It’s at the gallop for Gray brothers

Wednesday 29th June 2022 11:21 am
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Three intrepid running brothers took on the legendary ‘Man v Horse’ Race and landed silver in the team relay.

This year’s epic 22.5-mile run at Llanwrtyd Wells was the first since 2007 that a human has beaten the fastest horse home, with fell runner and firefighter Ricky Lightfoot from Cumbria becoming only the third man in 42 years to achieve the feat, scooping a £3,500 prize in the process.

And MonRoss Trailblazer brothers Jack, Dan and Luke Gray were among the 1,000-strong runner, 50-horse field, racing as Team G Unit.

They finished in two hours 38 minutes and nine seconds to take silver in the relay and 17th overall, just over 10 minutes behind the winners Team Colonels.

The overall winner, who caught an overnight plane to Wales from Tenerife to reach the 9am start in time, finished in 2.22.23.

And he joked afterwards: “It would be great if I could win the Grand National now.

“I’ve never rode a horse in my life. I once rode a donkey at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, though.”

Meanwhile, MonRoss runner Sam Weale also went the extra mile to win the Black Mountains 50-mile Ultra Marathon by 32 minutes.

Sam took 10 hours and 41 minutes to complete the run, which started at Llanbedr and headed along the Black Mountains ridge, and took in the Olchen Valley, Longtown, Llantony Abbey, Hattteral Hill and the Sugar Loaf.

It attracted 24 entries and included a lung-busting 11,500 feet of ascent.

Rob Nicholls and Richard Bevan also took part in Race 3 of the Hereford 5k series at the city racecourse, Rob running a season best 17.23 to place 27th out of 230, while Richard Bevan finished in 22.33.

Monross Trailblazers meet on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm, meeting at different venues throughout the summer.

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