There were monsoon conditions, mud and music at the Crocodile 8 race (27 May) in Hereford as runners young and old tamed the multi-terrain beast. The post-race party had a trick or two up its sleeve too.
A torrential downpour threatened to spoil the proceedings at Sunday's race; however, the skies cleared and the sun came out much to everyone’s relief. The Crocodile 8 is a tough yet enjoyable race – held in conjunction with the Bell Inn, Tillington – which fundraises for various charities.
There was the main event, an 8.8 mile race on grass, roads and muddy trails; a 2.5m Junior race and a mini Fun Run. The adults race started at 3pm from Burghill Community Academy and included a particularly challenging section known as ‘The Crocodile’ which turned into a quagmire in heavy rain. They climbed up the back of the crocodile before heading out of the woods and onto Tillington Common followed by a sprint past The Bell Inn and the finish at Burghill Academy.
Eliot Taylor won in 56:01 with Niki Morgan the first female in 1:08:27. The last runner finished in 2:34:06.
The Bell Inn was the venue for the after party featuring rock band RUBBLE and a talented 14-year old called Benji the Magician who dazzled everyone with his repertoire. This rising star is also a keen runner and competed in the Junior race as a club member.
Everyone settled down to a lively evening at The Bell, listening to live music and being entertained by Benji’s sleight of hand tricks. The party continued well into the night.
This year’s worthy charity recipients were the CLD Trust, M.A.R.S, Burghill Community Academy and the Born Sleeping Appeal.