Another amazing day for all involved in the 17th 4 Trigs Challenge. After a very wet and blustery week leading up to the 4 Trigs race, we were granted a dry weekend. Sunday 5th February, although a little cold, was dry and none of the runners were complaining. The runners enjoyed themselves, most managing to smile at the end of this challenging task. It was particularly difficult this year, due to all the rain prior to the event, which made the course hard going, being very muddy and slippery.
The runners had to visit each trig point at Western Cliff, Buckton Hill, Beacon Hill and High Peak, and 5 checkpoints in between. This gruelling 16 mile race has a massive 3,200 feet of climb. 101 runners left the Port Royal Club in Sidmouth. We had 6 retirees. Returning within the two and a half hours, Patrick Devine-Wright was the first competitor back with a time of 2.19.19. Dan Nettlefield came in hot on his heels with 2.19.52. Milan Goc came in at 2.25.52 and Tim Lenton, last year’s winner, at 2.29.16 Matthew Knapp came in 5th with a time of 2.30.40. Our first lady home was Clare Hansford who clocked just over the three hours with 3.02.12. It was a brilliant effort all round.
Many runners chose to run around in small groups making it a sociable affair and they all finished in very high spirits talking and laughing. A very big thank you, to Hayman’s butchers for sponsoring the event, in providing pasties to each runner and also to Winchester’s for providing the bananas. Lastly a big thank you to all the Marshalls and my team of ladies providing tea, coffee and cake. I could not hold the event without their tremendous support. As in the previous two years all proceeds will be going to CRY. The event raised £1,350 in total.