Report by Matt Holt
Over the weekend, two of our members competed in the Hardmoors 110 race. The route of the race is the Cleveland Way, a National Trail path, that starts in Filey and finishes in Helmsley. Although the title may suggest the route is 110 miles long, this year’s race started in Filey town centre as opposed to Filey Brigg, extending the route by just over a mile to a total distance of 112 miles.
Support cars are allowed to follow each runner, finding certain points along the route where cars can access the path, to constantly top up their runner with food and drink. For most competitors, this is a crucial part to being able to continue through particular tough sections.
The route is definitely one of two halves, the first section from Filey to Saltburn by the Sea is 54 miles of constantly undulating coastline, taking in the may town and villages along the way such as Scarborough, Ravenscar, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay. The second half is over moorland with many hills providing plenty of elevation such as Roseberry Topping, Captain Cooks Monument and the Wainstones.
With race starting at 8am on Saturday morning, runners had to endure a hot and sunny day during this first section, which made progress and refueling very difficult. However, a complete change in weather took hold after the night section with strong winds and heavy rain during Sunday morning.
Claire Baker had a fantastic race, continuing to run strong in the last 30 mile section and break away from the majority of other runners. Claire finished in 27 hours 47 minutes to claim 3rd female prize and 13th position overall
Tony Carr battled hard to reach Clay Bank Top and the 80 mile point in 24 hours 30 minutes, but retired from the race at this point. Tony did however complete his longest run to date, and has already vowed to come back again next year.
Both Claire and Tony had brilliant support in their respective corners, with husband Jonathan providing constant car support to Claire, while Andrea and Stephen Bulmer provided the same for Tony.
Well done to both runners, just to be on the start line takes many months of training and lots of courage. Hopefully, both will now be enjoying a well earned rest.