May day bank holiday weekend 50 Telford Harriers plus support descended upon Catton Park in Derbyshire to participate in the 12 hour Conti Lightning Run, 12 hours of 10k runs in which 53 mixed teams of 5 competed. 40 or so Harriers turned up on the Saturday and set up camp only a few yards from the Start/Finish line. Unfortunately the rain started on Saturday lunchtime and got heavier throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Telford Harriers took over the marquee as the evening went on. The tea, coffee, beer, proscecco and conversation was flowing! Everyone was tucked up in their tents by 10pm in readiness for the tough day ahead
5.30am on Sunday the race briefing took place we were advised to take it easy as parts of the course were very slippy. 6am and the first runners were off in the pouring rain, we were informed that the rain would stop at around 9am, we all kept our fingers crossed! Dean Gapper and David Kingston were the quickest Harriers, back in impressive times of 42.13 and 43.47 respectively. By the time the runners were on their 2nd lap the course had gone from bad to worse, it was turning into a mud run!
Despite the conditions ahead spirits weren’t dampened, by 10am the rain has stopped and by early afternoon the sun came out and running conditions had improved immensely. By 6pm everyone was basking in the sun celebrating completing the tough 12 hour task. There were some fine performances by the Harriers with The Green and Gold Barmy Army finishing 2nd , Harrier Dream Team, Matron’s Posse and Head and Shoulders Green and Gold all finishing in the top 10.
Well done to all that took part. Bring on Conti 2016
(Photos courtesy of Richard Howells)