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Report by Sharon Foster
2017-10-03 13:51:42

TRAC at Battle of Britain Challenge (Sunday 1st October 2017)

The Battle of Britain raged over the skies of England from July to October 1940 and on a sunny day standing in Dover you probably would have had a very different view from that you see today.

That was so very true had we had a sunny day!

6 Traccies turned up on the start line for this 6-hour challenge event run by Saxons Vikings and Normans.  This challenge involved completing as many 6.55 mile loops of Samphire Hoe both under the White Cliffs of Dover, and then ascend through them to run along the top of them (650’ of ascent per lap) as you wanted/were able to in a 6 hour cut off – the stipulation being you must have left on your final lap before 5 hours. 

The weather was EPIC – howling gale and sideways rain which made the course ‘interesting’ however the usual SVN Aid Station manned by supportive ladies and gents and stuffed with cakes, crisps, nuts, fudge, flapjacks, marmite swirls etc made it bearable.

SVN events are renowned for being friendly and fortunately, Sunday was no exception with the speedy racing snakes passing by with encouragement and high fives.  The medal was the usual high quality and the goody bag contained no advertising material but plenty of chocolate, beer and crisps!

The results were as follows:

Marathon Distance

Paul Galt 3.42

Matthew Perrin 4.18

Paul Joy 4.18

Mark Lintott 4.27

Mark Foster 4.41

Sharon Foster 5.33

19.65 Miles

Joanne Jeffreys 4.15

It was lovely to see each other out on the course and also to see some Kent Coastal Teeshirts on other runners and to hear lovely comments about how TRAC races are so lovely and their marshals are great.

 

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