Runners take on the Mendip Muddle

Josh Harris.

Josh Harris. - Credit: Archant

A team of Weston Athletic Club runners took on the club’s own Mendip Muddle event which is a challenging off-road 20km route.

SUNDAY’S chilly but dry start saw a team of Weston Athletic Club runners take on the club’s own Mendip Muddle event which is a challenging off-road 20km route, including 420m of climb.

Josh Harris was first Weston man to finish in a time of 1.37.52, followed by Kie Booth in 1.41.08 and Matt Huxtable in 1.42.54. Katie Gormley was the club’s first female to cross the line in 1.53.39, Rachael Vincent took second in 1.56.24 and Niki Fulstow third in 1.59.53.

The scene could not have been more different for the Street 5k race earlier in the week, which follows a flat five-lap course in the town centre. A team of 14 of the club’s runners battled it out to earn valuable points in the club’s annual championship standings.

Kieron Summers continued his current run of top form finishing first for the club’s men in 17.52, fifth overall, and winning his age category. He was followed just 10 seconds later by David Stock, and Simon Lund took third spot in 18.47. Teresa King was Weston’s first woman home in 21.22, followed by Nia Davies in 22.45 and Georgie Ford in 23.47.

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In London, the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon proved the perfect race for the club’s runners to perform at their peak with Amanda Hunter, Lesley Bowskill, Sara Butcher and Sue Collard all earning themselves new personal bests for the 13.1 mile distance in 1.47.47, 1.59.51, 2.07.36 and 2.16.37 respectively.

Three of the club’s members also took on Burnham’s Aquathlon event, which features a 750m pool swim followed by a 7.5km run. Phil Tomlinson was the first man to finish overall in an impressive time of 38.30, followed by Rich Ford in 43.26, who also won his age category, and Simon Andrews in 47.54.

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Josh Harris running the Mendip Muddle.

Club members after the Street 5k.

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