A large team of AVR’s took on the Albion Running 50k (approx. 31 miles) Ham Hill and Lyme Ultra race, writes Dave Mutter.
Following the Liberty trail, with a couple of road diversions, the route takes in the likes of Wayford Woods, Forde Abbey and a rather misty Lamberts Castle as well as many quaint and pretty villages.
This was a very well-organised run with four Aid Stations manned by very supportive and enthusiastic volunteers.
For many AVR’s this was their first ultra distance run – a fantastic achievement.
The race was won by AVR duo Terry Emmett and Duncan Staddon in an amazing time of 4:08:04, which was less than a minute outside the course record.
Other AVR times were Rob Collier (4:31:42), Sue Hayes (5:32:30), Simon Davey (5:36:00), Chris Polley (5:39:47), Richard Jackson (5:46:08), Jon Day (6:01:32), Ragnhild Richards (6:49:24), Rosie Thoennissen (6:52:03), Alan Morbey (7:18:16), Bec Davey, Emma Richardson, Sam Tooze, Mandy Harris all finished in a time 7:30:44 while Sarah Herfet and Vicki Wraight completed the event in 7:36:33.
Elsewhere, Patrick Devine-Wright took part in his first Irish mountain running race since 2005, finishing in 12th place, and first M50, at the Brockagh race in County Wicklow over 11km, with 450m of ascent. The ascent was fast, furious and rather painful, but the downhill was worth it.
Ron Seward and Cliff Marriott and ran the Martock 10 km with Ron finishing 89th out of 385 in 47:16 and Cliff 105th, 48:27.
There’s rain, heavy rain, Welsh rain and Welsh Mountain rain. The latter was an unwelcome treat for the runners walking the fifteen minutes of rough track from race HQ to the race start at the foot of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.
It’s a ‘short’ race up the highest mountain in Southern Britain, packing nearly 2000 feet of ascent into 3.5 miles. Mercifully the rain ceased for the duration of the race creating good running conditions except for the heavy cloud shrouding the stony peaks of Corn Du and Pen y Fan. This had to be safely negotiated before emerging onto the steep, wet and trackless descent leading down to the trail to the finish.
Four runners retired early leaving 48 finishers with Richard Hale finishing 38th in 1:05:25 first MV70. No T-shirts, medals or race mementos for finishers, just a bottle of locally brewed ale. Perfect.