Gazette.1.10.13.Viking Chase

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By Lynn Brown

THE WINTER fell series got off to an unseasonable warm start with the annual Viking Chase race held near Charlton Bank, Stokesley on Sunday.

Five members of Pickering Running Club lined up for the tough eight-mile route, which takes in a leg-burning 1500ft of ascent.

The course covers four peaks: Clay Bank, Cold Moor, Cringle Moor and Charlton Bank and tested the endurance of the 82 competitors who took part.

Making a cautious start, Richard Todd, proved his stamina as he made a strong finish in 89.39 – clocking the same time as last year.

Next was Lynn Humpleby who despite a confident start had a disappointing run and finished 61st place in 93.30 - five minutes slower than the previous year.

In only his second cross country outing, seasoned roadrunner Paul Smith made a fast start to the race but struggled to finished and came in two seconds behind Humpleby.

But it was fell novice Serena Partridge who shone for the Pickering team who despite the tough course came in under her aimed two hour target in 118.06.

Plucky Partridge was spurred on by the end by teammate, Andy Harvey, who after pulling out of the race, ran the last couple of miles encouraging her all the way to the finishing line.

He said: “Serena put in a tremendous performance. I think we have another fell racing convert in the club.”

On Saturday morning, Pickering’s long distance star, Lorraine Laycock lined up for the Hardmoors 60, in an unseasonably warm Guisborough.

The long distance course takes in an incredible 62 miles of the Cleveland Way from the market town to Filey along the beautiful coastal path.

Setting off with 114 competitors, Laycock came in at 12hrs 30mins and was an impressive 15th overall, claiming the third lady prize.

Her latest victory meant she secured the second place in the GrandSlam event which competitors gained points from four ultra-marathon Hardmoors events: 30, 55, 110 and 60 miles.

Hardmoors organiser Jon Steel said:  “Lorraine has produced some fantastic results this year. She completed the GrandSlam as first lady and second overall.

“No matter how tough the race was she always had a friendly smile and kind words at each checkpoint. She is a credit to Pickering running club and ultra running in general.

“I have seen some fantastic performances from various members of Pickering Running Club this year.  Pickering is certainly a club to watch out for.”

 

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Report Type: 
Race Report
Report Date: 
Sun 26 Jan 2014 (All day)