Race Report 8 September

During the long lockdown period, some members found themselves having to shield for several weeks and one of these was Olivia Mulligan.  Olivia has a creative bent and she put her time in isolation to good use writing poetry, the outcome being a volume, to be published shortly, entitled “Poems on the Gate Post”.  This has been well received and radio interviews have followed, with an invitation to appear in the Writer’s Tent at the BBCs Upload Festival to read some of her poems.  Look out for her book in the local book shop.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, some running enthusiasts continue throughout to cover large numbers of miles, the latest challenge being to run from Redcar Beacon to Sutton Bank, a distance of 48 miles! Fran Jeffery, Gavin Coventry, Alan Simpson, Brett Edgeworth and Trudy Morrice caught the train to Redcar at 5.30am to get a good early start, and set off from the Beacon along the coast, taking in woods, moorland and dunes to Saltburn.  The next stage was along the cliff side to Skinningrove, then through Clarksons Woods and Danby Moors, with a tea stop at Castleton.  They followed the Esk Valley Walk through Westerdale and along the old railway line to Bloworth.  A welcome stop for refreshments at the Buck Inn, Chop Gate, at mile 34 helped them along Bilsdale Moor, where darkness dropped and head torches became necessary.  From Sneck Gate they began the night section along the Cleveland Way and back to Sutton Bank where their support party waited to collect them.  In all, they had taken 17 hours for the 48 miles, a superb achievement and a feat which they described as “tremendous fun”!


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