Adam Holland showed how he has evolved into a supreme endurance athlete at Friday’s (8 February) Charles Darwin Day as he lapped his way to victory in stormy weather at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
The world record holder was amongst 123 runners who adapted to the conditions whilst they completed multiple laps around a purpose-built cycle track. There was a choice of a 10K (11 laps), Half Marathon (22 laps) or a Marathon (44 laps) and chip timing from Time2Run Events, removing the need for runners to count their laps. Instead, an electronic screen updated the results in real-time, lap by lap.
Storm Erik had blown in before the race briefing followed by a “5...4...3...2...1” countdown from race director Denzil Martin at 10am, sending runners on their way. There were those targeting a 10K, others wanting a half marathon under their belts with the biggest group (that included this correspondent) aiming for a full marathon.
Adam Holland (Tavistock AC) powered around the course to win the marathon in 2:59:41; Nathalie Rees was the fastest female in 4:04:00.
Peter Bourne won the Half Marathon in 1:29:32; Jo Pugh was the fastest lady in 1:40:45.
Michael Hazel was the fastest male in the 10K, winning in 40:27. Beth Mullock the fastest female in 53:32.
Charles Darwin Day was organised by How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC to celebrate the achievements of the naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution. Every runner received a top-quality, bespoke medal in recognition of their efforts in testing conditions.