Clocking up the miles to see off cancer
A RELAY effort, finishing in Wells, saw the funds flooding in for the Prostate Cancer Charity.
The 5th Uphill to Wells relay took place on Saturday, September 21, and involved 165 dedicated runners making the journey from the beach at Uphill, North Somerset, to Wells Cathedral Green.
Teams and solo runners covered the 29-mile route and helped to raise £1,500 for charity.
Organised by the Mendip Hills Hash Harriers, this year saw the largest amount of entries with a growing solo field.
Local runner Clare Prosser broke the solo course record by 18 minutes, to four hours and eight minutes, stealing victory from Nick Parfitt by just 30 seconds overall.
The route follows the West Mendip way and includes 3,259 ft of hill climbing and is broken into six legs for those who chose to enter as a team.
Local victory was also regained by Team MH1; from last year’s winners Burgess Salmon, a total time of 3 hours 38 minutes.
The mixed team was won by Team 10K x 365 led by Jim Plunkett-Cole who is running 10km every day of the 2013.
Jim even put in the fastest time winning the seven-mile leg one from Uphill to Loxton.
The runners and the event this year benefited from a donation of water for each of the leg checkpoints from the new Waitrose store in Wells.
Race organiser Dave Bonstow said: “I’m really pleased with the growth in entries from 90 in the first year. This is a great race, thanks to Martin Berkeley for the original concept; I hope we will see many more years with great support from local runners and businesses.”
Many of the runners are members of Mendip Hash House Harriers and Wells City Harriers and the future of the event is reliant on many local people giving up time and skills to make the event as successful as it has become.
The event celebrates all of the runner’s achievements with a party of tea and cake on Cathedral Green while the later runners are cheered across the line.
All profits from entry fees and donations at the cake stall are made to Prostate Cancer.
Organisers have thanked all the people who helped make this a very successful event, marshalling, stewarding and making cakes.