Sixty Weston club runners tackle Tough Ten

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Sixty Weston Athletic Club members took part in the Two Bays Tough Ten.

Weston Athletic Club’s distinctive yellow vests dominated the seafront when 60 of the club’s members lined up for the start of the Two Bays Tough Ten.

This is a 10-mile multi-terrain route featuring flat beach, and climbs to Sand Point and Weston Woods.

Weather conditions ended up better than expected on the day, with overcast skies and an on-shore wind which at times helped, and at others, hindered. Conditions underfoot remained challenging in places with plenty of mud to decorate the runners’ legs and trainers.

Club newcomer Matt Dell showed he’s one to watch by shaking off the rest of the club men to finish fourth overall in 1.04.33. Darren Stacey worked hard for his second club place and finished eighth overall in 1.06.49.

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Wilf Huxtable, who only decided to run the race the day before, took third club spot in 1.12.06. Marc Whiting also ran a strong race to finish in 1.12.51 and second in his age category.

No stranger to multi-terrain races, Niki Fulstow conquered the climbs to complete the course ahead of the rest of the club’s women in 1.21.52. Hannah Moore followed a minute later in 1.22.58, and Geraldine Hope ran a great race to finish in 1.30.38.

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The weekend’s excitement was preceded by the club’s own prom races on Thursday evening, with the one-mile event for younger runners, as well as the main five-mile race.

At the five-mile event, Chris McMillan demonstrated that his hard work in training is paying off, and finished the race fourth overall, and first for the club in 27.24. Kieron Summers won his age category in 27.59 and Matt Dell took third club place to finish just outside the top 10 in 28.40.

Jules Pflaum exhibited a return to form and completed the race in 33.28. Hannah Moore followed in 35.30 and Nia Davies took third spot for the club’s women in 35.55.

In the junior event, the competition was tight, with just seconds between the first three finishers for the boys and the girls. William Fuller completed his mile first in 5.32, followed four seconds later by Joe Withers and six seconds later by Callum Tucker.

Maisie Squire was the first girl to finish in 6.22, pipping Ellie Redman to the post by just a second. Sara Carr finished third in 6.28.

The club’s next event is the seventh race in the 2015-16 Weston prom run series on March 17. The junior race starts at 6.45, 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

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