Clay Bank West Fell Race 2012
A fine day with the frost just melting away in the sun but staying in the wood. Generally very heavy going making times slower. In the men’s event It was a head to head at the front with Cameron Taylor fighting to be ahead of Paul Butler. The other contenders were a little adrift as soon as they had completed the first short ascent through the wood. This included Dave Smith, Nigel Tate and Nick Smallwood with Richard Bewell not far away. It was the ascents that made it harder for Paul as Cameron managed to open up a lead on these sections. At the finish Cameron was clear of Paul with the Esk Valley pack not far behind. This also gave Esk Valley a comfortable team victory. In the Women’s event the New Marske runners were at the front with Kay Neesam and Shelli Gordon. Nicola Kent was the one athlete to give them problems. Kay however continued her very impressive form to win. It was the battle for second that was the tightest with Shelli just getting away from Nicola on the final descent.
In the team Pickering gave a very strong challenge to New Marske. Kim England and Lorraine Laycock led their team well and at the close there was a tie with the decision for Pickering as their last counter was ahead of New Marske’s. Please make sure you have full kit for the next event at Castleton. Best wishes …… Dave.