RUNNING Forever took part in some Beastly activity up thanks to the Quantock Harriers and their annual Quantock Beast trail race.

On a sunny Sunday, Dowan Kwon was our first runner home, his 38.40 earning him seventh place overall.

Jo Carritt was first female overall in 41.32, with Tanya Lewis taking second in her Age Group after crossing the line in 46.44.

Other Forever finishers were Dave Bullock (49.21), Nigel Baker (52.40), Lee Derrick (55.14), Simon Rowland (57.00), Mercedes Thorne (57.53), Phil Parsons (58.14), Emily Vining (62.04), Joanne Toogood (63.24), Rachel Nicholls (66.23), Peter Stretton (67.58), Vicky Hanna (67.58), Brian Brown (69.48), Nic Saint (69.49), Val Perigo (71.51), Lisa Windsor (74.17) and Sarah Holloway (80.34).

Albion Running organised a nice trip to the seaside on Saturday as runners raced the 50k from Ham to Lyme.

The promise of a cooling dip in the sea saw Dan Talbot finish the run in 5.03 in eighth place.

Emma Perkins, Lisa Rossiter and Andy Burgess dipped their toes in the water in 6.55 with Chris Gunn and Adrian Edwards making a splash in 7.16.

Top distance effort this weekend came from Peter Hall, who completed the 104 miles of the 1066 King Harold Way race from Barnes to Battle in 31h 20m.

Also on the long distance trail was Andy Higham, whose 100k effort on the Serpent Trail on the South Downs took him 15.35.

Distance travelled for an event was won by Simon and Lisa Denson, who were in Austria for the Glacier Half Marathon in Imst.

Simon won first in his age category with 1.28 and Lisa crossing the line in 1.59.

A quartet travelled to the New Forest for their scenic 10-mile race.

Ray Tutton came home in 1.20, Marina Tomsett and Helen Phillips in 1.47 and, returning from a nasty injury, Lucy Spring was delighted with her 1.51 time.

The mythical unicorn was out in record numbers in Dorset over the weekend with Helen Moffat completing three laps (16 miles) of the Unicorn Frolic on Saturday.

The Moreton Marathon was run at the same venue on Sunday with Bev Collins, Rob Murr and Georgina Brice finishing in 4.59, 5.43 and 5.54, respectively; both ladies taking third places in their age categories.

Parkrun tourists ventured to Torbay Velopark, Nonsuch, Minehead, Killerton, Winchester, Forest Rec, Burnham, Exmouth, Jersey Farm and Rouen.

Thirty-seven took on the local course at Longrun Meadow where Pat Pike picked up her 100th run T-shirt and Gill Taunton completed her 200th parkrun.

There were PBs for Jamie Bousfield and Luke Thorne.


TAUNTON Athletics Club runners were out and about over the weekend.

Luke Goldsworthy travelled to Dorset for the Weymouth Tri and finished a fantastic fourth overall, posting the quickest 10k in 35.37.

Romania was the destination for Carl Ward, who got his teeth stuck into the Transilvania ETU multi-sport Eurochamps.

Ward achieved a great 10th place in his age group in the duathlon.

Closer to home, the Quantock Beast attracted Marcus Albano and Craig Whitemore – and both achieved personal bests.

Albano finished third overall and first V40 home in 37.01, while Whitemore dropped his course record by 16 secs, with a 39.52 finish.

TAC members are invited along to the Exmouth parkrun on Saturday (lifts available).


HYDRO Harriers’ Tom Mellor was only seven seconds off winning the Longrun Meadow Parkrun, taking third spot and recording 18min 8sec.

On a hot and sunny morning, Ian Salter returned 19.26, Chris Jones 19.40, Andy White 20.59 and Simon Blunt 35.44, while at Barking – pacing 25.10 – Rowland Lyons battled to return 24.56.