Ripon 10 2014-05-18
This year’s Ripon 10 was blessed with bright and sunny conditions, which also included a strongish cooling breeze from the south. Many runners opted for road shoes to suit the dry conditions underfoot.
A total of 342 runners got off to a good start across Hell Wath Nature Reserve before taking the first mild incline up Whitcliffe Lane. A right turn off this road then takes runners into Mackershaw Woods and down to Studley Park, over 5 of the famous 7 bridges. The first of several short steep climbs is then negotiated before turning into the mile long uphill drive through the deer park to the obelisk. From this point there is a bit of respite until another lung bursting climb at the rear entrance to Fountains Abbey up to How Hill and the turn into Whitcliffe Lane. From this point there it’s a 3 mile mostly downhill run to the finish.
First back was Mike Jefferies of Billingham Marsh House Harriers & AC in 58 minutes 06 seconds; second was Scott Harrington of Otley AC in 58:56; 3rd – Lee Dalton of Nidd Valley in 1:00:49.
First lady back was Tori Green of Ripon Runners who completed the course in 1:7:52; 2nd – Lindy Stockdale in 1:08:15; 3rd – Chloe Wood of Rothwell & District AC in 1:09:38
Team prizes were awarded to:
- Male – Billingham and Marsh House Harriers
- Female – Harrogate Harriers*
* Unfortunately I misread the results on the computer. Sorry Harrogate ladies you were actually third after Ripon and Ilkley Harriers. Enjoy the wine and the moment – meanwhile I’ve got some repair work to do with our ladies at Ripon [Race Director].
All runners finished safely, although many were suffering from the heat. Unfortunately this situation wasn’t helped when we ran out of water at the finish for which we profoundly apologise. Two further incidents were cause for concern on the day – an unexpected Young Farmers event using part of the route, for which we mobilised extra marshals at very short notice, and the National Trust wanting to re-route the race after it had started! However, marshals and runners coped very well with all incidents and the general feedback about the race has been very positive. We thank all who helped to make this a great event and look forward to seeing everyone next year.