Buttermere 34Km

Although the Buttermere Round was not nominated as part of this years’ Grand Prix, it still attracted a few ‘die hard’ Tynedale Harriers keen to give this challenging event another bash.

It may have been that the runners were better prepared for the combination of monster hills and the 21+ miles or it could have been that weather conditions were close to ideal, but all 4 runners significantly improved on their times from last year!

Louise Griffin had an excellent run, completing the distance in 3 hours 33 mins – a whopping 22 minutes faster than 2011! This will be a major confidence boost for Louise who is currently training for the London Marathon which is still 10 weeks away.

Ivan Newton also goes from strength to strength at the longer distances. Ivan has only been running for around 5 years but now has 3 marathons under his belt and this is his second Buttermere Round. Ivan ran the first 7 miles with Ian Brown before leaving him on the first climb through the Honister pass. Ivan finished 2 minutes ahead of Ian in 2 hours 38 minutes but a full 9 minutes faster than last year.

Rachel Chinnery is becomming a bit of an ‘Ultra’ specialist with the Hardmoors 30 and Frostbite 50 completed so far in 2012. Rachel knows she should be taking it easy after these mamoth efforts but loves this part of the country so much she couldn’t resist slipping a 34Km roadrace into her programme. Rachel’s time was well within her 3 hour target she set herself at exactly 2 hours 56 minutes – 4 minutes better than 2011 despite having tired legs on the hills!

Ian Brown first completed this event in 2003 and today was his 7th attempt at the distance. Ian was delighted with his time of 2 hours 40 minutes (his 3rd fastest time) giving him first place in the MV55 age category.

Keswick AC should be congratualted for staging this event every year – its well organised and friendly with much apprecaited tea and cake afterwards!

Tynedale Team at Buttermere 2012

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