Three Counties Running Club duo take on Peddars Way Ultra event
Saturday saw two Three Counties Running Club members tackle the Peddars Way Ultra event.
Partners in running and in life, Craig Freestone and Tracey Else, in her longest run to date, took part in the self-navigated event.
Completing all three Positive Steps Grand Slam events earns participants the Grand Slam tankard.
The race covered approximately 48 miles, going from Thetford to Holme and covering the Suffolk border and North Norfolk Coast.
To finish the race, runners had to tear a page out of a book at the beach on the final mile in a nod to the Berkley Marathon.
Craig had a great start to the race but by the fifth mile his hamstring started to play up. Nine miles later at the first checkpoint, medics were on hand to try and ease his pain with massage and tubs of deep heat.
This seemed to help for a couple of miles but the rest of the race was a struggle. However, Craig did what he needed to do to finish the race by walking up the hills and then running when he could. Sheer grit and determination would see him cross the finish line in a fantastic PB time of 8:28:01 and an incredible 5th place in his age category - 34th overall.
Tracey had set herself two targets for the 12-hour cut off event; to finish in around 10 hours and not to cry in the dark. She nailed both.
With incredible support along the way, she was inspired by the music of Take That during her push to the finish line.
With Craig waiting for her at the finish line, she crossed the line falling into his arms with tears of joy and exhilaration.
Tracey finished in a fantastic PB time of 10:26:10 and 9th in her age category.
March: Emily Clarke 29:29, Melvin Green 29:35
Garvagh Forest: Jacqueline McGonigle 35:33
Watermead Country Park: Steve Rhodes 23:56 34th/234, Joely Apps 33:38, Sandra Rhodes 33:48, Colin Apps 39:34
Medina IOW: Lou Mayer 33:58PB