A Flying Start to 2018 for PRC!

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The first day of 2018 dawned clear and bright, a promising start to a great year of running for PRC.

Club runners joined a competitive field of 329 runners for the Esk Valley Winter Series Captain Cook race. This popular 5 mile course takes runners up a steep, muddy ascent to Captain Cook’s monument, and an equally muddy descent back down to Great Ayton.   For the PRC men, Simon Rycroft crossed the line first in 38 minutes 29 seconds, followed by Russ Grayson in 39 minutes 43 seconds. Mike Wilson completed the course in 45 minutes 14 seconds, Michael Hetherington in 49 minutes 30 seconds and taking 2nd in the MV70 category, David Stephenson in 55 minutes 30 seconds and Mike Punchard in 1 hour 2 minutes.

For the ladies, Rachael Harper came in at 45 minutes 13 seconds and 6th lady overall, with Lynn Humpleby hot on her heels, at 49 minutes 6 seconds and 8th in category. Sue Slack crossed the line in 52 minutes 25 seconds, taking 3rd place in her category, followed by Debbie Rycroft in 54 minutes 54 seconds and 2nd in her category and Serena Partridge in 58 minutes 2 seconds. Philly Hare was thrilled to come first in the FV60 category despite being 6 minutes slower than the previous year. The great day for the ladies was completed by Hilary Turner winning the FV70 category in 1 hour 19 minutes.

The Hardmoors 15 and 30 mile races also took place on the 1st January, starting and ending in Robin Hoods Bay.  Conditions underfoot were challenging, as overnight rain had turned the coast path into a morass of slippery, calf-deep, sloppy mud. In the 15 mile event Dean Wise, although recovering from injury, was very proud to take home the MV60 trophy.  Jennifer Buck was poorly at the start so was happy to improve on her time from 2017, crossing the line in 4 hours 16 minutes. Jane Todd achieved 40th place overall and 6th in her category in 2 hours 53 minutes.

In the 30 mile event, Michael Todd took 4th place overall and 2nd in his category in 4 hours 29 minutes, only 4 minutes behind the 3rd male.  Richard Todd completed in 16th place in 5 hours 9 minutes.  Clare Mawrey performed fantastically in her first ultra event, finishing in 7 hours 49 minutes, close to her target time.

Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Fri 05 Jan 2018 (All day)