Report by the Hon. handicapper
A strong contingent of thirteen, I think it was, made the short trip up the valley to Addingham for the Wharfedale Harriers organised race up to Beamsley Beacon.
A flagged ‘up’ route saw us get to the summit from the Ilkley side & then it’s a ‘find your own way down, permissive paths only!‘ route choice. If you know the local paths and most there did, there’s an obvious fastest route down through a narrow walled path back to the suspension bridge.
Warming up with Matt P we reccied a secret alternative route back from the suspension bridge. At first I thought not to bother trying it, but on the way down I changed my mind to ‘Why not give it a go..’. The few just behind decided against following so I was on my own and ended up crossing the finish from behind, still ahead of the folk I’d left at the bridge . I have to give credit to a Bob Hamilton who tried this several years ago when I was time keeping, surprising us at the finish line. Checking on Gmap-pedometer it was in fact marginally shorter ~50m. An excellent summer evening race & I think all but one had a good run out.
The winner of the race was James Hall of Wharfedale with a new course record of 34:30, 1st Lady Caroline Lambert, Wetherby Runners 41:23.
Otley finishers 14. Andrew Robertshaw 41:01, 20. Shane Ewen 42:30, 24. Andy Hunt 42:47, 31. Simon Toyne 43:42, 40. Lloyd & 42. & (1st L40) Karen Best 45:01, 49. Laura Martin 46:11, 62. Jim Sneath 48:25, 71. Andy Webster 50:07, 72. Matt Podd 50:11 , 79. Bob Baker 51:27, 91. Caron Ralph 54:32 & 100. Sarah Smith 1:01:28.
Photos from the Woodheads to follow including the Sumo wrestler here.