SWELTERING conditions failed to put off runners at the annual Charmouth Challenge on Saturday morning, with what is thought to be the biggest ever number of entrants taking on the eight-mile course.
Almost 350 runners took part in the main challenge, which includes a gruelling climb of Golden Cap – the highest peak on the south coast – while 105 enjoyed the two-mile fun run up Stonebarrow Hill.
Known for its stunning views of the Jurassic Coast, the Charmouth Challenge has made a name for itself on the race circuit and attracts entrants from across the country and raising funds for Charmouth Primary School.
The event started with a warm-up on the school playground before runners set off from Lower Sea Lane, and Charmouth fire crew were on hand to cool everyone off with their hose pipes after runners crossed the finishing line.
Results were as follows:
Charmouth Challenge 8-mile fell run – 1st Chris McMillan (Weston AC), 53 minutes, 33 seconds; 2nd Wayne Loveridge (Chard Road Runners), 55 minutes, 26 seconds; 3rd Tim Lenton (Axe Valley Runners), 56 minutes, 3 seconds. First female home – Melanie Austreng (Poole Runners), 1 hours, 5 minutes, 12 seconds.
Fun Run – 1st George Chapman (Charmouth Primary School), 11 minutes, 48 seconds; 2nd Henry Neil (The Woodroffe School), 12 minutes, 7 seconds; 3rd George Merrick (Somer AC Tri), 12 minutes, 13 seconds. First female home – Beth Merrick (Somer AC) – 14 minutes, 50 seconds.