Stuart Ashley was the only member to be competing at the weekend. Stuart reports as follows :-

It appears I was the only member foolish enough to enter an event in the hot weather of the weekend.

For the 8th time I went down to Dorset for The Dorset Doddle, a superb coastal walk from Weymouth to Swanage following the cliff tops of The Southwest Coastal Path.

32 miles in length and almost 7000 feet of climbing makes it a tough course in good conditions but the heat and virtually no breeze on Sunday made it energy sapping.

Usually I can manage all the hills without stopping but I found myself having to stop for about a minute or so several times along with other walkers before climbing a little further. After about 24 miles the last big hill at St Adhelms head (which consists of about 200 very steep steps down and over 200 back up the other side) the route becomes undulating rather than hilly and I managed to recover a little and resume my normal pace, it was also about 6.00 pm so was getting a little cooler.

At 8.16 pm after 11 hours and 16 minutes of walking I made the finish.

My PB for the course is 9.14 in 2009 so this was my PW !!!!

I managed to force a little food down even though I didn’t feel like it and then set off on the 230 mile drive home arriving at 2.00am. I didn’t take any rocking !!!

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