Daily Archives: 29th December 2013

Jolly Holly Jog, Ripon, Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dave Robson

This is one of my favourite runs and this year there were quite a few Striders taking part. It was a beautiful day for a race, still, sunny and not too cold. It was a bit muddy and parts of it felt very like cross country. The first half contains quite a bit of uphill, but that makes for an enjoyable second half.

The race goes through some lovely countryside including Studley Roger deer park. As we ran through, Melanie and I saw two separate herds of deer, one of about twenty five and the other close to a hundred. After we finished we were talking to the Striders and hardly anyone had seen the deer, Melanie and I were accused of having mid race hallucinations !

Dave says,'Only one other Strider saw the two herds of deer. I think this photo might convince them that there were deer around ...'

Looking at the group photo taken before the race, we think we have now convinced the other Striders there were some deer …

Many congratulations to Rachel Terry who won her age category ! Also to Rachel, Jackie and Melanie who were the third women’s team to get home. And to Lindsay who was running his first 10k.