Ryedale Run and Helvellyn Triathlon

In overcast but warm conditions Luke Richardson and Kim England led the Pickering Running Club Team home in the Ryedale Run.  Richardson ran well to finish in 24th position overall in a time of 71:14.  England, in terrific form yet again, was 3rd lady to finish in 73:04. 

Mike Hetherton ran strongly to claim 2nd in the veteran’s category in 74:27.  He was closely followed by Mike Wilson in 77:06.  Cath Watson powered through Malton market place to win a sprint against a younger runner and finish in 85:30.  Hannah Bosomworth also overcame a fellow competitor in the final stages as she finished in 86:05.

Steve Watson was honing his distance running pace of 9 minute miles in preparation for the Keighley marathon.  He completed the ten miles just inside 87 minutes and paced one of his work colleagues all the way to the finish.  Sam Holtby was travelling exceptionally well during the first half of the race but picked up a foot injury.  He bravely dropped his pace, soldiered on and reached the finish in 87:58.

The Helvellyn Triathlon is a tough proposition.  Starting with a 1 mile swim in Ullswater, followed by a 38 mile cycle through the Lake District including the infamous Kirkstone pass, and rounded off with a lung-busting run up to the peak of Helvellyn and down again.  Steve Hampshire is a stalwart of this event having completed it many times before.  This time he was accompanied by Tess Roebuck and Peter Winter.

All three competitors were relieved to find that the swim was a less of rugby scrum than some triathlon events and Hampshire particularly achieved a good time of inside 30 mins.  Apart from the daunting Kirkstone Pass the cycle stage held few difficulties and Winter performed strongly in 2 hours 21 mins. 

By now Hampshire and Roebuck were travelling together and they drove each other on in the run up Helvellyn taking 2 hours 18 mins for the final leg.  Winter pushed on and conquered the huge fell in just under 2 hours.

Both Roebuck and Winter finished 27th in their respective categories.  The younger Hampshire was 169th in his more competitive category.

The event had a great atmosphere throughout with lots of support for competitors, especially at the top of the Kirkstone Pass.  They were even blessed with good weather.

Peter Winter built his triathlon season to prepare himself for this event so that he could raise money for Water Aid.  If you’d like to make a donation in recognition of his excellent effort then please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Peter-Winter0

Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Wed 14 Sep 2011 (All day)