The TR24 course is a 10km cross-country circuit set in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside. The track twists and turns across varied terrain from bogs and forests to steep hills and open fields. Individuals or teams run laps over a 24 hour period to see just how many they can complete – demonstrating endurance or just plain madness?
RRR entered a mixed team of 5 consisting of Toby Burrows, Matt Hammerton, Jimmy Hunt, Ian Ralph and Tam Ryan. All finishing 6 laps (60km) except Burrows who did 70km, starting and finishing for the team. A live leader board was discovered early on, showing the Romsey team of 5 in the lead; the pressure was then on to stay there for the duration.
The race started at 12 midday when the weather was really hot and sunny, but by early evening the heavens opened and a monsoon coupled with thunder and lightening ensued until dawn.
‘The weather conditions turned the course into an utter mud bath! It was treacherous, just staying upright was an achievement’ said Ryan. All runners battled on and for the Romsey team of 5 their determination paid off. The lead was maintained and they completed a total of 31 laps.
The other Romsey team, consisting of Hannah White, Chris Lane, Becky Tovey, Wayne Windebank, Christopher Brown, Alice Lane, Di Cross and Mark Adams put in a sterling performance and came 36th in their category.
Both Romsey teams were delighted with efforts, despite being a little soggy, tired, battered, bruised and above all, muddy.