Peco West Yorkshire Cross Country League - Round 1
Sunday saw over 1000 athletes head to Middleton Park in Leeds to take part in the first round of the cross country league. The league is made up of divisions of clubs, who get promoted and relegated like football, based on their performance over 5 events, the aim being to win their league/ seniors league.
Clubs mass in their bespoke tents, with various warm up routines and team hugs / chants seen and heard before the teams head to the start, the men and ladies participating in their own races after the juniors finish.
The 4.8 mile route is a mixture of fields, woodland trails, brief tarmac and includes a few descents and hills. Conditions were slippery, so early positioning, careful picking of routes and resilience was the order of the day as Ripon runners battled through the elements.
Ripon were “dipping their toes in the water” as far as X-country goes and were running as guests. Angela Benson, a seasoned professional at these events, gave the best age category performance, by finishing 5th in her group, course knowledge providing useful.
Will Cunningham was first male back in 32nd place in 29.43, Mark Ryder just pipped Simon Cave in 95th and 96th place (32.30, 32.23), Douglas Scott came next in 145th, Andy Purll enjoyed his first X-country for 33 years in 437th with a delayed Alex Macey finishing next after travel problems.
For those who enjoyed the evening league, why don’t you join us on the 16th December for the next race? £14 gets you 5 races plus after race food (bacon sandwiches and cake!). The next race is at Temple Newsam, we would love a few extras to share the fun!
Hardmoors race organisors introduced a new race on Saturday for 2018, The Hardwolds 80, a run that follows the Yorkshire Wolds Way from the Humber Bridge to the seaside town of Filey.
Three members were amongst the 204 entrants tackling the mainly off road and undulating 80 mile long course, with almost 10,000 of ascent. Two villages (Millington and Winteringham) hosted indoor checkpoints where runners could get warm drinks and food before tackling the next section. With an 8am start and it being late November, most runners completed the majority of the race in the dark.
First back for Ripon was Claire Baker, who ran consistently strong from the start, to record an excellent 31st position overall and 4th lady in a time of 16 hours 43 minutes.
Enjoying(???) a bit more time running in the dark were Paul Walker and Matthew Holt, with Paul enduring a double electric shock from a fence 3 miles from the end, eventually finishing at 4am in a time of 20 hours 5 minutes.
Hell of a Hill Marathon
Report by Jamie McNeil…
I completed my first marathon on Saturday, the Hell of a Hill Marathon, with over 4,000ft of climb it was a tricky one to get round and I managed it in 5 hours 32. I then followed this up on Sunday with the 13 arches trail Half marathon in Manchester in a time of 2 hours 3 seconds. It was all to raise money for SAFFA and for Ray Johnstone’s charity the Shaun Lee Johnstone foundation. I’ve only been running for a year now and really appreciate the help of the club and of the boroughbridge runners group.
Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
On the same day as the Wedge, Lena Conlin ran the Newcastle Town Moor Marathon. The 7 lap race is relatively flat and mainly tarmac and completed the course in 4 hours 14 min 22 sec
Dave Binks finished joint 7th at the Wensleydale Wedge on Sunday in a time of 3hr 38 minutes, taking 19 minutes off his previous best was 3.57. Iain Wallace also went under 4 hours in a great 3 hours 53 mins, while wife Jo was 5th lasy in 4:13. The trio of Stu Pender, Jo Hope and Sheena Jackson finished in 4 hours 36 minutes, followed by Jo Thwaites and Nicole Sutton finished in 5:30. Chris Bennett and Tim Joynson finished in 7 hours 15 mins, while John Bull was a further 10 minutes behind in 7:25.