Varied tests for Forest runners

By Forester Reporter   |   Reporter   |
Wednesday 16th February 2022 3:30 pm
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Jim Storrar grits his teeth in the ‘easy’ section of the Dursley Dozen. (Forest of Dean Athletics Club )

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Runners from the Forest of Dean Athletic Club (FoDAC) were out in numbers across a variety of terrains, distances and conditions over the weekend, running from early morning well into the night.

First up was the popular and fun Beechenhurst Night Race.

A small, but hardy bunch from FoDAC took part with Dan Sandford the first Forester home in 11th place with Sherryl Hall second in her category.

Saturday saw the latest running of the Hatterall Sledge and Hatterall Hammer Fell Races in which Stefanie Francis came second in her age group.

Sunday morning saw the 2022 edition of the Dursley Dozen, a 12-mile race involving some climbing (1740 feet), mud, cross country and even a rope assisted ascent, which was “enjoyed” by quite a few from the Forest.

Described as the worst conditions ever seen by many of the runners, who were still smiling at the end, it was still a sell out and well attended race.

There were a few podium places taken by FoDAC in a selection of categories who were among the 339 finishers.

First female 45 and fifth lady overall was Helen Brown.

Julian Boon was second Male 50, Jim Storrar third Male 60 and Jacqui Wynds was second female 65.

Julian Boon then sped off to captain FoDAC at the Gloucester Cross Country League at Pittville Park in Cheltenham and led by example There was also strong representation in the junior races, with five runners competing in the Under 11 girls race.

Danielle Wilson achieved a top 10 finish.

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Danielle Wilson had a top 10 finish at the Gloucester Cross Country League. (Forest of Dean Athletics Club )

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