SUPER RUN FROM ELIOT ON HIS DAD’S OLD STAMPING GROUND
A rather pared-down Couriers team consisting of the in-form Eliot and Kipper went up Ludlow-way to contest the 10.1 mile, 1,700′ climb through part of the Forest on Sunday. It was mild with sunshine and a light wind and comparatively dry underfoot conditions which Eliot took full advantage of.
Starting fairly cautiously, he drove through the field to finish 3rd in 71.05 beaten only by two renowned international fell running athletes, Richard Roberts and Tim Davies. This was a fine performance indeed with Dad, Tim, on hand to see him cross the line well clear of the fourth man. A podium place but unfortunately no prize as it had been decided to award 2 in each and every category. A shame given that Eliot had beaten 225 runners!
At the other end of the spectrum, Steve was 48th in 89.37, beating all the V60’s but just succumbing to his nemesis in the V65’s Dic Evans of Cardiff 46th [89.02]. This meant he got wine and not the whisky he was after and oddly, Dic wouldn’t do a swop.
We heard from Russell Mapp, Race Supremo, that this might be the last time the old course is used as so many marshalls are needed for road crossings. The plan is to devise a loop course over Vinnals but nothing is definite yet.