The Crocodile 8 lived up to its reputation as a race with a ‘bite’, containing enough hills and descents to test the fittest of athletes!
This tough, 8.8-mile multi-terrain race took place on a sunny Sunday in Herefordshire, with a junior event and fun run for youngsters, giving them a taste of things to come.
The name comes from the local Badnage Wood that from a distance resembles the shape of a crocodile and where the majority of the course goes through. It is also the hardest section featuring steep steps that climb up into the wood and a great deal of mud if the weather has been inclement.
The race started and finished at Burghill School with plenty of support from drummers, musicians and the local community who are proud of this annual event. After the race a party was held at The Bell Inn, Tillington, who acted as host for the day, providing catering and entertainment to everyone involved. All profits from the event donated to Burghill School.
First across the line was Iwan Morton of Micky Morris Racing Team (MMRT) in 57:24, claiming the top spot for the second consecutive year. Tim Iveson of Builth and District Runners was second in a time of 58:47 with Robert John taking third place in 59:14. The course record of 55.46 set by Jonathan Pugh in 2014 still stands.
Vikki Thompson of Hadlon Trail Runners won the women’s race in 1:05:36 with Angela Jones taking second place in 1:08:05. Lou Summers of Pontypool Runners was third in 1:09:48.
Jim Smith was the midpoint runner, coming 133rd out of 267 entrants in a time of 1:25:50.
Photo courtesy of Crocodile 8.