PRC tackle bogs and freezing winds

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There was a good turn out from PRC to tackle the new ‘Heartbeat Hobble’ fell race, the 8th counter in the Dave Parry/Northern Runner Winter fell race series. The race starts and ends in the scenic North York moors village of Goathland, and the 130 runners had breezy but sunny conditions for the event. The ground was dryer than it has been in recent weeks, but still very boggy and challenging underfoot in places. The route provided some long steady climbs, and a lovely final descent from Simon Howe back down to the finish line.

Simon Rycroft put in his usual speedy performance, coming in 4th male and first in his category in 49 minutes 7 seconds. He was followed by Peter Allen at 51 minutes 44 seconds, with Russ Grayson hot on his heels, crossing the line in 52 minutes 34 seconds. Russ Charlton came in next at 60 minutes 4 seconds, followed by Rich Johnson at 60 minutes 29 seconds and Paul Smith at 60 minutes 53 seconds.  Nick Cousins finished in 63 minutes 37 seconds, with Chris Adams completing a great day for Pickering men at 71 minutes 18 seconds.  With all these great results, the club took home the men’s team prize.

Rachael Harper lived up to the race’s name, spraining an ankle at 4 miles but ‘hobbling’ home to bag 4th lady in 61 minutes 13 seconds, followed not long after by Gemma Fearnley, who put in a great time  of 68 minutes 38 seconds despite having to retrieve her shoe from a bog during the race! Debbie Rycroft came 2nd in her category with her time of 68 minutes 59 seconds, with Ruth Kaftirani coming in at 71 minutes 42 seconds. Lynn Humpleby completed the challenging course in 85 minutes 26 seconds.

Meanwhile, on the road, two PRC club members tackled the Snake Lane 10, a fairly flat and fast 10 mile road race, winding through the beautiful East Yorkshire countryside around Pocklington.  Runners faced a very cold run, with a freezing headwind for the last 2 miles back into Pocklington.  Despite the challenging conditions, Amanda Welburn-Smith got round in a 10 mile PB time of 1 hour 28 minutes and 12 seconds, with Kate Towse hot on her heels less than a minute later in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 54 seconds.

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Report Date: 
Sat 03 Mar 2018 (All day)