A resolute band of Challengers followed the long, winding wold for 16 miles through the Leicestershire countryside. They tackled hills and mud with the renowned post-event hospitality as their reward.
Nearly 600 entrants successfully completed Sunday’s (11 November) 13th Seagrave Wolds Challenge and helped raise funds for local charities. The rain held off as they made their way along private farm land, footpaths, roads and bridleways, passing through scenic villages around Seagrave and the surrounding area. The route was clearly marked and there were marshals at road crossings to warn entrants to take care whilst doing so.
The start list contained a mixture of runners and walkers plus a few four legged participants, all of whom enjoyed the views while fuelling themselves via tea and cake at the generously stocked checkpoints. The local community turned out in their numbers to offer help and support at this annual event that plays a major role in the area. They manned checkpoints, provided refreshments and last but not least, made the famous crumble and custard for all finishers.
For the runners, Tim Hartley was first home in 1:46:13. Beth Eburne was the first female in 1:59:43.
Colin Vesty was the first walker back in 3:17:17. Claire Martin was the first female in 4:22:51.
The last runner finished in 5:31:10 with the last walker finishing in 6:12:08.
Everyone arrived back safely apart from one entrant who required medical attention for an injury. The finishing times were irrelevant: for many it was about completing the challenge in an attractive location and enjoying the overall experience.
Photo courtesy of Nigel Smith.