Spring in their step at the Crocodile 8

Runners Step It Up At Crocodile 8

Normal service was resumed with this popular, multi-terrain race hitting all the right notes...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder as the saying goes and that was certainly the case for Sunday’s (28 May) Crocodile 8 as it snapped back into rhythm after a three year absence. Although those Croc steps were as tough as ever!

One of three events from Wye Valley Runners, the 23rd Crocodile 8 has become a ‘must do’ for many people for a variety of reasons - the scenic course on grass, road and trails; live music along the way; kids races and last but certainly not least, the post-race party/bar. 

Race HQ was at Burghill Community Academy and friends of the school organised the children’s ‘chase the croc’ race as part of a fun day. 

A warm up was provided by the Starlight Company to loosen up muscles before runners set off on the multi-terrain route around the villages of Burghill and Tillington in Herefordshire. It included the famous (or infamous) Croc Steps up through Badnage Woods at the 4 mile mark, however, help was at hand in the form of Simon Addison, the Herefordshire Piper who played ‘Highland Cathedral’ at the top of the steps, providing tuneful encouragement as participants continued. 

There was music along the way including Burghill, Lyde & Moreton Bellringers who rang for the runners as they passed through the churchyard. This gesture was appreciated by all.  

Eric Apperley of Croft Ambrey RC was on song, winning in 55:53 while Matthew Yapp of Ludlow Runners followed in 56:03 with teammate Aidan Yapp third in 56:57. 

Chepstow Harriers Niki Morgan was top of the croc in the women’s race, winning in 1:06:46 with Claire Thomas of Ludlow Runners coming second in 1:07:11 and Hannah Fletcher of Croft Ambrey RC third in 1:09:21. 

The last runner crossed the line in 2:19:11. 

All the results can be viewed at the runABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

Image: Croft Ambrey Running Club

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