Saturday 11th August saw the annual Roseland August Trail (RAT) race in the St Roseland area. This event takes place on the South West Coast Path & offers 4 distances on the coast path – 64 miles (The Plague) 32 miles (Black) 20 miles (Red) & 11 (White) Miles, all presenting a challenge to the runners due to the terrain & the number of steps on the route, especially in the last 4 miles. The heatwave had broken & the weather was damp & breezy.
In The Plague race, Helen Davies finished in a very respectable 19.09.28. In the 32 mile Black Rat, two Harriers competed- Steve Richards finishing in 6.58.14 & Sarah Newing in 8.35.01.
The 20 mile Red Rat is a popular race, offering a good challenge over a long distance. Gary Richards was the first Harrier back in 11th place in a time of 3.35.09. Soon to be wed couple Karen McClay & Andrew Hickson ran together, finishing in 4.09.47 & 4.09.49 respectively. Karen said she found the race hard but loved the event. Luke McLean also finished in 4.28.14.
Finally in the White Rat three Harriers competed. Spirits were high & Stuart Thomson was happy to finish in 17th place in 1.46.26. Emma Richards finished in 2.12.26 & Rachel Thomson in 3.04.27.
On the weekend before, Paul Hooper completed his first middle distance triathlon – The Cotswold 113 – 70.3 miles into total comprising 1.3 mile swim, 56 mile cycle & a half marathon. Paul commented that the event was well organised, the swim was warm with the cycle hotter and the run very hot,
Below- Harriers at The Rat