Guisborough Woods Fell Race, North York Moors, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BS / 8.8km / 376m

Shaun Roberts

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.

So nice to get to the top of the hill each time ... small matter of the descending to come.
photo courtesy and © David Aspin

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!

Results

Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Paul Lowe North York Moors M 38.16
3 Phil Sanderson NFR MV40 2 38.23
23 Cath Williamson Loftus & Whitby F 1 43.52
53 Thomas Reeves DFR MV45 11 46.56
85 Geoff Davis NFR MV50 14 50.05
115 Nina Mason F 7 52.31
123 Shaun Roberts MV55 4 53.28
150 Susan Davis NFR FV50 3 56.54
174 Dougie Nisbet DFR MV45 32 60.52
180 Jan Young FV55 2 62.15

201 finishers.

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