Runners display their medals at Shindig in the ShireImage: courtesy of How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC

Runners happy to be back on the trails at the Shin Dig in the Shire

A welcome return to Carding Mill Valley after 15 months.

There was plenty of running in 'them thar hills' at Saturday’s (15 May) Shin Dig in the Shire as participants took on the mighty Long Mynd. Inclement weather tried but failed to dampen spirits at this tough and enjoyable half or full marathon from How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC. 

All change for The Shin Dig in the Shire with the 2021 race held at Carding Mill Valley and The Long Mynd, the latter known for its stunning views across the Shropshire Hills. There were no shortage of climbs for the runners and it was chilly up top but everyone was glad to be in a live race again. They made the most of the lovely, long technical descent to the finish.    

There was a choice of two distances - Half Marathon and Marathon with wave starts from 7am due to Covid-19. Both started and finished in Carding Mill Valley and used the same, marked route that will be used for The Piece of Cake Trail Race on 10 July. The aid stations were manned by volunteers who cheerfully catered to everyone’s hydration and nutrition needs for the duration - there was a 7 hour time limit for the event -  despite the conditions. 

Marcus Fletcher won the Half Marathon in 1:40:01. Charlotte McKibbin the winning female in 2:08:11. 

Matthew McKibbin was the winner in the Marathon in a time of 3:30:16. Charlotte Brennan the first female in 5:23:37.     

The full set of results can be viewed via the runABC race listing page.

Everyone received a distinctive medal that they proudly displayed in the post-race photos. 

Image courtesy of How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC. 

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