CHARD Road Runners Paul Masters and Addie Douglass set off on Saturday for the Cream Tea Caper, a race with a novel touch.

Starting at 9am, this off-road trail event runs for eight hours and runners can choose how many of the 3.3 mile laps they want to undertake before heading to the finish tent to claim their Cream Tea and Medal.

Heading out from The Double Locks Inn in Exeter, Paul Masters was running as a solo runner and Addie had teamed up with fellow runner Claire Justice in the relay race, allowing only one runner of the relay team to be on course at any time.

Setting off at a steady pace, Masters was out to cover eight laps of this near flat course.

He was going well up to lap six when an injury slowed his pace dramatically and crossing the line at near Marathon distance of 27.3 miles in a time of 4h 32m 15s.

With Justice starting the race soon, Douglass was trying out her pace around the course having had little opportunity for training over the last few months.

With the race progressing, Addie and Claire both complete the four laps required for a Half Marathon distance in a time of 4h 58m.


FOUR Minster Milers took part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday.

The course took runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views of the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside, before finishing in Bristol city centre.

It was a hot one but all the Milers finished in an awesome time.

Julian Wilkes came home in 01:29:11, Mark Shelvey in 01:32:44, Ben Stevens in 01:47:25 and George Atherton in 02:04:20

On Saturday, Buffy Fox took part in Langport Ladies Novice Triathlon.

This consisted of three disciplines - swimming, cycling and running.

The swim took part in Huish Leisure indoor swimming pool.

The bike section had a few challenging climbs, starting in Langport, out to Somerton and back, with the run route starting and ending at the Huish Leisure Centre.

Fox completed it in an amazing time of 01:01:38 and 14th overall.

Louise Mackley took part in The Pebbled Heath race series on Saturday organised by Flying Fox.

Mackley took part in The What Came Before 10K.

The route went along Devon’s Triassic pebble beds, through streams and up and down rocky hills.

Mackley finished in fabulous time of 01:13:30, along with an fantastic medal.