Ryan Jones from Fenland Running Club joined around 7,000 runners who braved the challenging terrain and 200 huge obstacles at the 20 mile Rat Race Dirty Weekend event at Burghley House, Stamford, on Saturday.
Billed as “the world’s toughest assault course” Ryan was one of just 75 competitors who chose to tackle the ‘Dirty Double Ultra’, or two laps. He finished fourth in an amazing time of just over eight hours 15 minutes.
At the Eye 10K on Sunday with a record entry of 528 runners, the intense sun and heat caused everyone problems. Five FRC members were in the race with Richard Hammond first home. Maire Irlam took the LV50 category trophy.
Full results: Richard Hammond 25th 40:09; Stuart Follen 48th 42:31; Maire Irlam 121st 47:48; Sarah Gauvin 148th 49:59; Dave Hood 290th 58:56. See the photograph on page 76.
l March AC members took part in the Prague Marathon on Sunday. They had to contend with the heat and large stretches of cobble streets. All four finished, with Tom Orr crossing the line first for the club with a time of 4 hours 28 minutes, Dawn Veal 4 hours 33, Suzanne Orr 6 hours 5 minutes, Pat Brown 6 hours 32.
Eye 10K: Fourteen club runners took part, with Billy Bremner first home in 41 minutes and 19 seconds, placing him 35th overall.
Other times were: Justin Elvidge 41.22, (37th), Mick Stacey 43.01 (57th), Wayne Stimson 44.10 (70th), Darren Moat 48.16 (127th), Martin Gardner 52.11 (177th), Malcolm Hunt 52.16 (178th), Graeme Robertson 52.29 (183rd), Gaelle Bryant 56.59 (249th), Stephen Cowell 58.19 (280th), Tina Lambert 1.04.05 (368th), Mark Oakerbee 1.07.30 (415th), Hugh Plumb 1.13.47 (471st), Tony Whibley 1.16.09 (493rd)
l Three Counties Running club member Stewart Harrison completed his first half ironman at Peterborough in 5.36.37 and Tayo Willett was first in his age group at the Grantham Sprint triathlon in 1.13.
At King’s Lynn some of the runners from the Active Fenland group, which is coached and supported by the Three Counties club, were completing their first ever 5K.
Lynn 5k: Zac Lakey 21.08, Tim Connor 21.35 (PB), Marc Martin 23.04 (PB), Joseph Hammond 23.58 (PB), Colin Simpson 23.59, Sarah Melton-Whitelam 27.38, Linda Bowers 27.45, James Hammond 28.03 (PB), Gary Bligh 28.03, Ben Hammond 31.01 (PB), Steve Whitelam 31.17, Lauren Murrell 31.22, Stephanie Clark 31.50, Rachel Bingham 32.40 (*), Bethany Lakey-Gathercole 37.28 (*), Barbara Leake 40.00 (* and 1st 60-65), Sue George 40.00, Kerri Batterham 41.54 (*), Misha-Zee Grant 41.55, Linda Gathercole 46.11 (*), Stacey Martin 46.11. March 5K: Pat Watson 33.28 (PB). Boston 5K: Colin Apps 23,34, Joely Apps 33.15 (1st 15-17). Eye 10K: Gary Pratt 56.40, Tracy Pratt 59.17 (PB). *= 1st timer