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