This years Viking Chase included junior races, which, unknown to some prior to the race, happened to be the last in the English Junior Fell Running Championships. The opposition was therefore stronger than is normally seen at NEHRA junior races. Unfortunately the results did not include the club name so apologies if I miss anybody, but there were good runs by Betty Bergstrand, Molly Guest, Thomas Aspin, Imogen Guest, Ben Bergstrand, Sarah McGough, Katie Thornton, Sam Garratt & Natasha Thornton. Well done to all of them.
The senior race attracted a good field of 141 runners, raising £1,100 for the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team. The weather was murky, but most runners managed to get back before the rain came in. Kay Neesam was up against strong opposition from DFR and NFR in ladies race but still had a good run to come home 3rd lady with Shelli Gordon in 5th. In the mens race, Jamie Henderson (not in a club shirt) came home in 12th (6th M40 in a strong category), Steve Guest 28th, David Heath 62nd, Ronnie Sherwood 92nd, Mick McGurk 102nd and Colin Scollay 137th.
The next race is on the changed course for the Levisham/Saltergate Gallows starting at Levisham on 16th October at 10.30am.
New Marske ladies took away the team prize in the warm and windy Castleton Show Race. The sun came out just before the race to produce a warm race for the third year running. A quick drive around the course reminded us of the number of hills in this race, and made me glad that I had made the decision to take the photos rather than run. In the men’s race Drew Inglis went out perhaps a little too fast followed by Victor Brudenell from NYMAC. Victor caught him up, had a 10m lead by the 8.5k mark and managed to hold out to the end with a 1 second victory. Times were significantly slower than last year due to the wind. Kath Aspin was first Harrier home in 22nd, 2nd lady, Shelli Gordon still feeling the effects of her good run in the Ben Nevis Fell Race came 26th, 4th lady, Roger Moore 27th, David Heath 29th, Mark Steventon 41st , Mary Dryden 44th,9th lady and Colin Scolley looking for inspiration to be competitive coming in 57th. In the junior race Rebecca Aspin was 1st girl collecting an imposing trophy. Also having good runs in the junior race were Thomas Aspin 2nd boy and Imogen Guest. Imogen went on to have a storming win for New Marske in the Sack Race with her sister Molly coming close behind.
A fine drizzle and mist greeted the runners for this year’s Roseberry Topping Race. Not brilliant conditions for spectators or photographers with the course above the lane end invisible. Elliott Jackson went out in a group of three leading the race with Antony Moss from Totley AC reaching the summit first. Antony went on to win by 62 seconds from Dale Foster Otley H & AC in second with Elliott 3 seconds behind, an excellent 3rd in 14:06. New ‘Summer Series Champion’ Kay Neesam was beaten into 2nd place by Scarborough AC junior Bronwen Owen. Also running were Mick McGurk in 46th, David Heath 47th, Ronnie Sherwood 70th, Natasha Thornton 79th and Colin Scollay 85th. The final race of the summer series is the Castleton Show Run on Saturday 10th September, more details of which can be found here
Jo Goldsmith reaches the top of the Grunt ahead of Mick McGurk who saved enough energy to pose for the camera!
The sun shone on Kay Neesam as she continued her impressive form with a good win in the Guisborough Grunt. Along with Kath Aspin 4th and Jo Goldsmith 7th the ladies won the team prize. Steve Guest returning from holiday was first New Marske male back in 25th. Also running were Ronnie Sherwood 70th, Mick McGurk 72nd, Nick O’Grady 74th and Colin Scollay 90th. Next race is the mad dash up and down Roseberry Topping on Tuesday 23rd August at 7.15pm.
Ronnie Sherwood equalled Rob Pollards record, both having now run 13 out of the 15 times the race has been run. As the race started the mist came down and the drizzle made for interesting post race discussions on what footwear was best. Pro cyclist Catherine Williamson made a rare appearance to win the ladies race with Kay Neesam 3rd, Shelli Gordon 5th, Kath Aspin 6th and Jo Goldsmith 10th. Jo knocked 3 minutes off her previous best for the race. In the mens race Drew Graham was the winner, Andrew Oliver 39th and Ronnie Sherwood 90th, over 1 and half hours ahead of the final finisher. In the junior race New Marske fielded the only competitors, with good runs from Sam Garratt, Ben Bergstrand, Sarah McGough, Thomas Aspin & Rebecca Aspin. Next race is the Guisborough Grunt + on Tuesday 9th August from the Rugby Club.