Northern Runner @ Gribdale Gallop
The Gribdale Gallop went really well for the staff at Northern Runner last night. Drew Graham of Gosforth Harriers and Northern Runner won the event with Paul Butler of Loftus and Whitby finishing a close second. Both runners were not far off the course record of 47 minutes, which may have been on the cards if the a few wrong turns hadn’t been taken. Charlie Stead of NFR and Norther Runner came in third in around about 50 minutes which was actually the winning time at the same race last year.
There was a really good turn out at the race despite the dodgy weather! The race started at gribdale carpark and included several climbs (including a very tough one up to the top of Roseberry Toppin) and descents on pretty much every surface under the sun (or rain on this occasion). For aspiring fell runners this one would be a very good event to look into next year. It has some good climbs but is not too technical. Road running shoes or something with slightly more grip like the Mizuno Wave Ascend, Brooks Cascadia or Saucony Peregrine should be fine on a dry day. On a day like yesterday the best choice of shoe is something with a studded bottom. This will help with grip on wet rocks, which there was a great deal of coming down Roseberry Topping. Good examples of shoes that are extremely stable and exel on wet rocks would be the Inov-8 X-Talon 212 ,Walsh PB trainer, or for extreme grip the Inov-8 Mudclaw 333.
We would like to thank the organisers at Esk Valley Fell Club for a great event! Full results and photographs will follow in the next couple of days.