Report by Kim Holden
A number of members braved the very warm weather at the Hardmoors Farndale races today. The marathon course from my watch was 29.2 miles with 4300 ft of elevation gain. I was happy to scrape in just under the hour mark at 6:59. Donna Mitchell also did the marathon, Nicole Sutton, Neil Dring and Christy did the half and Paul Brockett the 10k.
No other results have been sent in by members but the following were taken from the results:
Marathon – Kim Holden 6:59
Half Marathon – Christy Irish & Nicole Sutton 4:01, Neil Dring 4:05
10k – Paul Brockett 1:35, Kathryn Smith 1:55, Linda Cadman 2:07
Borrowdale Fell race
Report by Alex Fawcett
Today I took part in the Borrowdale fell race. 16.61 miles and just over 6970ft of ascent.
My aim was to finish within 5 hours but when I saw the quality of the start line up that included Nicky Spinks and Ricky Lightfoot my aim was not to be last!
404 runners set off from Rosthwaite and headed along a trail until turning and climbing up to the first check point (cp1) at Bessy Boot. I intentionally started near the back of the pack and started to make progress once CP1 passed. Esk Hause was CP2 and this was a long but speedy section over fell and bog. Top of Scarfell pike was CP3 and that was a great battle moving quickly to the top passing more runners on route. A tricky decent down towards corridor route for styhead stretcher box CP4 was followed by a very tough climb up great gable for CP5. As I ran towards Honister slate mine and CP6 I ran out of water so made a quick detour to a stream to refill. From Honister it was a long climb up to the top of Dale Head and final CP7 and then a fast 3 mile decent to the finish at Rosthwaite.
I finished in 4 hours 31 mins.
Cheese sandwiches and tea in the village hall was most welcome. If you are looking for tough challenging fell races, keep an eye on FRA website, I will certainly (god willing) be doing more of these.
James Herriot Country Trail Run
Report by Kim Brown
Eleven Ripon Runners made the trip north-west for the James Herriot Country Trail Run on Sunday July 28th. The race starts from the pretty village of Castle Bolton near Leyburn.
The race is in its fifteenth year and is organised by the Rotary Club of Wensleydale. Weather this year was dry, but very hot when the sun occasionally shone!
The first half a mile of the 14K (8.6m) race is flat and goes past the impressive castle before a sharp left turn takes the runners up the steep, bumpy mile long trail up to Black Hill. It is certainly a tough climb at this early stage and the runners quickly thin out into a long train (of which there is an impressive photograph on the official website, taken from the bottom of the hill).
At Black Hill there is a ninety degree turn along a welcome flat section of the course. The route along this section is a wide, moorland path with stunning views across to Pen Hill with lies to the south across the valley. There is some time to regain breath along this 2 mile section before another ninety degree turn, this time going steeply downhill towards Greenhaw Hut on the horizon. This section can be ridiculously fast if need be before another steep climb up to Greenhaw Hut. Even the leaders can be seen walking some of this hill before another welcome downhill section on the other side.
A brief run through a quarry is next before leaving the moorland terrain behind and running the final couple of miles across bumpy fields and muddy tracks to the finish.
There is no goody bag at the finish but each runner receives ample access to water!
The finishing positions and respective times of each Ripon Runner are recorded below.
Victoria Morris – 2nd in a time of 70.33
Kim Brown – 5th in a time of 60.03
Trevor Bosomworth – 17th in a time of 64.18
Trevor Schofield – 22nd in a time of 65.10
Dave Binks – 24th in a time of 66.29
Paul Layfield – 26th in a time of 66.56
Andrew Webster – 70th in a time of 75.11
Andrew Harker – 83rd in a time of 76.32
Graham Tinsley – 139th in a time of 85.38
Stan Appleton – 194th in a time of 95.27
Katherine Shaw – 198th in a time of 96.52
Ripon Runners also won the team prize in the men’s category – Dave Binks, Trevor Schofield, Trevor Bosomworth & Kim Brown.
James Herriot Trail Race
Although I haven’t received a race report from anybody who completed the event, Victoria Morris has let me know that she was placed second woman and won a buff and a waist pack. Victoria says she already has a waist pack and probably enough buffs to make a dress, so if anyone else from the running club would like them, please contact Victoria. A very kind offer from Victoria and well done!
Bucking Hell 30k Mountain Race
Report by Gary Bastow
Me and Bridge are in Vancouver Canada to see Jared her Son. He lives near Deep Cove in North Vancouver. There is a mountain series event there called the Bucking Hell 30 k mountain race that goes from the Cove side weaving its way up 12 miles through the rain forest up Mount Seymour at 5300 ft and six miles descent back to the finish. It was very technical, very steep and with the added thrill of bears, chipmunks and hummingbirds!
204 people took part. Bridget having a great run onto the top and back in 4 hrs 15 mins and getting first v50 woman. Great run by her and she beat me to the top!
I caught her down hill and finished in 4.03mins and got first V60.
Just to mention Jared who entered his first mountain event and came home 8 th in 3.15.
A great family result!!!