Malhamdale Trail Half Marathon
Report by Andy Purll
Saturday saw a good number of Ripon Runners head to beautiful Malhamdale to compete in the Malhamdale Trail half marathon. With tough cut offs and 1650ft of ascent, a tough challenge awaited with a field of scarily good athletes.
After a week of rain and cool temperatures, the sun shone bright and despite a brief shower, spirits were high.
Having previously raced over two distances, 9 and 20 miles, this year saw the inaugural running of the half marathon distance.
After a pleasant run through the meadows, runners then found themselves battling along stony tracks and running/ walking to the top of Pikedaw, taking in the magnificent views. A welcome descent followed to Malham Tarn, before undulating paths and limestone edges took us to Goredale Scar.
Here a technical descent took us carefully to the cafe at the entry to Janets Foss, where we followed the river to Malham and on to the finish at Kirkby Malham.
No technical t-shirts or blingy medals for the finishers, but good old fashioned pork pies, peas and mint sauce and a good slice of cake.
Alan Kyle was first back for Ripon just over the 2hr Mark in 2hrs, 1 minute, with Andrew Harker in 2hr, 8 min and Tony White 2hrs 21mins.
Other finishers were
Hazel Russell 2hrs 37mins
Andy Purll 2hrs 42 mins
Jackie Turner and Mel Dutka in 3 hr 17 mins
Special mention must also go to Phil Holden, husband of Kim. Having previously run only as far as 4 miles in a competitive race, Phil stormed up the hills and toughed out the finish to complete his first half marathon in just over 3hrs.