The mantra “keep calm and carry on” must have been on the organisers’ minds at Sunday’s (9 February) Hopton Court Winter Trail Run. Everyone had a wild time at this new winter race and emerged muddy but unbeaten.
There was challenging weather at a challenging first ever Hopton Court Winter Trail Run that was a success despite strong gales and driving rain. The organisers had kept everyone updated after seeing an amber warning of stormy weather on Sunday and were confident of being able to go ahead.
Safety was of prime importance and the event team reviewed the conditions early on Sunday morning with the option to reroute participants if the course passed through risky sections, i.e. woodland. Thankfully, most of the route went through open fields.
There was a choice of 5k, 10k and half marathon, all of which were looped races. The 5k was one loop, the 10k two loops and the half marathon four loops and a bit extra on a multi-terrain route through the Hopton Court Estate in South Shropshire. Conditions were very soft underfoot and gusty winds made it even harder as runners tackled hills and descents. Marshals also braved the conditions to cheer them on.
Ben Witham of the Yellow Army won the half marathon in 1:47:13. Sarah Evershed was the female winner in 2:30:03.
Jonathan Herod of Vegan Runners UK was first male in the 10k, in a time of 49:42. Emily Sanders of Shrewsbury AC was the first female in 55:43.
Jamie Shingler was the winner of the 5k in 22:47. Emma Hennessy was the winning female in 34:39.
Mulled cider and sweet and savoury crepes were perfect for replacing the calories not to mention thawing out!
The summer Hopton Court Trail Run takes place on 12 July.