Dymock Cricket Club in Gloucestershire played host to a different kind of race, testing the participants’ physical and intellectual abilities as part of a charity fund raising promotion. There were five races of varying distances to choose from, on locally famous paths and the Daffodil Way, with a commemorative map for everyone taking part.
There was a literary theme throughout the entire event, starting with a running poem reading after the race briefing and finishing with a history test for all participants back at the headquarters. The Poets Paths have an ancient pedigree that the race organisers wanted to celebrate hence the post-race Q & A session. It was also proof of completion.
The event was organised by Ed and Phil Active, a fitness and wellbeing company based in Cornwall who promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages. Open to both runners and walkers with a 10-hour time limit irrespective of distance with proceeds going to three local charities: Dymock Cricket Club, Friends of the Dymock Poets and Sport for Good.
Held on Saturday 26 March, the off-road races were of 2 x eight miles, 10 mile, 16 mile and marathon distances on Poets Path 1, Poets Path 2 and the Daffodil Way. There were prizes for the first three men and women in the marathon and a certificate or medal to finishers in all five events with spot prizes of Wigwam socks.
Nigel Tillott of Tewkesbury Running Club set a new course record for the marathon, which in this case was 27 miles, getting around in 3:56. Angie Sadler of Tewksbury Running Club and Kate Browning of Dursley AC were joint fastest ladies, crossing the line in 4:52.
Race organiser Phillip Howells mentioned that there were overall, more women than men taking part, not a common occurrence.