Gazette.22.10.13

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By Lynn Humpleby

 

PICKERING’S Bob Horsman and Steve Watson returned club heroes after completing a gruelling fell series that covered more than 100 miles and 26,000ft of ascent.

 

The pair travelled to the Lake District earlier this month for the 13-mile Langdale Horseshoe run, which is the final of six Lakeland Classic fell challenges organised by Ambleside AC.

 

The Pickering Running Club duo benefited from sound going and clear visibility for the classic fell race, which takes in 4,700ft of leg-burning climb.

 

Setting off from Old Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale 400 runners circumnavigated the beautiful valley via Bowfell, Crinkle Craggs and Pike of Blisco.

 

A strong Watson finished in an impressive 2hr 57mins with Horsman clocking 3hr 20mins – slicing a massive 25 minutes off last years’ time.

 

Watson said: “It was tough going but we did it – and still with a bit of dignity intact. We waded through streams, negotiated boulders, ascended cliff faces and fell in the odd bog. It’s amazing what you can do on diet of spring water and Kendal mint cake.”

 

Meanwhile marathon training partners Sally Brown and Marion Bets took part in the 100th Sewerby Park Run on October 12th.

 

The pair joined more than 180 fellow park runners for the 5km dash around Sewerby Hall and Gardens near Bridlington.

 

Fresh after a rest from four months of marathon training, Brown smashed her previous personal best and finished in a time of 27.50.

 

Bets made a well-paced finish to clock a comfortable 32.48.

 

And they were not the only club runners to enjoy the joys of a jog through the park after Hilary Turner took part in London’s Royal Parks Foundation Half earlier this month.

 

The picturesque half marathon took in loops around the capital’s Hyde Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’ Park and a slice of the majestic Thames.

 

The veteran runner said: “There were more than 16,000 competitors and it was an incredible atmosphere. My time of 2hr 36mins wasn’t much to write home about but it was a fantastic day all the same.”

 

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