Report from jack Robertshaw:
A wet and windy day promised a race that would live up to its name.
The start was just outside St Wilfrids Primary School. This was only a short walk from Ripon Cricket Club. The first few kilometres were on roads with a number of sharp turns. I recognised sections of The Sanctuary Way we walked in 2010. Passing the Army Camp the road narrowed. At the nearby farm we were directed left over a field down to a footbridge. From this point we were out in the country. A long convoluted traverse, with frequent changes in direction, on muddy farm tracks and field edges brought us back to the footbridge. The return to the finish at the school was more direct with the final part of the race over extensive playing fields.
The mud, wind and undulating topography were a challenge. It would have been an advantage to have a closer look at the displayed route map. I was too concerned by the figure of eight route on the country section and missed the 10.5km written at the top. I was counting down from the markers how far to go and the last kilometre appeared to go on forever. The Club had a good turnout and all ran well considering the underfoot conditions and the weather. I must apologise to Justina. I had not seen her at the start and had left to get some dry clothes on before she finished. Some of our members ran without a club vest on. For those who have not got a club vest I will bring the stock down on Tuesday and Thursday training night. They cost £16, cheque payable to Otley A.C.
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