Michael Bray ran the Fountain Abbey parkrun on Saturday and for the first time broke the 40 minute barrier, taking a whopping 3 minutes and 16 seconds off his previous best time. This gives Michael a new PB time of 37 minutes 29 seconds. I’m sure all members will be delighted for Michael, and look forward to plenty more PBs from him in 2018.
Hardmoors Roseberry Marathon
Michael Hall, Nicole Sutton and Lena Conlin ran the last of the Hardmoors Marathons for 2017 – this time the Roseberry Marathon, which includes two ascents of Roseberry Topping. Conditions were freezing with some treacherous ice sections. Mike Hall was first back (time TBC) with Nicole and Lena finishing in 6 hours 53 minutes, which was a PB time for the course. Lucy and Ed Smith ran the half version of the event (again time TBC).
Liverpool Santa Dash
Chair Simon McCudden ran what he described as ‘The least competitive event that I have ever taken part in’ at the weekend, by running the 5k Liverpool Santa Dash. Along with 8,000 other ‘santas’, including his wife Sheila and other close family friends, Simon enjoyed the great atmosphere as participants from families, business groups, charity groups and folk not normally associated with running go great lengths to create such as spectacle.
This annual event sees Liverpool competing with Las Vegas to see who can host the largest Santa Dash, with the UK city currently holding the record.
Sally Houghton took part in the Wadsworth half trog fell race on Sunday, on a course that was longer than the usual for this type of race at 9.5 miles long. The 1360 foot of ascent was made even tougher over on boggy moorland above Hebden Bridge. Runners were however blessed with gorgeous blue skies to help take their minds off the conditions underfoot with plenty of slipping and sliding while trying to keep upright. The rest of the course was scrabbling through knee high heather where footpaths are often absent but luckily on a clear day navigation was less tricky. A really great race which Sally enjoyed, especially with a handy stream to wash off in at the end. Sally was once again first vet 50 and 5th lady overall.
Also on Saturday 2, Jo & Iain Wallace competed at the Langdale 10k event in the Lake District. A hilly course, and Jo’s first 10k since injury, she managed a great time of 49 minutes 12 seconds while Iain also ran well for a time just under the 43 minute barrier.