarded with 1KG cheese each, while all runners were treated to a custom-made cheese wedge-shaped medal and lots of cake of course!

Cheesy medals!

Cheesy medals!

Lots of free images taken by the lovely marshals are available here , while images from the professional photographer are here.

Thanks to all who made the race a great success, especially Race Director Andy Rich, who put in an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to make it a fantastic day for the runners.

Categories: Race Report

Jenny McNamara

Road running vegan runner bean! Chair of Cheddar Running Club.

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