Slippery challenge for Nailsea runners

PUBLISHED: 14:36 25 February 2015

Nailsea Running Club.

Nailsea Running Club.


Nailsea Running Club’s Ironwood Challenge saw more than 100 competitors take part.

MORE than 100 competitors took part in the Ironwood Challenge hosted by Nailsea Running Club.

The weather looked promising first thing in the morning, but by the time the race started at 11am the rain set in and got steadily worse as the competitors made their way around the course.

Starting at Long Ashton Community Hall, the course goes up into the woods and fields above Long Ashton. The course was muddy and slippery, but despite this the winner was around two minutes quicker than the previous two years.

First over the line and overall winner was Peter Gandon of Bristol & West AC in a time of 44.42. First lady overall and first in the VF40 category was Annabel Granger, also of Bristol & West AC in 47.39.

First in the VM40 category was Andy Rich of Cheddar Running Club in 46.03, while the winner of the VM60 category finishing in 52.55 was Peter Brown from Town and Country Harriers.

First senior lady was Joanna Crofts of Las Vegas Institute of Sport in 56.01. First in the VF50 category was Yvonne Ccox in 56.38 and first VF60 was Cathy Fagg 1.02.28 of Town and Country Harrier.

The next race hosted by Nailsea Running Club is the popular Tyntesfield 10k on May 20.

Nailsea Running Club run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm from Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club. For more information go to

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