STRATFORD Athletic Club duo Drew Sambridge and Christopher Wilson were pleased with their efforts at the Ellenden Farm Frolic in Evesham.
This is a timed lap race of either three, six or 12 hours and each 4.5km lap takes competitors up a few hills, through fruit orchards and past the local livestock, enjoying the challenge of running against the clock.
Drew, having only been told of the race the previous Monday, not only completed more than 13 laps – a distance of 37.1 miles in 5hrs, 34mins – which is a huge achievement, but he also won the race by 55 minutes.
This was his first time running more than marathon distance and he was pleased with how his body coped.
Drew is planning to tackle another endurance event in early summer.
Christopher, who is currently training hard for his first marathon in Brighton, decided to step up from the three-hour race he completed in last year to the six-hour race.
His strategy was to complete two quick laps, have a rest and then rest every additional three laps. After six laps, which was one more than last year, he began to believe he could complete nine laps.
He went on to complete a hugely impressive ten laps, seven more than last year and a total of more than 28 miles in 6hrs, 8mins.
Therefore, as it turns out, Brighton will not be the first time Christopher will have run 26.2 miles.