The infamous Ashford Tri Club 666 trail run in Kingswood took place on 15th November with a sell out capacity. The weather was dry and blowy but the course was wet, slippery, muddy and challenging in all the right places and the runners were treated to hellish hills, evil climbs and beautiful leaf covered mud pits in equal measure.
ATC members delighted in setting up the 6.66(ish) miles course on the Saturday, adding little sadistic twists to paths and trails, all to enhance the runners’ experience of course. On race day itself, numerous ATC members where out on the course to marshal the race, offering encouragement, slightly false information – note: it’s never the last hill! – and first aid for the odd bump and bloody knee. Other members’ ensured registration went smoothly, car-parking organised, chip-timing provided plus the dirty task of removing the chips from mud encased shoes at the end.
First runner back was Lee Mameekin of Medway and Maidstone AC in a fantastic time of 47mins 16 secs – obviously ATC need to make the course harder next year to slow him down a bit. First female runner home was Candy Hawkins in 1hr 45 secs. And the most represented team was Dover Road Runners. All winners received a small trophy.
This popular run will be back next year – be ready to book your place to hell and back!