The Charmouth Challenge is an 8 mile fell run through some very fine coastal scenery in the South West on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast, overlooking Charmouth’s famous fossil hunting beaches with views to Lyme Regis. It includes an ascent of the Golden Cap (main picture), which at 191 metres is the highest point on the South West Coast of England. This year we had 5 runners in a group of over a dozen, the rest were either walking the course supporting or sitting on the beach.
Once again we had a very warm race day, the race HQ and start/finish was at Charmouth primary school virtually on the beach, 343 runners started at 10:00, an easy short run on the road before turning off onto the half mile steep climb up Stonebarrow Lane, once at the top the view was quite something looking over to the coastline. The route was now completely off road and a long descent took you to the base of the Golden Cap.
1st James Baker Chichester Runners 52:00 19th Christian Poulton 64:00 33rd Graham Maynard 69:00
52nd Clem Dixon 72:00
180th Peter Hadley 92:00
304th Ian Marshall 115:00
First Lady (22ndoverall): Helen Wallington Totton Running Club 65:00