October has been a busy month for Hilary Searle. Following the Great South Run, she completed the Amsterdam half-marathon, the Hoburne 5 mile race (near Christchurch) and the Dorset 3 Peaks Challenge on consecutive weekends. At Amsterdam in a strong international field she ran 1.43.47 for 112th out of 1654 female finishers and at Christchurch she was second in her age group in 36.28. The Dorset 3 Peaks Challenge is 11 miles of cross-country with 1500 ft. ascent. Torrential rain meant the whole course was like a quagmire, ankle deep in mud the whole way. Hilary finished 209th in 1.38.23. The same torrential rain softened up the course at nearby Kingston Lacey, where Ian Jolliffe was taking part in a charity 10k event, at the behest of his daughter-in-law. Taking advantage of the fact that many of the participants were running 10k for the first time, he finished 2nd in 43.41.
The previous weekend Mike Green reinforced the view that sanity is not required to belong to the club, by running the Saab Salamon Hell Run, which consists of more than 10 miles of hills, obstacles, difficult terrain, and waist deep muddy bogs, as well as some easier bits. He finished in 216th place out of 1050 racers in a time of 1hr 29min 52 sec.