The 2016 version of the "5 Peaks challenge" was renamed the "Dursley Peaks Race" to avoid any confusion for those with the desire to climb as many peaks on this "sceptred isle" as possible. The field was larger than the previous year with fifty six runners on the starting line. Dursley Running Clubs finest were there hoping to take a one, two, three in the event, Wyclef Forbes from Cirencester the key obstacle in the way of this objective.

 

 

The weather conditions were ideal for running cool and overcast, overnight rain and light drizzle at the start created the possibility of an uncontrolled descent of the Peak. Despite the urgings of tactical approach by team Dursley to try to keep Forbes behind Dan Anderson the pair were already clear of the field by 10 metres after the first corner with Mike Crompton and Brad Johnson hard on their heels. By the top pf the Peak Dan Anderson had a clear lead of around 25 metres and was running strongly, behind him Wyclef Forbes looked to be struggling with Mike Crompton closing the gap on him. The main field were soon also putting in the effort to complete the first ascent, with Lucy Mitchell from Cotswold Allrunners first woman just in front of Nigel Sankey and Mark Owen, with Keely Smith right in the mix. Richard Smith was biding his time and adopted the "Anderson" Ultra approach of a swift walk to the top ready to start racing again on the descent. Margaret Johnson led Alice over the top and behind these two a posse of DRC fell runners made their way to the top, some appearing more enthusiastic than others. Karen Eadon just being pipped to the top by the effervescent Shona Darley and Charlie Palmer.

As the runners circled Smallpox (Downham Hill) Dan maintained his lead on the chasers, with Brad had lost touch with Mike Crompton in the battle for third place and had been passed by Martin Wood as well. The initial thought was that his Lakes 3 Day injury affected his performance but Brad gamely acknowledged that Mike was just better on the day.

Plenty of runners still looked in control despite this being the fourth climb,  Nigel Sankey at home on the trail despite his protestations to be a road man and Hayley Hogg was working hard continuing to run to the summit. The Lanterne Rouges continued to have a good time, although Karen's smile as she ascended Smallpox with Dave Wood looked a little manic!

And so it was just one climb to go before the vertiginous descent off the Peak. There was no touching Dan Anderson who finished in 45:33 one minute d 43 seconds in front of Wyclef Forbes who had managed to open up a 2 minute gap pf Mike Crompton. so Dursley had to make do with two out of three podium places with Brad Johnson in fifth. It was a similar tale for the Dursley Women with Keely finishing strongly to place 2nd woman with margert Johsnon third woman overall and winner of whichever age category she currently believes herself to be in? Neither could catch Lucy Mitchell who finished in a very creditable 55 minutes.

Dursley members Paul Lexington, Alice Lewis and Nick Langridge (Thornbury) were first in their respective age categories. Richard Smith showed he is returning to good from in advance of the Cotswold Relay as he led in a group of Dursley runners in just under the hour. The fact Nigel Sankey and Mark Owen had enough energy to try out the Academy's sprint lanes suggests a little more energy could/should have been left on the course!

At the back Dave Wood swept up, helping Charlie and Shona avoid a second lap of the Bury! and escorting the Lanterne Rouge Karen Eadon to the finish, Karen (amongst others) can now proudly say that she has completed a Category B Fell race and showed that were there is will there is a way, a great effort!

As ever the club has to thank Graeme Hawkins for both the conception and execution of the race also with Chris Young and all the marshals and other helpers who made this small but most excellent race possible. Lots of positive feedback and hopefully we will see a 2017 version and squeeze in a few more runners!

 

Results

Position

RaceNumber

Category

Name

Start Time

Finish Time

Elapsed Time

1

410

MS_

ANDERSON,Dan

19:30:28

20:16:01

0:45:33

2

423

MS_

FORBES,Wyclef

19:30:28

20:17:44

0:47:16

3

415

MS_

CROMPTON,Mike

19:30:28

20:19:45

0:49:17

4

470

MS_

WOOD,Martin

19:30:28

20:21:52

0:51:24

5

437

MS_

JOHNSON,Braddan

19:30:28

20:22:13

0:51:45

6

434

1st M40

HURDLE,Richard

19:30:28

20:22:51

0:52:23

7

417

1st M45

DAVIS,Richard

19:30:28

20:22:56

0:52:28

8

422

1st M50

FLINN,Paul

19:30:28

20:23:24

0:52:56

9

424

MS_

FOX,Gordon

19:30:28

20:23:33

0:53:05

10

450

MS_

NEWMAN,Alastair

19:30:28

20:24:32

0:54:04

11

462

M45

SUMMERS,Ian

19:30:28

20:25:16

0:54:48

12

447

1st FS_

MITCHELL,Lucy

19:30:28

20:25:28

0:55:00

13

436

MS_

JENKINS,Michael

19:30:28

20:25:45

0:55:17

14

461

MS_

SMITH,Richard

19:30:28

20:28:00

0:57:32

15

457

MS_

SANKEY,Nigel

19:30:28

20:28:08

0:57:40

16

454

MS_

PONTING,Simon

19:30:28

20:29:26

0:58:58

17

430

MS_

HENSMAN,Richard

19:30:28

20:29:40

0:59:12

18

460

FS_

SMITH,Keeley

19:30:28

20:29:51

0:59:23

19

451

MS_

OSBORNE,Jamie

19:30:28

20:30:00

0:59:32

20

452

MS_

OWEN,Mark

19:30:28

20:30:21

0:59:53

21

441

1st M60

LANGRIDGE,Nick

19:30:28

20:31:06

1:00:38

22

468

M40

WATSON,Stephen

19:30:28

20:31:15

1:00:47

23

429

M60

HARGREAVES,John

19:30:28

20:31:26

1:00:58

24

435

MS_

JENKINS,David

19:30:28

20:32:26

1:01:58

25

438

1st F45

JOHNSON,Margaret

19:30:28

20:32:28

1:02:00

26

433

FS_

HOOPER,Tegan

19:30:28

20:32:32

1:02:04

27

431

MS_

HOGG,Richard

19:30:28

20:32:46

1:02:18

28

465

M45

WALKER,Martin

19:30:28

20:33:51

1:03:23

29

455

MS_

PRITLOVE,Kris

19:30:28

20:34:14

1:03:46

30

427

FS_

HALL,Georgia

19:30:28

20:35:00

1:04:32

31

443

1st F55

LEWIS,Alice

19:30:28

20:35:33

1:05:05

32

458

FS_

SEALEY,Katherine

19:30:28

20:36:22

1:05:54

33

466

M50

WALLER,Colin

19:30:28

20:36:45

1:06:17

34

439

MS_

JONES,Simon

19:30:28

20:36:56

1:06:28

35

428

MS_

HARA,Andrew

19:30:28

20:37:41

1:07:13

36

419

F40

ELVERS,Karen

19:30:28

20:37:52

1:07:24

37

448

MS_

MURPHY,Peter

19:30:28

20:38:17

1:07:49

38

456

FS_

ROBINSON,Joanna

19:30:28

20:38:20

1:07:52

39

463

M45

TEMLETT,Scott

19:30:28

20:38:32

1:08:04

40

469

M45

WIGG,Simon

19:30:28

20:39:41

1:09:13

41

442

1st M55

LEWINGTON,Paul

19:30:28

20:40:59

1:10:31

42

459

M40

SHEARS,Steve

19:30:28

20:41:37

1:11:09

43

411

MS_

AYRE,Robert

19:30:28

20:41:36

1:11:08

44

414

FS_

CHARD,Charlotte

19:30:28

20:41:39

1:11:11

45

444

M45

MANWARING,Kevan

19:30:28

20:42:18

1:11:50

46

426

M45

GEORGESON,Brendan

19:30:28

20:42:20

1:11:52

47

446

F55

MILLS,Judy

19:30:28

20:43:10

1:12:42

48

464

FS_

UNDERWOOD,Rachael

19:30:28

20:45:37

1:15:09

49

449

F50

NEUFELD,Mandy

19:30:28

20:45:41

1:15:13

50

425

F45

WATERS,Claire

19:30:28

20:45:40

1:15:12

51

413

1st M70

BUCKLE,Kenneth

19:30:28

20:46:19

1:15:51

52

440

MS_

LAI,Damian

19:30:28

20:51:29

1:21:01

53

432

FS_

HOGG,Hayley

19:30:28

20:53:01

1:22:33

54

453

FS_

PALMER,Charlie

19:30:28

21:02:46

1:32:18

55

416

F40

DARLEY,Shona

19:30:28

21:02:47

1:32:19

56

418

F45

EADON,Karen

19:30:28

21:04:40

1:34:12

 

2015

Gloucestershire’s newest and most demanding off-road race, the Five Peaks Challenge, took place on Wednesday 27 May, starting from the Peak Academy on Drake Lane. The course of the race, brainchild of Race Director Graeme Hawkins, takes in some of Dursley’s most testing climbs, including Cam Peak, Cam Long Down, Uley Bury and Downham (otherwise known as Smallpox) Hill, rewarding runners with dramatic and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. The race route is around 10.31 km long, but with 318 m of climb it is the equivalent of a category B fell race. For event results go to www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=43471

Although the small field of 40 runners were fortunate to be greeted with an overcast evening and a brisk wind to ensure they remained cool over the demanding climbs, the slight drizzle made the descents slippery. With only a few of the runners being familiar with the hills, many resorted to walking the hills to ensure they did not get any nasty surprises. This did not stop the winner, Gareth Green of Portobello Running Club, finishing in a time of 44:54 to set the inaugural course record. Tom Sutherland, who has been running with Dursley RC for a couple of weeks, placed second. Hayden Smith was first DRC runner home, crossing the line in fifth place. Simon Holdsworth was next in as first MV45, an impressive performance as he had run four of the five peaks on the club’s Tuesday night evening run. Margaret Johnson and Jan Short also won their respective age categories.  Kevin Proctor was the club’s Lanterne Rouge with an impressive run for a runner still in the early days of his running life.

Race Director Graeme Hawkins thanked the Peak Academy for “a great venue and an extremely warm welcome to all, helping make the first running of this event a real success.”

Dursley results

Pos.

Runner

Cat

Time

Time behind winner

5

Haydn Smith

M

51:17.6

+6:22.7

12

Simon Holdsworth

MV 45

55:20.0

+10:25.1

15

Mouse Clutterbuck

MV 50

57:57.7

+13:02.8

19

Margaret Johnson

FV 45

1:00:00.6

+15:05.7

24

Jan Short

FV 55

1:02:49.7

+17:54.8

35

Kevin Proctor

MV 40

1:11:19.9

+26:25.0

 

Many of the runners were complementary about the course, race organisation and the friendliness of the marshalls.

The club thanks Graeme Hawkins for coming up with idea and implementing it with the aid of Richard Bromley. Again thanks go to all those who helped make it possible by carrying out race administration such as risk assessments, course marking, marshalling, timekeeping, and also thanks to all the better halves whose support ensures events like this happen. Also many thanks to the Peak Academy, without whose support it would have been nigh on impossible to organise, and who made the Club and all the participants very welcome

See you in 2016!