Running club’s ‘crazy adventurer’ dodges the wild bears!

'Crazy adventurer' Steven Battle, of Clowne Road Runners, who has completed a 238-mile endurance run over five days.
'Crazy adventurer' Steven Battle, of Clowne Road Runners, who has completed a 238-mile endurance run over five days.

The man they call the ‘crazy adventurer’ at Clowne Road Runners club has completed an arduous 238-mile endurance event over five days.

Steven Battle has just returned from the USA where he took part in the Moab 200 Endurance Run. It started in Moab, a city in Utah, and charted a course alongside the Colorado River, through canyons and mountains, before returning to Moab.

The event has a cut-off time of 112 hours, but Battle completed in 110 after managing to avoid the many dangers and pitfalls en route, including wild bears!

Back in Derbyshire, some of Battle’s clubmates took part in less spectacular events up and down the country, although the winds of Storm Brian made things far from easy. Jordan Street completed the Wirksworth Undulator Fell race, which comprised 1,260 feet of climbing on a mix of off-road, trail and lanes, in 62 minutes to register fifth position. And Karen Shipman achieved a new personal-best time of three hours, 38.37 minutes, nine seconds at the Abingdon Marathon in Oxfordshire.

Dan Harpham finished 55th of 701 runners in the Chesterfield Half-Marathon, clocking one hour, 34.25 minutes, while Chris Lane ran the scenic, but blustery, Northumberland Castles Half-Marathon in one hour, 41 minutes.