Another good day at the races. We had had 3 inches of snow on the previous day turning to wintry sleet which made the going very muddy especially on the final descent. Winter kit must be carried by all competitors please consult the list or if in doubt contact me. We did have mild hypothermia suffered by the marshalls at the last check despite being well equipped with a tent etc. A cagoule in itself is not sufficient to protect competitors should they suffer a serious fall etc. In the women’s race there was another sparkling performance from Kay Neesam to comfortably finish ahead of the field in another new record following last year’s record set by Kay herself. This course however was a much more difficult course and I for one did not expect new records. The two chasing women of note were Nicola Kent and Angharad Owen team mates from Loftus and Whitby whose efforts secured the women’s team prize from Thirsk & Sowerby by a single point. In the men’s event it was a return to racing for Cameron James Taylor who was in sight for the first mile but soon disappeared over the horizon to get very near Mike Fanning’s record, recording a victory by over 3 minutes from Dan Middlemas and Paul Butler respectively. There was a great battle between Esk Valley and Loftus and Whitby for the team honours. Esk Valley fielded just about their strongest team to keep ‘L&W’ in second place. Don’t forget if you are not racing please volunteer to assist the organisation. Best wishes see you 18/11/12…. Dave

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