Cheddar runners have been so busy this week a round up of all races undertaken (Burrington Blaster, Mercury Mendip Challenge and Hardmoors Wedding Race) is given here.

Muddy legs

The mud on the Burrington route challenged runners and washing machines alike…

Four members took on the TACH’s Burrington Blaster on Thursday 29th May in torrential rain and sticky mud. The second in the series, this challenging course is 5 miles of hilly fields, moorland and trails with 830ft ascent, including a brutal 3K uphill start to make your calves burn and lungs burst!

The somewhat inclement weather meant that the hard ascents were not rewarded with a fabulous view over Blackdown, but the quick descent meant that runners were quickly in the pub comparing muddy shoes, legs and tales of lost shoes.

Jenny McNamara was first home for Cheddar, and won a bottle of wine for coming 2nd in her category and 6th lady overall in a time of 44.42. Jim Scott was next (47.48, 5th in category), then Sara Stobart (55.53, 6th in category) and Maxine Bateman (63.07).

Jason and Emma after the Mendip Challenge

Jason and Emma after the Mendip Challenge

Jason Woodcock and Emma Zarrabi took on the Mercury Mendip challenge on Sunday 1st June, completing the 20 mile route across the West Mendip way in glorious sunshine.  The route consisted of mud, various droppings, technical inclines and rocky paths and gave stunning views of the West Country. The duo finally crossed the line in Uphill (hand in hand) in just over 3 hours 16 minutes. 

Also on Sunday 1st June, Jenny McNamara was in North Yorkshire completing the Hardmoors Wedding Race– a 7 mile race over the Cleveland hills to celebrate the wedding of race organisers Jon Steele and Shirley Colquhoun. The brutal route had over 1800ft of ascent over Cold Moor, Bank Lane and The Wainstones in 20ºC heat and relentless sun.

Runners were encouraged to run in wedding attire, with ladies opting for dresses or tutus, while men wore anything from bow ties, kilts and waistcoats to pink dresses!  

Jenny about to stagger up the Wainstones for the second time in the race

Jenny about to stagger up the Wainstones for the second time in the race. Photo credit John Kynaston.

Jenny was extremely pleased to finish in second place in the ladies race with fascinator still in place (1.27.27), but will not be making a habit of running in anything other than shorts and vest! 

Categories: Race Report

Jenny McNamara

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

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