As temperatures rose to record highs over the weekend, Andrew Holt climbed with them taking in the grueling V3K mountain race that summits the 15 highest mountain peaks in Wales, all of them standing over 3000ft above sea level. Starting at 5AM scrambling up the South ridge of Snowdon, temperatures hit mid 20s before 8AM and combined with the heat reflecting from the rock face along with lack of breeze Andy was soon aware of his core temperature beginning to rise. After reaching the final food station Andy soon realized that the hottest part of the day was still to come with another 6 hours of racing ahead and calculated he'd need a further 5 litres of water. During this last leg with his core temperature rising again, Andy took to the brave decision to hold back and wait so his companion could catch up, giving him enough time for his core temperature to drop and head clear. Despite the adversity faced throughout the run Andy reached the finish on the edge of Bangor, completing the race 37th out of 64 finishers in a time of 12:46:36.
During the week Gary Wallis & Dean Rushby were at round six of the East Midlands Grand Prix series held in Weedon Bec. Gary was first home taking three and a half minutes from his time set 12 months ago finishing 190th with a time of 50:13 ahead of Dean clocking 54:41 taking 260th from the 358 field.
Friday night saw the next race in the Northants 5k series, this time set at Brixworth Country Park. Four Harborough runners were among the competitors, with each member of the team finishing well inside the top 25% of finishers. On the night Nick Osborne was first home of the quartet in 10th (2nd M 50), followed by Steve King (19th), Ian Southwell (20th / 3rd M 40) and Simon Poynton in 34th position.
On Sunday Ade Stewart ran impressive 01:44:39 at the Compton Verney Half Marathon for 34th from the 185 finishers. The event set within the grounds of the small Warwickshire Parish's historic manor was previously named the Edgehill Half Marathon and has a history of good weather with Sunday proving not to be a day for setting personal best times.
Also Sunday Adam Brooks, Graeme Rolfe & Dean Rushby traveled to Bakewell, Derbyshire for the Fell Race. The 6.5mile course climbs over 200m / 700 ft with the top 250 finishers receiving a traditional Bakewell tart. Results to follow.
Photo credit: Andy Holt.