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Overthrow misses out in Cotswold Way record attempt

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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SEVERN AC's ultra distance runners have clocked up some big mileage.

Ian Overthrow had a go at breaking the Cotswold Way record, which stands at 20 hours, 36 minutes and was set by Darryl Carter back in July.

The day started well for Overthrow as he reached halfway, having covered 50 miles and still in contention to challenge the record.

But on approaching Cowley Park he had problems with his hamstring which forced him to retire from the race.

Overthrow said: "It was annoying as I had been surprised at how well I recovered and how fresh I felt.

"It's made me more determined to have another go next year."

Austin Blackburn continued his training for the Longmynd Hike, a 50-mile race over the Shropshire fells, by competing in the challenging Wye Valley Marathon.

Having set off with the leaders of the half marathon route, Blackburn soon settled into second place out of the 92 full marathon distance runners.

He tracked the leader, fellow ultra runner Bruce Moore, up the steep climb to Symonds Yat and took the lead by halfway in 1:30.

Blackburn and set off to put some distance between himself and Moore on the descent to Biblins Bridge, but after leading for nine miles he suffered from cramp which had to be managed by slowing down.

Moore went on to take the win, with Blackburn coming home in second place in a time of 3:23.

Anthony Bethell, a former 800m specialist, competed in the popular 50-mile Lakeland Trails race which always attracts a top-quality field.

With 3,100ft of ascent to contend with it is by no means an easy trail, which makes Bethall's 10th place out of 453 in a time of 8:55 a respectable achievement.

But all this was just preparation for the Tor des Geants, a 330K race covering more than 24,000m of ascent through the Italian Alps.

Bethall was the first British athlete to complete the gruelling event in 64th position out of a total of 629 starters, finishing in a total time of 113 hours, 47 minutes.

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