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Week #3

After some great performances last year, Andrew Holt and Ben Smith returned to Coed y Brenin forest for the fourth annual Buff winter trail half marathon, this year with Carrie Holt and Jacquie Hanmer also taking part. As expected the route, containing 2200ft of ascent including a brutally stinging climb on rough single track between miles 11 & 12 mixed with technical descents harboring roots, mud and rocks offered a stern challenge and this year the unpredictable weather increased difficulty levels further with the race starting in the rain, before turning to snow as runners climbed higher.

Despite this all Harborough runners returned safely and unscathed with Andrew Holt first home of the group finishing 57th with 1.54.30 ahead of Ben Smith who took over 5 minutes from his 2017-time coming home 75th in 1.57.46. Jacquie Hammer finished an impressive 13th female and first in her age group in 2.02 with Carrie Holt 101st female in 2.40.04.


23/01/2018

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