For the second successive year Ely Runner, Stephen Howard travelled down to Bramley in Hampshire for this pre-VLM race.
It is a 2-lap course; though there is a 10 mile 1-lap option for those not training for a spring marathon. This year it was a cold dry day and the northerly wind meant that the first half of each lap was very cold indeed. Fortunately the second half of each lap was mostly with the wind and consequently warmer and easier.
Like most, Stephen treated the race as marathon preparation, going through halfway in just under 69 mins. He slowed slightly into the cold wind of the second lap but picked up well to finish in a respectable time. Despite being 2:30 slower than last year he finished in exactly the same position.
Once again this was a well organised event. It’s a bit far away but thoroughly recommended for those willing to travel. There were 758 finishers.
The winner Jonny Hay of Aldershot Farnham & District AC set a new course record of 1:42:43 almost 10 mins clear of the field. First lady Bryony Proctor was from the same club and finished 8th overall in 2:00:33.
Official results (chip times):
1st – Jonny Hay 1:42:43,
8th – Bryony Proctor 2:00:33,
104th – Stephen Howard 2:18:37 (10th MV50)