TRIATHLON: Belvoir club members up for a Challenge

BTC members at Cambridge Half Marathon, from left - Chris Pugh, Martin Jolly, Chris Masters (Barry the Beaver), Mark Wilson, Rob  Spashett and Natalie Eastaugh.
BTC members at Cambridge Half Marathon, from left - Chris Pugh, Martin Jolly, Chris Masters (Barry the Beaver), Mark Wilson, Rob Spashett and Natalie Eastaugh.
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Belvoir Triathlon Club members Ove Andresen and Neal Burnham were amongst a hardy field competing in the Belvoir Challenge on Saturday.

The race comprised a 15- or 26-mile marathon event for walkers and runners around the Vale of Belvoir. The annual event was originally set up in 1990 to raise money for Harby Primary School and is organised by the Friends of Harby School.

The routes follow footpaths, byways, tracks, and minor roads, and with the kind permission of the Duke of Rutland, goes through the Belvoir Estate. Both routes start and finish at Harby Village Hall.

Ove completed the 26-mile challenge in a time of 4hr 8min 19sec and was 48th out of 156 running the full marathon and fellow member Neal completed the 15 miles in 2:59.

Neal originally signed up to do the 26 miles but due to a broken rib decided that 15 miles was enough. He said: “I can only speak for myself when I say it really was the best race of the year and the support was just unbelievable and as for the refreshments, well I’ve never had the privilege of eating Stilton cheese on crackers half way round before. A perfect day spent with the friendliest of people on my now new favourite event of the season.”

Clubmates Mark Wilson, Rob Spashett, Martin Jolly, Chris Pugh, Natalie Eastaugh and Chris Masters (aka Barry the Beaver) were amongst a very crowded start line of 7,000 runners participating in the fifth annual Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday.

Rob ran the one-lap course in a personal best of 1:49:06, whilst Chris Pugh and Natalie in her debut to half marathon crossed the line together in 2:31.

Mark said: “This year the conditions were perfect for running in and as the runners thinned out, you could really focus on setting a good pace. Martin and I ran the course together, and that really helped to keep the pace going. We averaged a pace of 6:53min/mile, and were both very pleased to come home with a new PB.”

Meanwhile, Chris Masters donned the Barry the Beaver outfit and ran the full race promoting the club in what can only be described as very hot conditions, crossing crossed the line in 2:09:32 but making many new friends along the way.