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HDSRL race 2 - Ripon

Report by Andy Purll

Tuesday saw the second event in “The evening league” and we were the host venue, welcoming runners from all over the Harrogate area and beyond.

The omens weren’t good as the day started a bit moky, the temperature definitely parky.

Before, during and after the run, the rain was siling down and the brave marshals spent many hours, cheerfully cheering on the runners while they developed trench foot and mild hypothermia.

The course saw athletes slosh across Hell Wath playing fields and ascend Whitcliffe Lane up the clashy road. Progressing through the woods and negotiating a fair bit of blatter. They then descended the deer field before crossing the seven bridges. A brief climb to Sam’s Seat and then a dash through Studley village followed before the pace increased following the flat paths back to Hell Wath and the finish.

Despite being a little bit donk, I was amazed at just how much runners enjoyed the race, we received many positive comments about the route and the support they had received, before they ventured to RR HQ for some bait and to dry off.

Ripon fielded 85 runners on the night, an amazing turnout, considering the rain that fell in biblical proportions, I’m still amazed we never saw Noah and his Ark!

First male back for Ripon was Toby Antcliff, in 8th place, with Lee Standley in 28th and Simon Cave in 30th. First female back was Emma Sorby, relishing the conditions, she was the first lady back from all the teams, brilliant running. Victoria Morris stormed home as 2nd Ripon lady with Laura Mawdsley showing continued improvement in 3rd.

Onto the age categories:
Lenny Lennox flew around as 1st in the MV55 category
Morag McDowell came 2nd in the FV55
John Ward 2nd in the MV70
Fiona Alder in the FV 60
Lee Stanley came 3rd in the MV40
Aileen O’Kane 3rd in the FV60

Full team results are yet to be published. Next race is at Dragons on Thursday 20th June, historically this is the race where we have low attendance and can relinquish many points to our competition, please make every effort to get there, 19:45 start.

(Yorkshire speak translation)
Clashy – wet and muddy roads
Blatter – puddle
Moky – cloudy, overcast and damp
Donk – Dripping damp
Siling down – heavy rain
Parky – on the cold side, might need your coat
Bait – food