The first race in this year’s Yorkshire Dales Series, the testing Fountains 10k, took place in the forecast rain, which forced road-side parking for runners and a long walk to the start for some. The mud across the moors, legendary at the best of times, was at its shoe-sucking worst and great care had to be taken over that mile or so. Stephan Tomaszewski, in excellent form just now, lead club runners home in 10th place in 39.50, with Walter Busuttil 15th in 40.09, Matt Jones, improving constantly, 64th in 46.30, Graham Robinson 67th in 46.56 and Les Sutton-Haigh 76th in 47.53. It was good to see Sue Busuttil out in a club vest again and she finished 85th in 49.05, with Paul Goacher 128th in 52.36, Nik Sutton-Haigh 193rd in 58.58 (Nik loved the freedom of this race after the austerity of training for the London Marathon!),Cath Lumb 227th in 64.29, Ian Codling 251st in 68.19 and Marian Codling 257th in 72.52. There were 266 saturated runners at the end of this race, all very appreciative of the hot cup of tea, home-made flap-jack and banana on offer!
Conditions were much better on Saturday when Alan Harman did the Hawkshead Trail Challenge though the course was probably much tougher, with some steep climbs involved, notably along the Coffin Trail, which had, appropriately, skeletons and skulls hanging from the trees. Alan completed the course in 1 hour 50 and was among the 250 finishers.
At the other side of the world, John Yates entered the Bali Marathon, where conditions were considerably warmer, and came in 47th in a time of 3.53.26, somewhat slower than his target time.