With the weather having taken a turn for the better, conditions for running are so much more pleasant, and the field of 182 enjoyed the second running of the Fountains Abbey Park Run on Saturday. Greg MacDonald is in superb form and finished 2nd in an excellent 17.19 with Martin Cummins 68th in 25.18, Nigel Morgan, making a rare and welcome appearance, 111th in 29.17, Jane Cummins 133rd in 30.45 and Bev Davies 154th in 33.40.
The next day, in preparation for the forthcoming London Marathon, Alan Harman went in the East Hull 20, where for once, conditions were good (it’s usually cold and windy) and Alan had a good run to finish 203rd out of 352 in 2.54.41.
Durham was the beautiful setting for the Town and Gown 10k in aid of Muscular Dystrophy. Durham is hilly and there were hills aplenty along with flatter stretches by the river, but all in all, it was a tough course. Ian Codling came 250th in 66.56 and Marian Codling 273rd in 78.11.
The previous weekend, 9 Harriers were among the 101 finishers in the Glaisdale Rigg Fell Race on another excellent day, though the ground was wet, muddy and boggy, slowing runners down. Sarah Glover came 46th in 82.08, David Read 53rd in 83.53, Hilary Coventry 73rd in 88.45, a full 7 minutes faster than when she last did the race, Carol Morrison 83rd, and 2nd F50, in 94.15, Rebecca Hartley 84th in 94.18, Pat Kirby 85th, and 1st F60, in 94.22, Fran Jeffery 90th in 102.18, and Claire Gillan and Bryan Miller, running together, 97th and 98th respectively, in 116.51 and 116.57.
Fell running rules have changed, not carrying the correct kit can lead to disqualification. It’s not much to carry, and lets face it, any runner can turn an ankle and have a long walk home in the pouring rain.
So, with our bumbags and backpacks full, we gathered at Glaisdale on the North York Moors for the latest instalment in the Esk Valley Winter Series – Glaisdale Rigg. I haven’t done this route before so was quite looking forward to it.
Quite quickly, I realised my poor legs weren’t as recovered from the weeks HIIT as I thought they were, and I proceeded to struggle. Becky had asked if she could run with me as she’s not good at navigating but was worried she’d hold me back… She need not have worried and after the top of the first big hill, I never saw her again! There were plenty of people and the route was well enough marked for navigation to be straight forward.
On the Rigg, it was quite misty. My heavy legs plodded on, trying to keep the runners in front in view. There came a nice downhill and my legs picked up somewhat. Bouncing over scrub then some long muddy fields but nice to run down.
Over Glaisdale Beck and time to get stuck into a really tough climb. Into trees at the top of the climb, then flatter moorland and sloppy muddy tracks.
My legs were going through cycles of feeling so tired I had to walk, the walk made them feel better so I ran on til I hit the slightest of gradient then I had to walk again. So on and so forth. It was frustrating and in my mind I downgraded the race to a ‘training run’ and felt better in myself.
We hit road once more, and a glance at my map said we hadn’t much further to go, I felt a little disappointed as I was in my stride at that point!
Down the road that turned into a rutted, muddy track. More splatting through mud and puddles, managed to overtake two people on the way down! Over the footbridge and last short push up to the pub and the finish! Phew!