Commondale Beacon - Esk Valley Series
The latest race in the Esk Valley Winter Series took place on Sunday 24 November with the inaugural Commondale Beacon, a race just under 9 miles long with over 1,200 feet of ascent. It was a damp, cold and misty day that did brighten up a little as the day progressed and the going was extremely muddy due to torrential rain for the last week.
A quartet of Ripon’s finest runners participated with the in-form Ben Imeson first for the club and 17th overall out of the 134 competitors in a time of 57 minutes 58 seconds.
Alex Fawcett was next home in 60:56, followed by Gary Bastow in 62:26 and finally Steve Smith in 63:50, who once again won his over 60 age category.