The Guisborough Grunt, the latest round of the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Summer Fell Race Series, was greated with cooler, dry good conditions only muddy in the shade and on the climb. The women’s event was a very close contest between Kay Neesam, Nicola Kent and Emma Bain. The front two were always within a few metres of each other throughout the whole course.Emma Bain on the other hand made a late surge to get third ahead of Angharad Owen and Kath Aspin. Kay went on to just nip ahead of Nicola on the closing descent, although it was nip and tuck all the way down. New Marske won a very tight team contest one point ahead of Loftus and Whitby.
In the men’s race there was a fascinating start with a lot of runners involved until the ascents up Geenhill and Highcliff. Charlie Stead took advantage being in excellent climbing mode to gain a lead of about 45 seconds at the ‘Trig’ It was after this that things went a little out of kilter. Charlie took what he thought was the minor – allowable short cut over the heather. Unfortunately he had turned too early and missed the far checkpoint. He came in well clear but had to be disqualified.So at the true front of the field Cameron Taylor and Paul Whitaker had a right ‘ding dong with Paul catching off Highcliff as Cameron failed to break away at this point. They were neck and neck until literally 5 metres off the finish line when Cameron gained that single metre to win a great contest. This helped the Stokesley based, Esk Valley win the team event by just a single point from York Knavesmire. The white terrier that joined in at Geenhill was united with its owner at about 10.45 p.m.
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