Two-day mountain marathon challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:59 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:59 05 November 2014

Four runners from Clevedon Athletic Club took part in the two-day OMM mountain marathon.

FOUR Clevedon Athletic Club members took part in the OMM, which is a two-day mountain marathon type event and is for teams of two.

Contestants carry all clothing, equipment, tent, sleeping bag and food for 36 hours, and navigating one’s own route, including an overnight camp.

Jim Hardcastle competed in the medium score event and came in 41st overall, while Neil Hatherall was 18th overall. Nick Hides took part in the short score and came in 11th overall, while Andy Sloan finished sixth overall.

Kevin Neads headed over the Atlantic and competed in the Marine Coup Marathon, Washington DC. Keeping him company was Ryan Kestle, who has been training with the club and competing in this event for the Navy. Ryan finished the course in 2.53.47, while Kevin finished in a time of 4.17.49.

Helen Ball and Joanne Filer ran the Harepath Half, a 13.8-mile trail race on the Blackdown Hills, not far from Taunton.

Due to lack of navigation skills, Joanne and Helen ended up parking the minute the gun went off. Helen overtook the sweeper after about three minutes and kept overtaking runners.

It was a small race of about 140 runners and by the finish, Helen ended up 48th overall, seventh lady and first FV45.

Paul Sell took part in the New York Marathon and conditions on the day were very windy, so a time of three ours 31 minutes and 26 seconds is another great run. Paul has also secured one of the two London Marathon club places for April 2015.

Clevedon AC will be running another intro to running session, a proven programme of eight weekly training sessions of around 50 minutes each, starting on October 28 and will be based around Clevedon seafront.

This is aimed at all abilities with an array of Clevedon AC qualified coaches and leaders available to ensure that you can meet your goals.

This winter session is just the boost for some who wish to take part in events such as the Clevedon Boxing Day four-mile road race. Please see details of the course and Boxing Day Road Race soon on the Clevedon website.

If you wish to join in with the success of the club, come along to one of our sessions and give it a go. The club meet at various times for training, including a weekly indoor cross training session on a Monday.

The weekly Tuesday and Thursday running sessions starting at 7pm at Strode Leisure Centre, Clevedon and other coached sessions are also offered over the weekends.

Further information is now available on the club website www.clevedonac.co.uk - use the club contacts section for any further information as required.

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