DURSLEY DOZEN 2017

RACE REPORT AND RESULTS 

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Sunday the 12th saw the 28th running of the iconic all terrain race The Dursley Dozen. The race was full over a month ago with 600 entered, and just under 500 travelling to Dursley to take part.

The Dozen Dozen preparations start early, August the preceding year in fact, and on the day of the race helpers are up early on Sunday to greet the runners in the 2015 event. Today they were greeted by a thick cold mist. However the mist very quickly started to lift to leave and the Dozen course bathed in bright winter sunlight

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Despite the good weather conditions as ever the entrants looked suitably nervous. With no numbers being posted out this year race organisation was at a premium, chip distribution at race headquarters worked well and runners started to gather at the start line from around ten past ten onwards. The conditions looked to suit the front runners with relatively firm conditions around the course. The conditions under foot would change dramatically as the more and more runners churned the course up, with frosty ground underneath the mud proving to be quite slippery.

 

 

The 25th running of the Dursley Dozen saw 364 runners gathered in the May Lane Surgery car park ready to test their health to the limits over the renowned 12 miles of the Dozen.  Graeme Hawkins (Race Director), Dave Durden (Club Chairman) and Mark Waller (Race Coordinator) welcomed Charlotte and Alex Reeves of the charity Charlotte's Tandems to the start, celebrating the £500 donation the club made to the charity from the proceeds of the 2013 race.
 

Rich makes the GB cut

Dursley triathlete Rich Pitt had confirmation last week that his results at Nottingham and Chester were good enough to qualify him to represent GB at age group level (45-49) at the World Triathlon Championship finals in Edmonton Canada at the end of Aug.

Heavy rain greeted the 446 runners who made it to the start line, the race having attracted a full 500 entries. Former Great Britain Athlete Dan Robinson was on the start line with them.  Robinson and Lee Rankin from Stroud AC were joined by Rob Minton of Stratford battling through classic Dozen conditions. The heavy rain over the summer and the winters deluges combined with motocross and logging meant that the course was particularly challenging, with mud up to the runners knees as they descended to the New Inn at Waterley Bottom, and even the relatively benign slopes up from the New Inn were very slippery.