Bllistered, bedraggled and bemused
PUBLISHED: 14:40 26 September 2012
Luke Reed finished the last triathlon of 2012 in blistering form at Langport Sprint Triathlon.
In terrible conditions he signed off in style, finishing fourth overall out of 344 and third in his age group. The time splits were: 400m pool swim - 6.41, 25K bike - 38.27 and 5k run - 20.49.
It was a cold and wet start to the Colywobble “Source to Sea” on Sunday when 16 Axe Valley Runners and two Honiton Running Club members braved the wind and rain to take part in this annual social run.
The trail follows the River Coly as closely as possible from source to sea, starting near Honiton Golf Course and ending at Axmouth. Much of the 11 mile route is off-road, so the heavy rain made the going soft to boggy at times.
This, coupled with the strong wind, certainly made for a challenging run this year. The group of bedraggled runners drew curious looks from the various herds of cows encountered en route, with one herd even deciding to have a bit of fun and chase some of the stragglers. However, everyone made it safely to Axmouth, where a convenient hostelry provided rehydrating fluids and much-needed warmth.
Meanwhile Chris Irving went to Bude to take part in the first running of the BRUTE or the Bude Rats Ultra Trail Experience.
This extended to three distances of 42, 22 and 12 miles with self- navigation over very demanding terrain along substantial sections of the North Cornish Coast which is blessed with climbs and descents of eye-popping magnitude.
Irving settled for the 22-mile distance which was rendered even more difficult by a blend of challenging weather at best or truly atrocious at worst. Conditions underfoot were frequently treacherous both along the coast and through the forests.
Irving who completed the course in just over five hours, said that he felt bruised, shaken and completely stirred – but loved the run. He had a terrific experience, never to be forgotten, and believes the event deserves to attract even greater numbers next year. Full particulars can be viewed on the Bude Rats website.