The Spring Treble is always a popular race series amongst Newport & District Running Club members, so there were some very glad runners when the series returned in 2022, after a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. The series comprises three mostly off-road races, held on consecutive Thursday evenings in April, and is organised by Stone Master Marathoners. The distance for each race is approximately 5 miles, but the elevation profile for each race tends to feature a large amount of climbing. 

(Left to right): Oliver Stokres, Bernie Holbrook, Selwyn Plant

The locations of the three races can change between years, and the first race this year was the “Hanchurch Hilly”, the route taking runners on a tour of the Hanchurch Hills, also known as Swynnerton Old Park, in Staffordshire. Run on a modified route compared to the last time this race was run in 2019, due to the car parking location changing, the course this year featured a total of 150 metres of climbing.

David Brown (centre) amongst the pack

This year, four members of NDRC took on race one in the series, and it was David Brown who led the way, finishing in 32nd place in a time of 37:45. Oliver Stokes was next, taking 66th place overall with a time of 42:55. Selwyn Plant was 89th overall, in a time of 48:28, and Bernie Holbrook took 101st position with his time of 50:39.

Selwyn Plant during the race