Exmoor Trail Running Challenge
Nigel Maeer and Gary Anning took themselves off to Lynton in North Devon to compete in this most arduous race. There is a 50K Ultra Marathon, a Full and Half Marathon and a 10K all run on the day. Nigel and Garry went for the half.
The route includes the sharpest coastal hill climb, Savage Hill, in the Country followed by the longest stretch of wooded coast line in the Country. Set in the hidden Doone Valley, not far from the beautiful Towns and Villages of Lynton, Lynmouth, Portlock and Minehead is this challenging yet beautiful course. This fantastic route, coupled with the stunning start / finish venue of Cloud Farm makes for one of the most exciting event in the Trail Running Series with amazing views of North Devon and Exmoor.
The Half is classed as a level 3 – Hard run with 1357 metres of ascent. Both had exceptional times, Nigel coming 18th in 2:35:11 and Gary in 2:39:39.
Gary did an Allister Brownlee coming towards the end when he stopped to help a fellow competitor who was in trouble and kept him going to the finish.
There were 32 finishers in the Ultra, 10 in the Marathon, 95 in the Half, and 76 in the 10K. A very hard but very popular event enjoyed by many. Congratulations Boys.