Brighter Running At Spofforth

Leaving Thirsk on a fine, dry evening, runners were amazed to arrive at Roseberry Topping for race 10 of the Summer Fell Race Series last week to find it shrouded in mist and completely invisible!  A fine drizzle fell throughout, but, undaunted, competitors were able to find their way to the top and it wasn’t long before they were reappearing.  Noel Clough lead club members home, in 4th place in an astonishing 14.15 minutes,with Pete Wilkin not far behind, 7th in 14.52.  Steve Holloway was next, 62nd in 20.38 and Alan Wikeley 71st out of the 93 entrants in 21.39.

The Spofforth Gala 10k Trail Race took place on Bank Holiday Monday on a much brighter day, with the strong winds of earlier in the day dying down.  The trail race is fairly testing, with some good undulations and very rough underfoot at times.There were 219 finishers of this pleasant rural race, part of the busy Gala celebrations, with Alan Harman coming 129th in 53.15,  Ian Codling 193rd in 61.14 and Marian Codling 216th in 73.09.

The previous weekend, the same three runners were at Escrick for the Escrick 10k Trail Race, and altogether flatter affair run through the lovely grounds of Escrick Park.  Alan finished 124th out of 382 entrants in 48.21 with Ian 280th in 58.38 and Marian 369th in 70.46.

Coming up next weekend is the Tholthorpe 10k, race 12 in the Club Championship Series, which is getting well through by now, when it is hoped for a big club turnout.