ON Sunday 12 May, Dorchester saw just the second running of the off-road Hardy Half-marathon with 259 people taking part.

Although the route was very challenging, it was a well-organised trail race including 1400 feet of elevation on a tour of the landscape of Dorset, made famous by writer Thomas Hardy. The competitors also visited the monument of another famous Hardy, Admiral Sir Thomas.

Various local charities received the proceeds from this event and from a Fit2Run point of view, Mandi Robson was amongst the field. Her successful season continued with her time of 2:32:26 earning her first place in her age category.

Fast forwarding to Friday 31 May and Mandi was representing Fit2Run once again, this time in the Firefighter Trail Run 10k. The run is held in Princetown, out and around King's Tor with fantastic panoramic views. It was a beautiful evening, with Mandi coming in at 57.22. After the race, competitors enjoyed a well-earned BBQ and homemade cakes!

The latest event that featured Fit2Run members was a 50-mile coastal race in Pembrokeshire, taking place on Saturday 8 June.

This event is part of a series that takes place over a weekend, consisting of distances between 22 and 100 miles and seeing competitors go over all sorts of terrains, from rugged cliff tops to sheltered coves.

Amy Rawson took part and whilst she had previously completed an ultra-marathon (32 miles), this was her first 50 miler. Amy admitted that it was very tough but absolutely stunning at the same time.