Sid runners njoyed tough Drogo 10 miler

The Castle Drogo 10 took place last Sunday on a beautiful morning - no wind or rain - and attracted 517 competitors.

The Castle Drogo 10 took place last Sunday on a beautiful morning - no wind or rain - and attracted 517 competitors.

This is a very tough route - hills, mud, stones, puddles - with stunning views down the valley. All that tricky terrain and Justin Ashby (32nd) fell over on the flat!

Nigel de Souza also ran very well (47th). Jess Watkins (4th lady) had a stutter half way round but picked up after being told off by Mark Keast. Jon Hanson ran his usual quiet, but fast, race. Jane Beech ran well (7th lady), closely followed by Billy (secret training) Emmett, who had a great comeback run and beat Mark, who struggled after his busy start to the day.

George Chalstrey and Di Puzey raced each other all the way, only running up all the hills to try to beat each other, but George used his experience to sprint past Di at the end.


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John Perratt and Bill Valentine (who notably weren't at the Westward League) both ran well. Surprisingly, John loved the route, but Bill was only interested in his cup of tea at the end.

Brian Gosling had another great run, improving all the time. Chris Long finished smiling and red faced, obviously enjoying himself. Sarah Watkins, carrying her three-course meal, fell over and John Podmore came to her rescue. Then John fell over and Sarah considered running on and leaving him there, but felt guilty and came back to help - they finished together. Bev Tarry, now running for Sidmouth, had a great finish - green suits you better than blue Bev.

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This was a very well-organised event - well-marshalled, good atmosphere, tough route, wonderful views and odd-sized ladies' t-shirts!

Thanks to SWRR and to the National Trust who were out in force and were there early clearing debris off the route.

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