The fit fifty track the trails at Tyntesfield while the fab four rock Liverpool

PUBLISHED: 11:35 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 23 May 2018

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Fifty runners took on the challenge of the annual Tyntesfield 10k off-road race around the estate.

Fifty runners from Weston Athletic Club gathered outside the house at Tyntesfield for the annual 10k off-road race around the estate.

This is more than the club has ever fielded before at the event, thanks mainly to the growing popularity of off-road running among the newer members.

All members completed the undulating route across fields and through woodland. First to ascend the driveway for the final sprint along the closing strait was Matt Wheeler in 42.48. Allan Fuller and Phil Tomlinson followed in 43.34 and 44.03 respectively.

Nia Davies was the club’s fastest female on the night, fighting-off close competition from Michelle Fryer. Nia finished in 49.42 and also third in her category, while Michelle followed just 10 seconds later.

Yvonne Rogers held off competition from Sian Roberts to take third club spot in 53.12, while Carol O’Leary’s 57.10 finish earned her third place in her category.

With no championship races at the weekend, a few club members took the opportunity to travel some distance to take on two very different challenges.

Wendie Beardsall, Sam Buzza, Julie Monaghan and Shaleen Summers all ran the Rock ’n’ Roll marathon in Liverpool - 26.2 miles around the city’s streets with a different band playing at roughly every mile along the route.

Having trained throughout the winter months, the hot weather on the day made conditions challenging, but all four managed to overcome the heat and complete the race. Wendie finished in 4.19.48, Sam in 4.27.11, Julie in 4.52.22 and Shaleen in 5.05.32. Stephen Powell was the only club member to run in the half marathon event and he finished in 1.43.41.

Meanwhile, Chris McMillan and Matt Wheeler travelled to Snowdonia to take on the 11-mile Cader Idris fell race - a brutal out and back course climbing over 3,000 feet with the steepest of the climb building seemingly relentlessly from three miles to the summit at halfway.

Chris showed his total all-round class and is clearly just at home on steep rocky terrain as he is on flat tarmac. He finished second overall and just seven seconds behind the overall winner, former GB athlete Andrew Davies, in a ridiculously fast time of 1.29.24. Matt finished in 1.57.52 earning himself a new personal best for the event.

The next race organised by the club is the five-mile Beacon Batch fell race on June 19. Entry costs just £6 with more details at www.westonac.co.uk/beaconbatch

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