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The Dursley Dozen 2012 was a great success with competitors telling us they really liked the new course, great marshalling and signposting. Weather was relatively mild, but the lack of sun meant that ground conditions were quite hard with some skating sections! but a reasonable amount of mud was to be found distributed over the finishers legs. A quick correction, Sarah Smith was missed of the Dursley Results on this page. Many apologies and congratulations to Sarah for completing the course in just over two hours. Many thanks go to the organizers’, marshals and other helpers without whom this iconic race could not be run, and thanks to all the runners who support the race many year after year, the positive feedback we get after the event really makes all the hard work that goes into organizing it worthwhile. Thanks and see you in 2013
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The new course meant new course records with Sean Taylor of Pont-ypool & District Runners first home in 01:21:22 pipping local boy Wyclef Forbes of Cirencester by a mere 4 seconds. Maddie Horton of Tamar Trotters was first Lady home in 01:28:58 (16th), some way a head of Kate Wright of Stratford Athletic Club finishing second in 01:35:14 (46th and 1st LV45).
The event is a true challenge whatever level of runner you are and it is an achievement just to finish the course within the cut off time, 420 runners doing so this year. The Lanterne Rouges of the event were Valerie Bullough, Team Bath, in 02:46:59 and David Billingham of CLC Striders who managed to finish without a time. Jenny Mills of Launceston Road Runners graced the event again and was rewarded for her journey and efforts with first in the Ladies V60 category finishing in 01:53:40 (191st). Robert Anderson also showed that age is no barrier to great running, winning the Male V70 prize completing the course in 01:59:48 (251st).
Full results are avaliable on http://www.dbmax.co.uk/store/results and are available on Dursley’s site for those who wish to compare and contrast times.
Kevin Jackson was of the first Dursley runner home in 01:34:51 indicating the course is around 4-5 minutes longer given Kevin's metronomic reliability. Lazlo Berdan second home in 01:39:56. Rebecca Topham led the Ladies home for Dursley in 01:59:22, 7th LV40. Rebecca's good performance in her category was mirrored by quite a few other Dursley Runners. Rich Clarke has a good run finishing 16th MV50 category with John Delafied just two places behind him in the Category. Trevor Lewis was fourth in the MV60. Sue Peachy and Alice Lewis would appear to have had a real tussle with Sue just finishing ahead of Alice, with Sue 9th LV50, Alice 5th LV50.
Dursley Results Pos. Time
Kevin Jackson 44th 01:34:51
Lazlo Berdan 68th 01:39:56
Gareth Bradbury 106th 01:45:12
Little Trevor (I've downsized you know!) Lewis 149th 01:50:01
Mouse Clutterbuck 160th 01:51:40
Rich Clarke 193rd 01:53:49
John Delafield 211th 01:55:18
Rebecca Topham 244th 01:59:22
Sue Peachey 275th 02:03:28
Alice Lewis 276th 02:03:35
Zoe Johnson 283rd 02:04:07
Annamaria Burdan 285th 02:04:52
Jerry Fowler 303rd 02:07:16
Sarah Crabtree 374th 02:22:37
Sarah Smith 411th 02:42:52
Posts on Runners World Web Site for 2012 Race
Little Miss Must Try Harder says:
"Fantastic race, great scenery, well organised. Will def be back
My new favourite race!! Great scenery- tough little hills, great downhills and hardly any road. Friendly marshals and fantastic cakes at the end. What more could you ask for. Definitely one of the best xc races I have done- thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Is a must if you like the multi terrain."
"A run you'll want to do again and again"
"Great race well done Dursley AC. Course changes good improvement, Thanks to Marshalls, very encouraging."
Other runners have contacted the club directly or via face book to say:
Fantastic race - the whitestuff gave the course a whole new dimension. Decent t-shirt as well all for a tenner - you put other races to shame. I saw lots of people taking photos en route - any idea if any of them have posted stuff on line ??? Look forward to 2013
"I would like to thank you for enabling me to take part in yesterdays race. I would also like to say how well organised and run this event was and how enjoyable it made the experience. "
I found the race to be a very positive experience as I received support in a way that I had not anticipated.I have a baby daughter who was six months old the day of the race. The Marshalls on the course were extremely kind and helpful in enabling me to find a place to be able to breast feed my daughter both at the start line, half way around and at the end of the race. Please pass on my sincere thanks to those Marshalls who helped me. I would also like to thank all the Marshalls on the course as all were encouraging, polite and friendly even thought some must have been very cold standing for such a long time on a cold day."
I sure not too many races get complimented on their approach to breast feeding!
For some it was a day of contrasting emotions, Zoe and Annamarie looked over the moon having finished, in contrast Jerry Fowler having looked forward to the event all week struggled on the day and was glad when it was all over, he didn't look overly happy even after some cake! (original page 1758 hits)
Garry Hughes led from start to finish to win the 22nd Dursley Dozen emerging onto the Golf course with a substantial lead that he maintained over the twelve miles. Garry, who finished in 01:14:29, was followed in by two veteran runners; the Bath based Martin Cox of Salford Harriers finishing in 01:18:17, with Alec Woods of Team Bath a further two minutes behind. Robyn Golding from Westbury Harriers was first woman home in 01:32:27, followed by Kate Righ Stratford Athletic Club in 01:33:40, with Annie Baumber of Bracknell Forest 01:35:46 claiming third.
After the balmy spring conditions of the previous day entrants were greeted with heavy rain and strong winds, whilst mitigating against a course record, it did not discourage over 400 entrants turning up on the day, and they were not to be disappointed with a challenging run. The rain combined with logging in the woods produced slick and clammy conditions to sap the runners strength. Having made it up the precipice runners were then greeted with a fierce wind rushing up the hillside making it difficult to stay on the narrow track winding back to the finish.
Whilst many of the home club were positioned around the course as marshalls, eight ran. Kevin Jackson showed his usual consistency recording 01:33:35 to achieve 28th place, having run a Gwent League Cross Country race the day before.
Paul Wellings ran a very solid first ever Dozen just under two minutes behind him, this was especially good run as the amount of adrenalin coursing through is body at 8.30 must have left him exhausted by 10.30! Another novice to the Dozen was Emily Hughes who declared herself pleased “with getting under two hours” at her first attempt and was also declared herself pleased that she didn’t run it with her woolly hat on. Alice Lewis recorded a DNF having come into the race after a heavy cold. All levels of runners take part with many local people taking part, keen sportsman and Cam Everland’s headmaster Ian Dixon tried his hand this year, finishing in 295th place jaded but happy. After a cup of tea and some cake many of the finishers said how much they had enjoyed they enjoyed the race and in particular the challenge presented by the conditions.
The club would like to thank all who helped the race take place, administrators, marshals, caterers, timekeepers, landowners and of course the runners without whom this great race could not take place.
Dursley and District Results: Garry Hughes 01:14:29 1st ; Kevin Jackson 01:33:35 28th; Paul Wellings 01:35:25 39th; Tony Freer 01:41:04 70th; Emily Smith 01:53:38 182nd; Sue Peachy 02:03:07 268th; Leslie Pedrick 02:10:47 306th. Alice Lewis DNF. (original page 2852 hits).
A beautiful day greeted the participants in this years Dozen. Saturday evening's rain making an otherwise dry course slightly more slippery. We hope that all runners and supporters enjoyed not only the event, scenery and also the clubs hospitality. Many thanks to all the Marshalls, cake bakers, course markers administrators and of course the race organisers. The race started briskly despite the steepness of the initial section, the leading runners missing the first left turn (tell tails were to be seen) but a swift shout brought them back onto route. The front runners did not let this hamper them and had established a clear lead by half way.
Paul Fernandez of Abingdon Amblers 01:15:18 was the winner almost two minutes ahead of Hugh Aggleton or Cardiff Harlequins with Alec Woods Team Bath coming 3rd (first vet and first MV45). Georgia Wood continued to make it a good day for Team bath coming in first woman in 01:26:54, with Helen Fines of Calder Valley Fell Runners making good use of those fell running skills to come in second in 01:28:41 (first LV35) followed into 3rd place by Clare Prosser of Wells City Harriers.
Despite the organisational demands of running the event Dursley fielded ten runners. Dave Durden and Kevin Jackson had another good tussle, making a change Kevin had Dave in his sights for the whole race, entering the precipice neck and neck. Who knows what might have happened if Kevin hadn’t ambled (his words) around the Gwent Cross Country League on Saturday. With Kevin keeping him honest Dave was able to take advantage of the good conditions to break and hour and a half. Dave Wood was again knocking at the door behind them coming in just over 01:30. A few novice runners tackled the event this year and produced excellent runs. Hayden Smith with a fantastic 01:34:01 (he said he was just going to amble round!!!) and in road shoes. Another first timer, Rebecca Topham declared she found in “quite enjoyable” after finishing in 01;47:59. Tony Freer did not quite share these sentiments, by all accounts he started a little briskly and had to hang on in there, he put in a fearsome sprint at the end to beat his nearest competitor, leaving himself completely spent. Alice Lewis was the clubs “Lanterne Rouge” putting the snow covered golf course runs to good use with a a fine 02:21:57
Pos Time Cat
30 01:29:01 DURDEN, David MV45
35 01:29:17 JACKSON, KEVIN MV45
38 01:30:08 WOOD, David MV45
57 01:34:01 SMITH, Haydn M
74 01:36:57 FREER, Tony MV40
167 01:47:59 TOPHAM, Rebecca FV35
204 01:50:53 HALFORD, Dave M
205 01:51:02 LEESON, Mike MV45
311 02:08:13 PEDRICK, Leslie MV60
342 02:21:57 LEWIS, Alice FV50
The race produced some really amazing performances, just finishing is tough enough but one that needs mentioning was Jenny Mills from Launceston Road Runners in the LV 60category who finished 110th in 01:41:50, absolutely fantastic!
2009 Not the Dursley Dozen
Following on from the cancellation of this years race organizers, marshals and some would be competitors from Dursley AC gathered outside the Old Spot at 10 O'clock to ensure anyone turning up to race was given a warm welcome to water down the bad news that the race had been cancelled. A club run had been organised and some of those who turned up ventured to run with the Dursley Club members, who in effect turned into Alpine Mountain Guides as the paths were covered in heavy snow. Some parts of the course were covered in thick ice, others were knee deep in snow with paths undetectable making the decision to cancel eminently sensible, although the deep drifts making the club run very enjoyable. The heavy snow required a high knee lift, not unlike the demands of deep soggy mud, and there was stilll some of this hidden under the snow drifts as well as the occasional icy puddle. Would be entrants thanked Dursley AC members for taking them round and making their journey to Alpe D'ursley well worth while.
Consideration is still being given to the prospects of the 2009 race so keep your eyes on the site and failing this: See you next year! (original page rec.d 24 hits)
2009 EVENT CANCELLED
Due to sheet ice on the roads around and those used on the course and in consultation with some entrants we have regretfully decided to cancel this year’s event (original page 618 hits)
The 2008 Dursley Dozen was a memorable occasion for a whole host of reasons:
It was the 20th running of the event set up and organsied by Trevor Lewis before handing over the reins to Graeme Hawkins this year, and Trevor sporting the number 1 vest put in controlled run to finish in 1:35:09 coming in as first V60 14:35 in advance of the next V60. Sun shone on the event leaving a few competitors regretting the choice of thermals, but leaving the ground under foot remarkably dry, with Julian Hatcher, from Westbury Harriers winning the race in 1.18.13, leading the race up the precipice and coming in 54 second ahead of Lee Rankin of Stroud AC. Helen Fines coming in as first lady in 1:25:51 in 10th place overall.
Gwen Hughes came in as second LV50 in 1:51:12 just over a minute behind Joyce Barras the first LV50. Kevin Jackson was running the event for the twentieth time as well and despite an outing in the Gwent league on Saturday still beat Dave Durden, Kevin lead the way up to the golf course and opened up a gap as soon as he reached the flat, a lead that he extended on the first descent but Dave startied to close the gap on the climbs up to Listers Drive only for Kevin to open it up again on the road section. The race between the two yo-yo-ed with Dave Durden managing to close the gap towards the end of the road section but never got close enough over the remainder of the race to challenge Kevin's position as the first Dursley runner, Kevin crossed the line in 1:29:18 in 21st place with Dave Durden 47 seconds behind in 27th place. Rob Woodward survived a twisted ankle on his way to the start to cross the line in 1:52:12.
Many thanks goes out to the organisers, the Marshalls and all the helpers at the finish and at Race headquarters without them the race would not take place and there would be a lot of disappointed runners in Gloucestershire not too mention the Country.