We start this week’s report with a trip to the South Coast as two Members took on the ‘Run To The Sea’ ultramarathon on Saturday, 5th June 2021.

The race was a 50K (or 31 miles in old money!) point-to-point, multi-terrain ultramarathon, which started near Horsham. Initially the race commenced on firm trails through rural West Sussex before reaching the South Downs Way and finished with a run along the seafront in Brighton, concluding at the Marina.

Simon Turner crossed the line in 6:12:03, pipping Matthew Sommerville by one second, with Matthew crossing the line in 6:12:04.

One day later, and at the other end of the country, several Members headed to North-West Cumbria to participate in the Run Cumbria Solway Half Marathon. The race took place on country lanes through Bowness-on-Solway, returning to Anthorn via coastal roads. First across the line for the Club was John Surtees in 1:22:33, and he was closely followed home by John Firby in 1:22:39.

Richard Campbell had an excellent race, completing his run in 1:26:02, which reflected a new Personal Best for the distance. Andy Talbot was the final Aycliffe runner home, in a time of 1:28:21, finishing first in his Age Category (V60).

If you have any queries about the activities of Aycliffe Running Club, please visit our website www.ayclifferunningclub.org.uk, or contact the Club’s Secretary, Donna, at ayclifferunningclub@gmail.com