Saturday, 17 September 2016


Last weekend the Equinox24 race was held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle. Starting 12pm on Saturday, the event lasts until 12pm Sunday – this gives the runners 24 hours to complete as many laps of the 10km course as possible. The motto of the event is "one more lap" – the faster you run the more laps you complete. The balance between sleep and speed, and the need to run in the dark (head torches are essential), are unusual challenges so many members of the club took the chance to take part in this race. The morning of the race was wet, causing the off-road sections to be particularly slippery. Fortunately it was dry during the race,
Two eight-strong Large Teams were entered, one with long-term members and one comprising mainly of recent members of the club. The established team (called I thought you said Rum, not Run! – Gav Meadows, Sarah High, Penny Durham, Rob Howbrook, Mark Hillson, Jamie Garcia, Paul Davis, Jez) ran a total of 29 laps, placing 9th in this category. The beginners team (called Cider, Pizza and a wee bit of running – Martyn Carter, Louise Fenton, Lizzie Potter, Jacqueline Jacobs, Ros Sadler, Paul Durham, Nik Jones) managed 23 laps, placing 58th in this category.
A number of members ran as pairs, with recent member SJ Willis running 10 laps as her share.
Some members bravely entered as Solo runners – with no-one to share the running, this is a true test of determination and stamina. Four members entered, an injured Suzanne Britz (2 laps), Ruth Dunstan (8 laps) and Marc Tremain (10 laps) all putting in good efforts. Star of the club was Holly Durham, doing 15 laps (150km, over 93 miles) and somehow managing to finish with a smile on her face. This earnt her 6th position, a sterling effort.
Many members are already planning how to improve their tactics for next year…

Photo: Some members of team GRC

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