Langsett Loop Marathon
Report by Lucy Smith
On Wednesday last week I ran the Langsett loop marathon held by Its Grim up North. There was a 15mile and a marathon option. The course was a 5 mile loop round Langsett reservoir which consisted of trail, off road and some tarmac. It was a very hot sunny day and I did suffer calf cramps from mile 18. The marathon was 5 loops plus an out and back at the end. I had a lovely run and took it at a leisurely pace.
Lucy finished in 5hrs 10 mins and also claimed the 2nd lady trophy!
Fountains 10km Race
Report by from Karen Lennox
Fountains 10Km is described as an undulating multi terrain course with some elevation!!!. Well it did not fail to meet expectations starting and finishing on an “incline” with some off road, mud and puddles thrown in for good measure. The “hill of pain” is definitely aptly named, but the brass band playing “I would walk 500 miles” at the summit raised everyone’s spirits and the pain was over in a flash. All finishers received a fantastic goody bag containing a Tee shirt, pork pie, chocolate and fruit. There are also lots or refreshments and obligatory cake on sale at the venue.
The event is superbly well organised, well signposted and well marshalled, registration was slick. It really does pay to arrive early if you travel by car as the car park soon fills up as do the surrounding country lanes.
Being hugely popular, 438 runners started and finished the course. Ripon Runners had a magnificent showing with 43 club members competing and many achieving course PB’s and bringing home prizes:
The male team won 1st prize.
First male home was Rob Harrison with a superb 37.48, followed by Simon Cave 38.40 and then Dougie Scott 40.00. Simon Cave also won 3rd in his age category.
The ladies also showed their mettle with Kari Munro being RR first lady with a time of 45.33. Prizes were awarded for 1st FV 60 Fiona Alder 55.24 and 1stFV50 Morag MacDowall 48.13.
Linda Cadman (11mins)
Wendy Green (9mins)
Karen Lennox (6mins)
Andrea Richardson (4mins)
James Parkes (3mins)
Ann- Marie Brown (3mins)
Helen Kristine (2mins)
Beth Constantine (2 mins)
Dougie Scott (1 min)
Keswick Mountain Festival
Gary Bastos and Paul Walker attended the Keswick Mountain festival at the weekend: Gary completed a 25k trail race to finish 109th overall out of 515 runners and 2nd over 60 (time unknown).
Paul completed a 50k race, which he reported as tough with slippery rocks and technical descents. Paul took a couple of tumbles but finished in a time of 6:45 after having to run 4 miles to the start of the race!
Leeds Half Marathon
Report by Katherine Richardson
The Leeds half marathon is the second race of the white rose treble, leading me up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October.
Having a few weeks off prior to today due to illness, I was apprehensive to race this one and contemplated cancelling it. However decided to look at it as training rather than a race, and focus on nutrition and pacing. Managed to knock a minute off my Sheffield half time, as well as feeling a lot stronger and actually enjoying the run!
With the run compromising of 2 hills, and the weather heating up again it made for a tough run but the crowds were fantastic and I managed to complete in 1:51:17.
Durham Trail 10 mile
Report by Helen cox
Helen Cox and Beth Constantine travelled to Durham on Sunday to compete in the Durham Trail 10 mile race. This is Helen’s race report:
This was the second hosting of the race, offering runners a fabulous opportunity to run some beautiful trails in Durham City and the areas surrounding the city. With 517 runners taking part, the 10 mile route started in Durham City before heading down along the rivers Wear Dale Way, through woods and fields and finally finishing with a spectacular climb up to one of the highest points within the city itself, with a brilliant view of the cathedral.
There were many cattle grids and styles to climb over, and the queues of runners waiting to get over the styles made a very welcome stop! The run had 1080 ft ascent and 1079 ft descent, it was definitely without doubt the toughest run that we’ve ever done.
But we did it, receiving a huge medal at the end, a t-shirt and mug so well worth the pain and serious jelly legs.
190 Helen Cox 1hr 41.39 (13/107 F40)
210 Beth Constantine 1hr 43.24 (22/86 FU40)