The weather for the latest round of the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Winter Fell Race Series was cold with frost hard in the ground making running slower. There was another record turnout and a late start record to continue- inadvertently- the 11.00 a.m. starts of the last two races. Everyone however seemed in good humour and the field set off immediately splitting into two crocodiles on the ascent. The juniors managed to negotiate their courses without too much of a to do! It was nevertheless a joy to see all runners home with the worst injury to myself with a two stitch cut to the knee! Cameron Taylor was a comfortable winner in the men’s after two second place finishes in his previous two – a welcome return to winning ways. Chris Roberts and John Young were hard after Cameron but to no avail. In the women’s it was back to the last race of December where Caroline Lambert won again although Emma Holt and Nicola Kent were a lot closer on this occasion. The women’s team was won by Thirsk & Sowerby through excellent team work in ‘packing.’ In the men it was almost impossible to say who had won it at the time but in the aftermath it was clear that two points covered the first three teams where York Acorn grasped the win on count-back from Esk Valley with York Knavesmire just a breath away in third. I may therefore need to award this prize at the next event.
Congratulations to all who took part. …. Dave

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