Glaisdale Rigg, North York Moors, Sunday, March 2, 2014

BM / 8.5m/1844 '

Jan Young

After ‘will we, won’t we’ moments, two Mikes and a Jan parked up in Glaisdale village, North York Moors, for another muddy encounter across boggy moorland in the twelfth race of NEHRA winter series. The race starts and ends with steep gradients, lots of bog on Glaisdale Moor, aim for checkpoint at trig 326m, descends through heather, tapes easily missed here, crosses dale, steep climbing into ‘Narnia’ plantation. Then more bog … at least the weather was kind to us, though mist at trig. The Esk river provided much needed leg/shoe washing facilities.

Mike B leads his age category by only 22 points, so will be under pressure to stay ahead of rivals. Mike H. enjoyed the route, said it was tough, and we all agreed we still had Saturday’s legs on. I’d managed to pass my rival over bog and descent, but no legs for plantation climb. I’ll need a couple more top finishes to secure series winner FV60.

Sobering thought; Sue from Scarborough joins FV60’s in summer series, goodbye my first places. She finished seven seconds behind Mike H. Watch yer back, Mike!

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