Tackling the Tyntesfield Ten

PUBLISHED: 15:22 23 May 2017

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Weston Athletic Club runners took part in the seventh running of the Tyntesfield 10k.

Twenty-seven runners from Weston Athletic Club lined up alongside about 300 athletes from other local clubs to take part in the seventh running of the Tyntesfield 10k.

The off-road course follows a two-lap route around the National Trust estate, featuring stunning scenery at every turn.

Despite the heavy rain in the days leading up to the event, conditions underfoot were still reasonably firm, allowing many of the runners to clock fast times. Chris McMillan was first home for the club, and managed to beat the previous course record, finishing second overall on the night in 35.56. There was not much to separate Darren Stacey and Dan Potter who finished in 41.50 and 41.56.

The club’s fastest female runner on the night was Michelle Fryer, in her first off-road race since returning from injury. Michelle finished in 52.34, followed by Helen Diamond just under the hour in 59.48 and Sarah Harris in 1.01.42. Adrian Noble also received a prize for finishing first in his age category in 42.19.

Sunday saw six runners from the club tackling much longer distances, with all of them achieving tremendous results.

In Exeter, Toby and Rachel Andrews, Stephen Burton and Dave Groves all ran the city’s marathon. Toby was the first to complete the two-lap 26.2 mile course in 3.29.20. Rachel, Stephen and Dave all finished together in 4.07.28.

Marc Bostock and James Wotton opted for the West Country ultra marathon, with Marc completing the 50-mile route and James running throughout the day and night to complete the 100-mile version.

James’s route also featured nearly 10,000ft of climb. Marc finished 11th overall in 9.31.48. James finished the 100-mile route ninth overall.

Weston Athletic Club’s next event is the five-mile Beacon Batch off-road race on June 20. Race HQ is the Burrington Inn in Burrington Combe and the race starts at 7.30pm. Online entries are available at www.westonac.co.uk/beaconbatch

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