Weston runners take on fell race

PUBLISHED: 14:22 27 June 2018

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Weston Athletic Club members made up nearly half the runners taking part in the five-mile Beacon Batch fell race.

This year’s Beacon Batch fell race proved the most popular yet, with 137 runners lining up to take on the five country mile route, climbing 1,000 feet to the highest point on the Mendips.

Almost half of the runners were from Weston Athletic Club, many having been developing their hill running skills with the club’s trail section.

No stranger to the hills, the club’s own Chris McMillan led from the start and developed an unassailable lead of more than two minutes throughout the course of the race.

Chris crossed the line in 34.54. He was joined by three fellow club members in the top 10 with Pete Clarke finishing fourth overall in 38.42, Will Fuller finishing in seventh place, and first in his category, in 39.53, and Rob Furlong in 10th position in 40.42.

Niki Fulstow proved she is back on form by finishing first among the club’s women in 47.35. She was followed two minutes later by Yvonne Rogers in 49.47 and Sarah Hind in 51.53.

The only club championship race in the past week was the Torbay Half Marathon which follows two laps of an out-and-back course between Paignton and Torquay, with two hills along the way.

The soaring temperatures made for tricky conditions, but Weston’s runners still returned some fantastic results. Rob Furlong was the first from the club to finish in 1.26.35, placing him fourth overall in his age category.

There was little to separate second and third club spot with Marc Whiting finishing in 1.33.40, and Susan Duncan just 10 seconds behind him in 1.33.50. Susan also finished second overall in her category.

The most impressive performance of the morning must surely have been Carol O’Leary’s. As if finishing second overall in her category in 1.56.14 wasn’t a huge achievement in its own right, Carol managed this having run 29 miles the day before at the Giant’s Head Marathon in Dorset. Maria Davidson was the club’s third female finisher, still under two hours in 1.57.58.

Entry opens on July 1 for the Christmas Cracker 10k race on Weston’s beach and seafront. This year’s race takes place on December 9 at 11am. The main race will be preceded by a junior 2k version on the beach at 10am.

For more information visit www.westonac.co.uk/christmascracker

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