Exmouth Harrier's Ultra-runner extraordinaire and off-raodster, Mark Thompson, gave up his Grizzly number to Nicola Crook on Sunday when the opportunity arose to compete in an extremely tough endurance event: the Wye One Way 50. Part of the Welsh One Day Ultra-Marathon series 2011/12, this was the 4th event in the series, in which competitiors can tackle just isolated events or aim to complete the whole series and accumulate points at each event that go towards the final result and prizes.
This is the first event in the series that Mark has tackled but that didn't stop him from getting stuck in and fighting it out with the local runners and the top contenders for the series title. He took 10h15m50s to complete the 50 mile self-nav course and this saw him place a highly commendable 11th place out of the hardy 48 souls who also dug in and completed the course.
To give this some perspective, Harriers were also competing on the same day in the 20 mile Grizzly event, the 9 mile Cub event, the 13 mile Bath half and the 6 mile Great Western 10k... and Mark ran farther than the mileage in all 4 of these events added together!!! Very well done!!