Halstead Road Runners returned to the Spitfire Scramble 24 hour event this weekend at Hornchurch Country Park. The club fielded a ladies team of 5 runners, 2 men’s teams of 8 runners and 2 solo runners. Many of the team members have participated in the popular event in previous years. However, there were also several trying it for the first time.
The weekend heatwave caused blistering conditions for runners and impacted on the trails underfoot. The event was a brilliant test of determination and showed the true team spirit of the club.
The ladies claimed the top spot in the Ladies Team of 3 – 5 category. Despite leading from the off, they faced some fierce competition from the Loombandit Ladies. The Halstead Ladies each completed 5 laps the equivalent of 29 miles. They were Captained by Jo Roulson and consisted of Natalie Snow, Sam Hillyard, Nicole Smith and Caroliena Cameron.
For the Men, Nathan Roulson not only superbly organised the club’s attendance at the event but also ably led the Men’s A Team of Neil Poulter, Steve May, Bob Langley, Ivan Filchev, Jim Clark, Sam Wolton and Juan de Gea. The men placed high on the final leaderboard in 4th position after all putting in some consistent and strong individual performances.
Unfortunately for the second Halstead Men’s Team (Halstead Men’s Too) their Captain Karl Hillman badly turned his ankle on the first lap leaving him out of action for the remainder of the event. His team mates – Phil Jeffries, Trevor Sibley, Ian Chandler, Richard Tiller, Kris Bell, Axel Voigt and Adam Buckle – didn’t let this affect their mood pulling together to pick up the slack. They finished 9th in the men’s team of 8 category.
For the solos James Smith completed 14 laps, approximately 81 miles, over the 24 hour period. He placed 6th overall. John Warne was accompanied by friend of the club, and fellow solo runner Vicki Bailey for some of his laps. John completed 10 laps, approximately 58 miles, the furthest he has ever run which is an amazing achievement particularly given the conditions. He finished 14th in the men’s solo standings.
The club is already looking forward to the 2019 Spitfire Scramble.