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Poets Path Potter

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The second annual Poets Path Potter was held over the local public footpaths of Poets Path I, Poets Path II and the Daffodil Way on March 29th 2014. The events were celebrating the centenary of the 1914 settling in the area of a number of well-known poets now collectively known as ‘The Dymock Poets’. The mixed field of top class runners and social walkers enjoyed the stunning countryside and hosts of daffodils at their most bewitching on a lovely warm spring day.

The fastest runner with a new record for the combined 26 miles of Poets Path 1 and II (each 8 miles) and the Daffodil Way (10 miles) was Gloucestershire AC international long-distance star Jeremy Mower in a time of 4 hours 44 minutes. Joint-fastest woman, Angie Sadler (Tewkesbury AC), who is a recent England international endurance runner, along with up-and-coming long distance newcomer Kate Browning (Dursley AC) finished the marathon in 5 hours 38 minutes. Although having a relatively small field given that this is still a new promotion, approximately £100 will be equally split between The Dymock Parochial Church Council (to contribute towards a new roof), Gloucester County Council Public Rights of Way (for upkeep of the Poets Paths) and the charity, Sport for Good, after promotional costs only have been allowed for.

A generous 10 hour time limit to complete any of the distances is offered to encourage people of different levels of abilities and fitness, either as runners or walkers, to take part.

Many of the walkers and slower runners took a much more leisurely approach, walkers taking up to 3 and a half hours for the 8 mile route, runners taking over 4 hours for just the 16 mile option and the slowest marathon runner being the ‘Ed & Phil’ event resident poet, Kathy Tytler, who read some of her poetry at the start, but is also a very experienced long distance running veteran and her took time to fully enjoy the scenery to finish in 8 hours 12 minutes.

At the end of each loop of the three paths, everyone returned to the event HQ at Dymock Cricket Club to enjoy drinks, sandwiches and cakes to either celebrate a successful finish of their chosen distance or to sustain them for the next path to be covered. The fine weather and relaxed atmosphere made for a memorable day; and as one person put it: ‘Just a quick note to say thank you again for a lovely meander through the daffodils on Sunday morning. It was a lovely way to get in miles whilst enjoying breath taking scenery.’

All finishers were given a specially designed commemorative medal, souvenir copies of the printed maps with the poetic history of each of the three paths they had elected to cover and a goody bag.

For more information contact: Phillip Howells on 01531 636752 or 07802 260906, email phillip@edandphil.co.uk - www.edandphil.co.uk

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