Away from the lake

A Gazelle like Graham Elliott completes his trifecta at New Brighton

A big well done to National RG65 champion, IOM and part time Marblehead skipper Graham Elliott for completing the Wirral Whistle Stop Tour completing 26 miles in 3 days on his feet.

Graham started out with a light 5 mile off road race on Friday evening through Arrowe Park.

Saturday morning followed with a leisurely 8 mile cross country course in Thurstaston with steep grassy climbs and difficult beach legs in driving rain. When pressed Elliott suggested the going was tough but with gritted teeth he rounded out leg two.

Sunday dawned with a final half marathon along the New Brighton sea front. Here he was joined by fellow Birkenhead RS & PC member Victoria Gibson who covered the 10k run.

With both making the distance, it was Elliott who drew plaudits from the large crowd at the finishing line for his 42nd place finish from 233 competitors who took on the Whistle Stop Tour of 3 consecutive runs.

Struggling to find breath, a tired Elliott when quizzed of his achievements could only swear he would never enter such events again when sober.

For these two Birkenhead members, their next major battle away from the pond will be a rematch with the Windrush Whippets of Josh King and Chris Harris at next years Liverpool half marathon.

Fancy taking them on alongside rumoured teams from Clapham and Guildford? then you best start running up and down a lake near you starting with this coming weekends Marblehead ranking at West Kirby.

Story and pics courtesy of  “The Wirral Bugle”