Cleveland Way – 23rd June 2019

Cleveland Way Relay 2019 – Sunday 23rd June 2019

A fantastic day for running 109 miles

David Fawkes started our 109 mile relay race off from Filey in great speed; covering nearly 15 miles of coastal path in under 2hrs, passing through Scarborough.  Having passed the baton over to Bryan Miller in Cloughton; Bryan continued at the same pace through Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby.

Mike Cropper was waiting at the abbey in Whitby and he ran the 9 miles to Runswick Bay via Sandsend.  Mike Lowther took over in Runswick Bay accompanied by Tracey Lowther, who enjoyed her 10 minute head start.  Duncan Fothergill started at Skinningrove and ran to Slapewath, leaving the coast behind him in Saltburn.

Ken Wood, in great form, headed towards Gribdale with a climb up Roseberry Topping along the way.  Now over to the ladies; Alison Butcher and Tracey Lowther ran together up to Captain’s Cook Monument then into Kildale.  They then ran up to the top of Battersby Moor where Mike Lowther was waiting to run his second leg, to take the team to Clay Bank in 8th position.

Josh Cooper started at 2pm from Clay Bank and ran very well over many hill including Carlton Bank, finishing his 11 miles in Osmotherley.  Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry took on Black Hambleton and went along the tops to Sneck Yate.

Esther Harrison and David Trevit ran together from Sneck Yate through Sutton Bank and White Horse Bank, finishing their 6.5 miles at Helmsley Road; where Mike Cropper took the baton again all the way into Helmsley via Cold Kirby and Rievaulx.

The whole 109 miles was completed in 16 hours and 35 minutes, a fantastic time that was nearly 2 hours quicker than our last relay race in 2015 (18 hours and 17 minutes).

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers finished 8th out of 23 teams

David Fawkes in Filey at 5am ready to run the first leg of the Cleveland Relay

Helen Ashworth at Sneck Gate, one of the Cleveland Way relay team

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