Last Saturday’s (17 June) inaugural Malvern Hills Trail Half Marathon had all the ingredients of a tough yet enjoyable race. The heat and hills were a gruelling initiation into the world of trail running.
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The race was a new addition to a range of activities organised by Dave Talbot – Adventure Events who offers rock climbing courses, charity abseils, mountain guiding services and challenges, e.g. National 3 Peaks. He devised this half marathon in conjunction with the local community and the Malvern Hills Conservators, with donations from race entry fees contributing towards the upkeep of the area.
More than 100 runners completed the race in energy-sapping conditions, setting off from Elim Arts Centre, West Malvern. They headed towards the Malvern Hills, passing through woodlands, forests and fields towards Wynds Point before climbing up onto the ridge. Participants were treated to stunning views of the countryside as they made their way north then descended towards the finish.
Gareth J Edwards won the race in 1:55:41, with Duncan Campbell-Cave following in 2:02:04 and Andrew Pritchard coming third in 2:04:40. Jane Fairlamb was the fastest female in 2:23:00 with Nikki Guiver coming second in 2:31:37 and Michelle Sankey claiming third place in 2:35:40. The last runner finished in 4:32:30.
The organiser plans to move next year’s race to an earlier date with the promise of cooler weather, although it will be no less of a challenge.
Full results are available on our race listings page.
Photo courtesy of Jason Williams Photography