Broughton Wood Wobble 06/06/12
A new race on the calendar this year and it proved to be an interesting and enjoyable race for some… Not sure Ronnie Sherwood had looked at the map when he asked if there were any hills. The first part of the race took you through the forest before dropping down to the base of the hills close to Great Broughton. Then followed a continuous climb from 132m to Cold Moor at 402m. After dropping off the top on the Cleveland Way the runners turned left (or should have done!) and looped back around to the bottom of Wain Stones. As the leader came by me near Wain Stones I turned to follow him and saw 9 runners in front of him. Not quite sure what he thought as he passed some of them before the finish but it would appear they had turned right instead of left coming off Cold Moor and cut out some of the course. The moral of this is, don’t follow the person in front as they may not know where they are going! recce the course if you can and take a map and know how to read it!
The ladies race was easier to report on as they all completed the correct route, with Kath Aspin coming in a close 2nd in 51.00 behind Nicola Kent of Loftus. The men’s race required photographic evidence to work out who after Cameron had completed the correct course. All the Harriers completed the correct course (I think!) with David Heath 34th 52:26, Ronnie Sherwood 53rd 55:50, Martin White 67th 61:47 and Colin Scollay proving you just have to run the correct course to get a bottle of wine in 77th 66:00. Kath and Dave Dedman and a few others had to dive out of the way of a stampede of horses half way round and vicious midges attacked them at the finish but all in all an enjoyable race.