Lisa Hatchard is sure loving her off-road, muddy trail races at the moment. In the past few weeks she has taken part in the Sourton Fell race, the Ivy Bridge Beacon Challenge and now, this Sunday, the 7 mile Minster Challenge. This is an Axe Valley Runners event as if they have their name behind it, you can be sure of one thing: mud! And this race had it, in abundance. 7 miles of mud, hills, rivers, styles, fields, tracks, trails, more mud - true multi-terrain running at its best.
Lisa lined up alongside a 97 strong field for the race around the countryside near Axminster. By now a dab hand at these challenging trail runs she made light work of the tough conditions to finish 50th overall and 6th female in a time of 1:09:10. The winning female, the talented Haldon Trail Runner Emma Hitchins, took 53:16 to cover the 7 taxing miles and the overall race winner was James Denne of Exeter Harriers, cantering home in a spritely 47:06.
Lisa now plans to get stuck into the Brooks Westward League cross-country series and you can be sure that all of these muddy trail events have provided ideal preparation for her! We wish her well!