Clay Bank West Fell Race - 19/10/14
The runners braved the elements of the North York Moors in the latest winter fell race. A 4.2 mile course took runners from Clay bank on a circular route returning with climbs over Cold Moor and Wainstones. New Marske ladies dominated the female race, with Kay Neesam 1st, Shelli Gordon 3rd, Kath Aspin 4th, Lisa Bennett 5th and Helen Whitney 10th. Ian Hague picked up the 2nd Vet 45 prize, Ronnie Sherwood 1st Vet 70 and Martin White celebrated his 60th birthday with a fine run and David Heath also ran.
Whorlton Run Fell Race - 18/06/14
On a fabulous night, the hottest day of the year so far, 80 runners took to the fells for the 5.7 mile Whorlton Run from Swainby. The race included 1388ft of climb, most of which was in one go in the first half of the race. After the first mile it we as evident there were only two contenders in the men’s race, James Bulman of New Marske and Lewis Rodgers of Loftus & Whitby. They were still neck and neck with one mile to go but the younger legs of Lewis prevailed as he pulled away in the last section. An equally close ladies race saw New Marske’s Kay Neesam leading for most of the race before being beaten in a sprint finish by Nicola Kent of Loftus. Also running for New Marske were, James Allinson 12th, Ian Hague 28th, Kath Aspin 7th lady & Shelli Gordon 8th lady.
Guisborough Moors Race - 13/04/14
Report by Clive Thornton Photo Courtesy Dawn Metcalfe
Well done to James Bulman taking victory in the 37th running of the 'Gisborough Moors' race. James looked very strong and full of running at Gribdale, the conditions were hard and dry underfoot ideal for fell/road runners.
James completed in a shade under 83 minutes some 4 minutes shy of Matt Speake's record.
In second nearly 5 minutes back was Jayson Cavill of Pickering and a back to form Charlie Stead of NFR in third.
Shelli Gordon was our sole female competitor with others on marathon duty, finishing inside the top 50 in 45th and 5th lady home.
Fell Report Results Catch-Up - 04/03/14
Update from Clive Thornton
Broughton Woods Wobble (02/02/14)
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|