AVR athlete Green runs well at first instalment of the Wild Night Running Series

PUBLISHED: 22:08 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 22:08 22 December 2014

AVR athlete James Green attended the first instalment of the Wild Night Running Series, writes Dave Mutter.

The appropriately named Dark Dart Dash 10k was run on a wet, windy and indeed very dark day!

A single file concrete path at the start quickly morphed into a lovely trail through the woods with plenty of climb and more than enough tree roots to keep you sharp. Having worked his way into a promising second place at the halfway stage, the leaders light disappeared into a thicket never to be seen again. James found himself lost (so to speak) and had to run back from whence he came to rejoin the race, eventually recovering to third in 46:17.

Plenty of fancy dress and even a runner decked out in Christmas lights were among some of the highlights. A lovely goat tagine brought everyone together in a convivial atmosphere to exchange stories of the adventure. The next instalment is on January 31 in South Brent, James is very keen to take a few other keen bods with him on that foray into the darkness.

The Wellington Monument 10k starts from the Catherine Wheel pub in Wellington then climbs to and circles the Wellington Monument, returning along the same road to finish at Hemyock CP School.

One mile of firm stone track, a steep ascent and descent of approximately half-a-mile, form part of this undulating, hilly, scenic and rural course. Sue Venn successfully completed both the up and down bits to finish in 59:54.

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