Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Race the Train

Six Buckley Runners completed Race the Train this year. But over 40 people and 6 dogs turned up on the campsite. So we had a good party, several actually.

Conditions for the race were difficult. The morning was cool and damp with rain showers but it made the tracks and fields very slippery. In the afternoon the rain stopped and the sun started to break through. 30 minutes into the race and the temperature was rising. The light breeze was blowing straight up the valley, so the first 7 miles felt very hot. After turning round it was cooler but the ground conditions following such a wet summer made progress hard. Race times all round seemed slower than last year with only 103 runners beating the train.

The good news is that three of them were Buckley Runners. Times and places were (these are gun times, chip times are slightly different available on RTT website)
Jez was a superb 12th place in 1.34.31
Paul Stinton was 59th in 1.43.35 - another fine performance
Jon Bradshaw was 85th in 1.46.14. That is an excellent time but he did admit it was tough.
Jane had a good run in the conditions finishing 582nd in 2.25.23
with Rob was 679th in 2.37.10

Paul D was 103rd in the 10K in a very creditable 55 minutes.

I have booked the campsite for next year.


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