A gem of a day weather wise made for some fast results with Liam Dunne finishing 11th, Tom Midgley 27th and Graham Lake 31st – which means Otley won the team prize (if there was one).
The winner was someone from Bingley Harriers called Jonny Brownlee in 39:02 and the first lady in 37th overall was Wetherby runner Pauline Munro in 45:35.
Report from Graham Lake:
A perfect, crisp winter’s day for the 2013 Chevin Chase. I knew the start would be a bit of a stampede, so got myself near to the front and set off up Carlton Lane in Jonny Brownlee’s footsteps. Liam and Tom went off ahead, and I settled into a rhythm to make it up the bridleway to the top of the Chevin.
Running with lots of the usual faces (and backs) was great as we sped down into Danefield. I managed to overtake a few more cautious runners on the two descents but I soon got into a good tussle with the first lady (no, not Michelle Obama, Pauline Munro of Wetherby).
She managed to pull away on the steep climb up to surprise view, but the support from some strategically placed Otley AC-ers and hundreds more on the flagstone section gave me a boost and I felt good coming into the road-section. I could see Tom ahead, but he was too far off to try and catch, and I knew he’d be too good on the roads. I did manage to catch Pauline though and pulled away downhill to take a couple more before the finish.
Great banter at the end, and a nice green long sleeve t-shirt and it was off to a freind’s house to help eat up their turkey and cheesecake. Probably my favourite race of the year (I think I’ve said this a few times though!).
217th Steven Robinson (53:47), 233 Andrew Webster (54:55), 318 Karen Potter (57:57), 360 Caron Ralph (59:06), 415th Bob Addey 1:00:52, 415th Mary Hampshire (1:00:50), 431st Louise Riches (1:00:31), 481 Sarah Smith (1:02:39), 534 Hugh Pearson (1:03:58), 552 Colin Best (1:05:03).
There were 962 finishers and there were also a couple of Absolute Beginners there; 860th Georgina Sneath (1:17:57) and 864 Beth O’neil (1:18:24).
Please email the club if anyone has been missed.