Off road adventures

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There was a good crowd from PRC at the Gormire Gamble, the second race in the Esk Valley winter fell series. The runners managed to catch a break in the weather, so although the wind was fresh, they had beautiful sunshine to enjoy the lovely views around the route starting from the Sutton Bank visitor centre. All were treated to a lovely course, with some tricky but fun descents, plenty of mud, scenic surroundings and a cheeky climb towards the finish.  There were some navigational challenges to deal with right at the end, with runners appearing from 3 different directions!  All PRC members did manage to cross the finish line with first back for the club Peter Allen finishing in 15th place in 48.51 with Russ Grayson not far behind in 49.32.  Speedy Simon Rycroft was hot on their heels in 50.49 and Rachael Harper was next back in 54.54 taking 6th place female finisher.  Rich Johnson was next in 55.05 followed by Michael Wilson in 55.48 (3rd in category), Nick Cousins in 56.28, David Owuor in 56.48 and Ami Duff in 57.05. Michael Hetherton also took 3rd in category to complete the course in 64.09 with David Stephenson just behind in 64.23 and Debbie Rycroft in 64.55.  Karen Farmer-Scott and Gemma Fearnley both finished in a fantastic 66.19 with Mike Punchard rounding off the group in 77.40.  The superb results helped place Pickering men as the 4th team with the women just edging ahead in 3rd.

Mother and daughter pair Nicola and Lizzy Wise ventured down south to Eastbourne to tackle the Beachy Head marathon.  The route was host to one of the largest off road marathons in the country and the 2,200 runners were treated to 26 miles along the glorious south downs way through woodlands and along some very hilly chalky grassland (almost 4,000 feet of climbing!).  The sun was shining for the return along the coast up and down the seven sisters and then up to Beachy Head (keeping well away from the cliff tops) followed by a rather nerve wracking descent to the finish.  The pair stuck together encouraging each other round and were delighted to finish in 5.59.27 – just under 6 hours!

Down under Simon and Shirley Tyrell took on the Lamington Classic trail race which consisted of two half marathons on consecutive days through the Australian rainforest dodging jungle creepers, roots, rocks, cliff edges and snakes!  Shirley paced her races excellently with the first in 3 hours and 2 minutes and the next in 3 hours 3 minutes.  Simon had a great day taking a podium finish finishing the first in 2 hours and 4 minutes and the second in 2 hours 8 minutes.

Meanwhile in the Black mountains in south Wales Sue Slack teamed up with Sally Brown to tackle the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon).  The pair had to plan a route through a series of given checkpoints over two days while carrying everything they need for an overnight wild camp in the bitterly cold weather.  Sue and Sally did very well to complete the two challenging days and even did so with smiles of their faces to finish as the 229th pair out of 242 or 67th out of 69 in the veterans category) a great achievement given that many did not complete the event.


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Press Release
Report Date: 
Sun 04 Nov 2018 (All day)