Whorlton Chase 2014 Race Report and Results

It was a fabulous night for the Whorlton Chase which was the latest rounbd of the Northern Runner/ Esk Valley Summer Fell Race Series. Warm and dry with a little give in the ground. At the cut on ‘Checkpoint 1’ just beyond the cattle grid, there were 7 runners in it with Cat Taylor splitting up the men. At this point Lewis Rodgers made a very strong move as they climbed the craggs up to the fence corner. He flew across the moor which is in fact emerald green at this point. Cat Taylor was not to be left out and as things hotted up she had moved up to fifth with the second and third placed men now about to go wrong in the woods! Behind Cat were Kay Neesam and Shelli Gordon both putting in excellent performances. In the men as they looped round in the wood Paul Whittaker and Paul Williams resumed their season’s rivalry. Behind them Harry holmes, Cat Taylor and
Steve Hardy were still close together. In the last field I could see Lewis well ahead and I had to wait a full three minutes before the next runners appeared at the base of The Angel’s Staircase. Lewis went on to win just missing Jim Bulman’s record.
In the women Cat continued to dominate and had an excellent tussle with Harry Holmes who just managed to hold her off. Cat shattered the women’s record by over three and a half minutes. Kay went on to second leading her team to victory. In the men’s team it could have gone to any one of four teams at half way but with a big push in the second half Paul Williams led Esk Valley to victory whilst Paul Whittaker led York Acorn to a close second.
See you at The Grunt! ……… Dave Click here to see the full results.

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