Congratulations to Katherine Gray, Senior Land Negotiator, who took part in the intrepid London to Cardiff 24, the UK’s longest point to point nonstop relay foot race, all the way from Twickenham Stadium to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Of the 15 teams who entered, Katherine found herselves in one of only three novice teams who were first timers at the event. Amongst serious club runners the reality of the task ahead became even clearer.
The route covered 160 miles of varied terrain including fields, ridge ways, woods, country lanes, canal paths, main roads and the Severn Bridge. The team of 9 relay runners will carried the baton, a GPS tracker as they ran.
The race started with the entire team doing a one mile loop of Twickenham Stadium setting off at 6pm. The first runner then set off on their individual stage while the rest of the team return to the mini bus and head to the next checkpoint. After 12 stages the team arrives at half way for the second team leg.
The challenges were many on this run, the heat being one of the biggest impacts on the runners, there were also some minor navigation issues, not helped by the dark of the night (working by map, compass and torchlight), or the height of the corn in the fields being run through. It was very much an adventure.
The team survived without injury and found themselves very exhausted as they completed one final stage, finishing together with a circuit of the millennium stadium in front of friends, family and supporters!
Well done to all involved! Another medal for the collection.