This was a case of throwing away the watches and enjoying the scenary, hospitality and mud of the Vale of Belvoir.
The club fielded 9 runners, braving a bitterly cold start and the ankle-deep mud, but all of whom enjoyed contrast of trail running. Results are below.
Cambridge University Hare & Hounds Boundary Run
With the novelty of the Ropsley 10 route, the Belvoir Loop and the Grantham Canal Towpath starting to wear a bit thin GRC runners Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle headed to Cambridge again to let someone else choose the Sunday training route as they competed in the Cambridge Boundary Run racing over mixed terrain for 26.2 miles round the city on a day that was both dry and very windy.
The westerly wind which went unnoticed in the first half made its presence felt as soon as they reached half way as many runners who had been duped into over cooking the first part paid the price. Coming at the end of another 100k+ training week and as their third race in 15 days both runners took it at a steady nine minute mile pace to target around the four hour mark. Despite some initial weariness which soon wore off and struggles with the road shoe’s tread being full of compacted mud on the road sections the steady pace had them moving up the field from 16 miles onwards culminating in a fast last two miles with the wind behind them. Catherine’s time was 3:55:54 to finish as eight lady with Robert’s time of 3:56:24 an improvement of over 18 minutes on his 2014 time.
At the Newark event on the 8th, we had our 3 competitors inside the first 6 finishers. A helpful wind meant a PB for Will Parkin, who also won the event in 18:13, Anna O'Hare was first lady in 5th in 19:39 and Iain Brown broke 20 minutes for the first time in 19:58.
Meanwhile at Peterborough, Rob Howbrook recorded a spectacular time of 19:29. An age grading of 79.56%.
Something slightly different... Mark Wilson participated in the GB qualifier duathlon at Rutland Water on the 8th.
The race consisted of a 10k run, 42k bike, then a 5k run. His times were 43.14, 79.26, 20.45. Which resulted in 12th in the 50-54 category. Wouldn't have had you a day over 45 Mark!