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Another fantastic year in the evening league

Firstly, can we share our appreciation for the 131 Ripon Runners who took part in the evening league, a club and league record and if there was to be a prize for the biggest numbers of participating athletes, it would be yours.

So where did we come? (overall league positions, best 3 races from 4)

Toby Antclif lead the way, coming 12th picking up first in the MU18 category, an amazing effort who’s star can only rise.

Kim Brown came 19th and Lee Stanley was 23rd picking up 3rd in the MV40 category – terrific effort.

For the rest of the top 10 men, Simon Cave came 33rd, Lucas Fawcett came 34th, Trevor The Machine Schofield came 41st beating the other Trevor, Trevor Bosomworth into 44th.

In a series of near misses, Lenny Lennox came 48th and 2nd in his age category MV55, missing out on first by only .22pts! Douglas Scott came 51st and John Chatwin 54th.

In the ladies, Emma Sorby picked up 60th place, 3rd in the ladies overall competition and 1st in her age category (Female 18-35), Emma just keeps getting quicker and next year…?

Victoria Morris transferred her great off road running to the league, with a fantastic debut season coming 101st, and 2nd lady for the club with the flying Doc, Morag McDowell coming 1st in her class (F55), 3rd lady for the club and 168th overall.

Other notable success were Ella Foster picking up 1st in the Female under 16 category which shows the strength we have in our junior divisions and then some great running from the other end of the age spectrum with John Ward coming 2nd in the MV70, John Grundy 2nd in the MV75, Fiona Alder 2nd in the FV60 and Linda Cadman coming 2nd in the FV65, Super vets indeed!

Onto the league age categories for teams:
Main league
Harrogate 1st 2933 pts
Ripon 2nd 2773
Knaresborough 3rd 2674

Ladies league
Harrogate 1st 1219
Wetherby 2nd 1120
Ripon 3rd 1034

Ladies vets
Harrogate 1st 722
Ilkley 2nd 624.93
Otley 2nd 624.79
Wetherby 4th 603
Knaresborough 5th 587
Richmond 6th 569
Ripon 7th 554

Mens vets – so near! Despite winning the most points for race 4 and being in the lead after race 3, when adding up the points from the best 3 of the 4 races, “You know who” beat us to the points by a paltry .68 points – so unlucky chaps
Harrogate 1399.88
Ripon 1399.20
Nidd Valley 1286

Super vets
Harrogate 1231
Nidd Valley 974
Ripon 964

Elite league (cumulative time of first 3 home in 3 races)
Harrogate 293 mins
Richmond 310 mins
Ripon 312 mins

So in summary, another great season, we keep the 2nd placed overall team prize for the 4th consecutive year and continue to challenge Harrogate, despite their dominance in the series. ????????????

I hope you have enjoyed it, but it is not over yet!

Next Wednesday see’s the handicap race and awards ceremony at Wetherby. For those who have not done before, the handicap “in theory” gives everyone a chance of winning, with the slower runners setting off first and the faster runners later.

In recent years its been a challenge for the quicker runners to get to the less quick, and the slower runners have invariably won, so we have 131 chances of winning next week!. You have to have had 2 runs in the league to be able to win, but start times have been given to those with only one race completed in the league as well, so no excuses not to come along.

Start times can be found on the league website as well as full details of the race

It would be great to have a large turnout again, to enjoy the last race and clap our winners
Kind regards
Andy, Kelly and Gary