Captain Cook's Fell Race - 01/01/14
Report by David Aspin
“It’s a great way to start the New Year”. Well that is what everybody has been telling me for the last five or six years when I have been taking photos of the New Year’s Day Captain Cook’s Fell Race. This year I decided to take the plunge and run it myself, and so far, I have managed to stay clear of any unflattering photographs, not that I would do that to anybody!
The competitors range from seasoned fell runners through to the once a year runners, some taking on alias such Lord Humphry B Fluff and Lord Percy Winterfell both sporting squires attire.
The race route is simple enough, but as the graphic below shows, the first half is all uphill and the second half is mostly downhill with the exception of a short but painful incline at the 4 mile point.
By the time I reached the monument, the lower half of my legs were burning, and it took the next half a mile to recover my composure before my favourite part of running down the muddy banks towards Gribdale Cottages. I managed to overtake about a dozen people during this stretch as my legs pretended that they were 20 years younger and took off!
The final half a mile is single file down a muddy path, and a few families out for a nice easy walk on New Year’s Day had their nice white coats splattered with mud as 260 runners ran by!
James Bulman won the race staying within 25 seconds of his time from last year. In the ladies race, sixteen year old Bronwen home came home 1st and 9th overall with Kath Aspin 3rd lady.
There were also lots of juniors running in the shorter races, the results of which are not yet available.
|10||Clive Thornton*||35:59||*Running for Esk Valley|
|83||Kath Aspin||42:23||3rd Lady|
Fell Race - Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race - 24/11/13
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.
Clay Bank West Fell Race - 10/11/13
Report by Clive Thornton
Guisborough Three Tops - 27/10/13
Report by Lisa Bennett
Despite clashing with the cross country at Whitby it was a great turn out from New Markse Harriers at the Guisborough Three Tops Fell Race. The weather felt a little on the warm side at the start of the race, but once on the tops, the gusts of wind and the hail near the final trig point made it a tough race.
Again Kay Neesam won comfortably (13th overall) and broke the ladies course record. As I climbed Roseberry Topping and watched Kay skip effortlessly down the steep descent I could see why she is so great at fell running. Let’s not mention my much slower descent and (hopefully no-one else noticed?), spectacular fall. Luckily no damage done and I managed to finish 4th in the ladies (1st V40) and with a great run from Helen Whitney (8th in the ladies, 2nd V40) New Markse ladies team managed 1st place.
Let’s not forget about the men! Ben Thompson came home first for New Markse Harriers men and placed 68th overall. Nick O’Grady was hot on the tail of Helen Whitney and finished 82nd overall. Following them, David Heath finished 92nd, Ronnie Sherwood 111th (1st M70), Phil Miles 126th (2nd M70) and Colin Scollay 138th.
Great running everyone, see you at the next one!
Hardmoors 55 - 23/03/13
Well done to Shelli Gordon, 1st lady in the Hardmoors 55 in a time of 9:59. On a weekend where many other races were cancelled you have admire everbody who took on this challennge which takes on half of the Cleveland Way.
Results to follow. (photo courtesy David Hetherington)