Club members Neville Breach and Peter Whent, took on a challenge with a difference at the recent Enduroman Festival of Ultra Events held at The Avon Tyrell Activity Centre near Ringwood in the New Forest. They entered an event called “Run to The Maximum” which challenges athletes to run as far as they can in one, two or three days. Both Neville and Peter entered the one day version and both went to the start line with a very specific goal in mind.
Because many competitors will run right through the night, the run course is a 1.1 mile loop that is all within the grounds of the Avon Tyrell estate.
Neville was first run on Friday and achieved his aim of running 35 miles or 32 laps of the course in 8 hrs and 25 mins helped by a mid-run stop for eggs and bacon at the café on the course. This is the furthest Neville has ever run.
Peter ran on the Sunday and completed his target of 40 miles or 37 laps, also a new longest run, in 10 hrs and 20 mins. Peter and Neville came 6th and 7th respectively in a field of 15. The winner ran an amazing 202 miles over 3 days.
By the time Peter started many competitors in the double and triple Ironman event had reached the run stage. Add to that runners in the 100-mile and 200-mile ultra run and the race course was busy. Peter commented:
“The Enduroman Festival is an incredible event with people pushing themselves to their limits in all kinds of disciplines. I have never seen so many broken bodies. But despite many athletes being almost at breaking point, the atmosphere was incredible. On a personal level, this was a great training exercise for Neville and me in our preparation to take on Race to The Stones in July”.
Former club member Paul Wills was also competing at Enduroman in the Double Ironman event. Not only did he finish in 31 hours but he came second overall. It must have been his years of training with the club!