3 Esk valley usual suspects, Jan Young, Danny Lim and Mike Bennett made it to a damp windy Clay bank car park to enter on the day for this event, another in the Esk Valley series, rescheduled from Feb. Only 55 runners turning up on the day.
The course may be quite short but had all the ingredients of a testing fell race. The climb being the longest uphill section on the Cleveland hills then a mixture of heather tracks, mud, granite slab paths, and rocky descents. Scenery was great if you dared take your eyes off the track for more than a few seconds without taking a tumble. Marshalls on route at critical points, course was reasonably well marked but a couple of sections where you could miss the route. I did manage to stay on the course this week so avoiding any time penalty.
A fast downhill muddy finish, fell shoes tested to the limit.
Jan was 10th female finisher and came away with wine, I managed first in age group with Danny close behind.
|1||Cameron Taylor||Esk Valley Fell||MJ/1/50/300||39:46|
|9||Kay Neesam||New Marske Harriers||F45/1/50/350||44:51|