Runners get down and dirty

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Ten members of Leighton Buzzard Athletics Club were taking part in the Dirt Half Challenge.

Organised by Dirt Running, the course started at Cedars school and follows the canal north to Stoke Hammond before climbing the hill to Great Brickhill, passing back through Stockgrove Country Park before following the Greensand Ridge back to the canal tow path and on the home stretch.

This year, the weather forecast had predicted relentless rain and strong winds, but on the day itself, conditions were not as bad as they could have been.

Underfoot some of the paths back from Great Brickhill however were getting fairly muddy and slippy once a few runners had been through, but this isn’t called the DIRT half for nothing!

It was a good morning for LBAC with Billy Mead, Adam Haylock, Charlie Mead and Tom and Tim Inchley finishing as the first team home to win the award.

Both Mead boys also achieved PBs on a slippy and hilly course.

Lisa Bowyer performed brilliantly, producing her fastest run over the half marathon distance whilst Warren Rose, David Killick, Tracey Hawes and Richard Inchley also had some good runsfor the club with Richard picking up the MV70 prize.

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