The Fox ran again on 19 September
Runners enjoy a Covid-safe event & the best of scenic Surrey
A late flurry of activity by award-winning organisers AAT Events ensured The Fox could run again on Sunday (19 September) – postponed from 25 April – although there was no sign of the omnivorous mammal belonging to the Canidae family of dog-like animals at the early morning start line for the longest event (pictured above).
The Fox Ultra programme includes the eponymous 61K circular ultra-marathon starting at Godalming United Church; 42K marathon starting at Clandon Garden Centre and 21K half marathon from Worplesden Train Station. There is also a three-stage 61K relay and handovers at Clandon and Worplesden Train Stations.
There were 475 starters, and only eight retirements, representing more than 130 clubs and teams in this fully COVID-compliant event, complete with online race briefings, chip-timing, no bag drop, allocated registration and start times and minimal contact points.
Five on-course aid stations kept everyone safe as competitors toured the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including The Fox Way long distance path.
First back to Godalming in the 61K Ultra were Ben Goddard (Woking, 4:38:15) and Sarah Hill (W45 Farnham Runners, 5:21:03). The top trio in the Ultra relay were Katrina Scott, Sam Allwood and Harriet Betteridge (4:39:39) who were narrowly beaten by the overall winner. There were 207 finishers in 10:07:12 as just three runners retired.
This year's marathon winners were Adam Teszke (M40, 3:28:35) and Rebecca Di-Luzio (3:38:37) while the half marathon leaders were Nik Darlington (Farnham Runners, 1:38:29) and Tory Richardson (1:53:21).
There were many appreciative comments posted on social media and this from The Fox Ultra seasoned competitor Deena Jones (7:53:56) was typical: “This is the 4th year running The Fox and still going strong! Amazing Ultra! Thank you AAT Events for making it a COVID safe, excellently organised event. Thank you so much to the volunteers. Without you, it wouldn't be possible. Always cheerful and encouraging”.
Race information and results available at runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy AAT Events on Facebook