The latest round of the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Winter Fell Race Series soar another fantastic turnout. ‘The Beast@ took place on a very mild day with temperatures between 3 & 8 degrees C. As the field left the start there was a wide range of choice exhibited in the ascent which eventually funnelled into two main streams. As they hit the first ridge things soon started to sort themselves out particularly after the small ravine crossing. Jason Cavill, Ian Nixon, Cameron Taylor, Paul Butler and the two DFR men Ian McGrath & Andy Blackett were in and out of the leading group. On the next climb up to the highest point on The N.Y.Moors the race developed into a long line of competitors. As they got towards home Jason, Ian N. & Cameron were still involved at the front with Paul just off waiting to make a move if the leaders faltered. It was still an open contest right up to the last 200m. where Jason knocked in a sustained burst to surge ahead of the others. Ian N. hung on to second with Cameron J.T. in third.
In the women’s event Nicola Kent turned on the style gradually wearing down the chasers in Lisa Bennett, Rhona Haslam and Kim England. Nicola went on to win in comfortable style demonstrating a very strong performance. Lisa in second did extremely well for her first appearance establishing a good margin between herself and the third and fourth finishers. Third place saw the closest contest with Rhona just outrunning Kim in the final section. Kim however led her team Pickering AC to victory, whilst Cameron led Esk Valley to a convincing win…. Still got two pairs of shoes from Guisborough and now a brown coat from The Beast… See you all at the Clay Bank car park in four weeks. Dave

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