Bewl Water trail marathon finisher

Castellari is the tough of the trails

500 runners dive in at Bewl Water

Bewl Water reservoir can hold more than 31 million litres of water; sufficient for 200 million people. This massive lake in the River Bewl valley on the Kent/Sussex border at Lamberhurst hosts many water-based and land-based activities on its 800-acre site in the High Weald.

One of the most popular events is Hermes Running's Bewl Water biannual trail series held in May and September featuring an ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, and 10K in the four-race programme. This year's fun started on Saturday (7 May) with just under 500 competitors.

As you can see from the picture above of a previous event the courses are a tad testing! The ultra involves three laps of the Bewl Water reservoir route and around 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The tough of the trails here was Andrea Castellari (Fulham, 5:11:25) who finished nine minutes clear of the field over 37.5 miles.

Ben Hope (Kent AC, 3:07:59) and Ann Marie Seymour (Hercules Wimbledon, 3:58:53) took the awards in the marathon and the single-lap half marathon went to Tunbridge Wells Triathlon runner Oliver Waymark (1:28:38) and Vanessa Spinola (1:43:16). Finally, the out-and-back 10K dash winners were Will Owen (43:15) and Carys Firth (Blackheath Harriers, 46:23). 

Hermes Running was established in 2012 by endurance athlete David Ross and their portfolio of trail events include stunning locations like the Thames Meander at Kingston; Magna Carta Marathon at Runnymede; North Downs Way at Reigate and Bewl Water.

Check out the video below for a fantastic flythrough of the Bewl Water route:

All the results at Bewl Water are available to study via runABC South race listing as always.

Image courtesy Hermes Running website

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