This week saw Runners Need attend the Brentwood Running Festival in beautiful South Weald Country Park.
The sudden cold snap was a shock to many who turned out for the weekend’s events and many of the competitors were certainly clocking up the kilometres trying to keep warm before the gun went off on Saturday morning! A 10k, 2k fun run, half marathon and full marathon were set out over the two days. Competitors raced on a 3.5k loop of the park incorporating woodland, trails, and grass with a few awesome hills thrown in to keep it challenging.
Go Beyond Ultra organise and off road running events, ultras and duathlons in great, scenic locations all over the country. The events, according to the organisers, are aimed at ‘people that have run all the road marathons they ever want to do and are now looking for challenges that offer more variation – greater challenges that still retain the competitive element’.
The competitive element was certainly there during the 10k race on Saturday morning which saw the winner complete the course in an awesome 40:33, a time any seasoned runner would be proud of. Now consider that the winner was 9 year old Eddy Cooper and it becomes even more impressive! This up and coming star of the Essex running community will be one to watch in the future I’m sure. The half marathon, won by Dean Ovel in 1:30 and the full marathon, won by John McBurney in 3:28 were tough races considering the course and the conditions on the day so I’m sure both men are duly proud of their achievements.
Everyone from the ultra-competitive club runners to nervous first-timers were made to feel welcome by Guy and Steve, Go Beyond Ultra’s race organisers. Entries are open for next year’s races so, if you like challenging off-road events with a friendly, inclusive vibe then you will love these races.
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