Clay Bank East Starts The Club Championship

The year got off to a good start with the first club championship race of the new series, the Clay Bank East Fell Race.  A large field of 170+ runners completed the course on a fine morning, but weeks of heavy rain had left it muddy over large parts.  Merv Burn was first club finisher, 34th in 44.30 with Rob Burn 40th, and 1st M55, in 45.30, closely followed by Walter Busuttil, 41st in 45.37.  Lorraine Hiles was the first club lady to finish, 86th, and 2nd F45, in 51.10,  Graham Robinson 99th in 52.32m  Nicola Booth 105th in 53.40,  Hywel Smith 116th, and 2nd M60, in 55.10,  Hilary Coventry 118th in 55.25,  Geoff Bullock 131st in 56.57,  David Read 134th in 58.44,  Nicola Fearn 141st in 59.53,  Carol Morrison 142nd in 59.59,  Pat Kirby 143rd, and 2nd F60, in 60.23,  Alan Wikeley 152nd in 64.56,  Bryan Miller, in his first ever fell race, 166th in 72.14,  Claire Gillan, another first timer, 168th in 72.40 and Ian Codling 171st in 76.35.
On the same morning, Alan Harman was among the 186 finishers of the Old Monks’ Race at Hart, where again the course was muddy and testing. He came 153rd in 51.26.
There is another club championship race coming up, the NYSD cross country fixture at Acklam on Jan 20th, when once again, a good club contingent is called for.