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Sunday 20th October – The Shaun Lee Johnston Memorial 10 mile multi-terrain race


Report from Ian Fisher:

Finally, after six years of I cannot do this as I’m washing my hair, I went and finally entered the Shaun Lee Johnston 10 mile multi terrain a few miles south of Boroughbridge. My friend from Ripon Runners Ray Johnson set up the event for his late son Shaun who suffered with a brain tumour. I wanted to run the Weeton club handicap the day before, but my hands were full.

I’m experiencing another cold, yet doing a trail shouldn’t really take too much out of the master. With the exception of 700 metres of running through Minskip, it was mostly around slippery muddy fields and running into a bit of a head wind going south on sections.
I had last year’s record holder Nidd Valley Lee Dalton with me (58.48) to guide me along this race route. I set off in front with Lee and broke away after 500 metres, only to hesitate after the first field exit which allowed him to catch me. That wasn’t to happen again and on I went thinking was I fit enough for glory.
Once I settled in and looking ahead at my next turning, since I don’t have the usual lead car that I’m used to for guidance, I found it generally good going. It was like a cross country in most places, and the infamous ditch which everyone has to jump over wasn’t three foot deep water as in previous races.
There was only one occasion I had to look back, early on after the first two miles, and I sensed I was making a sizable gap. I saw 3rd and 4th entering the far end of the large field and that was that. I couldn’t see Lee running in second
I had great support from everyone who knows who I am, which is everyone! One lady marshal said “Well done (she thinks)…..it’s him (she said to her fellow marshal). Look it’s him, it’s Ian Fisher the saviour of Yorkshire athletics over the last two decades!”
Okay, I made the last bit up. She didn’t mention the two decades bit.
With three miles to go I had a commanding lead to stop a lay out my picnic set for a spot of lunch and a snooze. Then it was back to business.
I set out for position more than time during the race because I was unwell, but with a couple of miles to go I thought I should make an effort as I felt a new record was achievable. I finished around three minutes in front of second placer? I heard 61 minutes for Lee Dalton at the finish. [Admin info 60.59, so 2.42 in front of 2nd]. My time was 58.17. Had I been cold free, dry land and no head wind, plus a mountain bike to ride on. I’m sure I would have gone faster like 56 minutes.

First lady in 5th position overall was Nicolene Van Staden, Swaledale Road Runners, in 64.48

 

  1. #1 by Tamara on October 20, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Kneel down before the running god!

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on October 20, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Top effort Ian, 500m,.how come you waited that long for the breakaway, come on usually 100m ahead by then!

  3. #3 by Hugh_P on October 21, 2013 - 9:20 am

    The running god is returning to greatness. I’ve missed your self-effacing race reports Ian, but can you explain why you were beaten in the Horsforth 10k by my daughter’s music teacher?

  4. #4 by Simon Anderson on October 21, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Well done old boy. Please can I clean your boots?

  5. #5 by Ian on October 21, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Hugh_P :
    The running god is returning to greatness. I’ve missed your self-effacing race reports Ian, but can you explain why you were beaten in the Horsforth 10k by my daughter’s music teacher?

    I was unwell that day, and I fancied coming second. There was also a little old lady trying to cross the busy A65. And being the gent I am, I sacrificed some of my time for the deed….

  6. #6 by Ian on October 21, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Simon Anderson :
    Well done old boy. Please can I clean your boots?

    The soles of my trainers are still too hot to touch Simon from the trail blazing…

  7. #7 by Ian on October 21, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Andrew Robertshaw :
    Top effort Ian, 500m,.how come you waited that long for the breakaway, come on usually 100m ahead by then!

    I fancied having a little chat about directions even though there is arrows and tape on route. But yes it was a bit lazy of me.

  8. #8 by Ian on October 21, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Tamara :
    Kneel down before the running god!

    You’re more than welcome!

  9. #9 by tamara on October 21, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Feel free to retire again, Ian

  10. #10 by Ian Fisher on October 21, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Ian :

    Tamara :
    Kneel down before the running god!

    Everyone is more than welcome!

  11. #11 by reid haddow on October 21, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Brilliant report from the “KING”, keep going well my friend, lets have you on live at the “APOLLO”, along with the mountain bike as a Stooge, great script!

  12. #12 by Richard Smith on October 21, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    With all of the discussions surrounding around a Chevin Olympic Park, would it not be fitting to unveil a gold platinum statue of the king himself upon arrival to this sporting complex? If funding is an issue we could always pop an Otley AC vest on the Thomas Chippendale statue and rename him Ian Fisher?

    Well done Ian!

  13. #13 by Antonio Cardinale on October 21, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Congratulation indeed Ian for winning the 10m race , your report from the race is very funny and made me chuckle while I was reading your encounter with the lady marshal. You might as well say with confidence that you have been the most powerful runner in the last two decades in West Yorkshire, I do not know any runner that has done great performances as you did , a complete runner in every kind of terrain ,winning one race after the other , still winning now, well done Ian.

  14. #14 by Ian on October 22, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    reid haddow :
    Brilliant report from the “KING”, keep going well my friend, lets have you on live at the “APOLLO”, along with the mountain bike as a Stooge, great script!

    Thanks Reid. I can see my name up in lights at the Apollo. Plus doing extra shows due to popular demand. Next stop the WORLD!

  15. #15 by Ian on October 22, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Ric Smith :
    With all of the discussions surrounding around a Chevin Olympic Park, would it not be fitting to unveil a gold platinum statue of the king himself upon arrival to this sporting complex? If funding is an issue we could always pop an Otley AC vest on the Thomas Chippendale statue and rename him Ian Fisher?
    Well done Ian!

    A signed glossy GB photo, personally signed in gold pen (silver and bronze don’t seem to work for me somehow?)
    The statue would need extra support around the next to support the head? Yes. Some nice ideas Richard. Thanks

  16. #16 by Ian on October 22, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    <a href="#comment-56018.tonio Cardinale :
    Congratulation indeed Ian for winning the 10m race , your report from the race is very funny and made me chuckle while I was reading your encounter with the lady marshal. You might as well say with confidence that you have been the most powerful runner in the last two decades in West Yorkshire, I do not know any runner that has done great performances as you did , a complete runner in every kind of terrain ,winning one race after the other , still winning now, well done Ian.

    Thanks Antonio for your kind words. I cannot deny it. Every word what you say is true. I’m going to have a sit down just to take it all in.

  17. #17 by Antonio Cardinale on October 22, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Has to be about talent Ian , to last 20 years at the very top ,hard training is not enough , usually elite runners stay at the top for 4 or 5 years , then disappeared on the push bike or swimming, instead you after 20 years are still here running and winning another race. I do not think that I will see another Ian Fisher very soon. Well done indeed Ian.

  18. #18 by Matt on October 26, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    Your self deprecation is an inspiration to us all Ian, to have such God-given talent allied with such modesty…. Still, you can run bloody fast, still.
    Cheers Matt

  19. #19 by Sara Elliott on October 26, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    Thoroughly entertaining race report!!(another rock n roller of a Sat night for me…) Well done and yep, truly inspirational 😉

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