Conditions at Clay Bank West could best be described as muddy. Click through to David Aspin’s great photo’s.

Below is Phil Green of Northumberland Fell Runner’s report of the event:

This perennial favourite saw a few NFR’s heading south rather than west this Sunday for the short and sweet clay bank west race. The weather was kind with mild conditions and only intermittent hill fog making navigation nothing to worry about. This race starts up (hill) a steep forest tract for about 600m before levelling and undulating beside the forest for about two miles. It then climbs across a field to the Cleveland way, it then has two climbs, that of Cold moor and then after descending to Garfit gap the top of the Wainstones. The race was characterised by mud on the outward section followed by lethally slippy paving slabs over the Cleveland way on the return journey. I would recommend your attention to the slippyness of stone flags ( a la simonside) for future races. I saw a chap go his length at the final CP today, badly bruising his chest wall and banging his head on the slippy stones. (Incidently he wasn’t carrying kit and Shelli Gordon of New marske harriers came to his aid at the end of the race, along with Julian Barwick of North York moors Ac.) Racing saw some brilliant times from the juniors and a u15 women finished 5th overall. Nfr had Chris Winter, Lawrence Johnson, Phil Green, Dave Johnson, Emma Bain and Chris… Alzheimer’s is setting in again. Shaun Harris of Heaton harriers completed his first fell race and finished with that special “big downhill done and bitten by the bug” look on his face. Dave Parry’s post race presentation was as ever quality! The next race in the series clashes with the Hexhamshire hobble but thereafter is followed by Guisboro woods on Dec 27th which is a great post Christmas belt.

Full results to follow.

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