It was an exciting few days for the Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners as they ventured to various meets across the region.
First up on Saturday morning were Russell Morris and Paul Stocker in the Rock Solid Race at Silverstone Woodlands near Milton Keynes – Russell in the 5k race and Paul in the 10k.
Both races involved a number of challenging obstacles, including barbed wire, climbing walls, mud pits and a lot of water, and Russell took a brilliant first place in his race in a time of 31 minutes and 25 seconds.
At Saturday’s St Albans Parkrun, Catherine Davies was first lady across the line in 19m 53s, while Lee Bryant bettered his PB by 21 seconds to post a time of 21m 57s.
Talented 11-year old Maddie Perry shattered her PB by 1m 46s for a time of 24m 19s – good enough to place her as the 10th lady overall.
Over in Harpenden at the Herts 10k Challenge in aid of Grove House, Natalie Black was first across the line for Dacorum & Tring, in a new personal best for the distance of 56m 02s.
Samantha Hawkridge also produced a brilliant PB, breaking through the one hour barrier for the first time as she came in at just over 58 minutes.
Samantha’s husband Jason and daughter Keeley also completed the race as part of a fundraising drive, along with Claire Copperwhite, who finished in 57m 45s.
The event is one of the largest 10k races in Hertfordshire and is the biggest single fundraiser for Grove House.
Closer to home in Tring, Jamie Marlow finished ninth overall in a time of 1hr 02m 10s in the Ridgeway Run – a challenging 15k trail run from Tring, up through Ashridge, along a stretch of the Ridgeway Path and back to Tring.
Also running well for the club were Ian Needleman – 41st overall in a time of 1:07:51 and fourth in the over 50s male category – Stephen Shaw in 1:11:31, Michael Lamb in 1:17:38 and Louisa Hopper in 1:28:00.
In action elsewhere the Gazette’s own running man, reporter David O’Neill, completed the hilly Great West Run half marathon in Exeter in 1:36:44.
He had also laced up his trainers for the flatter Cardiff Half a week previously – coming home in a time of 1:33:16.