The Ripon 10 multi-terrain race at the weekend took place on a bright morning with wind a definite factor, making the hard race taking in Studley Park even more testing. This was the latest Club Championship race and 18 Harriers took part. First to finish was Walter Busuttil,flying just now, coming 11th in 64.36. Dan Holdsworth was a minute behind, 14th in 65.36, with ever competitive Stephan Tomaszewski 19th in 66.57, Paul Atkinson, beginning to recover from his London Marathon efforts, 28th in 69.53, Brett Edgeworth 36th in 71.24, Kevin Winfield 42nd in 72.01, Graham Robinson 55th in 74.09, Lorraine Hiles, floating over the ground as usual, 64th in 75.05, Nicola Booth 98th in 81.57,Martyn Coy 104th in 82.38, just 10 seconds ahead of Geoff Bullock, celebrating his first race as a super-vet, 105th in 82.48, Paul Goacher 124th in 86.05, Nik Sutton-Haigh 136th in 88.04, Pat Kirby 138th in 89.00, Hilary Coventry 140th in 89.23, Catyh Lumb 209th in 107.35, Ian Codling 211th 108.48, and Marian Codling 218th in 121.10.
Alan Harman, meanwhile, was among the 4550 runners taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon on a cold windy morning, and had a good run to finish in 1.51.37.
Very many apologies to Graham Robinson for missing off his excellent result at Ilkley last week, especially as he was 2nd club finisher, in 95th place in a time of 33.23.
The previous weekend, Fran Jeffery took herself off to the Bluebell Trail 10 mile (approx) Race near Halifax, a very testing multi-terrain race taking in several steep climbs, road sets, country meadows, and a final effort to wade through a river near the finish! Fran took 1.47.30 and came in 256th out of 384 entrants.
The Carlton Challenge Fell Race, the first in the summer series, took place on a cold windy evening, with conditions boggy in the lower sections and misty on the tops. Noel Clough lead club members home coming 11th in 39.20, Pete Wilkin 21st in 42.16, Lorraine Hiles 73rd in 50.51, Fran Jeffery 105th in 63.36 and Pat Kirby 106th in 74.00.
Without doubt, the toughest challenge undertaken by a club member recently was the Fellsman ultra race, over 61 miles starting at Ingleton and finishing at Threshfield. 11 000 feet of climbing is involved, including Ingleborough, Whernside, Gragareth, Great Coum, Great Knoutberry, Buckden Pike and Great Whernside among others. The weather was very testing with flurries of snow, howling winds and frost on Great Whernside. The route over the infamous Fleet Moss to Middle Tongue and Hell’s Gap was the hardest part, necessitating navigating through knee-deep bog and peat hag as darkness fell, with runners helping one another along. In the end, the race had to be called off due to cases of hypothermia and wind blindness, but not before Hester had managed to get beyond the point of no return to record a time of 18 hours and 20 minutes. Many congratulations for that. Over 400 people started the race but only 140 finished, and it is the first time the race has had to be called off in its 50 years of existence.