Dash for the Splash!

A handful of members headed over to Wimbledon Common this morning to take part in Dash for the Splash. The (almost) 10k route wound its way up and down the common, taking in a few familar hills from cross country events but also exploring some new parts of the common that we don’t regularly visit. With varried scenery, a bit of mud and a few tree trunk obstacles to hurdle along the way this race was already great fun even before arriving at its climax. Just before the finish you arrive at the “spash” where you descend into and ford across the Beverley Brook. This washes the mud away and gives you a cold wake up that spurs you on to the finish.

The race was well organised by Thames Hare & Hounds. As the oldest cross country club in the world they know how to organise a good XC event. The race has a really interesting history, dating back to the first steeplechase races. I would recommend reading more about this on the Dash for the Splash website.

This was a really enjoyable race that I would recommend others try next year.

Results follow. Most of us made the course to be slightly short of 10k however this didn’t take anything away from the fun. Steve Ramek lead the 26.2 field, finishing in a very impressive 42:52.

Position

Bib

Time

First

Last

Age Category

Team

1

89

00:36:10

Matt

Jones

P-50+

 

14

135

00:42:52

Steven

Ramek

M-50+

26.2 RRC

17

152

00:43:08

Joanna

Shillington

F-OPEN

Thames Hare & Hounds

37

168

00:48:27

Paul

Wallis

M-40+

26.2 RRC

100

70

00:56:51

Peter

Grecian

#NUM!

26.2

107

132

00:57:51

Matthew

Pritchard

M-40+

26.2 RRC

108

99

00:58:00

Richard

Kirk

M-OPEN

26.2 RRC

121

155

00:59:41

Kevin

Stone

M-40+

26.2 RRC

122

19

00:59:43

Jacqueline

Chang

F-OPEN

26.2 RRC

146

122

01:07:21

Johanne

Newstead

F-50+

26.2RRC

152

23

01:12:08

Rachel

Clarke

F-40+

West 4 Harriers

Full results are available online here: http://www.dashforthesplash.com/index.html?target=results

Joe, Jacob and Thomas watch on while Kev assists Jacqueline out of the Beverley Brook following the splash.