Over 600 athletes brave the Hampshire mud
WildMan kick-started the Human Race Off-Road Race Series last weekend, with over 600 athletes competing in 10km/15km trail runs and a challenging off-road duathlon at Ash Ranges near Aldershot (Hampshire).
The duathlon involved a 10km run/18km bike/5km, and was won by Rick Featherstone who came first in a time of 2:01:24, followed by Alex Dewar (2:02:11) and Jon Heasman (2:04:10). Rick said: “I enjoyed it. The bike course was a blast. But the last run was very tough. I would love to do the IceMan in January.”
Samantha Aplin won the women’s duathlon in 2:17:02, with Alena Stevens taking second place in 2:24:22, followed by Becky Hoare in 2:28:14. Samantha said: “It was a fantastic race. I did the series last year so I knew what to expect. I really love it. I’m pleased to have back-to-back wins as I won the event last year.”
10km trail run
In the 10km trail run, Luke Pikett took men’s gold with a time of 43:42mins, followed by Thomas Astley just 10secs behind Luke, while Peter Gandon came third in an impressive time of 44:14mins.
The women’s 10km trail run was won by Nicki Scott in a time of 51:24mins, followed by Harriett Gordon in 52:29mins. Nicki said: “It was tough. The last hill was a killer and there were steep declines so it was very technical.” Siobhan McCulloch took third place in 54:06mins.
15km trail run
In the longer 15km trail run, Dan Falconer held his own throughout the race to finish in 1:01:57. Dan was closely followed by Miles Tym who took second place in a time of 1:05:20. Greg Harradine took third in a time of 1:06:47.
Alice Hector claimed first place for the females in a time of 1:08:47. Second place was awarded to Claire Rogers in a time of 1:10:51 and if was Elaine Laver who ran an impressive 1:11:21 to come home in third position.
Next up in the Human Race Off-Road series of four events is the MudMan, which takes place at the MOD grounds in Camberley (Surrey) on 7 December. To get your place sign up at: www.humanrace.co.uk/off-road.