Telford AC’s Christian Evans and Lucie Tait-Harris were top of the leaderboard at Sunday’s (19 November) Beckbury Trail Race. They got into their stride on a beautiful course with a bite.
Back a the third year, the Beckbury Trail Race includes a section of the old Badger Bite route that was famous for its long climb near the end. A ‘sting in the tail’ that more than lived up to its name.
This 5.6 mile version was no less of a challenge with enough hills to test experienced club runners as well as the first timers, all of whom enjoyed the scenery and Strava signs. There were eight of these bright orange segments on a well-marked and marshalled course between the villages of Beckbury and Badger in Shropshire.
Evans was first across the line in 33:37 followed by Adam Allison in 34:12. Andrew McQue was third in 35:57.
Tait-Harris was the fastest female in 41:39 with Tracie Trueman of host club Lawley RC coming second in 42:18. Lynsey Kelly of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC took third in 43:04.
The last runner finished in 1:29:03.
There was plenty of positive feedback about the event with the volunteers from 83 Squadron St George’s ATC singled out for praise. They were assigned to a range of duties and carried these out in a friendly, professional manner. They along with other volunteers, marshals and the organisers were thanked for a job well done and the bespoke medal was another vote winner as were the homemade cakes at race HQ.
The organisers thanked everyone for their generous donations to Telford Foodbank.
Photo courtesy of Chris Richards.