The 2017 Humphs Hilly Half took place in the sweltering heat of Saturday afternoon, with a huge climb in the first mile this race is not the faint hearted.
Four Dursley Running Club Athletes rose the challenge with Mike Brown continued his good form with a ninety six minute run that brought hi home 21st over all and 4th senior male. AS ever DRC did well in the age categories with Dave Saunders 2nd M65+, Annette Heylings 4th F60+ and Steve Barnes 9th M60.
This was one of the toughest half marathons around (if not the toughest on road) and the conditions were difficult, being very warm and humid which made it difficult to breathe properly at times during the race. As a result times were down and it was a struggle just to finish for some. Annette suffered particularly badly and had to drop out at 7 miles.Damianhowever looked his usual laid back self and fully enjoyed the whole experience!! As well as being the latest round of the Glos AAA Road Race Series it was also the Gloucestershire County Championship Half Marathon and Alice received a gold medal for being 1st LV55 and I managed bronze for finishing 3rd MV60.
Results: Richard Hensman 60th 1:47:33 17th SM ,Dave Saunders 77th 1:53:39 1st MV 65, Alice Lewis 86th 1:55:32 2nd LV55, Damian Lai 123rd 2:14:27 23rd SM, Annette Heylings DNF
Saturday 13 June saw Dave Saunders and Alice Lewis travelling to Bourton-in-the-Water to take part in the Humphs Hilly Half, the 5th race in the Glos AAA Road Race Series.
Dave’s time was slower than 2014 – no doubt he had not fully recovered from his exploits the week before. Alice flew round the course, recording a PB. Both athletes won their age categories and each therefore managed to secure 10 valuable points for the series. The race also forms part of the County Championships: Alice secured a gold medal for her age category and Dave won silver in his. Provisional results: Dave Saunders 79th, 01:46:26, 79th (1st MV60); Alice Lewis, (Pos tbc) 01:47:38 (1st LV55).
Dursley reached new heights of success on Saturday 14 June, with 100% of club runners gaining a first place in their age group in Bourton Roadrunners’ Humphs Hilly Half.
Dave Saunders and Alice Lewis were the among the 169 runners who put themselves through this, as the name might suggest, testing race. The first mile includes a climb up ‘The Steeps’, with the route then taking runners through Clapton on the Hill and into Sherborne, then Windrush to the Fox Inn at Great Barrington. Just past the 7 mile marker there’s a second long climb over the 2 miles, then it’s fairly flat as runners return to Bourton-on-the-Water via Great Rissington.
Given the hills and the warm conditions, both Dave and Alice delivered fantastic times.
David Saunders 54th in 1.42.12 (1st MV65)
Alice Lewis.90th in 1.51.47 (1st LV55)
June 15th saw 161 runners take part in the Bourton Road Runners “Humphs Hill Half”. As part of the Gloucestershire AAA Road Race series it was another key race for runners looking to pick up points and four Dursley Running club athletes turned out to run this challenging half marathon course.
The course is picturesque but challenging, with the first mile or so running straight up the Cotswold escarpment and a few climbs later in the course to keep the runners honest. It proved to be another close call between Rebecca Topham and Kate Browning, with Topham leading the Dursley runners home to claim 51st place over all and 3rd FV40, a mere 15 seconds behind her was Browning to claim 4th slot in the same category. Dave Saunders and Alice Lewis continued a strong showing from Dursley in the age categories, finishing fourth and second in their respective categories to complete a great day for Dursley. Despite Tophams recent triumphs over Browning in a number of recent races Browning is currently lying in 2nd place in the FV40 category and has an 8 point lead over Topham in the Road Race Series with 6 races to go. Alice Lewis is currently 2nd FV50. Neil Parry lies in 4th overall in the MV45 category with the Pilot 10 Mile being his next opportunity to score some points. Dave Saunders is joint 2nd MV60.
Result; Rebecca Topham 01:39:11 51st (3rd FV40); Kate Browning 01:39:26 54th (4th FV40) ; Dave Saunders 01:49:26 85th (4th MV60); Alice Lewis 01:58:48 95th (2nd LV55).
Humphs Hill Half 2011
Two Dursley runners competed in the Bourton Road Runners Humps Hilly Half the Saturday 18th of June. Chris Gaze finished in 01:29:03 running in a bandage, his precise injury unknown; however he managed to come in 24th (8th senior male). Emily Smith returning from her welsh jaunt did just as well in England’s green and pleasant lands finishing 55th overall in 01:36:49 and 3rd Senior lady. Imagine what she'd do with some speed training!
Humphs Hilly Half 2010
Mouse Clutterbuck continued his excellent form for the 2010 season with a storming run in the Bourton Humphs Hilly Half. He ran 01:36.02 his third fastest half time, on a extremely challenging course. For those who don't know the course, about 400ms from the start the road climbs extremely steeply for around a mile or so. there at least two other climbs of note and at best it can be described as undulating! Ray and Mel Willaims joined Mouse, with both running well. Ray running 4 minutes quicker than 2009 01:38:22, (clearly could have tried harder in the Half Iron-Man) with Mel finishing in 01:53:35