Grantham Running Club members braved the rain to take part in TR24 at Catton Park, South Derbyshire. The festival type 10km off-road relay event runs continuous from 12:00 on Saturday through to 12:00 the following day. With three mixed gender teams of 8 and a team of 5 with the addition of 3 solo runners the club sent its largest contingent ever.
This year’s event started in glorious sunshine but that was soon to change as the rain started shortly after and continued for 16hrs turning the undulating cross country course into a ‘mud bath’. The course by 12:00 on Sunday was virtually un-runnable but that didn’t deter the GRC members who had continued in their pursuit.
members decided to tackle the whole 24hrs solo with Gav Meadows and Paul Davis
each completing in excess of 100km in the muddy conditions. As a late entrant Paul did not have time to fully prepare for a race for which he is ideally suited but he kicked off with three rapid laps before taking a short break followed by single lap later then dark lap before retiring for the evening, his five Sunday morning laps made up an eleven lap total placed him 21st Solo Male. Another strong contender in the Solo Male category was Gav and although running well just did not feel that he could give this race his usual 100%. He spun off five laps in a row on Saturday afternoon before taking a break and returning on Sunday morning to complete his planned ten placing him 33rd. The final Solo Male was Gordon Geach who completed two laps on the Saturday afternoon and one on the Sunday morning to finish 68th.
|Solo Gordon getting a close-up|
|There were no penalties for bib number not visible|
|Pasky flies the flag|
Next for the 8’s was team ‘2 Slow 2 Win but 2 Suborn 2 Quit’ completing 24 laps in 44th place.
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|Victoria on her first lap|
The team ran consistently well through the night and the rain, despite Louise and Victoria having torch malfunctions. Sara and Rachael continued to run well as they returned from injuries.Lizzie had the honour of running the final lap of 20 for the team. As the sun finally decided to show running into the finish area brandishing the GRC flag.
Whilst Ros was packing up she tried to drum up support to gather a team for another 24 hour event later in the year.
The GRC mixed team of 5 ‘Grantham Bling Quintet’ also produced a strong performance finishing 8th of 99 teams with a relentless 26 laps.th place.
|Ben snaking along the track|
‘Despite the insane state of the course, the atmosphere was incredible. With whole families coming along to support, the mood in the camp remained positive in tough conditions. The noise as members ran past the camp was at times deafening with drums and loud speakers all aimed at giving runners a much needed boost. I’m already thinking of next year.’ quoted Andrew Pask.
Despite the extremely challenging conditions, the team building event was deemed an outstanding success for the club with everyone leaving with a strong sense of achievement and thinking about 2018 already.