Marsden and Teed tackle the beast.

PUBLISHED: 10:26 08 September 2011

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Hugh Marsden and Dawn Teed continued their "run" of off-road races this weekend by tackling 'The Beast', an extremely gruelling 13 miler which starts near Corfe Castle in Dorset and takes runners on a multi-terrain route which incorporates some beastly climbs and descents, writes Ellie Sutcliffe.

Hugh and Dawn reported having had “a lovely day out” and described “a pretty good day weather-wise, with nice views of the Dorset coastline... for those who had time to enjoy them.”

Although almost a half marathon in distance, times cannot be compared with those for a half marathon on the roads times due to the naure of the course.

That said, Hugh finished in 1.35.28 - a time which many club runners would be happy to call a half-marathon PB! - and in 20th position overall, out of 407 finishers.

Under normal circumstances this would be enough to secure Hugh a win in his vet 50 category, but on this occasion he had to settle for fourth in the age group.

To have four over 50 finishers in the top 20 of 407 runners is nothing short of amazing and shows just how high current standards are among veterans.

After expressing slight disappointment at being seven minutes down on her time from 2010 at the ‘Race the Train’ 14 mile off-road race two weeks ago, Dawn set off to Dorset fired up to put in a good performance. And so she did! With a time of 2.09.43 she finished in 227th place, just outside the top 50% of finishers, and taking 12th place in the female vet 45 category.

Hugh, who spends the winter months working in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, felt very at home in this particular race as it happened to be a “who’s who” of the South Atlantic, with the Governor of the Falkland Islands and the Chief Executive of South Georgia also running in the event, finishing in 97th and 23rd respectively... esteemed company for our two Harriers and reminding Hugh that his summer season is drawing to a close and it will soon be time for him to head southwards and join them!

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