CHARD Road Runners were off to Devon and Wiltshire this weekend, for some really challenging events made just a little harder by wet and very changeable weather.

First off was The Grizzly and Cub Races over 20 or 10 miles, out of Seaton in Devon.

This is a worldwide-attended event and the biggest in the South West; this year 2,000 people entered.

To finish is seen as a huge achievement, but this year one Chard member - Wayne Loveridge - went one step further and won the Grizzly event outright!

This is an amazing achievement for Loveridge, who crossed the line in 02:26:22 (six minutes ahead of second place!).

All Chard runners had great runs, with Phil Goodridge Reynolds finishing despite dislocating his ankle at mile 10.

The CRR results were as follows:

Wayne Loveridge (02:26:22, 1st out of 1,489 runners); Stephen Barnes (03:06:16, 85th); Stuart Gold (03:18:55, 141st); Liam Whyte (03:21:57, 161st); Nick Gray (03:35:02, 247th); Kate Phillips (03:46:33, 328th); Neil Adams (03:56:31, 412nd); Andrew Clancy (03:58:15, 437th); Philip Goodridge Reynolds (04:41:40, 839th); Addie Douglass (04:45:15, 871st); Emma Male (05:10:20, 1,088th); Jacqui Preston (05:39:31st, 1,276th); Marie Culverwell (05:39:32, 1,277th); Claire Gibbs (06:16:58, 1,424th).

The second race was the Grizzly Cub - a 10-mile route with many of the same challenges of steep hills, bogs and rivers.

The CRR results were:

Simon Hall (02:03:18, 283rd out of 585 runners); Claire Pomeroy (02:10:38, 341st); Gary Wheaton (02:17:34, 402nd); Andy Mear (02:19:08, 403rd); Elizabeth Cox (02:45:40, 536th); Nicola Smith (02:45:41, 537th).

Helen Baxter, meanwhile, headed to Wiltshire for the Larmer Tree Marathon, with nearly 20 miles of muddy conditions underfoot making for a slow race.

She managed to keep upright for most of it, to finish in 7hr 3m 7s.