It was a case of two legs good, four legs equally good at the Welly Trail Races on Sunday (19 February) in Northamptonshire. This new event from Wellingborough & District AC included a 10K and half marathon with canicross options at both distances.
Runners in the 10K and half marathon faced a muddy, hilly, scenic course at Castle Ashby in Northampton with a distinctive medal, hot food and drinks at the finish. Both races started at 9.30am with care needed on this terrain due to slippery conditions underfoot although that posed little if any problems for the four-legged competitors!
Julian Blackwell of Wellingborough & District AC won the 10K in 45:38 followed by his teammate Daniel Bates in 54:10. Simon Taylor of Redwell Runners was third in 59:11.
Lorraine Sassano of Rushden Runners won the women’s 10K in 1:03:01 ahead of Amy Bevington in 1:03:20 and Emma Moore of Wellingborough & District AC (1:05:27).
Matthew Anslow and partner won the canicross 10K in 1:02:00.
There was another win for Wellingborough, this time in the half marathon with Greg Spellman crossing the line in 1:38:21. Steve Cory of Parklands Jog & Run followed him in 1:41:01 with his teammate Mick Conroy coming third in 1:56:16. Kelly Barnett of Wellingborough & District AC won the women’s version in 2:11:02. Teammate Lisa Smith came second in 2:12:54 with Lisa Russell of Olney Runners in third place in 2:13:20.
Clarke Midgley and partner won the canicross half marathon in 2:12:22.
Trophies were awarded to the winning male, female and canicross pair in the 10K and half marathon along with a box of Clif Bars from local business Extra UK.