Hardy Harriers duo tackle 40-mile ultra marathon challenge

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Two runners from Gade Valley Harriers tackled the 40-mile Ultra Marathon, The Compton Downland Challenge, in Berkshire on Saturday.

The 40-mile off-road trail race is full of hills, dirt tracks, woods and fields, and Martin Storrie completed the gruelling course in 60th place in a time of 7 hours, 35 minutes and 39 seconds.

Team-mate Sam Tucker finished in 96th place in a time of 8:34:04.

Peter Tucker, meanwhile, took on the 20-mile version of the tough race and came home in 189th place, in a time of 4:48:12.

Also racing at the weekend were Rupert Cavenagh-Mainwaring and Clare Tookey who were competing in the Maidenhead Easter 10-Mile Race.

Organised by Maidenhead Athletic Club, the three-lap road race took place at Braywick Park in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Cavenagh-Mainwaring finished in 194th place out of 867 athletes in a very quick 1:11:20, with Tookey in 632nd place in 1:30:12 – setting a new PB time by three minutes.

At the Black Park parkrun on Saturday, Gade Valley Harrier Mark Crabtree romped home in first place out of a huge field of 531 runners, setting an excellent new PB time of 17 minutes and 13 seconds.

Crabtree was closely followed by Vince Ellerby in 15th place in a time of 19:54.

Dylan Wendelken was in action at the Ashford parkrun, where he came second overall in a time of 19 minutes and five seconds.

At the St Albans parkrun, the Harriers had five runners in action, with three new PBs set between them.

Steve Newing led the team home in 20 minutes exactly, Ross Geary and Simon Geary both finished in PB times of 26:26, Jenny Barnet clocked 30:27 and Claire Terry set a PB of 35:06.

There was just one entrant at the Milton Keynes parkrun, with Johnny Broom finishing in 36th place in 20:39, while in Aylesbury, Russ Bailey was 32nd in 22:14.