On the weekend of June 12th- 14th PJR members once again travelled to Aldermaston near Reading for the epic Endure 24 weekend. A 24 hour trail race ran on a 5 mile lap.
This was our third successive year at the event this time taking 26 runners as well as several supporters and volunteers.
We had two teams of 8, a team of 5, a pair and three soloists and almost everyone ran further than they’ve ever done before.
The vast majority of our very inexperienced mixed 8’s team covered 20 miles each, 3 of whom (Amanda Conroy, Becky and Amy Dixey, all doing the event for the first time) even went out and ran an extra unofficial lap to get their distance in.
Their team also included new comers Adam Ferguson as well as Kevin Lamb, Sharon Ives & Sarah Shaw who all came back for more after running with us for the first time last year and Elise Downing who was back after a years break having ran the first time we were there in 2013.
After winning last year our women’s 8’s team were amongst the leaders throughout the 24 hours but faced some very tough competition this time round and ended up with a still very respectable 5th place with them all covering at least 20 miles.
The rules allow for one male to take part in the team. That was Terry Begley who has been every present for us at this event. He was part of our winning men’s team in 2013 and ran in our mixed 8’s team last year. This year he manages to complete 5 laps which is further than he’s done before.
Survivers from last years winners included Lianne Norfolk, Julie Rabbitt, Charlotte Yarker, Becky Shillington and Claire Holland with new additions Vicki Baker and Emily Syron all of whom ran excellently.
For the first time we had a men’s 5’s team including which included Mick Conroy & Steve Cory who ran 40 miles each, Jim Conroy and Martin Gooding who covered 35 miles and Pete Currington who stepped in at the last minute and helped out with 20 miles. The team finished in 13th place on what was some hugely strong competition.
Our 3 soloists all went to hell & back but come out stronger with Chris Lamb completing 85 miles, Steve Heighway 80 miles (a lap more than last year for both) and a remarkable 65 miles from Gary Shaw in his first attempt.
The performances of the weekend came from our pairs team of David Green & Matt Brand who smashed the competition to pieces to win by over 15 miles & secure PJR’s third successive victory at this event. Between them they covered an astounding 155 miles! Dave ran 80 miles & Matt 75. Amazing.
Another fantastic weekend. We’ll be back again in 2016 even stronger with an even bigger team.