Racing over 10km might be a tough enough challenge in itself, but marathon running Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club couple Dave and Claire Grima faced one of the most challenging races of their lives when they took the honours in the Chepstow Stampede event in Wiltshire, Tom Pollak reports.
It was clearly no race for the faint-hearted. The event website states that the course includes man-made horse hurdles and maximises natural obstacles including ditches and mud pits, steep banks, leg-burning hills and waist deep water.
Dave and Claire, who have been regular competitors in the Virgin Money London Marathon, were cheered on by their two young children Luca and Jasper as they raced to victory from the 414-strong field. Dave won by 10 seconds in 45 minutes 8 seconds with Claire first woman finisher and fifth overall in 49:36, five minutes ahead of the second woman.
Dave said: “We were in Wales for a friend's 40th and part of the weekend's festivities was to take part in the Chepstow Stampede. Claire and I ran the 10k distance, which was effectively a pretty tough cross country run through part of the Chepstow Race Course and some surrounding wooded area. The route included obstacles such as clambering over 2.5 metre high wooden walls, equally high hay stacks and crawling through water - not the sort of thing we'd normally go in for but it was actually really good fun and surprisingly energy sapping.”
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