Fell Race - Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race - 24/11/13
Jo Goldsmith takes a splash at the water jump
Report by Clive Thornton
The Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race is brand new route and race for the Winter Series, designed as an easy running trail style race, over a not to be under-estimated exposed part of the North Yorkshire Moors with terrific views of moor and sea.
The 13km long route started and finished in the centre of Commondale at the Cleveland Inn pub, with around 300m of climb and the major climb in the first 2km out of Commondale, what the race lacked a little in climb was compensated for by fast running.
There was a great turnout with 134 completing the race, the day was chill and mildly blowy on the tops, but not too far from ideal for fell running. There was an excellent turnout from the group and a first time fell runner.
The event was won by a Tynesider, David Beech of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 52.09 (to give you all some context) so 6.5 minute miling for the off-road hilly 8 mile course. First home for New Marske was Mike Smith in a terrific 15th place, 5th M40 in a time of 57.36, next up was first lady for New Marske and 2nd lady overall Kay Neesam in 59.47 (1st in F45 category).
Our first time fell runner was Neil Walker who came in 36th overall in 61.12 and 5th in his M50 age category.
The ladies team was 2nd for a change losing out to strong Loftus and Whitby team, but the first six ladies race places were filled by both teams so strong competition. Supporting Kay were Shelli Gordon in 55th just ahead of Lisa Bennett 65.10 (6th lady and 2nd F40) in 56th. Nic O'Grady came in 79th - 69.42, Joanne Goldsmith placed 99th in 73.57 and Mick McGurk 101st - 75.39 and 3rd M60.
Next race is Eskdale Eureka on Sunday 8th December, same distance 13km bit more climb at around 470m, registration, start and finish are at the public car park at High Castleton above Dibble Bridge, race starts at 10.30am.