What does 75 miles, 50k and 10k add up to? An action packed weekend for Sidmouth Running Club

Mighty Green Mark Andow took part in the Plymouth Hope 24 Trail Festival starting at midday on Saturday and finishing midday on Sunday!  The 24 hour endurance event took place in the beautiful wooded valley at the heart of a 1550 acre country estate, Newnham Park. Mark ran 14 laps of the 5 mile course, 75 miles in total and was very pleased to learn he came 12th out of 177 runners. An amazing achievement!

Mark Andow in training for his 24 hour challenge

All of Hannah Maslens’ training came to the fore on Saturday when she competed in her first ultra-marathon, the Salomon Serpents 50k trail race.  The race organised by Freedom Racing starts in a field in Petworth and follows the South Downs Serpent Trail to the finish at Petersfield rugby club. and Hannah said it was a stunning route. The Mighty Green was delighted with her time of 6:54:39 and finishing 314th out of 459 runners despite everything starting to hurt in the last six miles and being a huge mental challenge. Well done Hannah!

Hannah Maslen with her ultra marathon medal

Meanwhile five Mighty Greens represented Sidmouth Running Club on Sunday 3rd July at LME Events’ well organised Balmy Bicton 10k covering the same distance as Hannah did on her own!  Perhaps more humid than balmy with the odd sprinkling of rain the runners enjoyed the undulating course which starts and finishes at Bicton College and takes you along quiet country lanes. LME Events were supporting Millwater School who are based in the grounds of Bicton College and as well as marshalling the route with Budleigh Rotary Club the school provided a very popular cake stall at the end.  Pete Norman was very pleased with his run and not surprising as he finished 7th overall and first in his age category in 46:49. Gail Goldsmith and Terry Bewes also finished first in their age categories in 1:05:18 and 1:10:55 respectively with Carol Hounsell and Alexa Baker finishing 1:06:26 and 1:10.15 respectively.

Five MG’s at Balmy Bicton 10k