On Sunday 28th February 2016, the annual Slay the Dragon cross country race and yielded a strong turnout of close to 350 runners registering for the races. The event, now in its ninth year, attracted people from across the local area such as well as from further afield with some runners coming from Colchester, London and Surrey.
The Slay the Dragon course follows various tracks, country lanes and fields in and around Hinton St George, Dinnington and Allowenshay and incorporates three races; the Slay the Dragon 10k, the Dragon’s Tail 4k and the Baby Dragon 2k for runners of all ages to enjoy.
The event is organised by the Hinton St George First School Parents and Friends Association.
Race Director Jason Brown said: “I am absolutely delighted with how the day went and we had a record number of people register for this year’s run. We don’t have a total yet but we think it will be more than £2,000 which will all be used for benefit of the pupils of our school.”
Positive feedback has already been received from many runners keen for next year’s races;
Anya Swain from Dorchester said “My first race, really enjoyed it. Thank you to the Marshall’s who were there with a ‘you’re doing well’ and a clap, it made all the difference. See you next year!” And Ellie Dominey (fastest woman in the 10km race) said it was “a great, well organised race, stunning route.”
The post-race was a lot of fun as well. Just like last year there was plenty of food and snacks to be had. Not your traditional post-race food like apples and bananas either but delicious bacon butties and homemade cakes.
Thank you to the local landowners who granted us access to race across their fields, to our sponsors Waterside Kitchens, Mayfield Investment Management, Yarcombe Woodland Products and Branston and to all our volunteers for the support they provided
“And not forgetting thank you to the runners and their families for making this year another successful event! We look forward to making next year’s 10th anniversary event even bigger and better!” said Mr Brown.
In the 10km race, Wayne Loveridge came in first in 38 minutes and 4 seconds, Jason Scott came second in 39 minutes and Mark Wills placed third with a time of 39 minutes and 40 seconds. Fastest woman was Ellie Dominey with a time of 43 minutes and 59 seconds.
In the 4km
1. ROSS WAYNE 17mins 07sec
2. JACK PELLOW 17mins 14secs (fastest boy under 18 trophy winner)
3. LUCY PITTARD 18mins 51secs (fastest girl under 18 trophy winner)
Complete listing of race results can be found here: