There were plenty of ups and downs at the Big Dipper 10K (Sunday 24 September) though the hills didn’t stop Neil Laurenson from setting a new course record.
Laurenson of Black Pear Joggers was more than a match for the undulating course and won the 10K race in 36:27. It was an impressive result as the course elevation means a PB is very difficult to achieve. Felix Rubsy of Penbryn Plodders finished a minute behind him to take second place in 37:27. Andrew Stephens of Monross Trailblazers came third in 38:01.
Isobel Rosie was the first lady in 44:26 and closely followed by Claire Sims of Wye Valley Runners in 44:38. Suzette Botha took third place in 47:05.
There was a win for Britain’s most active pensioner Phillip Howells who was 1st MV70 in 1:06:08. Howells has set himself a challenge of completing 70 races this year to celebrate reaching this milestone and the Big Dipper was his 50th. He has a lifetime ambition to run 333 marathons and has completed various endurance events including the Comrades Marathon, ultras and triathlons.
Monique Horne was the mid-point runner in 50:34. The last runner crossed the line in 1:12:46.
A quality field tackled a hilly course around the village of Upon Bishop that included the infamous ‘Probyn’s Pitch’ climb near the end. It started and finished at the Millennium Hall which provided free refreshments for every runner to restore life and limb. The event is popular with those looking to test themselves on this course for the first time and others who return each year to try and improve on their performances.
Photo courtesy of Upton Bishop Village