Clay Bank Top Fell Race
On Sunday 10 November, Clay Bank Top was the venue for the latest race in the Esk Valley Winter Series. The course this time was considerably shorter at 4.2 miles but still managed to pack in 1,200 feet of incline with the added handicap of a sharp frost proving slippery under foot.
Gary Bastow didn’t have time to take in the blue skies and stunning views when competing in his first Esk series race, and was 26th overall in exactly 37 minutes. He was followed by over 60 fell run ace Steve Smith in 40:23 and Matthew Holt made up the trio finishing in 53:00.