Sunday was also the date for the second event in the Hardmoors trail series. Wainstones starts from the village of Chop Gate and offers three distances; marathon, half marathon and 10k however, as is well known with Hardmoors events, the distances are always in excess of those advertised. The weather was very kind if you like running when it’s warm (there were some interesting tan lines on display at the finish) but there seemed to be an abundance of bugs and green flies on route, which were a little annoying!
Michael Bray completed the 10k route, which was in fact 9 miles and packed in a hefty 1550 ft of ascent, in under 4 hours. These routes are always very challenging and Michael said afterwards that he should really try a flat 10k that actually is a 10k although he does love the sense of achievement when he gets to the top of a hill (of which there were many) and sees the views.
Congratulations to Michael on a fantastic achievement today.
Three Ripon Runners completed the marathon distance. This was over 28 miles and had ascent of approximately 5100ft. Runners had the three sisters to cover in the second half of the race on already tired legs. Claire Baker was first back for Ripon in a time of 5:58 closely followed by Lena Conlin in 6:33 and Kim Holden in 6:52.