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Weekend review: January 7 & 8, 2012

by Editor
Monday 9th January 2012

Sunday January 8, 2012

Hit The Trail 5

The 2012 Hit The Trail 5 race was a huge success. 201 runners enjoyed excellent running conditions - although the course was quite muddy. The marshalls, as usual, received a lot of compliments for encouraging all the runners.

Men's results

1 Mark Keeley Liverpool Harriers 26.28
2 Gareth Turner Trafford 27.27
3 Rob Sloane Trafford 28.00


Women's results

1 Julia Johnson Holmfirth 34.26
2 Kate Morris Unattached 34.39
3 Vicki Wade M/c Tri Club 34. 53

Womens Team Stockport Harriers
Mens Team East Cheshire Harrier

Click here for full results



Haglofs Open5 adventure race - Crowcombe, Quantocks

The fourth Haglofs Open5 event was the furthest south yet and competitors arrving at the quaint West Somerset village of Crowcombe were to experience a completely different weather system to the one experienced only a month ago. With light winds, no rain and moderate temperates forecast for the day, conditions were perfect for a blast around the Quantocks Hills.

Competitors were greeted at the superb facilities at Crowcombe Village Hall. A bike service facility was provided by Six Cycles of Taunton and bike hire was courtesy of Discover Moor. After registering and receiving the event map they soon found that the initial challenge was getting to the remote transition. Crowcombe Combe Gate which was 2km cycle 200m up a 1-in-4 hill from the village hall! Driving to transition wasn't an option so all took this the spirit of adventure and used it as a good warm up for the event proper.

There was a good mix of competitors in attendance from former world adventure racing champions, Stuart Lynch, Nick Gracie and Nicola Macleod to complete novices. This is what makes the atmosphere and experience at Haglofs Open5's so inclusive and exciting. Open Adventure also got the thumbs up from Paul Camp (Holnicote National Trust estate ranger) who paid us a visit. He took a tour around the course and commented how well organised the event was and friendly all the staff and competitors were.

Guest planner Andy Wilson (FGS), planned a superb variety of controls around the hills and also down the many surrounding Combes. The Quiantocks Combes fall away steeply from the main hill ridge and plateau, provding a good challenge for runners and bikers navigating their way to controls in the 5 hours allowed.

Run controls were spread around the northern (and more open) hills which provided superb views at the Bristol Channel. Bike controls were spread along the length of the Quantocks, but the nothern (drier) section provided a complete contrast to the southern (muddier) woodland. Competitors noted a distinct difference in speed between the bridleways pof the northenr and southern sections.

All competitors completed the event with smiles on there faces and many asked when we would be returning to the area.

One competitor was unfortunate to break his collar bone after a fall on the ride back to Crowcombe after finishing. We all hope you recover soon!

Female Pairs results

1 Fiona McBryde/Fi Spotswood For Goodness Shakes! 552
2 Lisa Whetter/Sue Woods   435
3 Patricia Daas/Julie Jefferies Gears and Tears Girls 335

Female Solos results

1 Lucy Harris Team Accelerate 480
2 Rosemary Byde Ronde 462
3 Maddie Horton Certini-McCaulay's 440

Male Pairs results

1 Kevin Stephens/Piers Stockwell TBA 500
2 Morgan Lloyd/James Perkins Big Bear Bikes 495
3 Kent Barker/Tim Lampert SRAMcc 490

Male Solos results

1 Kim Collison Mountain Hardwear 565
2 Chris Sellens Team Boosh 555
3 Ifor Powell iforpowell.com 545

Mixed Pairs results

1 Anthony Cooper/Sally Ozanne   515
2 Ben Turner/Sabrina Verjee CamRacers 480
3 Hannah Gradwell/Jan Islei   479

Click here for full results



Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club 10k Charity Road Run

408 runners were set on their way by Mr Bob Warmingham, who also presented the trophies.

The organisers whish to Thank the event sponsors! An estimated £3000 were raised and will be split between Thames Valley AirAmbulance and Robbie the Robot for RBH.

Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club 10k Charity Road Run 2012

The next 10k Run is planned for Sunday 13th January 2013

Click here for further updates on final amounts raised for charity

Check out www.sportsphotosuk.co.uk for photographs of the day


Men's results

1 Charlie PEARSON   00:35:42
2 Liam PROUDLOCK London Heathside 00:36:18
3 Mark WORRINGHAM Reading Road Runners 00:36:52


Women's results

1 Samantha AMEND Belgrave Harriers 00:37:26
2 OLWEN WRIGHT   00:43:04
3 Lucy HARTLEY Newbury AC 00:44:32


Click here for full results

More details are available on the Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club website www.lions-gwd.org.uk


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