Dursley Running Club’s Dan Anderson travelled down to the Slaughterford Nine on Sunday the 29th. After unfortunately missing the Stroud Half with sinusitis Dan showed he was a returning to form with a second place in the Severn Sinner in late December.
The Slaughterford Nine is a multi-terrain race over steeply undulating countryside, with a sting in its tail. Whilst tackling 900 feet of ascent/descent in the Slaughterford valley, runners will encounter tarmac, stony paths, fields, tracks and green lanes, with three quarters of the race off road.
The race was an integral part of Dan’s build up to the Dursley Dozen along with some awesome interval sessions.
Whilst he ran strongly this was very much a training effort for him, placing third just two and a half minute behind the winner Jim Webb of Team Bath.
Again Dan helping DRC punch well above its weight as a relatively small club. This is setting Dan up well for the Dozen in just two weeks time.
Racing behind Dan, something we all have to put up with, was Jon Tudor reported
“Race day conditions were very wet with constant showers. The race started with a fast downhill section, first on road then changing to stony trails with lots of mud. Following a flat section, the inevitable happened. "What goes down must come up". A rather steep gravel hill lay in wait. After powering up I was treated to a flat period. The next part took us over several foot bridges as we followed the river across fields. There was a hill to rival the precipice on the Dursley Dozen route.
The next few miles consisted of many up's & down's. After a very steep hill followed by a long downhill section, a surprise lay hidden in the trees... a stream section to run through just like the Riverbank Rollick. The crafty marshals had dammed it with a board to raise the water level to knee height. The last two miles contained another steep grassy hill before bringing us back onto the hill that we ran down at the start. After a final climb, it was a sprint to the finish”.
Jon ran well to finish well to finish just outside the top third of the race.
Result: Dan Anderson, 3rd, 55:28, (3rd SM); Jon Tudor 118th, 01:19:27(34th SenM)