Ultra Tour of Arran
Report by Sheena Jackson
Julian and I completed the Ultra Tour of Arran this weekend. This is a 2 day event; day one being just over 28 miles and day two is 32 miles.
Day one was gloriously sunny and clear and we had a fantastic run to the south of the island. There were some tough hills to climb with just over 4,000 feet of ascent. The terrain was mixed with forest trails, a bit of tarmac, rough paths and boggy moorland – not forgetting the Bog of Doom, complete with scary dolls hanging from trees and eerie music… We were treated to some amazing views and the camaraderie was fantastic. Day one, although demanding, is just a gentle introduction for day two…
Day two’s forecast was for 40 mile an hour winds on the tops and a wind chill of minus eight, and it didn’t disappoint! The first climb was tough and I was glad to have my poles as I’d have been knocked off my feet a few times otherwise. The views out across the mountains to the sea were stunning and there were patches of snow still on the top. The descent from the top was hard work over rough, pathless moorland and took its toll on our legs. I took a tumble on the way down but the resulting cuts and bruises looked more dramatic than they actually were and we carried on to pit stop one at the distillery. From here it was a 9 mile trek along the coastline into a strong headwind, clambering over boulders and rocks to pit stop two where the red bull team were waiting.
Then it was up the valley to Goat Fell and another long ascent with a bit of scrambling. We opted for the low route near the top as I didn’t fancy the ridge in the wind (next year I’m definitely not wussing out!!). The views again were stunning from here and we stopped for photos and a chat with fellow Rat Racers. Then it was on down the valley to the beach and onto the sports centre to finish. In total we did just under 5,850 feet of ascent.
The route was brilliantly marked on both days, so no navigation required and it really is an excellent adventure. Rat Race tout these events as challenges rather than races but I think our total time was about 17 hours 20 minutes for the two days and 60ish Miles. Definitely not my fastest running but I’d highly recommend the event for the experience! The only problem was getting stuck on the island after Monday’s ferries were all cancelled but we found a lovely hotel on the beach and just chilled out for an extra day.
Burnsall Trail Half Marathon
Report by Andrew Harker
A few Ripon runners competed in the Burnsall Trail Half Marathon on Saturday. Mark Ryder finished a brilliant 10th on a very hilly and enjoyable course with a time of 1:45. Andrew completed the course in 2:03.
Report by Fiona Hernandez
The 7 and 16 mile multi-terrain courses included exposed moorland terrain, steep uphill wood climbs and downhill technical trail running.
Lenny Lennox, Karen Lennox, Mike Hernandez, Fiona Hernandez, Andrea Richardson, Kelly Dunkley and Ann-Marie Brown set off at 9.30am and ran the 16 mile course.
Trish Garbutt, Fiona Alder, Dawn Griffin and Hazel Russell set off at 10.35am and run 7 mile course.
7 mile results:
Hazel Russell 3rd V50 1:06:45
Fiona Alder 1st FV60 1:08:52
Dawn Griffin 1:25:45
Trish Garbutt 1:35:57
16 mile results:
Lenny Lennox 1st MV50 2:08:06
Mike Hernandez 2nd MV50 2:08:15
Kelly Dunkley 1st F 2:58:27
Andrea Richardson 3:05:48
Ann-Marie Brown 3:37:21
Karen Lennox 3:37:22
Fiona Hernandez 3:37:22
A group of Ripon Runners completed the Wensleydale Wander on Saturday. The event is organised by the Rotary club and raises money for charities. There is a choice of two circular walks, one a 23 mile challenge and a shorter one of 12 miles, both starting and finishing in Leyburn. There are liquid refreshments at various checkpoints in both walks, while warm food is provided at the halfway point on the longer walk and a hot two course meal at the finish in Wensleydale school. The Rotary claim that the routes are well sign-posted and marshalled, so no one is likely to get lost!
The weather on Saturday was sunny but cold and there was a headwind on the tops.
Lisa Quinn, David Nicklas and Jo Hope completed the 12 mile route in 1:53. First back for Ripon on the 23 mile route was Alan Kyle in 3:43 followed by Paul Morgan 3:46, Claire Baker 3:47 and Ray Raper 3:57.
Boston (Lincolnshire) Marathon
Report by Simon McCudden
Resurrected in 2016 after an absence of 20 years, the Boston (UK) Marathon has grown steadily and is the flattest marathon in the UK. Nicole Sutton, Lena Conlin and Simon McCudden headed south to find out what the run was all about. Starting in the historic market square next to the magnificent 13th century tower of St Botolph’s Church, the route heads out in a north westerly direction on minor roads/lanes, twisting and turning through various villages. The weather started off cold and during the first half of the course we encountered some strong winds, both for and against the runners, but the final 6 miles was breeze free.
The course makes for a real mental challenge in that you can see for miles ahead of you so you just have to keep concentrating on a fixed point to aim for and watch your pace as it was very easy ,on such a flat course, to get carried away. The whole event is very well organised, with water stations at every 2 miles and fantastic support from all the marshals and bystanders. Great performances from Nicole who ran 3hrs 38mins 48 secs (achieving good for age for London by 12 minutes – her specific aim for the event). Lena, after all her recent long distance efforts, ran 4hrs 13mins 48 secs and Simon ambled back in 4hrs 03mins 08 secs. There were 610 finishers (450 in 2017).
Any member wishing to aim for a first marathon you can do no worse than consider this Boston.