Halstead Road Runners fielded 2 teams of 8 runners in the annual gruelling 24 hour endurance race The Spitfire Scramble over the weekend.
Starting at 12 noon on Saturday and finishing at 12 noon Sunday, this off road ultra test of team endurance is situated at Hornchurch Country Park, the site of RAF Hornchurch, a strategic base during the Second World War where many Spitfire missions were launched. Run over a 6 mile loop consisting of tarmac, trails, tracks and wood, Halstead’s Teams clocked up nearly 400 miles, with each team member running an average of 4 laps.
Club Captain Jenn Langley led the way with her team consisting of Steve May, Jon Greenley, Hazel Buist, Karl Hillman, Lizzie Griffiths, Richard Tiller and Wesley Atkins completing 28 laps/168 miles to claim 13th place.
Club stalwart Nathan Roulson captained Halstead’s second team of Sam Wolton, Rosie Atkins, Jim Clark, Dan Hollinshead, Bob Langley, Jon Buist and Gav Allen who completing an astonishing 33 laps or 198 miles including Club Captain Jim Clark who ran back to back legs in the small hours of Sunday morning to give his team mates a rest, claimed 5th place out of the 47 teams in the mixed 8 category.
Speaking after Lizzie Griffiths said “What a fantastic event, I’ve loved and hated every second of it, but what fantastic team work and camaraderie from team HRR”.
Opting for the more conventional style of racing was Lorraine Garnham and Wendy Carter who on Sunday morning ran the 6.6 mile Scouting Trail run from Hatfield Peveril.
Finishing together in 1hr 11mins the pair took 15th place overall.