A race with the word 'Struggle' in the title immediately makes you think that it's going to be a challenge and a challenge is just what 3 of our Harriers wanted when they headed to South Molton in North Devon on Sunday to take part in the South Molton Struggle.
Measuring in at 7.8 miles this is a tough multi-terrain run that takes runners across the beautiful fields and countryside on the southerly edge of Exmoor, near Barnstaple. Conditions on Sunday were ideal, with a crisp, clear autumn day to greet the runners.
Jon Garrity had a very fine run in his first come-back race since struggling with a calf injury following the Bristol half-marathon in September. He took 52:09 to complete the tough, hilly route, giving him 14th place overall and 2nd MV40.
Ray Elston once again showed the young things how it's done by placing well up the field overall, 67th in 1:06:52, and comfortably 1st MV70.
The man who posed the biggest threat to Ray in the battle for the MV70 honours was his own friend, club-mate and category rival, Jim Wyatt. Jim too finished strongly, in the top 100 of runners, completing in 1:15:04 for 94th place and 2nd MV70.
There were 128 finishers and the race was won in an almost unbelievable time of 42:47 by visiting runner Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers.