Butcher blasts Brecons, while Reading conquers Glastonbury

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Weston Athletic Club ladies took the opportunity to shine at two running challenges.

Sunday was the day for Weston Athletic Club’s women to shine, as they took on two running challenges which could not have been more different.

Sara Butcher put her five months of training to the test as she faced the 42 miles of the Brecon to Cardiff ultra marathon.

Having already run both the Paris and Manchester marathons in the weeks leading up to the event, her legs were ready to take on the extra 16 miles that lay ahead.

The route followed the River Taff, through the Beacons and back down to sea level at Cardiff. Never having tackled an event of this distance before, Sara returned an impressive result, finishing sixth female overall in a time of 8.24.05.

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Meanwhile, 26 of the club’s runners opted for a much more manageable distance at the Glastonbury Round the Tor 10k, which, as the name suggests, follows a circular route around the bottom of the town’s famous landmark.

Debbie Reading beat off the competition from all the other women to finish first female overall in a spectacular time of 41.14. Chris McMillan ran another strong race to finish fourth overall for the men in 35.30.

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Steve Kibblewhite took second club spot for the men in 39.52, finishing third in his category, and Matt Wheeler followed seconds later in dead-on 40 minutes.

Geraldine Hope continued her return to form with an impressive time of 49.46, followed by Rachel Andrews in 52.35, which, added to Debbie’s winning time, helped the club’s women earn the second female team prize.

Despite its undulations, the race conditions were good, which, along with their hard work in training, helped 10 members to achieve new personal bests for the distance.

The club’s next event is the final race in the 2015-16 Weston prom run series on May 12. The junior race starts at 6.45pm, followed by the main race at 7.30pm. Race HQ for both events is The Bay Cafe on Weston seafront. Runners can enter on the night, or online at www.westonac.co.uk/promrun

Entry is also now open for the Beacon Batch race, an off-road five-mile race on the Mendips on June 21 at 7.30pm. More information and entry details are at www.westonac.co.uk/beaconbatch

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