Glaisdale Rigg and Falcon Flyer.

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The sun certainly shone on Pickering Running Club at the latest race in the Cleveland Winter Fell series at Glaisdale Rigg. The 8.5 mile route took in 1400ft of ascent, and in the almost 20 degree heat, it took its toll on some team members.

Steve Watson was first man home, in 74.44 and claimed third in category. He was followed by Mike Hetherton, whose time of 77.58 took him to first in category. Hetherton is now guaranteed the overall first place in his 55+ category.

Kim England was first Pickering lady in 79.56, taking second in category and beating an off form Mike Wilson (85.29) and Andy Harvey (81.38) for the first time in a fell race. Harvey’s time, however, means he has leap-frogged an absent Nick Cousins to reach fifth in the 45+ category.

The ladies were out in force and Lorraine Laycock took third in category in 83.20. Despite running in the Yorkshire Terrier the night before, Lynn Humpleby took 5th in category in 92.30, followed by Sue Slack in 94.26. Slack is still in the running to take the 50+ category in the final few races.

After taking a couple of wrong turns the remaining Pickering runners made it up the final punishing ascent. Sarah Sissons and Nicola Wise powered home in 95.57 and 119.53, followed by Dean Wise in 130.07. In her first fell race, Kate Youngs battled to the end in 130.20.

Pickering Ladies A team still hold first place overall with only three races to go, and England and Laycock are two of three ladies that can still take the Open category.

Four Pickering runners took on the Falcon Flyer, a challenge event where participants can walk or run the circular 20 mile route which starts and ends in Ravenscar. Nick Cousins came in fourth place overall in 3hours 16 minutes, only 10 minutes behind the winner. Dan Froggatt, Hannah Bosomworth and Claire Smith all came in together, in 4 hours 37 minutes, making Smith and Bosomworth joint fifth place in the ladies event. As training for an upcoming marathon, Karen Loseby completed the Pickering squad, despite some navigation problems en route.

The club also added four members to their team of run leaders, with Terry Greene, Sam Holtby, Lorraine Laycock and Kim England attending the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness course. This will allow all members, including those attending the imminent beginners’ course, access to more personalised provision in training.

Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Sun 25 Mar 2012 (All day)