Another crazy weekend at Thunder Run. First special thanks to the support crew, the Hookway kids, the James kids, Martyn Walters, Jack Waugh and Peter Andrews (and everyone else).
The team captains did a great job, we got to the start with all the teams full after a lot of hard work finding replacement runners, we are grateful to everyone who agreed to run. It was a multi club event for us with runners joining our 30 Doncaster AC runners from Barnsley AC, Danum Harriers, Askern DRC and Lincsquad.
This event is the largest of its kind in the UK and its difficult to enter as it fills up nearly as fast as the Percy Pud 10k. Just about every club is represented so it was great to see so many friends over the weekend.
Friday – Five of us arrived just after 8am and we were behind a queue of about a hundred cars to get on to the camp site, with everyone fighting to get the best pitch available. We had to accommodate about 30 tents and we had to be track side. Well done to Martin Hookway for securing just about the last space on site for us which worked out to be a very good spot, and we got the club flag up.
Through out the day more and more people arrived and it remained dry until James Osborne fetched the rain with him (and pizza). We had the most amazing buffet (which essentially lasted 3 days). The rain was in for the night and it was very heavy at times, Neil Wood’s tent flooded and this ended up in a skip.
Saturday – When we woke up the rain had stopped and people kept arriving all morning and the camp site was full to overflowing. All the teams got registered and the excitement was growing.
We had 3 teams of 8, 1 team of 5, 1 team of 2 and 3 solo runners. Its a 10km off road trail course which is run as a relay (unless your a solo runner). Last year we had 12 runners at the event, this year we had 34 runners. Several of our runners had never done anything like this before and given the awful conditions it was brilliant to see the enthusiasm for getting teams in for next year. Jody and Danielle have both had to overcome set backs this year and this was a big target for them, well done both and everyone else.
We went to the race briefing with thousands of other runners and the race started at 12 noon. The course was wet and muddy but it had stopped raining, so it was starting to dry out, perfect. Come about 3pm it rained until about 5am and the course was basically destroyed becoming deep slippery mud with lots of exposed tree roots.
Sunday – All our teams kept going through the night and in to the morning. Everything was covered in mud and everyone was tired and sore. People were trying to decide if they should do a last lap or if they had done enough.
After the race finished people got their medals for taking part and had a drink or three.
Had any of our teams finished in the top 3? We waited for the presentation and Jimmy Osbourne and Martin James were delighted to have finished in second place having covered 21 laps between them. The sun then came out. Between us, we covered 886.6 miles over 24 hours.
Most of the campsite emptied over the afternoon but a few of us stayed and Jimmy and Martin Hookway put on a splendid BBQ for us.
DAC Ultra Captain Martin Hookway was very proud of Sue “Saying as Ultra Captain and her long suffering husband, I’d like to congratulate her on her amazing 90k on literally no training. I strongly recommend that no one in the club EVER follows her ultra training plan, as she is one in her own. Her stubbornness is more powerful than any training. Also a massive well done to Becky who made her debut at TR24 after only starting ultra running this year. The rain and mud took it toll but like Sue, got up in the morning after some rest to finish off her laps when it so easy to just pack up and go home to warm bed. Well done ladies, I believe you both have set the seed for many other DAC members to go Solo next year. DAC Team Ultra is growing. “
Some quotes from the team members follow with the results after:
Martin Hookway said “On behalf of DAC can I thank Peter Andrews of Thorne Moorends Sports Massage Therapy for stepping in last minute and coming up to #TR24 as club massage master. Not only did he stay up through the night dealing with all of our aches and pains, he dried our kit, filled our supplies and generally ensured we had everything we needed to get round the course. Top lad, cheers Pete, and all the best at Manvers this weekend. I hope you get better weather than we did.”
Chris Lawson “Inspirational words from Captain Fantastic George Laing got us all out to do a 6th lap when we really weren’t up for it, and got us into 5th place in the mens teams of 5. Great running with you George Laing, Lee Milburn, Chris Moran and Wayne Martison. A great team effort!!”
Chris Moran “Absolutely epic weekend at The Thunder Run. 36 miles of mud, rain and thoroughly ruined legs. After 24 hours, the only thing worse than the state of my body was the smell in my tent. Wrong on so many levels.”
Danielle Bawden “Thanks all for a fantastic weekend. A great club to be part of 😊.
Alison Noble “Roped into doing this crazy race with DAC by Rose James Was Thompson. It’s been a wet weekend but what a great time I’ve had. Made to feel so welcome and part of the team. Thanks guys. One more 10k left for me to run. We’ve all done amazing.”
Peter Vickers “Thanks to everyone for a great weekend! Really enjoyed being part of Scrambled Legs. Just need to remember my spikes next year. And maybe to bring more than one pair of running socks…!”
James Osborne said “#TR24 is over me and @doncasterrunner completed 21 laps. It was wet, muddy, cold and very tough, but think we got second 😀 🏆#winners #runchat”
Martyn Kellett “It rained all night, the race is nearly three hours underway and it’s raining heavily again . …….but DAC are still laughing their socks off and having a great time. This is a proper way to spend a weekend”
Amie Knott “Epic character building weekend. Mud, rain, hills, laughter, emotions and blossoming friendships.
In hindsight it was foolish to not train for this, but my running idol is Susan Hookway so I thought I could also rock up and beast it. Lesson learned, I am not Susan Hookway and I need to train for these things!
Running motivation officially returned though. Thank you all for welcoming me back and reminding me of what I’m missing!.” Www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamLakey
Janet – So … I’m just back from the most amazing weekend.. TR24 2017.. 24 hours of 10k laps. A rollercoaster of emotions & team DAC. Thanks guys”
Sharon Carson “Wow what an amazing weekend we have had to say it was challenging is an understatement. 22hrs of continuous rain but everyone pulling together. Met some new friends and the fun we have had with new and old has been awesome. 🤣 🤣xx”
Jody “Back from a fantastic weekend at thunder run. I only managed 2laps but still feel proud of myself. The company was great and was lovely to meet new people. All of my running buddies did amazing but want to say a big well done to Jimmy Osborne and Martin James that was good running, also susan hookway and Martin Hookway who if they could would still be running lol. Same time next year guys. And Thankyou Allan Carson for taking me. Also a big Thankyou to Martyn Walter for coming and supporting us.x”
Becki “In addition to running I managed a sideways slide/fall nearly taking out 3 other runners in a domino effect. I face planted into the mud, & attempted to run through s ‘puddle of mud’ & replicate Dawn French in a Vicar of Dibley scene. Over 24 hours of rain. But would I do
It again, hell yes! Great Company, Fantastic Support & an amazing bunch of people from Doncaster Athletic Club to share it with. Well done to everyone that ventured to Catton Park”
Rose said “So proud of each and every one of you. You were all very cheery, motivating and great to be around despite the absolutely awful weather and the gobby git next door. The team spirit never went and we still had a laugh. Xx”
Neil Wood “First thunder run experience… Despite the wetness had an awesome time. Thanks for having me!! Amazing performances be every single
One of you 👍 💪 💪 💪”
Andrea Robinson “Wow. Well that was an experience that I’ve never had before. 24 hour Thunder run in the pooing rain (3 x 10k) Wet and very muddy is definitely an understatement. But I loved every minute of it. Well done everyone and mahooosive respect to Jimmy Osborne and Martin James, you are both crazy and also to solo runners Mr and Mrs Martin Hookway. Now I need alcohol.”
George “I was quite apprehensive about the weekend, didn’t think I had six laps in me and didn’t want to let the team down.”
The tables below – the first number is Position, then number of laps.
Solo men – 71 took part (Martin enjoyed himself supporting others in this event):
|30||10||24:12:23||Martin Hookway||SM||40||Martin Hookway||1||01:22:30|
Solo ladies – 43 took part
|22||9||24:12:23||Susan Hookway||SF||109||Susan Hookway||1||01:22:30|
Male pair – 15 took part.
|2||21||23:26:52||Never again back again||PM||224||Jimmy Osborne||1||00:56:45|
Teams of 5 men – 30 teams took part
|5||28||24:13:21||The Infamous Five||3M||411||George Laing||1||00:48:56|
Teams of 8 – 226 teams took part
|11||27||24:46:06||SCRAMBLED LEGS 6X||6X||2282||Chris Ramsay||1||00:41:32|
|34||24||23:58:58||Your Pace or Mine||6X||2933||Michelle Ward||1||00:58:36|
|147||19||22:55:58||bold and old||6X||1384||Andrea Robinson||1||01:00:59|
|1387||Anthony O Connor||4||01:06:32|
|1383||Amie Louise Knott||8||01:11:29|
|1387||Anthony O Connor||12||01:35:07|
|1383||Amie Louise Knott||16||01:28:32|