On July 6th 2016, 29 HRC runners (14 men and 15 ladies) took part in Hungarton 7. It was much cooler than last year and much appreciated by all the runners . No doubt it helped to achieve lots of PBs and course bests! Everyone welcomed the fast downhill finish once the relentless hills were over. Good support and pictures from Ian Sylvester. He was a welcome sight, signalling the end couldn’t be far now, could it?
Chris Limmer was the first back, very closely followed (3 seconds) by Matt Johnson and then Simon Birch was 3rd and Chris Langham 4th back for Hinckley. The mens team finished 2nd in division 1 for this race. Great to see Matthew Lunn out too, we hope to see him at Joy Cann 5.
After a heated Langham show down (there was money up for grabs too!),Harry put in a great effort and smashed his PB finishing in 51:22. He also wins the male Runner of the Day prize! Well done to Harry and all the Langhams, always great to see any of them out running. We had other great family duos: Ben Masser crossing the line at 46:03 and Penny Masser at 53:39, six minutes faster than last year and achieving a diamond standard time at the same time! We also saw Faye Hudson finishing in 1:02:46 and Julie Hudson in 1:12:00.
First over the line for the ladies was Bethan Padbury in 50:07, closely followed by Kate Perkins in 50:42, Rebecca Gould in 51:17 and Céline Guéry in 52:57. According to our own calculations this allowed the ladies to finish 1st in division 1 for this race and 2nd overall behind Team Anstey. Fantastic result!
As far as PBs go, Sarah Garford sliced two minutes and twenty-two seconds off her time compared to 2015, Julia Waite and Jenny Green three minutes off their time and Elizabeth Lees and Céline Guéry both sliced an impressive six minutes off their time compared to last year. Well done all!
Julie Hudson was awarded Female Runner of the day for her contagious enthusiasm and bags of energy before, during and after the race. Julie achieved a bronze standard time at Hungarton 7 and was also celebrating her birthday on raceday! Well done Julie and thank you for the cake!