Hardmoors success!

Lizzy Wise's picture

Pickering Running club were out in force at the first of the Hardmoors 26.2 race series for 2018 and fortunately the weather made for almost pleasant running conditions (for February) although it was very muddy underfoot in places. 

The marathon option covered 29 miles over tough terrain taking in scenic coastal paths and tough moorland climbs. The total elevation for the runners to climb was almost 4,500 feet over tricky terrain, particularly up Highcliff Nab on the Cleveland Way.  Ben Myers was the first back for the club running a fantastic race to finish 9th in 5.03.12 despite feeling he set off too fast.  Juliette Pilgrim ran very well in the strong winds and was the next back in 6.35.43 as 12th lady.

A more popular option for the club was the half marathon which at 15 miles with nearly 2,500 feet of elevation was also a very tough challenge. Simon Jones ran very strong with his trademark speed to take second place in 2.04.30.  Taking 24th place was Richard Todd finishing in 2.43.37 putting in a brave effort given some trouble with his ankle. Jane Todd was not too far behind to finish in 3.02.07. Amanda Welburn-Smith was running in her first Hardmoors race and although she found it tough really enjoyed herself to finish in 3.11.49 with Serena Partridge running very well to finish hot on Amanda’s heels in 3.12.17.

The last option available was the 10k which included extra distance to come in at 7.5miles with almost 1,000 feet of climb.  The course hugged the coastline quite closely so there was no respite from the strong winds. Michael Hetherton had an awesome race, showing his strength and experience on the rough terrain to finish in 1.16.02 collecting a prize as the first finisher in his age category.  Also picking up an age category prize was Heather Farrow who ran superbly to finish in 1.25.47.  Jenny Storrie and Clare Mawrey had fun completing the course together and crossed the line in a very respectable 1.30.23 well within the top half of the field.

In contrast, Graham Robinson opted for a flatter (and shorter) race at Dalton Park in Durham. Graham joined almost 400 other runners for this fast 10k course.  This was his first 10k in 18 months and only his second road race in nearly 2 years but he was not deterred attacking the muddy section and staying on his feet.  Robinson finished in a highly respectable 45.13 taking the top spot in his age group and 108th overall.

Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Sat 17 Feb 2018 (All day)