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April Race Round-up

Four Harriers have been testing their mettle on some endurance races this month

Mendip Maverick.

Stuart completed the long Half marathon route on this race which follows the West Mendip Way dropping down into the forests of Roweberrow Warren before climbing up the highest hill in the Mendips taking in breathtaking views from along the top of Cheddar Gorge.

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And here he is and the finish line sporting his medal

Pembrokeshire Trail Marathon

Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves, expansive sandy bays, . The coastal trails here are wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views. Hilary crossed the start line in beautiful sunny weather.

and crossed the finish-line in the rain.... but her spirits weren't dampened, here she is with a well deserved post marathon Guinness

London Marathon

Often considered the highlight of the Running Calendar, the London Marathon is an iconic race round the Capital City, with the finish line on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Although over 40,000 runners compete, there are over 350,000 who apply for the public ballot, so the chances of getting a place are pretty slim. No Harriers obtained a public ballot place this year.

However, as Brixham Harriers is a running club affiliated to England Athletics, they are granted one club entry place, which is drawn at random, from the club members who have been rejected from the public Ballot. After six years of trying, Linda won the coveted place this year . In addition Susan was given an automatic entry in the "good for age" category.

Since winning the club place Linda has been training hard along the coastal path, in company with other Harriers with endurance races in their sights. She also decided to raise sponsorship money for the brain tumour charity ( link here ), and has raised over £900 to date. Perhaps most impressively Linda's marathon Training plan included a month without alcohol in the run-up to the race. (those who know her think this may have been harder than the race itself!)

Susan with her finishers medal and rather special race number (photo kindly posed after she had finished, showered changed, gone out for dinner and returned back to her hotel!)

Finally here's Linda proudly wearing her finishers shirt and medal. Linda has been telling everyone that this will be her last marathon, however I can also confirm that she has already entered the Ballot for next years race!

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