Just like the for the runners themselves it has been a long hard haul to get to the end of my original trilogy of posts on the Darth Mannion 2015 Beach & Swamp Run Challenge. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. But all things must come to an end and I better press on or be caught up by the dreaded Silent Sweeper, the official back marker.
The Silent Sweeper wasn’t catching these runners as they took the coast path from Pwll Du to Brandy Cove.
Chris Kent was looking relieved to be nearing the finish as he climbed the final hill out of Brandy Cove.
Pausing to only take the wonder of nature under a massive tree.
Robin Benton was also in good spirits bringing his peloton home.
From the climb out of Brandy Cove it is a quick and much needed flat run across Pwll Du Head under the watchful eye of the hardworking volunteer Marshals and official Darth Mannion Saftey Lead Chris Bidder. Spectators were few and far between, but their cheering support was welcome relief. After cheering everyone in, one spectator was a little horse.
It was all smiles coming in, and the runners were now starting to enjoy the race.
With the stunning scenery of South Gower behind them, runners finish in South Gower Rugby Club for a heroes welcome and a lap around the field over hay bails before crossing the prestigious finish line.
So the 6th year of the Darth Mannion was a massive success. A full gallery of the final stages of the race is below (click on images to open), and with over a hundred runners getting involved it can only be bigger and better next year. Maybe you should enter, DimExcuses.