There was a top three for CLC Striders women at Sunday’s (31 March) Cleevewold 14 race where they and the other runners faced an uphill challenge right from the start.
Hills were the main feature at this tough off-road race organised by Ian Giles and Elliot Prince of Cheltenham & County Harriers. It started at 10.30am on Cleeve Common, near to Postlip tithe barn and with 2,000ft of ascent was not a race to underestimate.
A short, flat section to begin with was followed by the first of the climbs through old quarries, passing Cleeve Hill Golf Club, Cleeve Cloud trig point and the Iron Age hill fort. More ups and downs as runners continued into the pinewoods and nature reserve then onto the Cotswold Way; and up to Belas Knap Long Barrow, a Neolithic burial mound. They headed back along woodland tracks and fields to the finish in front of Postlip Hall.
It was a one, two and three for CLC Striders in the women’s race. Rachel Cary was the first female in 1:56:46, finishing over four minutes ahead of teammate Helen Knight who was second in 2:00:59. Karlien Heyrman was third in 2:01:35.
Douglas Wight of the host club Cheltenham & County Harriers won the men's race in 1:36:57. Richard Walsh of Worcester AC was second in 1:38:08, beating his teammate Ben Jones who finished third in 1:38:29.
The last runner crossed the line in 3:48:19. There were 138 finishers. Every runner received a bottle of beer and a towel with the words 'Congratulations for surviving the 2019 Cleevewold'.