Rutland runners brave Arctic conditions

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Two Rutland Running and Triathlon Club members braved the Arctic conditions to compete in two half-marathons.

Paul Rogerson headed to Naseby for the Battlefied Half and Michel Evans took part in her first ever race, the Warwick half-marathon on March 17.

The Naseby race began with roads covered in 2cm of snow and competitors were faced with blizzard conditions and Paul said: “Just trying to stay upright took priority over speed, especially on the downhill sections as the snow quickly turned to icy slush.”

At the registration in Naseby Village Hall a band was playing - they had a good sense of humour as at one point they burst into Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow.

The event winds its way through wonderful country park scenery but on Sunday the two laps were a slog in awful conditions with feet and hands taking hours to thaw after the finish.

Paul completed the course in 1h57m32 which was way off his target pace but, given the conditions, he was quite pleased with the result.

Michel was also battling with sleet and drizzle in Warwick as she settled into her first ever competition and despite the conditions said: “It was a great experience.”.

She found the weather cooling and despite conditions managed a respectable 2h08m00.