17 Nov

In The Thick Of It At The Sodbury Slog

Muddy runners at the Sudbury Slog

Sunday’s (13 November) Sodbury Slog was aptly named as runners faced mud, hills, a pig trough and sheep dip on a tough 9.8-mile course. The glutinous mud did not prevent David Green of University of Bristol Athletics and Cross Country Club (UBACCC) from winning the Slog in 1:00:14. Teammate Andy Salmon was second in 1:01:06 with another colleague, Kit Grierson coming third in 1:01:21.

Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC won the women’s race in 1:08:17 followed by Phillipa Williams of UBACCC in 1:09:21. Gemma Hargraves of Almost Athletes took third place in 1:12:14. This was a powerful display of running by the University of Bristol team with several of their runners achieving a top 10 finish.
The last runner finished in 2:51:36.
Nearly 1100 entrants turned out on a bright autumn morning for this highly regarded, value-for-money race, organised by Bitton Road Runners. This event began in 1990 and since then, has become a favourite with the running community with several awards to its credit, including best ‘Other Distances’ race in 2010. 
Runners followed the same multi-terrain route as previous years apart from a change to the road section at the end. The event began with a warm up by Terry the Tornado before a two-minute silence and the Last Post, both of which commemorated Remembrance Sunday.
The Remembrance theme continued with all finishers receiving a technical T-shirt featuring a poppy above the name of the event. A fitting touch to a hard-fought, enjoyable day for everyone involved. 
Photo courtesy of Roly’s Free Pics.