Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here
A changeable day weather wise; torrential rain on waking, strong winds on walking up to Otley Chevin, drizzle as we checked the course and then bright sunshine as our 22 stalwart runners arrived for Run Sunday number 48.
Firstly, a huge thank you to our marshals Michelle Smith, Richard Schmidt, Suzanne Wallwork, Tim Williams and our tail runner John Parkinson (more of him later) – we can’t do it without you guys.
It was great to see so many new faces; some from as far as Coventry, welcome back some people we’ve not seen for a while and say “Hi” to regular runners.
I did another straw exit (funnel) poll about the new course and feedback remains positive and since we need fewer marshals for this route it’s working out well. It was also good to see runners able to sit down on grass in the sunshine after their runs and enjoy Michelle’s marvellous biscuits.
First today with a storming performance was Scott Harrington who tore up the new route setting the time to beat with a course record of 17:12 and in second was Peter Branney (who held the last course record jointly with Scott) in 18:00 and third newcomer David Alcock with 18:49 (a M35 category record). All fantastic times! Well done guys.
Lousie Higgins breasted the tape in 24:26 taking a new category record on her first run out on the new route with Pange Srivastava in second with 25:11 and a welcome return for Madeleine Watson saw her cross the line in 26:58. Her companion Gill Myers came in a second later with a new category record for F50. Not to be outdone the M50 record fell too to regular Neil Fairburn. Well done all!
Next week Michelle and I will be away down the road in Saltaire organising The Saltaire Shaker but the great news is that John and Lynda Parkinson have agreed to organise next week’s Run Sunday so I expect a great turnout to support them both. Huge thank you from both me and Michelle; we’re sure you’ll do a great job!
I hope you all have a great week and wherever you’re running next Sunday, good luck!
All the best and good running,