PARALYMPIC gold medalist Richard Whitehead, Southwell Running Club's most famous member, recently jumped into first place in Tom Daley's ITV programme SPLASH! with an inspiring dive.

He wowed the crowds with a daring handstand dive off the 10-metre board, the first time the tricky stunt has been attempted in the series. He said; "I wanted a fresh challenge and I also wanted to encourage people with disibilities to try diving themselves."

The 3 villages run on 5th Jan, starting and ending in Burton Joyce, got 25 SRC runners out blowing off the Christmas cobwebs. Paul Butcher won the race with Stephen Rice coming in second. Bacon baps and a veggie option at Brendan's completed the morning's events.

Jackie Duers represented the ladies in the cross country at Woolaton Park. 7 men competed as well with Mark Edmonson-Jones in the lead and Simon Moody bringing up the rear for SRC. Molly Campbell did well in the Bramcote cross country, with Paul Grogan coming in first for the men.

The definition of an Ultra marathon is, I think, a very very long race, usually hilly with sand, rock or mud. Mud it was at the Tour de Helvellyn in the Lake District. Paul Orton, Phil Sturgeon, Richard Andrews and Ian Haigh donned their waterproofs to tackle this 38 mile wet, windy and muddy race. Phil was a guardian angel to another runner who was injured. Well that was his excuse when he got back a few hours after the others.

A date for your diary; Sunday 30th March, back by popular demand the Grand Tour of Southwell, 16 or 33 miles. www.southwellrunningclub.org.uk

The Lazy Runner