Report by Anne Cheeseman
The British Heart Foundation Harewood House 10k and Half Marathon took place on Sunday with a number of Ripon Runners participating.
Described as a tough, hilly route with steep inclines, muddy forest paths and tricky grass trails by the organisers, it was indeed a hard and challenging run, which provided a great sense of achievement in supporting a worthwhile cause and conquering the courses, over both the 10k and half marathon distances. The half marathon runners set off an hour before the 10k started, with runners then joining together to share the course at a couple of points towards the end. The numerous hills were in evidence throughout the course, including a final uphill before a short run in to the finish.
A well organised event, with a technical t-shirt that could be picked up prior to the run – encouraging runners to wear it, water stations during the route, and a medal, water, banana and energy bar at the finish. Exiting the car park afterwards did take some time, but may be to be expected at this venue and it was managed.
Anne Cheeseman ran the half marathon in 2hrs 00.55sec and the course recorded 1258ft of climb.
Two other Ripon Runners completed the 10k. First back for Ripon was Karen Carrington in 1.13.31 closely followed by Trish Garbutt in 1.17.54.
eXeter Half Marathon
Report by Rod Cooper
Chris and I ran the eXeter Half Marathon 2019 on Sunday 10th February. Why? Because this counts as an X in our Half Marathon Alphabet (our challenge, our rules!). The course was 2 laps around the picturesque quay and River Exe water-meadows, mostly on paths and cycleways, mainly flat but with a couple of small hills thrown in for good measure. Stair rod rain the previous night ensured the course was well watered, ankle deep in places! Nevertheless we both recorded PBs, Chris knocking almost 5 minutes off hers to finish in 2:41:02, and 4 minutes off mine finishing in 2:08:58.
PECO final race
Report by Andy Purll
Sunday 10 Feb saw the last race in PECO cross country league. A number of members have embraced the competition, by entering as guests, but with the muddy boots and Hardmoors only two members made it to the start line this week.
Angie Benson completed a fantastic season that has seen her get quicker at every race, by finishing 3rd in her age category in a super quick 40.51 over the 4.8 miles, despite sickness the previous day. Andy Purll also managed to survive the 1,000 runners stampeding up and down the hilly course in a time of 43.48.
Next year we hope to gain a full entry into the league, so watch this space….if you love the evening league, you will love this!
Muddy Boots 10k
An impressive 55 Ripon Runners completed the Muddy Boots 10k on Sunday 10th February. This is a challenging and thrilling, local multi-terrain race with hills and muddy sections, but conditions were relatively good on the day. In a strong field of 421 finishers, Mark Ryder was first home for Ripon in 39:58, 9th overall and winning 3rd in his age group, followed closely by Jim Berriman and Doug Scott. Other age group winners were Lenny Lennox, 2nd in age group and Stan Appleton, also 2nd in his age category. Anneke Imeson won the prize for 1st school mum! In the women’s race, Libby Rickard was first home for the club in 48:58, followed by mum, Suzanne, with Anneke and Jo close behind.
Mark Ryder 39:58, Jim Berriman 40:31, Doug Scott 40:34, Lenny Lennox 40:54,
Simon Cave 41:00, Lee Stanley 43:37, Paul Layfield 44:31, David Freeman 44:41,
Trevor Schofield 46:36, Ben Clarke 47:13, Colm O’Cofaigh 47:27, Andries Huyser 47:51, Andrew Webster 47:51, Darren Glegg 48:01, Libby Rickard 48:58, Phil Chatterton 50:14, Suzanne Rickard 50:32, Tim Pocock 50:33, Anneke Imeson 50:37, Jo Wallace 50:49, Heather Glegg 51:42, Tony White 52:31, James Stuart-Mills 52:43, Andrew Harker 52:52, Helen Cox 53:07, Katherine Richardson 53:13, Bruce Willoughby 53:50, Beth Constantine 53:58, Anne Cheeseman 54:21, Annabel Hall 55:13, Simon McCudden 55:36, Stan Appleton 55:40, Lesley Willoughby 56:27,
Anita Oldham 58:04, Fiona Blaylock 1:00:48, Louise Allen 1:02:01, Fiona Alder 1:02:10, Helen Pickard 1:02:19, Nicola Shillam 1:03:55, Jessica Caven 1:03:57,
Pamela Munroe 1:03:59, Andy Matheson 1:04:58, Tory Easey 1:06:24,
Lester Pickard 1:06:35, Anne-Marie Brown 1:08:19, Laura Vennell 1:08:58,
Fiona Hernandez 1:11:11 (PB), Karen Lennox 1:11:12(PB), Alexandra Nichol 1:16:11, Dawn Griffin 1:17:11, Karen Carrington 1:17:26, John Garbutt 1:27:42, Trish Garbutt 1:27:44, Karen Price 1:28:00
Sunday saw the first of the Hardmoors trail series for 2019 at Saltburn. The weather was kind but the conditions underfoot were very muddy in places, especially up on the moors on the marathon route. Clear skies allowed for some amazing views. The series offers 3 race distances: 10k, half marathon and marathon but these always come up longer than stated.
Michael Bray and Sheena Jackson completed the 10k (actually 7.8 miles) in a time of 2:40.
Four members completed the half marathon (14.1 miles) – Jo Thwaites and Koren Carr were first back for the club in a time of 3:13 closely followed by Linda Cadman and Nicole Sutton in 3:22.
Three members completed the marathon (27.9 miles). Claire Baker completed the course in 5:33 followed by Lena Conlin in 6:12, taking 9 minutes off her PB for the route, and Kim Holden finished in 6:52 after adding a bonus half a mile on towards the end.