Haslemere Border Athletics Club (HBAC) members have travelled far and wide to get their running fix.
The much-anticipated Serpent Trail races gave runners a choice of distance from 100km to 50km, 20km and 10km. All routes ended at Petersfield Rugby Club.
The route is one of the prettiest in the region, with dusty trails, hilly segments and plenty of stiles for good measure to keep the athletes on their toes.
For those who were not running there was an option to marshall – which a few HBAC runners did, guiding the runners along the route and shouting encouragement along the gruelling route.
A number of HBAC athletes took part, and Patrick Ferguson opted for the full 100km.
After months of training and prepping for the race, he put in a stunning performance to finish in a fabulous time of 15:07.32.
Three HBAC runners took on the 50km race which started at Petworth.
Dean Kellaway was first home in a cracking time of 5:08.18, followed by Sebastian Linke in 6:56.40.
Tom Bampton reached the end in 7:14.07.
Louise Bampton and Roger Cripps took on the 20km route which started at Midhurst and took in the last 12 miles of the Serpent Trail.
Roger finished in 1:59.33 and Louise completed her race in 2:05.46.
The second event of the Yateley road race series took place and there were some strong performances from the Haslemere Border team.
Bringing the team home was Daniel Allaway in an excellent time of 36.10 to finish in tenth place overall and first in his age group.
Sheelagh Jones took first place in her age group in an impressive time of 45.14.
Steve King finished in 51.08, Peter Surma crossed the line in 56.33, Catriona Wiles finished in 58.46, Andrew Gregory crossed the line in 1:02.05, Anne Wright – competing in her first race event for Haslemere Border – finished in 1:02.12 and Jenni Rayner crossed the line in 1:13.44.
The first Centurion Running Weekend in the Wendover Woods featured running workshops, children’s events and various choices of distances for adults.
There was also an opportunity to marshall, which Karen Sinclair did before taking part in her own race.
Karen was joined by Tom and Louise Bampton at the start line for the ten-mile race, which entailed one lap of the course and incorporated 1,988ft of elevation.
Tom and Louise crossed the finish line at the same time in 2:15.09 – and Karen was not far behind in 2:35.06.
Paul Seymour took part in the Cotswolds Classic V2:20 Iron Man based in and around Cirencester, which involved a 13-mile run, a 54-mile bike ride and a 1.9-km swim.
The first event was the swim and Paul swam at an impeccable pace to finish in an impressive time of 28.06.
Next up was the bike ride – which averaged around 1,808ft of climbing on already tired legs – and Paul completed the ride in 2:32.51.
Paul then switched his bike shoes for his running trainers and paced himself well to complete his run in a superb time of 1:43.05 for an overall finish time of 4:48.27.
Only a few days after competing in the Yateley road race 10km, Peter Surma hit the roads again to compete in the Ascics 10km.
The race was set in London and the course passed many iconic landmarks.
Runners were motivated by cheering fans and live music – and Peter finished in 56.50.
Also running in the race was Steve Pendegrass – who is continuing to make his comeback from a serious injury. Steve, who was joined by his wife on the start line, paced himself well and finished in 53.04.
The third race featuring the element of fire in the classic series hosted by BigFeat took place at the Royal School in Haslemere.
Two of those at the start line were Haslemere Border athletes Rodger Morley and Philomel Bennett – who had opted for the marathon distance.
After being briefed at the start, they embarked on their journey heading up towards the Devil’s Punch Bowl before descending down Gibbet Hill towards Keffolds Farm and into Grayswood before skirting Bowlhead Green.
The route then crossed over into Thursley before reaching Hankley golf course and the sandy plains of Hankley Common. The runners then headed back to the Devil’s Punch Bowl and gruelling climbs to the top of Gibbet Hill before heading for the finish at the Royal School.
Both athletes ran very well, having mastered 2,113ft of elevation and some tricky terrain.
Rodger finished third overall in a superb time of 3:48.26. Philomel finished 11th overall and second lady in 4:11.12.
A club social pub run featured a challenging route from Fernhurst to Marley Heights and Blackdown, before returning to the Red Lion at Fernhurst to hydrate.
The option of running distances ranged from 7km to 10km – and there was also a walking group.
The social run proved popular, with everyone enjoying the route, the spectacular views and the chance to chat afterwards at the Red Lion with a refreshing drink.
Haslemere Border athlete Tom Bampton spent a Saturday night running in the dark through until the early hours.
The Midnight Marathon event was organised by Second Wind Running. The runners set off at 9pm from Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and after a couple of miles the route joined the South Downs Way.
Runners were guided by the flickering light of bouncing head torches while tackling the hilly climbs and challenging terrain beneath their feet.
Tom paced himself diligently, tackling 3,527ft of elevation along the way to complete his race in a superb time of 5:27.19.
With the summer holiday season in full swing, some club members have tried out different sports.
Lorraine Herring braved her fear of water to take part in a dragon boat race along the Thames, while Rita Smalley returned to her native Finland and took an early opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming cross-country season by taking part in swamp volleyball.
A group of HBAC runners headed for France to cycle parts of the Tour de France route, including some of the hill climbs around the Pyrenees.
For anyone who is looking to kick-start their running fitness in the autumn, Haslemere Border AC will be starting another of their successful Get Up and Run programmes.
Whether you just want to get fit, aim for a parkrun, run for mental wellbeing or come back after a break, the course is suitable for everyone aged 16 years old and above.
Ann Varnes and Philomel Bennett