Fell Report Results Catch-Up - 04/03/14
Update from Clive Thornton
Broughton Woods Wobble (02/02/14)
The Wobble in the name is how competitors feel after there have gotten to the top of Cold Moor, a near 1000' climb, which comes after a manic mile dash from the start to the bottom of the climb.
On the day there was not much dry ground underfoot following 6 weeks of storms, but it didn't put off the 123 finishers.
Kay Neesam had to settle for 2nd female on the day, first in category, with Bronwen Owen, junior international runner from Scarborough following up a top 10 at Captain Cooks with a 3rd place in the Wobble, a cracking result and female course record.
Supporting Kay to team female victory were Shelli Gordon in 29th and Helen Whitney in 66th (2nd in category).
In the men's race, James Allinson led home in 27th overall, with Nic O'Grady easing back to racing in 67th, Mick McGurk was first in his M60 category and 72nd overall and Ronnie claimed the M70 category win and 89th overall.
Commondale Clart (16/02/14)
The race usually lives up to its name, but having recce'd a few days before the race, the Commondale puddle was more apt. This race is also becoming a bit of a navigational nightmare for the leading runners, with the leaders coming round for a second lap a one stage, with last year the top 10 going well off course.
Mike Smith took New Marske honours this time with a cracking 6th place overall and 2nd M40, track work paying off. Kay Neesam had to settle for 2nd female again, 1st in category, but only just by 20 seconds to Scarborough junior Bronwen Owen. Lisa Bennett claimed 48th overall and 4th in category and with the help of Helen Whitney, New Marske ladies placed 3rd team.
Helping New Marske men to 5th team were, Nic O'grady 57th overall, David Heath 68th and Mick McGurk 75th. Ronnie Sherwood in 92nd from 115 finishers picked up the M70 category prize.
Glaisdale Rigg (02/03/14)
The Rigg is a tour of the Glaisdale Valley, the first 3.5 miles of the race are effectively climbing, a steep descent then takes runners back to the bottom of the valley, only to then steeply climb back out of the valley, taking in a Narnia like forest path. The last mile of the race starts as road descent that becomes a technical descent down a rutted track.
Kay Neesam was back to winning ways claiming a tremendous 13th overall and of course category win. Not to be outdone, Steve Guest raced to 18th overall, Lisa Bennett 6th lady was 3rd in category and Helen Witney as 9th lady helped the team to 3rd overall.
Nic O'Grady continued his good fell form in 58th and exactly mid-field, David Heath was not far behind in 64th, Ronnie Sherwood again claimed the M70 class win in 74th and Martin White was 93rd from a field of 115. The men earned a 5th place in the team competition, great running all.
In the categories overall, Kay Neesam is the ladies Winter Fell Series Champion overall and claims her F45 age class, Ronnie Sherwood is champion in the M70 class. And with races still to complete, Nic O'Grady is currently 4th in the M40's, likewise Mick McGurk in the M60's and Lisa Bennett in the F40's.