1st place for Dan!
I started running with the club about 2 years ago now, after being another one of those aimless lone runners that just bounced around the streets doing the same runs. Joining WRC has took me to a level of running I genuinely never thought was possible. They’ve got me to top 10 finishes in regional trail race events, but also helped me find my strange ability to compete in ultra marathons. I jumped from doing the Great North Run to doing a 70 mile ultra the full length of Hadrians Wall in just over 13 hours. That’s where it all began!!! My most recent ultra was of a different type; a 7 hour endurance race around a set course on the outskirts of Durham city centre. This was something I’d never tried before, and unsure how it would pan out. As the day progressed I found my pace and distance were ahead of where I expected to be when I was approaching the 28 mile mark. The repetition of the loops was starting to take its toll now, but I managed to zone out and keep plodding on to put more miles under my belt. Heading into the final 2 hours I had fellow WRC runner and my usual partner in crime Tim Jones join me to pace me around the last 10 miles, which worked wonders and gave me a second wind.... I even had enough left in the tank to blast off a final straight sprint finish. Then to my amazement to be told I’d completed the longest distance by the timing staff, along with a new course record!! Not a bad day in the office.