White Horse Gallop – 2017

The Team Bath duo of Jim Webb and Fiona Blackmore secured a double victory for the club in the challenging White Horse Gallop trail run.

One hundred runners lined up at Leighton Recreation Centre to take on the very challenging White Horse Gallop trail run. The race which is sponsored by the White Horse News is described as one of the most challenging trail run courses in Wiltshire, offering some tough climbs and technical descents but provides some fantastic views across Wiltshire and beyond. The 8-mile route took runners from Leighton Recreation Centre on a long climb up through Wellhead and onto the Imber Range Boundary path before performing a circuit around the White Horse which included a thigh burning climb up the embankment next to the horse itself before descending back along the Wessex Ridgeway into Westbury.

Dominating the running were Jim Webb and Fiona Blackmore both of Team Bath who ran out as winners with healthy time margins over the second placed runners in the Men’s and Ladies races. Finishing in the runners up spot was Damian Spreckley from City of Portsmouth AC and in third place was Craig Rumble from Corsham Running Club. In the Ladies race Carolyn Trippick from Somer AC took the runner up position with Daisy Dougherty from Bulford in third.

The team awards went to the Corsham Running Club trio of Craig Rumble, David Mackie and Alex Rex Kember and the Avon Valley Runners Ladies team of Jo Farion, Kate Hails and Sarah Jewers. Other age category awards went to: MV40 – Ben Blackwall from Trowbridge; FV40 – Debra Kearsey of Corsham Running Club; MV50 –  Andrew Smallbone of Frome Running Club; FV50 – Diane Aldridge of Corsham Running Club; MV60 – Bob Salter from Bratton; FV60 – Christina Vivian of Avon Valley Runners.