Moonlight Challenge

Several of the club’s runners took part in something a little bit different when they ran the moonlight Challenge the Saturday night before last. Run around farm tracks on a mixture of challenging surfaces in Reculver, the runners set off at 6pm in the evening to complete various distances from Half Marathon to Ultra distances in darkness, running with the help of their head torches. Completing the ultra distance, Anthony Brown finished 2nd in a time of 5:32:00, Darren Santer finished 3rd in 5:42:00,  Helen Weeden came home in 7:47:00, and Eddie Rodger in 7:48:00. Steve Hickman ran his 124th marathon as he finished the marathon distance in 5:31:21, and Rhian Shrimplin ran the half marathon distance in a time of 2:11:00

The club’s runners produced some fine performances the following Sunday in the annual Tenterden 5 mile race. Running along a route around the quiet lanes of  the village of Wittersham, near Tenterden, the runners had to contend with both a hilly and very windy course, which saw Jon Wells come home as the first club runner, as he completed the course in 16th place overall and a time of 32:16. Christine Costiff continued her impressive recent form as she once again took the prize for the first Vet50 woman as she came home as the third lady overall in 35:36. Finishing close behind her was Gill Pragnell who took the prize as the first Vet45 woman and 5th woman overall in a time of 36:20. Nigel Costiff finished in a time of 42:18, and Anne Healy ran well in her first race for the club in a time of 46:34.

Also that Sunday saw two of the club’s runners complete one of the more unusually named marathons – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly marathon. Run along the cycle path at the Fowlmead Country park near Deal, the runners completed 13 laps in blustery conditions with Amanda Bashford finishing her 46th marathon in a time of 4:58:54, and Jeremy Chambers coming home in 5:53:44.