Change of venue was very popular particularly the cakes. Despite 33 runners in POW. Camp, two interrogated by the SS, exploding shells, tanks and troops of GI’s and Scots Highlanders manoeuvring it was a brilliant day for racing. At the start there was a large group made it to the gate on the moor before the field started to thin a little after Skelton Tower. The front runners were moving rapidly towards the first ravine at Pifelhead Wood.Stuart Carmichael & Charlie Stead were now at the front with Andy Blackett, Cameron Taylor, Dale Foster and Steve Roebuck not far adrift. At the first rail crossing we encountered a live train and Dave Kirk and Robert Allinson were just over before the marshall had to call a brief halt for those behind. At the Angel’s Staircase there were now only two runners in it with Stuart and Charlie away. At the finish Stuart was ahead by 39secs with Charlie a similar distance ahead of Andy Blackett. In the women’s event Nicola Kent and Kay Neesam had a very closely fought battle this went on throughout the event. Both had excellent runs to finish in first and second well ahead of the women’s field. Nicola led a well packed Loftus and Whitby team to take the women’s team event supported by Angharad Owen in 3rd and Julia Jackson in 7th. In the men’s team event Cameron Taylor once again despite his tender years led the Esk Valley team to a second win in the series supported by Joe Johnson, Dominic Barry and ‘the old man’ Stuart Backhouse – winner of the V50 section. Many thanks to all those who supported this event particularly Clare Davison. Best wishes Dave Parry

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