Record breaking year for Charmouth Challenge

THE annual Charmouth Challenge race attracted a record number of entries when it was held for the 36th year on Saturday, July 6.

More than 450 runners took part in the eight-mile fell run, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the region, taking in stunning coastal scenery and a gruelling hike up Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast.

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Charmouth Primary School, with many pupils also taking part in the shorter two-mile fun run up Stonebarrow Hill.

Stalls and refreshments were also set up in the school grounds to help boost funds.

Organisers would like to thank all those who supported the event, including local businesses who sponsored Charmouth Challenge, as well as the village community for helping and being patient in dealing with road closures and other inconveniences.

Results were as follows: Male Runners – 1st James Baker (Chichester Runners & AC), 52mins; 2nd Chris McMillan (Weston Athletic Club), 53mins; 3rd Simon Fox (Petts Wood Runners), 53mins. Female Runners – 22nd Helen Wallington (Totton Running Club), 1hr, 5mins; 25th Susan Duncan (Weston Athletic Club), 1hr 7mins; 36th Suzanne Spiller (Honiton Running Club), 1hr, 10mins.

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