With the racing scene in the UK slowing returning to some sort of normality, the Peelers have been out in force all over the country!
Heading north to the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, Neal Dempsey completed the 100km Heineken Race to the Castle event over the weekend of 26th and 27th June in a time of 19 hours, placing 434th out of 669 finishers. Competitors in the ultra race had to contend with difficult weather conditions, running through the night over mixed and undulating terrain, whilst running from Kirkhale to Bamburgh Castle following the long distance path of St Oswald’s Way.
Meanwhile on the south coast, Tricia Bunn completed the equally arduous North Devon AONB Marathon in aid of North Devon Hospice on Sunday, 27th June. The race advertised as “the toughest and most beautiful race in the UK” started and finished in Woolacombe and for the most part followed the coastal path with its many ups and downs! Tricia, who said that “it could be my 100th or 110th marathon … I’ve lost count!” completed the course in a creditable time of 5:16:52 and was 7th in age category and 17th lady. Richard Bunn completed the equally difficult half marathon in a time of 2:15:00.
On Saturday 3rd July, Richard Satchwell ran the Birmingham and Black Country half marathon. This is a unique point to point race along the canal towpaths from Wolverhampton city centre to Brindley Place in Birmingham. Although largely flat with locks and bridges the only inclines, the route is famous for including the 350m Coseley tunnel and for providing refreshments on canal boats along the way. Satchwell crossed the finish line in 1:45:17 and came 125th out of 636 runners achieving a personal best over the distance of 4 minutes 58 seconds.
On Sunday 4th July, the Peelers turned out in force to run the Florette Fradley 10k road race. This is a very popular local event where runners race over a two lap flat and fast course. With the hot and humid weather against them, first Peeler home was Emma Pick who finished in a creditable time of 41:16 and was 9th female and 5th in age category. She was followed by Zoe Schnepp who finished in 48:15 and was 33rd female and 16th in age category. Chris Bennett crossed the line next in a time of 53:53 followed by Clara Walton in 1:01:38; Emma Whorwood in 1:02:43; Claire Guffick in 1:04:28; Alison Upton in 1:05:25; Martyn Candy in 1:07:00; Ann Hill in 1:13:24; Sarah French in 1:13:38; Lee Guffick in 1:15:30; Alison Dolphin in 1:17:48 and Stephen Andrews in 1:23:00.
The Peelers next challenge will be the Burton and District Summer League Worthington 6 mile event. This race, which is normally held on the Cloud Trail in Worthington near Ashby de la Zouch, is a “virtual” race this year and a new distance for the runners to race over.