Nicola Brookland was the overall winner and set a new course record at the Hanham Horror (Sunday 21 April). She beat the boys, the heat and the steep rope climb near the finish!
Half of the route was submerged under water at last year’s Hanham Horror as a result of storms, melting snow and a high tide but the race still received a ‘thumbs up’ from the runners.
It was a complete contrast this year with temperatures of 23 degrees, dry terrain and an illegal rave held half way around the route. But like last year, runners enjoyed the challenging course, the supportive marshals and the cake stall. It was organised by Bitton Road Runners who host the equally gruelling Sodbury Slog and was billed as an ideal opportunity to burn off the excess Easter calories.
Hydration levels were topped up and liberal amounts of sun cream applied as over 200 runners followed a picturesque six mile course through woodland trails and along the River Avon. They faced hills, the lung-bursting 100+ steps and saving the best until last, the rope climb up a near vertical slope. Friendly marshals encouraged them every painful step of the way.
A turn of speed by Nicola Brookland of Bristol & West AC saw her become the overall winner of the Hanham Horror in 38:07. She also broke her own female course record of 39:11 set last year. Robert Farley of Bitton Road Runners was second in 38:32 with Mike O’Donnell third in 38:59.
There were scary Easter medals for the finishers and a range of tempting treats on the cake stall, the proceeds of which were donated to charity.