Gruelling challenge...

A TRIO of Chard Road Running Club members headed off to Dartmoor for the 20th Dartmoor Discovery  – a 34 mile Road Ultra Marathon with near 4000 feet of elevation.

Heading out of Princetown Paul Masters, Nina Wagstaff and Bernie Genge were quickly into their pace with a good half mile of generally downhill running, the run then heads out into the open Moor, this race is renowned for its tight cut-off times and all were focused on hitting the 13.5 mark at Ashburton to give a margin for the more Hilly section towards Widecombe.

With the next time limit at 26.2 miles it was all good news for CRR’s with all three keeping great pace.

Postbridge was reached and crowds of supports gave runners a real boost for the final four miles. First in for CRR’s was Masters (6hr 13m 37s 103rd/211) followed by   Wagstaff (6h 21m 54s 117th and Genge (6h 21m 55s 118/th).

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