Weather is the real opponent

DOWN AND DIRTY: Action from the the muddy races in Bures. Pictures: Ben Carmichael
DOWN AND DIRTY: Action from the the muddy races in Bures. Pictures: Ben Carmichael

The windy conditions took control of the running events on Sunday as four Sudbury Joggers travelled to Norwich for a half-marathon.

The wind was so strong, and with a large number of entrants, it was reported the competitors were being blown into one another.

In the tricky conditions and his first half-marathon, Clive Davey competed the distance in 1hr 39min 42sec. He was followed by Ian St Ledger 1.56.38, Dave Chapman 1.56.51 and Sarah Pennock 2.01.47.

Three Joggers made the shorter trip to compete in the Hadleigh 10.

Again, in far from ideal conditions and on the undulating course, all three ran strongly. Andy Buck finished in 1.04.47 for 26th position, Jim Comber in 1.11.08 for 62nd and Jonathon Price in 1.13.44 for 86th.

Dominic Turner decided that just running in these conditions was not tough enough as he competed in the muddy races event held in Bures, where competitors have to overcome a course of obstacles and nearly waist-high mud.

To make it even tougher for Turner, he was sent on the wrong route, but still completed the event.

n Halstead Road Runners Sarah and Chris Hill completed the gruelling Mucky Races in Bures, a fun event in deep water and mud.

Keith Thorogood, Stuart Prestney and Stewart Ellis completed the Chelmsford 10k. On a hilly course and in windy conditions Prestney ran 37min 50sec and Ellis 39.00. Chairman Thorogood clocked 53.32. Prestney and Ellis were running for Braintree AC.