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Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-07-07 20:45:08

Roadrunners Show Grit & Determination at the Bewl Water 15

Three Thanet Roadrunners represented the Isle in the 15th Bewl Water 15 mile race on Sunday 6th June 2014. The race is a unique event, run largely off road on pretty, gently undulating hills around Bewl Water - nestling on the border of Sussex and Kent.  The race has been a popular feature of the South East’s Road Running calendar for some years now and attracts over 700 runners.  In addition to attracting participants from the south east, runners from all over the UK and overseas have enjoyed this challenging run.

The near perfect conditions provided for some fast times across the challenging course with some respectable times for the Thant runners.

Steve Clarke       02:27:56         

Nigel Ross Hunt  02:27:57         

Maura Wood       02:35:00         

Nigel Ross Hunt of Thanet Roadrunners said, ‘The Bewl 15 was one event I had never done and I knew it wasn't going to be easy. This was my first multi terrain race and I was feeling the pressure even before the start. Steve Clarke  and I arrived an hour before the off and was greeted by a lone bagpiper.  It was still raining as it had been all night.  I knew conditions were going to be tough but we soon settled in to our pre race routines e.g queuing for the toilets. At precisely 10am all 700 runners were escorted to the start line by the bagpiper. Before we knew it we were off. I was not happy with the conditions and soon became a huge problem to me. Mile 3 I had to pull over after being sick. We carried on for a while and again I was sick. Things were not right and I was getting rather concerned now.’

‘The rain had eased off after a few miles and Steve decided he was determined to get me through this. What a job he did, he didn’t stop talking for miles. He bent my ears till they were bright red. I could not have completed the race if it wasn’t for him.  We got through the mud etc and finally made it on to the surface I love the best, tarmac. This was about 4 miles from home and we were motoring. We had not taken our race watches and were not bothered about any times. I collapsed in a heap after crossing the line and then finally made our way to the stalls giving out cake and beer.’

‘I shall look back on this race with mixed feelings, beautiful scenery, tough conditions at times. The organisation of the event and the marshals were excellent. We were offered water, Lucozade,  oranges, sponges and jelly babies at regular intervals. They even had a brass band playing to us at the finish. But most of all I can say I have a great mate in Steve Clarke who helped me through some bad moments.’ 

‘Do I recommend this event.. Yes I do’

 

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