Round Reading 50K enjoyed by 250+ ultra-runners
Emotional return to post-lockdown racing in Round Reading Ultra
It was quite emotional. Months of toil by race management team UltraViolet paid off as 258 enthusiastic endurance athletes safely completed the Round Reading Ultra 50K on Saturday 1 August, in the first post-lockdown race to go ahead in the South of England.
Last year there were 130 finishers in 9:55:30. This year’s record 258 runners were chip-timed through the finish in 9:35:31 after a two-hour staggered start, with groups of no more than six athletes being sent off every two minutes from 7:00am.
Completing the course in 9:33:14, and obviously having far too much fun together, were Reading Roadrunners’ Sue Jones and Anthony Eastaway, pictured above.
Taking less than a third of that time was race winner and proud wearer of bib #1 Joseph Turner (Cheltenham Harriers, 3:05:40) who would have appreciated the drop in temperature from the previous day’s high of 35C!
The next fastest were Alex Whearity (Reading Joggers, 3:22:15) and M40 master Andrew Siggers (Kenilworth Runners, 3:42:00).
The top six beat four hours, including women’s champion Samantha Amend (W40 Belgrave Harriers, 3:57:20). Rosie Davies (Abingdon AC, 4:28:07) and Sophie Brownlee (Mornington Chasers, 4:44:12) completed the virtual rostrum.
The newly introduced two-person relay was won by David and James Wyatt in 4:34:22.
Among the many expressions of gratitude from UltraViolet was a huge thank you to new host venue Berkshire County Sports Club – providing car parking, toilets, changing facilities and showers. They also had their bar open post event, serving free food! Soup and garlic bread (it's the future) upon presentation of a race number.
Other key partners included North Hampshire Sports Massage, Phantom Brewing Company and Timing Monkey.
Full results and great action photos by Kirsten Taylor at Round Reading Ultra website here
Image courtesy UltraViolet