Chester Half Marathon 2014
There was a very good turnout from the Deestriders at the hugely popular Chester Half Marathon on Sunday 18 May. Everyone battled round the slightly rerouted course bravely in very hot conditions, some fighting through stomach cramps and some carrying injuries- Craig Thomas Davies that includes your blister! Lindsey Bellis, kindly acting as a sub 2.10 pacer, came to the aid of one of her group who collapsed in the twelfth mile. Despite the attritional conditions there were smiles at the end (grimaces of pain in some cases?) I really enjoyed helping out at this one even though I had to lug 4 sports bags at a time and corral people who run faster than I do- and didn't envy you runners- but very well done!
Equinox 24 Hour Relay 20-21 September 2014
Twelve intrepid runners from North Wales/ the North West, including members of Deestriders RC and Wallasey AC, plus a few supportive loved ones, made the long trek eastwards to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire to face an even longer trek of 24 hours in this exciting team/ ultra event.
Camp was set up on the Friday night and people chilled out in a circle of camping chairs (with a couple of drinks) ahead of the next day’s work. The two teams, of four (the InVincibles) and eight (CBA the Mile Munchers) had to get round a beautiful but, in places, challenging, multiterrain course as many times as possible between them over the course of the next afternoon- and night- and the following morning. The temperature dropped overnight on the Saturday and misted over, making the night headtorch runs quite a surreal but enthralling experience. Everyone battled lack of sleep, cold and fatigue with determination, adrenaline and dare it be said, enjoyment, sticking to their task
The sunrise just after 7am was breathtaking. Despite not having the maximum number of five on board, the InVincibles were 10th in their category of 37 small mixed teams, whilst the Mile Munchers came in the top half of the large team category. A great weekend was had by all at this well organised, friendly event.