Blakey Blitz.

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On another scorching March day, Pickering Running Club held their own at the latest Cleveland Winter Fell Race: the infamous Blakey Blitz. The 10.5 mile race is regarded as the toughest of the series, climbing approximately 2630 ft into Rosedale and Fryupdale. A strong team of 14 cemented their growing reputation on the course, which is a qualifying race for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, and which comprises some stunning moorland scenery.

Jayson Cavill and newcomer Michael Richmond kept one another going as they finished 7th (97.29) and 8th (97.32) overall. Unfortunately, due to a navigation error, they incurred a time penalty, taking them to 11th and 12th, as they missed a loop on the final stretch.

Steve Watson was next over the line in 106.32. Watson is now one of five that can still win the over 40 category with just two races to go. Martin Connell continued his impressive return to form to come in at 110.08, with Nick Cousins close behind in 110.19. Mike Hetherton followed in 114.55, taking second in category with Mike Wilson on his heels in 115.28.

First Pickering lady home was Kim England, in 116.00, taking second in the female open category. England and Shelli Gordon of New Marske Harriers are now the only ladies in contention for first place in this category.

Lorraine Laycock was not far behind in 117.24 and Lynn Humpleby came in at 133.01 to take the ladies’ team to another victory.

Sue Slack finished strongly to take second in category in 133.54. Tenacious Slack is one of two ladies that can win the 50 and over category in the series.

After a long lay - off from injury, Bob Horsman completed in 135.38, having aggravated his knee problem. Philly Hare finished second in category in 161.38, and Nicola Wise looked as cool as ever, arriving back in 172.08.

The men’s’ A-team finished 4th overall in the race, the best result for them so far in the series. The ladies’ result means that they only need two points from the final two races to win the series.

The heat was also on for Dave Ward, who represented Pickering in the Thirsk 10 miler, a mainly flat race taking in country lanes. Ward finished the race, which started and ended at Thirsk racecourse, in a creditable 1 hour 22 minutes.

Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Sat 07 Apr 2012 (All day)