Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:
“I completed the Fountains 10km at Grantley near Ripon this morning.
Really enjoyed the race, nearly lost a trainer on the moor section when my leg vanished down a puddle/hole up to my knee.
I was told about the hill at the end and everything I was told is true – it killed off my legs.
Really nice small race, one to repeat next year”.
And Howard Jeffrey reports:
“This race has been the start of the sadly now defunct Yorkshire Dales Race Series and has always been on my calendar as a target start to the season.
This year the weather was again bleak and breezy with snow apparently only three miles or so distant. The route was slightly ammended and we had more tarmac to run on before we got the grimpen myre that is the top moor.
This was where I came a cropper last year in the slimy mud but today it was a lot dryier, although still ankle deep mud in places. I have invested in some calf sheeths to nurse the areas of weakness the Triathlon cycling is uncovering and my legs feel OK so thumbs up to them.
I started off closer to the front this year and saw Scott Harrington of Otley and Tom Hannah at the start, also catching sight of Ged and Don on the approach.
I gauge my state of fitness in comeback races against Erika Johnson (Swaledale) and we kept alternating up to the line where I just pipped her to the finish although time was dead heat in 46.18 and 51st and 52nd respectively. Given less than a minute slower than last year quite an uplifting result”.