Levisham Limping 16th May 2012
A pleasant evening for the 2nd race in the Summer Series. The route was shortened to avoid congestion in the first mile at a narrow gate, but still ended up half a mile longer than the advertised 6! The start was delayed as we waited for a BBC cameraman to film us setting off – I think the footage was for Helicopter Rescue!? A sneaky shortcut down a steep bank early on saw a number of local runners gain about a minute on the rest of us. The first few miles were a gentle downhill, the main problem caused by cows blocking the gates! A long, slow climb was followed by a tricky woodland section, with another steep climb right at the end just to finish us off. Kay was the first Harrier home (18th overall), but she was about a minute behind Nicola Kent. I didn’t get to see Kay at the end, so I’m not sure if the shortcut was a factor. Shelli Gordon was 3rd lady home (27th overall). I know that Shelli didn’t benefit from the shortcut as I was following her at the time, although Shelli soon pulled away and I eventually finished back in 39th overall. There were good runs from Ronnie Sherwood, 1st M70 and 49th overall, Mick McGurk, 3rd M55 and 50th overall, and Phil Miles, 2nd M70 and 53rd overall. In the team event New Marske was the only ladies team with 2 runners, so gained maximum points again. The men’s team were 7th (I won’t say out of how many!) The only downside to the evening was that in my rush to set off on the long drive back I forgot to collect my cakes from the Village Hall!
Results Report by David Heath