Three members of DK Running Club took on and completed the iconic running challenge of a marathon on Sunday 19th January.
On a bitterly cold morning, Gary Davies and Samantha Hemming took part in the Gloucester Marathon along with almost 300 other runners. The largely flat, traffic-free 26.2 mile route went through the scenic parish of Haresfield and Colethrop village.
Gary achieved a personal best marathon time of three hours two minutes and 14 seconds, finishing in 24th place overall. Samantha wore DK’s renowned blue and white hoops and finished in four hours 58 minutes and 38 seconds.
Back in south Staffordshire, Vanessa Harris braved the freezing cold, taking on a virtual marathon with the theme Move for Australia. The challenge was set up after members of the running and sporting community asked for an event which would support and raise money to help with the horrific wildfires in Australia.
A virtual challenge was created by Race the Distance which could be done from any location and by running, walking, cycling, swimming or using a wheelchair and over one mile, 2k, 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon.
Vanessa ran the first 12 miles with friends before completing the 26.2 miles on her own, running along lanes around Himley and Wombourne as well as the South Staffordshire Railway Walk track and Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
All profits from the virtual challenge will be donated to WIRES, the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia.
DK member Kathryn Purslow faced a less daunting, but still testing, challenge on Saturday 18th January when she acted as a pacemaker at the Severn Valley Country 5k parkrun at Alveley, Bridgnorth. Kathryn paced at 36 minutes and helped a number of runners achieve parkrun personal best times.
Elsewhere in Shropshire, 24 DK runners wore the Hoops at the Telford 5k parkrun. Almost 700 runners made up the field with icy conditions underfoot. Jonny Pearce was the fastest DK man, finishing in 20 minutes 56 seconds while Jane Campbell was the quickest DK lady, finishing in 26 minutes 18 seconds.