THE KESWICK Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic events of its kind in the country and someone who will vouch for that is Stratford Athletic Club’s Lisa Dallisson who has just completed it for the eighth time in nine years.
The challenging course takes runners around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands Valley. In temperatures of up to 26 degrees, this demanding course was made so much more difficult this year.
Despite the heat and by her own admission not having a great tolerance for running in hot weather, Dallisson competed the race in 2:01.26 to finish in 279th place out of 733 finishers. She was also sixth in her age category.
THREE of SAC’s most experienced runners took part in the demanding Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon.
The race started at the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Festival Ground and was part of a two-day running and cycling festival. The course took runners through the picturesque Forest of Dean and this year the runners were extremely grateful for the cover afforded by the forest as they battled against the soaring temperature.
Rob Minton was first of the SAC runners to finish in a fine time of 1:31.23, just missing out on a podium place as he finished fourth.
Next to finish for the club in 30th place with a time of 1:54.50 was Sarah Bland who said she struggled a bit with both the long grinding hills and the heat. She was fifth lady to finish and a superb second in the FV age category.
Hannah Osborne was just five places behind Bland in 35th spot with a time of 2:01.26. Osborne was also sixth lady to finish.