Juggling runner Tim Butler at the Rasselbock Run Summer Edition

Lapping up miles and smiles at Summer Rasselbock Run

This edition follows on from the equally successful winter and spring runs.

Sunshine, camaraderie and 5K laps around Sherwood Pines were the ingredients for a perfect day at the Rasselbock Run Summer Edition (Sunday 19 June). Over 100 participants stayed in the loop for 6 hours and were encouraged to their goals by family, friends and fabulous marshals. 

“Summertime and the running was easy”... Or not when taking on a 6 hour challenge that involved running as many laps as desired within the time limit. Some people were happy to complete two to three laps; others to push themselves to their limits with an ultra in their sights.   

Sherwood Pines Forest Park played host again to the Rasselbock Run, this time the Summer Edition and proved to be an ideal and popular venue due to its stunning course and scenery. A well organised and friendly event from Eric Keeler and the team at Rasselbock Running with an aid station worthy of a medal for services to race refuelling.   

The weather was fine and dry throughout as participants ticked off the laps (and miles) as they continued towards their individual goals. There was a race briefing at 8.50am followed by the start at 9am with the event finishing at 3pm. Each lap was 5.46km. 

Runners completed one lap (5K), two laps (10K), four laps (Half Marathon), eight laps (Marathon) and nine laps (Ultra) on a mixture of trails, forest paths, access roads and single tracks. 

Jason Farrand completed 13 laps or 68.63km (42.64 miles) in 5:58:30. Amy Butler completed 11 laps or 58.07km (36.08 miles) in 5:29:19. The complete set of results is available via the runABC Midlands race listing page

Amongst those taking part was Tim Butler who juggled his way around 9 laps of the forest in no 67 of his 100 marathons mission on behalf of WildCats Conservation Alliance. He joggled 9 laps or 47.51km (29.52 miles) in 5:47:45.  

Finishers were presented with a bespoke wooden medal in keeping with the organiser’s environmental ethos and a goody bag containing tasty treats. 

The success of all three editions shows this is a run for all seasons. 

Image courtesy of David Cheung.

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