This was my first time for this race – I hadn’t been able to get away from rellies in previous years – but I managed this time, and it turned out to be a good crack. Two hundred runners made the trip, including Tom, Geoff and Susan, Jan and Nina, and Dougie. The numbers took quite a while to register, so the race was half-an-hour late getting started.
I was wondering just how hilly this was going to be, but the start wasn’t too bad, and there were a couple of level bits before a really steep climb up to the top of the woods which had to be walked, so there was actually a chance to get your breath back before a long undulating section across the top of the woods. Then the bit I really hadn’t been looking forward to … the long muddy, slippy descent back to the start, and indeed I found it bloody awkward. Geoff overtook me going down here on the first lap, and Nina did the same on both the second and the third laps! Luckily, I was making enough progress on the uphill and flattish bits to get a reasonable placing, so my hopes of gadgie glory in the Winter Series are still intact … 😉
All in all … a good post-festive blast!
|1||Paul Lowe||North York Moors||M||38.16|
|23||Cath Williamson||Loftus & Whitby||F||1||43.52|