Happy New Year to PRC

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Most Pickering Running Club members had a quiet night in for New Year’s Eve as they were out racing the next day!  Good job they were rewarded with a lovely day.

Ten club members joined a competitive field of almost 400 runners for the Esk Valley Winter Series Captain Cook race. This popular 5 mile course takes runners up a steep ascent to Captain Cook’s monument then back down to Great Ayton, fortunately the recent dry weather meant the course was missing its usual mud.   Simon Rycroft crossed the line first in 39 minutes, followed by Rachael Harper in in 41 minutes 25 seconds to finish as 6th lady. Mike Wilson completed the course in 44 minutes 53 seconds, Michael Hetherton in 46 minutes 41 seconds (almost 3 minutes faster than last year!) and taking 1st place in his age category, David Stephenson in 50 minutes 36 seconds and Sue Slack was not far behind in 51 minutes 08 seconds to finish third in her age category. Graham Robinson was next in 55 minutes 17 seconds followed by Mike Punchard in 58 minutes 57 seconds and Sally Brown in 60 minutes 41 seconds. The great day was completed by Hilary Turner winning her age category in 66 minutes 54 seconds.

Special congratulations go to Graham Robinson who has run in every Captain Cook race ever held – 36 in all – and was also running his 1000th event having competed in distances between 100m and a marathon.

The Hardmoors 15 mile races also took place on the 1st January, starting and ending in Robin Hoods Bay with a visit to Whitby in between.  Conditions underfoot were better than expected for the time of year with firm ground and not much mud in sight. Clare Mawrey was the first back for the club in 2 hours and 48 minutes with Nicola Wise not far behind running well despite a nasty head cold to finish the challenge in 2 hours 53 minutes.  Sally Raines was the next back in 3 hours 15 minutes with Dean Wise just behind in 3 hours 18 minutes.  The group was rounded off by Ailish Lilley who completed the tough course in 4 hours 15 minutes.

In the 30 mile option the runners also went from Robin Hoods Bay to Whitby then south to Hayburn Wyke before heading back north to the finish in Robin Hoods Bay.  Michael Todd took 9th place overall in 4 hours 20 minutes, 9 minutes faster than last year.  Alison Hyde had a superb race to finish in 5 hours and 30 minutes as the 3rd lady and 1st in her age category.  Amanda Welburn-Smith ran strongly to finish in 6 hours 22 minutes with Jenny Storrie not far behind in 6 hours 31 minutes.


Report Type: 
Race Report
Report Type: 
Event Report
Report Date: 
Sat 05 Jan 2019 (All day)