Mark Hardy of NOTFAST has completed his first marathon. He chose the Northumberland Coastal Marathon which is particularly hard and challenging with much off road running. The distance was 27.5miles which Mark covered in 5h 04m. Mark also raised £100 for the charity ‘Wish upon a Star’.

Liz Walton and David Watt competed in a similar event, The Bamburgh Ultra, over a 35.7mile long course; David finished in 7h 07m while Liz finished in 8h 00m. Bob Oakham chose to do the 10k option and finished in 1hr 38 mins.

Bob say’s the course was, whilst being at sea-level in the main, run almost entirely on sand, rocks, gravel with no shortage of sea water. Except for the sections that could be tackled on the water’s edge much of the rest was a case of running in a giant sand-pit !! We were bused down to the village of Beadnell, 10k south-eastish of Bamburgh.

The first 4k took us into the little active fishing harbour of Seahouses….back onto the beach the magnificent sight of Bamburgh Castle was out of sight for the next 6k, being hidden by the dunes. With an absence of way markers this meant that I had no idea where I was until, within the last few hundred metres, the massive stone castle presents itself to the seafront. Those final metres were,..for me totally un-runnable.. so I walked…to splendid support from family and friends plus those that lined the ramparts to see the runners in.

John Geeson ran The Rushcliffe 10K in 55m 11s despite an injured leg.

Three of NOTFAST’s older members, all Long Distance Walkers, went to South Cave in Yorkshire to take on the challenge of The Golden Fleece Circuit. When the fog cleared they enjoyed the rest of the 27.5 mile scenic country route. Stuart Ashley finished in 7h 37m while Edward Casebourne and John Miller finished in 8h 27m.

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