M2M Ultra 2014
A glorious sunny Saturday (31 May) saw Ripon Runners stage the Minster to Minster Ultra Marathon for the second consecutive year, a mixture of road and off road 30 miles long route that links Ripon Cathedral (Minster on OS Maps) to York Minster.
The idea for the Minster to Minster is to give those who wouldn’t usually contemplate tackling a 30 mile run the chance to do so. With no entry fee, its friendly and relaxed atmosphere along with the support on the route, make it feel more like a team effort than a race.
This year, three runners from various Harrogate running clubs, Wendy Marks, Sheen Jackson and Alex Whapples donned Ripon Runners vests as honorary members for the day. The hope is that more runners from other clubs will also participate in future.
Lena Conlin led an early group starting at 6am from the steps of Ripon’s cathedral and were joined at Boroubridge for the final 23 miles by Claire Baker, who was making a welcome return from injury following an operation earlier this year.
An hour later, a larger group left in pursuit and collected three more runners at the 12 miles mark in Lower Dunsforth. After crossing Aldwark Toll Bridge and arriving at Newton on Ouse, an additional seven runners joined proceedings for the final 10 mile stretch along the river Ouse.
Ripon members Leah Horner, Hilary Gilliam and John Bull also provided much needed encouragement by cycling alongside runners where the route permitted.
With the temperature starting rise and just over two miles to go, the welcome sight of York’s Minster towering above the trees made an appearance and gave all runners a welcome boost. Runners congregated at Lendal Bridge on the banks of the Ouse for one final time, to allow all 33 runners made the last 500 yard dash up to the Minster steps together and celebrate their achievement.
The runners were supported by Susan Grundy, Chris Bennett and Jonathon Baker who provided much needed water and snacks at Boroughbridge, Lower Dunsforth, Aldwark Toll Bridge, Newton on Ouse and finally Skelton on the outskirts of York.
The complete list of all runners is:
Full 30 mile Course: Lena Conlin, Mel Dutka, Jackie Turner, Lorraine Matheson, Autumn Wray, Julie Merrin, Matthew Holt, Jill Holt, Jane Grundy, Wendy Marks, Sheena Jackson, Alex Whapples, James Boddy, Paul Walker, Simon McCudden, Anneke Imeson, Tim Joynson, Dave Nicklas, Paul Sorby, Lisa Sorby.
24 Miles (various sections): Chris I’Anson
23 Miles – Boroughbridge to York: Claire Baker
20 Miles (various sections): John Grundy
18 Miles – Lower Dunsforth to York: Allan Hansen, Heather Glegg, Sally Leck
10 Miles – Newton on Ouse to York: Kim Holden, Dawn Trevethick, Laura Sharpe, Angie Benson, Helen Holmes, Lesley Willoughby, Ian Swinscoe.