ATHLETICS: Big group of RSE runners brave the Hope 24 race in Devon

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local athletics Local athletics

SEVENTEEN RSE runners travelled to Plympton in Devon for the HOPE 24 charity race.

Running Somewhere Else

Hope 24

The race entailed 24 hours of continuous running over a five-mile trail route which took them across hills, farmland, bridges, more hills and mud.

The race started at midday on Saturday and finished at midday on Sunday and consisted of either relay teams of three, five or eight runners or individuals.

Well done to Laura Maddison, only recently back from the Marathon Des Sables, who competed as an individual and completed 70 miles in the 24-hour period to finish fourth female overall.

Two teams of eight runners from RSE also took up the challenge.

Team 1: Andrew Maddison, Martin Pitts (replaced by Dave Whitlow after lap one due to injury), Graham Aitchison, Paul Coates, Ben Chapman, Elaine Chapman, Sharon Smith and Ruth Herbert completed 31 laps to give them a total of 155 miles and third place in their category.

Team 2: Jo Weavin, Kirsty Pitts, Jacki Day, Tracey Pitts, Jenny Hoffman, Christine Coombes, Caroline Terry and Caroline Coates managed 24 laps totalling 120 miles.

Prague Marathon

WAYNE EDGINGTON recorded a PB when competing in the Prague Marathon at the weekend, finishing in 3:54.12.

Berkeley 10K

THE PBs just keep on coming! Matt Lambourne 37.13, James Thomas 37.50, Simon Bowers 38.27, Oliver Cooper 42.35, Graham Aitchison 44.18, Teresa Hazelwood 45.41 and Laurie Davis 47.24 all achieved PBs at the Berkeley 10K on Monday evening.

Graham Aitchison smashed his by four minutes despite finishing the Hope 24 only the day before.

Matt picked up the 10 points in the men's championship and Sally Jamieson in the ladies.

Other times: Russell Young 39.07, Dave Witnall 41.17, Paul Coates 47.52, Rob Hill 47.59, Sharon Smith 48.43, Jo Wood 49.58, Kim Forbes 51.59, Liz Coombs 52.20, Louise Abbott 1:01.42.

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