Wooler Running Club
It’s been a busy weekend for Wooler Running Club. Sunday saw runners competing in three local events.
Three Wooler runners took part in the 38 mile Three Peaks Ultra, part of the Jedburgh Running Festival.
On a wet and windy day, the course followed St Cuthbert’s Way up to Melrose, then over the three peaks of the Eildon Hills before returning back down the Way to finish in Jedburgh.
A beautiful scenic course entirely off road through woods and along the river before the tough very steep climbs over the hills.
The going was very muddy and testing at times in gusty wind and showers.
All three Wooler girls completed the course. Henrietta Bolton Carter was third female in a time of 6hrs 55 finishing in the top 20, closely followed by Pam Brown in 7hrs 05 and Maxine Lock was the third Wooler finisher.
While the ultra ladies were slogging it on the hills, nine runners were battling the elements lower down on the roads at the Jedburgh Half Marathon.
An ideal course for pbs but less than ideal weather saw times reduced.
Gun times: Pauline Aitchison 1:35.50 (second V35); Simon Curry 1:4:01; Harry Porteous 1:46.48; Nick Baxter 1:55.55; Alison Wright 1:59:32; Steve Revell 2:00.53; Charlotte Dodds 2:10:27; Victoria Curry 2:10.27; John Oliver 2:26:49.
The first running of the Castles Marathon (Alnwick to Bamburgh) took place on Sunday.
Wooler had one runner featuring and, although plagued with injury for the past few weeks, Nick Johnson put in a brave effort completing the less than flat course in 4:11.55.
The weekend before Pam Brown also did the Round Rotherham 50 mile in a time of 9:25 finishing seventh female and 51st overall, knocking 33 minutes off her pb.
Conditions were particularly muddy underfoot, which made her time even more impressive.