Bembridge Trail 5

Who’d have thought that after the longest, hottest heatwave in 20 years, that this year Runners would wake up to gale force winds and torrential rain.

That didn’t deter some of our members as they forwent their wellies in favour of their running shoes to show their support for this well organised local event, part of Bembridge Youth and Community Centre’s Festival of Sport.

Raising money for the aforementioned Youth and Community Centre, a fantastic turn out of club members stood on the startline to support this run despite the weather.

5 miles through the countryside around the surrounding area, the course winds its way around Bembridge Down, continuing on to Bembridge Farm and finally along the cliff path at Whitecliff Bay were runners were treated to some blasts of wind from across the Channel. 

As if the weather wasn’t challenge enough, the course was not an easy one. Sprinkled generously with hills, gates, steps and stiles, it was quite a challenge.

It proved no obstacle for our soggy speedsters as they blasted around the course. Ross Wilkes was the first IWRR across the line in a fantastic 3rd place, with Stu Backhouse not too far behind in 6th to claim the top spot in the V40 category. Darren Dollery ran a great race to finish 3rd V50. A special mention goes to Michael Coultrup for running the race despite having participated in a midnight marathon less than 12 hours earlier.

Ross Wilkes – 33.14

Stuart Backhouse – 34.14

Darren Dollery – 39.46

James Shoulder – 43.59

Michael Coultrup – 45.04

Claire Harvey – 48.13

Laura Holme – 50.45

Julie Salter – 52.35

Dave Wilcock – 52.47

Sally Trotman – 52.52

David Shoulder – 53.10

Ian Williams – 53.42

Alison Butcher – 57.09

Sue Hunter – 57.28

Lucy Deville – 1.03.21

Lyn Snow – 1.13.47