Larmer Tree Races – Day 1

Set in the beautiful countryside of the Rushmore estate on the Dorset & Wiltshire border, a total of 9 Roadrunners set off for the first 2 races of the weekends events.

The undulation on all these races at Larmer is relentless. And with an absolute whopper of a 841 footer chucked in the middle (Ventnor’s St.Boniface Down is 702ft as a little comparison for you). Although it was disappointingly lacking in mud this year.

An early kick off of 8.30am saw 5 Roadrunners embark on the 10 mile course. Despite being the shortest distance on offer over the weekend of running, it was by no means an easy option.

Chairman Kev Winchcombe, partner Gill Bushell and team JAC (Jane Andrew, Alison Batchelor and Claire Howard) ran the entire course, (all 11 miles of it – White Star are generous like that!) They seemingly had great fun whilst earning themselves their beautiful peacock medals. 

Jane Andrew – 2.24.46

Kevin Winchcombe – 2.24.47

Claire Howard – 2.24.47

Alison Batchelor – 2.24.47

Gill Bushell – 2.24.48

An hour later the half marathon got underway. Following largely the same course as the 10 milers, but with a couple more hills thrown in for good measure.

First home was Nick Kenney in a marvellous 19th overall and 4th V45. Unbelievably taking 3 mins off last year’s time despite having surgery on his broken collarbone just 2 weeks ago. Most importantly of all he managed to beat his brother again, (A much bigger accolade in the Kenney household!)

Holly Newton wasn’t too far behind to claim 26th overall and a cracking 3rd place in the ladies race and 2nd Senior Female. Next in was Gordon Mucklow as he cruised his way effortlessly through the mud followed a little while later by club treasure Lyn Snow, who took 15 minutes off her course PB.

Nick Kenney- 1.56.56 

Holly Newton- 1.59.24

Gordon Mucklow – 2.12.44

Lyn Snow 3.34.20