Bridlington Road Runners grab a slice of the Pi Challenge action

Dozens of Bridlington Road Runners signed up for a slice of the action in the club’s Pi Challenge at the weekend.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:00 am
Danny Brunton led the way in the Brid Road Runners Pi Challenge event.

Pi Day is the 14th day of the third month, but to avoid clashing with Mother’s Day, the 12-hour challenge was brought forward to Saturday.

With 12 hours of daylight, teams and individuals had to complete as many miles as they could between sunrise and sunset.

Eight determined individuals tackled the challenge on their own. The winner was Danny Brunton, who clocked up an incredible 66.67 miles.

Close behind was Lisa Cockcroft with a huge 62.71 miles and Kendra Wedgwood was third on 57.14 miles.Verona Petty (52.85 miles), Jane Welbourn (50.01), Emma Artley (47.28 miles) and Andy Long (42 miles) all made impressive efforts in the solo category, while injury forced Andy Baker back into the organiser’s chair after 23.22 miles.

Runners had the option of competing in mixed ability teams of five or 10 members, each running 2 hours 24 minutes or 1 hour 12 minutes.

A strong team of Tom Mullen, Adam Thomas, Gerard Ferre Reyes, Stuart Gent and Alan Feldberg took the honours in the five-man category with a combined distance of 78.92 miles.

Kerry Whitehead, Allan McFarlane, Emma Richardson, Chris Johnson and Greg Miller were second with 76.76 miles, ahead of Helena Bennett, Dominique Webster, Danielle Whitehouse, Clare Gummerson and Robert Eyre with 72.08 miles.

Competition was fierce between the teams of 10, with just five miles separating the six teams.

Top spot went to the team of Caroline McFarlane, Nicholas Craggs, Jenny Chambers, Di Raper, Adele Birbeck, Alfie Scruton, Jason Pointez, Lyn Gent, Liz Ingle and Anthony Hughes with 76.15 miles.

A team of the club’s juniors showed their huge potential by taking second place, less than one mile behind.

The best individual performance came from Scott Hargreaves who ran 12 miles in 72 minutes.