Cheddar runners have been out representing the club in varied events across the country!
New member Andy Humphries completed the Thames Meander Marathon on Saturday 14th March in an impressive time of 3:39:14, coming 15th in his category and 90th of 296 runners in total. Andy writes, “I was looking for a marathon early spring and found this cheeky little race! It starts from Kingston on Thames and follows the footpath to Putney Bridge, turns around and then comes back! There were about 300 marathoners and about the same doing the half marathon which went half way to Putney and back. Conditions were pretty good except a bit of wind in our faces on the way out and it seemed on the way back. It was certainly flat but the biggest challenge was the other users of the footpath including the gathering rugby crowds at Richmond and the hundreds of rowers.
There was a regatta at Putney which had just finished so all the long rowing boats were being taken out of the river across the road and onto trailers towed by massive “Chelsea tractors”! None of this was easy to negotiate. At one point I dived under a boat being carried across the path only to come up too early and banged my melon! I may have sworn as may have the rowers, who viewed their boat to be more precious than my head!
I did ok for for 16 miles and then suffered which I think was just down to not enough long runs in recent training. A lot seemed to overtake me in the last 4 miles so I was happy to finish in 3h 39 mins. It’s a long way to travel to do this race and the footpath congestion means I’d class it as ‘glad to have done it but won’t do it again’
On Sunday 15th March, Andy Wicks took on the Larmer Tree Half Marathon, and despite a knee injury hampering his training, came an impressive 9th overall in a time of 1:36:59. Andy said of the race, “it was a fast first 6 miles of old tracks and road with lots of easy hills, but the second half was very stodgy mud and a few very steep hills. The hunt had been through the day before and churned the 2 of the miles up, which made it quite a challenge!”
Also on 15th March, Sarah Cox took on the inaugural Weymouth Half Marathon in a personal best time of 1:44:13, which put her in the top 20 female runners.
Well done all of you! Great performances there!