Doynton Hard Half Marathon a storming success

February 27 2019

A VILLAGE was taken over by hundreds of runners and volunteers as it hosted a half-marathon across rugged terrain.

Cross country runners competing in the Doynton Hard Half Marathon. Photo: Resound Camera Club
The Doynton Hard Half Marathon (DHHM) is staged by Emersons Green Running Club and this year’s event was the fourth staging of the event.
Some 500 eager cross country runners plus a supporting crew of 130 race volunteers were involved in the race on January 20.
The 13.1 mile course takes runners on a challenging tour of fields, hills, rivers, trails and footpaths in and around Dyrham, Wick, Abson, Pucklechurch and Doynton itself.
Organisers said this year’s race was the “biggest, hardest, and most fun yet”, with runners able to refuel at ‘pop-up pubs’ serving non-alcoholic beer instead of water stations. They were also entertained by a Samba dance and drumming group, a choir, ukulele players and a solo drummer, as well as plenty of race marshals in fancy dress to cheer them on.
Race organiser Pete Blanchard said: “The feedback from runners, volunteers, and Doynton residents has been amazing. Our Facebook page and email account are buzzing with positive feedback and we’re thrilled to have brought a smile to so many people together at our community event.”
Race proceeds have topped £1,000 are are being donated to causes local to Doynton. Many local businesses have supported, and been supported by, the race.
For more details about the race, visit the official website www.doyntonhardhalfmarathon.co.uk.
To take part in the next race, volunteer or support it, contact the race organisers at dhhm@emersonsgreenrunningclub.co.uk.