The latest round of the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Summer Fell Race Series was Guisborough Grunt which took place on a sultry, warm, humid evening. We expected more rain but we didn’t get it! We managed to do the full route despite the threat of wood closure. After the first climb Kay Neesam was a clear leader in the women’s race with Alison Matthews holding second in her local debut. A little adrift of those two were Kath Aspin and Shelli Gordon which gave New Marske’3′ of the first ‘4.’ As the races developed Kay went on to win with an excellent time of ‘49.12’ whilst Alison chased hard to record 51.42 both some distance ahead of the rest of the female field. In the men’s race there were two clear leaders in Lewis Rodgers just ahead of Harry
Holmes, the next group consisted of Ian McGrath, Steve Hardy and Danny Braun. As the men’s progressed from half way Lewis and Harry moved further away from their chasers and at the line Lewis had just a 7 second lead. In the men’s team race it was Esk Valley who took the honours led by Danny Braun and Mark Brown. They were just ahead of the Two York Teams – Knavesmire and Acorn. Stephen Pugh and Peter Riley made up the rest of the Esk Team. In the next event at Cock Howe I need a marker for the route – Volunteers? Thanks to Chris Roberts for marking this route. ……
Best wishes … Dave

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