The latest event in the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Winter Fell Race Series produced some real winter weather with thick ice the biggest problem on route. A lot of runners came in with scraped knees from slipping on the downhills. The best going was often in the heather with a better foot hold. At the front of the men’s event two runners were soon away – Cameron Taylor and Ewan Brown. In close attendance was Nick Barber Nick Smallwood, Nigel Tait, Jim Mann and Chris Roberts. Once the front two were away they exchanged the lead many times. It was at the last bridge crossing before the long climb up to the finish that Cameron was able at last to put a bit of daylight between him and Ewan.In the women’s event Shelli Gordon was very determined to win soon opening up a good lead of 5 minutes by the halfway stage. The pursuing group was made up from Chris Raw, Ella Towers, Clare Davison and Lorraine Laycock. This little group were within a minute of each other at half way. Shelli went on to score her third victory of the season with Chris Raw second.
Well done to Thirsk & Sowerby led by Chris who went on to win the women’s team event by the smallest of margins from a rejuvenated Swaledale RR. In the men’s event it was Esk Valley ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams at the front and by the nature of things the latter can never beat the former. Well done to Cameron, Nick, Nigel (A/A) and Michael Quinn for brilliant packing just squeezing out Rorie McIntosh by one place. Well done to all for carrying the correct Kit!!!!…….. see you at GRUFC on a changed route due to the depth of mud. (27/12/12)…… Dave

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