Andover Trail Races

A soggy start to September racing saw 3 of our team mates, tackle the trails of the Test Valley.

Michael and Ashleigh Douglas unconventionally celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary by running the 10k race and Steve Hickman celebrated his 141st anniversary (of running a marathon) by running, yes you’ve guessed it…… the marathon!

Both races began at Enham Alamein in Andover. The 10k wound its way along to Smannell, through Little London before taking the footpaths and bridleways back to the start.

“It was a good course. My first ever trail run. Not as flat as I thought, but still good fun. I haven’t been running as much lately due to tight hip flexors but I still finished around 53 mins. Not my fastest, but to be honest, I’m just glad I finished!” said Ashleigh

Not as glad as her husband was to finish though. He won! What an amazing anniversary present! His first ever overall win.

“I couldn’t be happier! To get my first win on our first wedding anniversary! It was a great course, a good mixture of terrain” said our champion ” I just felt good from the start. There was a pack of three of us for the first half, but I managed to pull clear and get the win by quite some way by the end”

The first of many wins I suspect for our Dynamo Douglas.

Scores on the doors…

Michael – 40.34
Ashleigh – 53.21

In the marathon, Steve also finished with a smile on his face, despite getting a bit lost at mile 21.

“I loved it! It was a good old fashioned, hard as nails, trail marathon in the pouring rain. It was a great run route”

The course meandered from Enham through Hurstbourne Tarrent, upto Combe and then slowly wound its way back via Vernham Dean and back to the start.

He finished, soaked to the skin, but happy in 5.05.28

Great trail running from our 3 “roadies”