Runners led home by Julian

ALMOST 180 brave souls battled through the mud and rain at the annual Ironwood challenge, Nailsea Running Club's six-mile off-road race held in the woods and fields above Long Ashton.

ALMOST 180 brave souls battled through the mud and rain at the annual Ironwood challenge, Nailsea Running Club's six-mile off-road race held in the woods and fields above Long Ashton.

The runners were led home by Julian Emery (Clevedon AC, MV40) in 44min 58sec; followed by Ken Ham (Thornbury RC, MV40), 47.20; Anthony Glover (Westbury Harriers, SM), 48.23; Graham Harding (Unattached, SM), 48.56; and Patrick Foley (Portishead RC, MV40), 49.33.

The first Over-50 man was Phil Manning (Stroud AC), 53.12 and the Over-60 winner was Brian Smith (Unattached), 61.01.

The ladies' race was won by Robyn Golding (Westbury Harriers) in 51.14 with Kate George (Clevedon AC) second, 53.20; and Phil Richards (Weston AC) third, 55.36. The first lady vet 40 was Maria Powell (Clevedon AC) in 58.34; second Over-40 lady was Yvonne Cox (Unattached), 58.47; and the first lady vet 50 was Viv McConnell (Clevedon), 59.16.


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