On an otherwise wet and gloomy Saturday, an unexpected 2 hour dry spell opened up just as the Dent 14 mile race got underway. Alex Fawcett took the MV50 first prize and 19th place overall in a time of 1 hour 32 mins 44 secs. Ben Imeson was next for Ripon in 1:38:09, followed by Gary Wilks (1:55:24) and RR first lady Anneke Imeson (1:59:13).
Other finishers were: Heather Glegg (2:02:40), Tim Joynson (2:11:44), Simon McCudden (2:15:50), Nicole Sutton, Jo Thwaites (2:26:13), Kelly Dunkley (2:27:55), Robert Mundy (2:50:09) and Linda Cadman (2:59:17).
Adrian Martin and Sheena Jackson took on the Haworth Hobble on Saturday. The course was just short of 32 miles and with 4,400 ft of ascent it had some fairly challenging climbs. Deep claggy mud made the going quite difficult at times but with Adrian doing a brilliant job of encouraging Sheena round, they were pleased with a finish time of 7:08. It was a tough race, but one Sheena definitely wants to do again.
The first of the 2018 Punk Panther race series was held on Saturday. 77 runners braved the snowy conditions, whilst many entrants staying away due to travel and course concerns. The 32 miles long course offered two variations this year, an extra 7 miles that could be added at the half way stage for 39 miles in total, and due to snow drifts on Burley Moor a minor road detour, which made for a slightly shorter 31.5 miles long course.
Jill and Matthew Holt took the shorter 31.5 mile distance route, which had 4,230 ft of ascent, and deep snow as they left the start HQ in Otley and took in Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen before finishing at Pool Bank. As expected, large sections proved hard and tiring to negotiate with the pace slow at times. However, Jill still ran strongly and claimed 2nd FV50 prize, finishing in 6 hours 38 minutes, followed a few seconds later by Matthew.
Harewood House Half
A number of members took to the grounds of Harewood House to take part in Harewood House Half marathon.
Run in aid of the British Heart Foundation, the course is very hilly in nature as it traverses around the tracks, fields and woods of the estate. Weather conditions were cold but sunny.
First back for Ripon was Jo Lofthouse in 1 hr 38 mins. Gary Bastow was next in 1 hr 47 mins and 10th in his age category.
Steve Grange continued his improved progress, recording a great time of 2 hr 5 mins, with Phil Chatterton and Andy Purll chasing hard in 2 hr 6 min and 2 hr 9 min respectively. Kate Shaw also ran well to finish in 2 hr 17 mins.
New Forest Challenge
Colm O’Cofaigh completed the New Forest Challenge at the weekend; an LDWA event measuring just over 26 miles long. The course runs along forest and open heathland trails in the New Forest. It’s a very scenic course with very boggy parts. The weather was perfect with blue skies and sunshine, and Colm finished in 5 hours 30 mins.